Volunteer Certified Divers, Kayakers & Topside Helpers Needed to Clean Up Tony Saprito Fishing Pier

SARASOTA, Fla. -- November 14, 2016 -- 9:45 a.m.

Members of the Sarasota Police Department Dive Team and Marine Patrol will partner with Sarasota Bay Watch and other local environmental organizations on Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. to clean up the waterways surrounding the Tony Saprito Fishing Pier, 920 John Ringling Boulevard, Sarasota.  Volunteers should meet under the John Ringling Causeway.  Media is also welcome to attend.

Registration is limited and required for all certified divers, kayakers and topside helpers wanting to volunteer.  Volunteers should register online at http://sarasotabaywatch.org/tony-saprito-fishing-pier-cleanup/ 

“The Sarasota Police Department Dive Team and Marine Patrol is looking forward to the opportunity to partner with Sarasota Bay Watch and several other organizations to clean up the waterways around Saprito Fishing Pier,” said Sergeant Bruce King, Sarasota Police Department Dive Team.  “This clean-up is the first of its kind in the City of Sarasota.  It will help continue to keep our local waterways clean and safe for everyone.”

Experienced divers must be certified and supply their own equipment.  The Sarasota Police Department Marine Patrol will secure the perimeter around the pier.  Experienced kayakers will assist in communicating with divers and assist in debris transfer.  Topside helpers will retrieve trash from the pier and surrounding area, hoist debris from divers and transfer trash while assisting with data collection.