RESULTS ARE IN for the annual county-wide International Coastal Cleanup Miami-Dade last Saturday, September 16th, 2023 where 2,929 volunteers collected 22,233 pounds of trash from 58 cleanups around the County.

While we organize Miami-Dade’s involvement in this annual global event, it is the network of organizations who lead the individual cleanups in the program and our partners and sponsors that really help to make this event an incredible success. Thank you all for being a part of it and thank you to the volunteers who came out to make a difference.

OUR SPONSORS – We would like to especially thank our sponsors who support this program with funding and sweat equity (they all came out to clean!). This event was presented by Covanta and Boucher Brothers, with additional support from Blackstone Charitable Foundation, The Brady Hunter Foundation, Benjamin & Gloria Joannou, Jr. Family Conservation Fund, City of Miami Beach, The Miami Foundation, Loud And Live, and Miami-Dade County RER-DERM.

WERE YOU ON TV? Site captains from all over the County submitted video and interviews for Louis Aguirre  ‘Don’t Trash Our Treasure’ segment on WPLG Local 10 News (Channel 10). Here is the link in case you missed it.

And make sure to watch his weekly segment every Wednesday’s Local 10 News from 5-6pm where he focuses on local environmental issues.

GET YOUR FREE SPECIALTY LICENSE PLATE – The Brady Hunter Foundation generously purchased vouchers for 2,000 Biscayne Bay specialty license plates dedicated to restoring our blue gem and is giving them away to our volunteers. Let’s get these beauties onto your cars and boat trailers!  It is first come, first serve, so please don’t be shy. Get your FREE Biscayne Bay Specialty License plate for your car here: (car not included!)

BRADY THE PELICAN – We were really excited to bring Pelican Harbor Seabird Station into this years ICC, and The Brady Hunter Foundation generously offered $.50 per pound of trash collected from the 58 locations. Because of YOUR hard work, the foundation will donate $11,116 to support the seabird hospital, and our County Mayor (and Water Warrior) Daniella Levine Cava suggested to name this rehabilitated Pelican ‘Brady’ before releasing it back into the wild. Brady spent 6 weeks being treated for injuries and a nasty infection due to fishing line entanglement.

ORDER YOUR 2023 ICC SHIRT – You still have time to get this years shirt with the Leafy Sea Dragon. Fun fact – As with its seahorse kin, a male leafy sea dragon carries its mate’s eggs until the eggs hatch.