Locals cleaned up 1,912 pounds of litter and debris during Palm Coast's fifteenth annual Intracoastal Waterway Cleanup on Sept. 10. A total of 267 people registered to volunteer.
Mayor David Alfin presented awards for most debris collected and most unusual item found.
Girl Scout Troop 2,413 collected 525 pounds of trash, winning the prize for most debris collected. Volunteer Stephanie Ramirez found a rubber ducky, not native to the environment, and won the prize for the most unusual item.
The winners received a North Atlantic right whale "Wally" plush toy, and all participants received event T-shirts.
Home Depot donated trash bags for the event, and a barbecue lunch was waiting for participants at the end.
Mayor David Alfin noted that multiyear participants said there was less trash to collect this year.
The challenge is on now for the next year for residents to help beautify the city by disposing of trash properly, Alfin said, with the hope that there will be even less material for hardworking volunteers to collect in 2023.
Editor's note: This story has been edited to reflect an updated total of the number of pounds of debris collected.