Second Simpson Bay Lagoon clean-up slated for February 4

SIMPSON BAY–After the great success of the first Simpson Bay Lagoon clean-up on January 14, Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (EPIC) and St Maarten Nature Foundation are announcing the next event.

The two foundations will join forces to support the “A Bit at a Time” initiative of Mason Chadwick in cleaning up parts of the Lagoon on Sunday, February 4. 

“On Sunday we will be cleaning up the shores and Lagoon area from Gateway Marina, where Pink Iguana used to be, up to Sixt Car rental across from the airport entrance,” reads a statement.

Trash and debris will also be removed from the environmentally-important island Little Key in Simpson Bay Lagoon as part of the clean-up. Boats will be used to transport debris to shore.

Volunteers are asked to meet at Gateway Marina, across from the main entrance of Princess Juliana International Airport SXM, at 8:00am. The clean-up will end at 12:00pm.

Reusable garbage bags and water for a refill will be provided. Volunteers are asked tobring protection, such as a hat, sturdy shoes, working gloves and sunscreen. Volunteers are also asked to not forget a reusable drinking bottle for water refill. The foundations would like to decrease the plastic input and, therefore, are asking that everyone use reusable bottles.

EPIC and Nature Foundation are hoping for a large attendance. These foundations are also requesting the help of the Coast Guard, police, the Ministry of Public Housing, Spatial Planning, Environment and Infrastructure VROMI, salvage companies and the yachting community in removing the larger hurricane debris in a safe manner.

Source: The Daily Herald