Multiple generations helped to clean litter from the Highland View beach. [ Wendy Weitzel | The Star ]
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Volunteers gather to clean roadways, beaches, downtown Port St. Joe

Saturday was a day for volunteer clean-up crews as dozens of locals and visitors in the area gathered at two separate community clean-ups to help collect trash and debris.

The first gathered at 7 a.m. in downtown Port St. Joe, where about 15 people world for an hour cleaning the roadway, removing trash and helping clear debris that might block city drains.

Then, two hours later, a group of locals and regular visitors gathered under the pavilion at the Port St. Joe RV Resort to put on gloves and pick up garbage bags. Then, they headed across the street to gather litter from the side of 98 and the Highland View Beach.

“We have a lot of guests that come over here, and we just felt like it would be our responsibility to make sure that our section of the beach is clean for our guests and our community,” said the RV resort’s general manager Mike Roberts. 

“We’re in it for the community,” said his wife and co-general manager Michell Roberts. “We like it here, and we want to help beautify it.”

Both groups of volunteers stated that future clean-up events were being planned.

Meet the Editor

David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

Wendy Weitzel The Star Digital Editor

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