I remember back in my younger days of being a kid, waiting as patiently as I could for Dad to get home from work on a Friday afternoon so we could load up the boat and head to the islands for a camping trip.
It seemed like it took forever to get from the Melbourne causeway to the second island south of the ramp. The anticipation of getting the camp set up so I could finally, after waiting all week, daydreaming about catching gator trout would finally come to be.
It seemed at the time like mother nature was always against us as we headed toward the islands, black clouds , thunder and lightning were just part of getting there. However as the skies cleared and the winds lay down, the unmistakable sound of Trout crashing through schools of bait was more than enough to get the work done so the pursuit of the big one could begin.
Needles to say over the past 40 or so years the spoil islands have been reshaped, and for some even dissipated. The tiny pieces of land that to this day still create new memories as i now take my own sons to chase fish around them.
Unfortunately there will always be a mindset that has no concern for the islands. No sense of responsibility to what nature has provided to us as a peaceful retreat from our normal life. A place where you can sit quietly on the shore and see porpoises gliding by. Manatee playing, and birds of different shapes and sizes walking the shallows looking for a meal.
A place where families can come together to share a meal, the old timers sitting under the pines sharing stories fo the one's that got away, while the youngsters enjoy the water.
The trash that is left behind by those that don't care is not only an eyesore for others but a potential hazard for the birds and other wildlife.
The cleaner the islands remain the better for all.
With the winter upon us and the pressure of the islands until the spring it is the best time to go from island to island and do a complete cleanup.
From old rusty grills that are left behind to cans, bottles and countless other items that don't belong it takes time, and resources to do an effective cleanup of each island.
This is why we are asking for your help.
Your donations will go to help purchase garbage bags and bin, to gas for the boats to pick up and haul away all the refuse. The finds will also help cover water and lunch for all the volunteers.
If you would like to volunteer your time as well to help cleanup please feel free to contact us.
Islands we will be cleaning.There are about 12 islands between the Melbourne causeway and Sebastian inlet that are the most visited through the summer months . These will be the ones we will concentrate our efforts on.
We will also run the west shoreline to gather any trash wash up.
We appreciate any donation you can make toward this effort and if you have any questions please feel free to contact us.