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OC Surf Club Proposes 'Adopt Your Beach'

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Example of adoption sign (Photo: OC Surf Club) Example of adoption sign (Photo: OC Surf Club)

OCEAN CITY, Md.- The OC Surf Club is finalizing a proposal that would make cleaning the beach a citywide effort in Ocean City.

It's called "Adopt Your Beach," and it is similar to adopting a road or highway.

According to Effie Cox, the environmental chairperson for the OC Surf Club, the group proposed this plan to the city committee the "Go Green Team" last week, and are bringing it to their own board for final approval Friday night.

The plan would be individuals or groups could adopt a two to three block stretch of the beach, for free, and would clean it four times a year.

Cox said she anticipates the town will distribute and pick up litter bags as well as pay for and maintain the signs designating to whom the stretch belongs.

"I'm looking at it as an education part two," she explained. "That they'll learn more about the beaches, they'll learn more about what is happening to them and ways to take care of them."

Cox added that people often call Ocean City "their" beach, and she wants people to be a part of it's beauty. An idea resident Karen Atkinson understands well.

"Only being her a year but I still feel that this is my beach, and it's always when you see someone destroy it you're kind of bummed out about it," she said. "I think it's a great proposal and I think it's a way for people to give back and I think it's just one more step to keep our beaches clean."

After final approval by the OC Surf Club board, the group will present the proposal to the Ocean City Council at the February meeting.


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