Town, Southold Voice to Host Massive Beach Clean-Up

Help town workers and members of Southold Voice clean up Southold Town’s shoreline this weekend.

With over 160 miles of shoreline and nearly 50 major tributaries off the Long Island Sound and Peconic Bay, has a lot of beach.

Which is why John Betsch, head of Southold Voice — a non-profit organization of waterfront property owners and others interested in the use and preservation of North Fork waterfront — has teamed with the Town of Southold for a first-annual town-wide beach clean-up this coming weekend.

On June 16 and 17, any resident of Southold can bring any shore-laden debris to drop spots in town listed below, where town workers will remove the debris and take it to the in Cutchogue. The transfer station will also be available for residents to drop debris free of charge during those two days.

Items from plastic bottles to tires and tree limbs to dock pieces can be found littered across Southold Town beaches throughout the year, the result of tidal action, storms or simple neglect. Debris from this clean-up (bagged or loose) will be identified by a label to distinguish it from other normal trash, according to Betsch. The timing of this clean-up in mid-June is ideal, he said, taking place right after the spring brush clean-up but before the summer season really kicks in.

“Southold’s shoreline is a major asset to this town and should be cared for analogous to what is done for all other property throughout town during the spring and fall clean-ups,” Betsch said.

Interested in participating? Call John Betsch at 631-655-7255 or email johnbetsch@SoutholdVOICE.com. Find more information at SoutholdVOICE.com.

Shoreline Clean-Up Drop Spots:


Cutchogue-New Suffolk


Indian Neck Road


Sound Drive (67 Steps)

East Marion-Orient

Land’s End

Joanna Lane June 11, 2012 at 07:24 PM
This is great news. I've been beating this drum for many years, and I think it was Dave Bergen who first brought this very issue to the Town Highway Department back in 2007. The challenge which Mr. Harris cited in his rejection of the Trustee request at that time was the possible inclusion of both vegetative and non-vegetative materials such as styrofoam, the remains of fish traps and other non-biodegradable materials to be removed. I'm glad this issue has been resolved, and this program is moving forward finally. An annual clean-up is a great start, but it doesn't go far enough and I wouldn't be surprised if it is not as well supported as maybe anticipated. The huge amount that accumulates over the winter would in many cases have been cleared prior to Memorial Day, but will begin to start building up again over the summer as visitors throw things in the water that wash ashore after they have left. Another clean up in the fall would make sense, and of course, there's always debris after a dangerous storm, such as TS Irene, but hopefully that clean-up won't be needed. Well done!
Erin Schultz (Editor) June 11, 2012 at 08:33 PM
Joanna, thanks for your comment. You can now beat your drum with a plastic bottle or perhaps a tree limb on the beach this weekend. :D
Joanna Lane June 17, 2012 at 06:23 PM
There is no sign on Geese Creek Beach where to drop off, so we are having to trailer it all to the dump.
barbara radich August 15, 2012 at 12:05 PM
Can the life guard's pick up litter at the beginning of their shift !? There are at least two folk's up on the chair . It would just take five minute's. Last week at Town beach, they was a board with fish head;s ,and black bag's of stinking empty shell's not 10 feet from there chair . Of course I picked everything up before the rest of my friend 's showed up from Ms. Slide that in the contact . Sure they wouldn't mind helping ! xo


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