CLEARWATER — A community enhancement effort in Clearwater this weekend showed what a little cooperation and hard work can do to spruce up area neighborhoods.
It also provided a visual to just how much trash is strewn about Pinellas County.
Volunteers from the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, residents of the homeless shelter Pinellas Safe Harbor and other community members joined on Saturday in “Take a Bite Out of Grime.”
The effort aimed to clean up area around the Highpoint area of Clearwater and Pinellas Safe Harbor. According to the Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, over 4,937 pounds of trash and debris was collected by about 200 volunteers.
The litter haul was accumulated over the span of 3 hours from 10 different locations around Highpoint.
Prior to the cleanup, volunteers got to hear from a group of guest speakers that included current and former professional football players who also participated in the daylong event.
That group included current New York Giants receiver Louis Murphy, who played his high school football at Lakewood High in St. Petersburg. Also addressing the crowd were former NFLers Derrick Graham, Stylez G. White and Glenn Edwards, Pinellas Deputy Stevie Thomas, who played for the Arena League’s Tampa Bay Storm, and retired Navy Seal Corey Knowles.