Brick goes big at 2021 Beach Sweeps

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Center: Tony Kono, chairperson of the Brick Environmental Commission, leads a cleanup of Brick Beach III on Saturday, April 17. PHOTO BY DANIELLA HEMINGHAUS

BRICK TOWNSHIP — Hundreds of Brick residents cleaned up township beaches on Saturday, during environmental group Clean Ocean Action’s annual Spring Beach Sweeps event.

Clean Ocean Action counted 5,000 volunteers operating at over 60 New Jersey locations on April 17. Keith Rella, a township official who organized Brick’s contribution to the Jersey Shore cleanup effort, was impressed by the high turnout at Brick Beach I, Brick Beach III and Windward Beach Park.

“We had over 70 participants at each of those sites … which is really awesome and something we should all be proud of,” Mr. Rella told The Ocean Star.

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“I have captained the site a few times over the course of the past 10 years, and we usually have three dozen,” he said. “… I think the biggest factor this year was families looking for things to do that were safe, and that they could feel safe doing.”

Brick Township has limited its Beach Sweeps to Brick Beach I for the last eight or nine years, according to Mr. Rella. However, the township decided to go big in 2021.

“We wanted to expand it, because obviously everyone’s got a little bit of cabin fever,” Mr. Rella explained.

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