Volunteers clean up beach after fireworks

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FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. – Independence day has come and gone, but the trash from all the fun has been left behind.

Dee Yoder visits Fort Myers Beach every Sunday, but on the day after July 4, she says she’s disgusted.

“I’m angry that people can come here and wreck my beach like this,” said Yoder.

The trash on the beach runs the spectrum from candy wrappers, to used fireworks.

Dusty Laurie adds, “They’ll find cardboard stuff, cans, bottles.”

Laurie is with the Fort Myers Beach community foundation. “We volunteer to do things to help the community”.

Laurie and dozens of other volunteers walked up and down the beach Sunday morning to clean up. There were even people who stopped to volunteer their time just because they wanted to help.

One volunteer says, “I sometimes think if people see people picking up that aren’t getting paid to pick it up, maybe they’ll think before they drop it down.”

Some people give the party-goers the benefit of the doubt.

A volunteer added, “we can understand that they’re just having fun.”

However, other people don’t see it that way.

One volunteer was upset, saying “they just don’t care about other people that are coming to enjoy the beach.”

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