Clean Ups Planned To Help Beautify Beaches

June 23, 2015

The Bermuda Tourism Authority [BTA] has two more volunteer beach clean-up projects in its sights in the coming weeks and is calling on volunteers who care about tourism to join.

On Saturday the BTA will partner with the Bermuda Economic Development Corporation’s Somerset Economic Empowerment Zone for the Mangrove Bay Beach Community Clean-up Day. Cambridge Beaches Resort, Keep Bermuda Beautiful [KBB], the Department of Parks and Sandys Parish Council are also supporting the effort.

Malika Musson [far left] of the Bermuda Hospitality Institute with Bill & Valerie Hanbury and Alastair Jack [far right] during a BTA-KBB clean-up effort at Clearwater Beach

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The decision to have a collaborative clean-up project is one of the outcomes of a community meeting regarding the Mangrove Bay Beach area earlier this month. Discussion among stakeholders covered the important need to balance any greater economic activity around Mangrove Bay with diligently preserving the natural beauty and cleanliness of the beach.

“The BTA supports the inclusive dialogue on Mangrove Bay initiated by the Somerset Economic Empowerment Zone because appropriate entrepreneurial investment in the area will play a role in an improved tourism product overall,” said Chief Product & Experiences Development Officer Pat Phillip-Fairn.

“Our consumer data also tells us that our visitors demand clean beaches – it’s the top expectation for their beach experience here. So this weekend is an opportunity to show our support for Mangrove Bay in a tangible way. We’re inviting industry partners and tourism ambassadors to pitch in and help as well.”

The BTA said, “The Mangrove Bay Clean-up will take place June 27, 2015 from 9am until noon. Tourism industry partners and certified tourism ambassadors [CTA] are encouraged to register online. CTAs who participate will receive points toward their annual recertification.

“Meantime, another beach clean-up opportunity for CTAs and tourism industry partners has emerged for July 5, 2015. The BTA will partner with KBB and the U.S. Coast Guard in a clean-up of the public section of Elbow Beach.

“U.S. Coast Guard cadets on the training cutter The Eagle are scheduled to be in Bermuda on America’s Independence Day holiday weekend and the cadets have sought out a community service project. Arrangements have been made to do litter clean-up at Elbow Beach.

“The BTA will provide transportation for the visiting cadets and will once again recruit tourism industry volunteers to participate.

“The Elbow Beach Clean-up will take place July 5, 2015 from 9:30am until 11:30am. Tourism industry partners and certified tourism ambassadors [CTA] are encouraged to register online. CTAs who participate will receive points toward their annual recertification.”

BTA CEO Bill Hanbury said, “Beaches are essential to Bermuda’s tourism product and we’re very encouraged to see these community efforts to care for these critical national assets.”

Last month the BTA marshalled troops to participate in clean-up efforts at Warwick Long Bay and Clearwater Beach, as part of the KBB’s island-wide clean-up day.

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  1. Thanks in advance to all volunteers for their generosity. I often wonder why aren’t there plastic barrels with plastic garbage bags inserted in them and placed along the length of public beaches as oppose to only one as is the case at Elbow public beach and a few others :-(

  2. Will says:

    Can we start doing these on Sunday’s as well? I work Saturdays but would love to take part in a group effort cleanup but never have the time to make it :(