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Keep Grand Bahama Clean Partners to take on Clean-up at Barbary Beach
By Sarah Kirkby
May 15, 2018 - 10:39:09 AM

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Keep Grand Bahama Clean Committee and members of various civic organizations and area residents converged on Barbary beach to conduct a clean sweep of debris from litter, to construction. Volunteers filled a 20-yard bin dumpster of trash. Photo Courtesy of GBPA

Freeport, Grand Bahama – Over the past month, the Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) in collaboration with the Keep Grand Bahama Clean Committee (KGBCC) has been focusing on initiatives to highlight the importance of and encourage the concept of creating partnerships to address littering on the island of GB.

In keeping with its philosophy of creating and maintaining cleaner and greener communities across Grand Bahama Island, teams which included members of the KGBCC, members of various civic organizations and area residents converged on one of Grand Bahama’s most popular beaches to conduct a clean sweep on Saturday, May 12th. 

Representatives from the Cancer Society, Pride of Grand Bahama Lodge, Earth Care, Buckeye, Freeport Gospel Chapel School, St. Paul’s Methodist College, BMES, Pilot Club/Anchor Club of Lucaya, PharmaChem, Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority and Rhoer Club, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Kiku Zeki Temple #184, 3rd GB Sea Scouts, Kiwanis Club, Harmony Lodge, LUSCO, DEVCO and GBPA, all banded together to do their part in keeping Grand Bahama clean.   Seventy-five plus participants demonstrated the effectiveness of “Partnerships against litter” at the Barbary Beach clean-up and collected over twenty large bags of beach garbage.

Barbary beach is one of the island's longest extending beaches, starting in Freeport and extending all the way to the Lucaya National Park on the south shore of Grand Bahama. Photo Courtesy of GBPA

Barbary Beach, which is well known for its expanse of beautiful sand and spectacular ocean view, has, in recent years, suffered at the hands of litterers who use the beach for picnics, parties and other events but leave behind a sea of trash.

“Our focus with such clean-ups is to bring groups and residents together in act of solidarity and to highlight the issues of litter often found on our beaches,” explained Olethea Gardiner, Co-Chair of the Keep Grand Bahama Clean Committee. “We believe it’s important for beach-goers to understand that our beaches are a shared space for everyone to enjoy and so we all need to keep it clean.”

The Barbary Beach area is the first of several to be targeted by the committee for clean-up over the course of the year. Teams collected a mixture of trash and litter to construction debris, filling a 20-yard dumpster. Persons interested in being a part of future cleanups, or to receive support for their own clean-up initiatives, are asked to contact Keep Grand Bahama Clean representatives at 350-9158 or reach out via social media at https://www.facebook.com/keepgbclean/.

Youth volunteers help clean Barbary beach, in Freeport, Grand Bahama. Photo Courtesy of GBPA

Youth volunteers help clean Barbary beach, in Freeport, Grand Bahama. Photo Courtesy of GBPA

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