SARASOTA (FOX 13) - More than 150 volunteers with Keep Sarasota County Clean hit the beaches early Tuesday morning to pick up the litter left by the 4th of July revelers the night before as part of this year's Liberty Litter Cleanup.
"I didn't expect to see this much trash when I came here," said Alex Anacki, a student in the Community Youth Development Program.
About two dozen teens with CYD arrived around 7 a.m. to begin to scour the beach for trash. They found empty beer bottles, food wrappers, a broken tent, a cooler and a lot of other stuff.
"I was surprised about the big things left behind," Crystal Griffith, coordinator of CYD, told FOX 13.
Keep Sarasota Beautiful says it has collected several tons of garbage as part of the effort over the last few years.
After the volunteers combed the beach for two hours, it was as fresh and clean as new.
Similar clean-ups took place around the Tampa Bay area, including at Blind Pass, Nokomis, and Lido Beaches. They also descended on Ted Sperling and North Jetty parks.