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Pinellas County needs at least 2,000 people to sign up for pre-oil beach cleanup

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An important note from Mitch Perry:

Although there are no immediate concerns about the massive oil spill in the Gulf invading the west coast of Florida, Pinellas County officials are taking no chances in preparing for the worst case scenario.

The local anti-litter group Keep Pinellas Beautiful is looking for at least 2,000 volunteers to help in such efforts.  Though there is no specific date set, those who want to register for the Special Beach Cleanup can log on to pinvol.org. Organizers say that removing litter ahead of any potential landfall would help speed cleanup efforts by reducing the amount of potentially contaminated material, remediation time, cost and human exposure to harmful materials.

According to Bill Sanders, executive director of Keep Pinellas Beautiful, “Our goal is to clean up every inch of the Pinellas County coastline, including the outer islands.”

The County also has a website for other volunteer opportunities (such as coastline watcher or bird counter. To register for that, go to www.pinellascounty.org/oilspill2010.htm and select Volunteer Opportunities.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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