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OC Green Team Discusses 'Adopt-a-Street' Program

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OCEAN CITY, Md. - The Ocean City Green Team is looking at installing a new "Adopt-a-Street" program after the success of "Adopt Your Beach." 

Town Councilman and Green Team chair Tony DeLuca said only 21 blocks of beach are left for adoption, leading the team to consider expanding to the streets.

Bob Banach started the group OC Cool, and heads to the beach once a week to pick up trash. He said it's more than just keeping the sand looking good.

"I like it safe for all the people that come here," he said. "We find a lot of broken bottles, we find cans, we find different things that we don't want people stepping on, hurting themselves on."

To be a part of the program, people would fill out a form and then be responsible for one block in town. They would pick up trash and beautify the area once a month during the summer.

DeLuca said he believes the pride factor will encourage people to maintain streets like they have the beaches.

"I think the beach is very clean, and I think the streets are very clean," he said. "But I think that if the pride factor of adopting your street, adopting your beach is really what would make it much much better, cleaner and cleaner and cleaner."

Banach said he thinks it is a great plan because once the busy season is here, the town can only do so much.

"Our streets around Ocean City, cars are parked everywhere," he said. "There's no way they could get people to go in and out of all the streets and the street cleaners to clean so every little bit of help we can get to clean up the streets of Ocean City can only benefit all of us, all the wildlife and everybody else that comes here to visit."

The Green Team is meeting again this month to work on the proposal, which would then need approval from the town council.

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