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1/4/2022 - Riviera Beach Determined To Keep Beaches Clean


RIVIERA BEACH, FL. (Jan 4, 2022) – Keeping beaches pristine is a priority for the City of Riviera Beach.
That’s why several cleanup stations are now scattered around Municipal Beach and Martinique Beach
accesses so beachgoers can have fun in the sun and keep the City’s shoreline clean.

Buckets that beachgoers can borrow to pick up trash while they are visiting the beach along with pickup
sticks were recently installed at the two beaches. When beach goers return the bucket and stick, the trash
is dumped into a larger receptacle near the bucket station. Eight are at Municipal Beach access and two
are at Martinique Beach access.

It’s an imperative community effort that trash that is left behind or washes ashore is removed to keep
beaches beautiful.

“Trash continues to damage our beach and wildlife,” Parks and Recreation Director Richard Blankenship
said. “The more effort to keep the beaches clean, without damaging the ecosystem, we will help our
environment and sustainability of our beaches.”

The beach bucket project for Riviera Beach originated with City Councilwoman Dr. Julie Botel, who first
suggested the idea to the Sustainability Committee of the North Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce.
“I’m delighted that my own City followed through and partnered with Beach Bucket Foundation to make
this idea a reality,” Botel said.

The beach buckets are used extensively weekly by the Community Trash Warriors, who collect trash
along City shorelines. The growing group of volunteers is comprised of 206 members. Their focus is “if
you see trash, pick it up.”

The City shared the $1,000 cost of the buckets with Beach Bucket Foundation, a Palm Beach County based
organization dedicated to creating awareness and community involvement for the preservation of
area beaches. The foundation is known for installing custom, patent-pending cleanup stations that offer beach lovers a chance to give back to their favorite beach, all while turning the tide on marine pollution, according to the organization’s website,

Nicole Rodriguez
Public Information Officer
C: 561-281-3422
O: 561-812-6605