Green Armada Will be “Shining the Shores” in Largo
Volunteers Needed For Canoe and Kayak Cleanup August 9
LARGO - The Green Armada, together with River Quest and the City of Largo, will be cleaning the shores of the Largo Paddling Trail that flows from Highland Avenue to Lake Seminole. The Green Armada has held several Saturday cleanups in the Tampa Bay area this year, but this is the first in Largo and the first that is kayak and canoe based.
Check-in, briefing and breakfast begin at 8 a.m. on August 9th, at the Largo Preserve, 150 Highland Avenue S.E., Largo (at the intersection of East Bay Drive, behind Everest University). Volunteers are urged to bring their kayaks and canoes to the launch site at. All volunteers should register at www.GreenArmada.org. If volunteers do not have their own kayak or canoe, The Green Armada and River Quest have 77 seats available. To reserve a seat, please call Joe Gonzalez at 1.800.496.9161 (press 1 for Tampa Bay, then press 3 for volunteer and event activities). Participants are asked to wear closed-toed shoes with thick rubber soles, gloves, and appropriate outdoor clothing.
“We are very excited to be working with our friends at River Quest as we help out the City of Largo, with canoes and kayaks we can access areas that are in desperate need of cleaning.” says Vince Albanese, co-founder of Green Armada. It’s the Green Armada’s mission to help make our waters free of debris through education and action. It is their vision that one day people will realize that it’s the trash thrown in the water, on the sidewalk, and out of cars that makes our waterways a death-trap of debris. “It’s a serious crisis that needs to be addressed now,” says Albanese.
About Green Armada - What started in 2006 as a group of brothers picking up trash five days a week, quickly turned into a community effort that spread across the nation. The Green Armada quickly caught the attention of local and national media including People Magazine, Newsweek, Reader’s Digest, NBC Nightly News, CNN, Fox New, and many others. Brothers Jeff, Vince, and John Albanese founded Green Armada to help communities come together and efficiently and economically remove the tons of trash collecting along Florida’s coastlines and inland waterways. Specially designed boats, staff, volunteers, and sponsoring businesses make the Green Armada’s mission possible without any additional burden on already strained government resources. The Green Armada helps citizens understand what they can do to improve the situation; and motivates and empowers people to change behaviors and come to a realization that this battle will be won with the help of one person at a time.
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