Fenwick Islanders ready to spruce up shore after storm

Despite this week’s nor’easter — or perhaps all the better for it — the annual Fenwick Island Beach Clean-up will be held this Saturday, May 17, at 9 a.m., starting at Dagsboro Street.

The town’s Beach Committee sponsors the event each spring, and the Fenwick Island Women’s Club will be attending, with home owners and residents invited to join in. Gloves and trash bags will be provided for the volunteers, as well as orange juice and doughnuts.

Town Manager Tony Carson said this week’s storm had good timing, considering Saturday was already slated to be beach clean-up day.

This clean-up is more or less “get the beach ready” for the summer event, according to Todd Smallwood, a town council and Beach Committee member. It has been going on for many years. The event was the brainchild of former council member Theo Brans.

The spring clean-up is a smaller, less formal event than the annual Coastal Clean-up, held in the fall. In that event, for 22 years, hundreds of volunteers have helped pick up trash along the waterways of Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and New Jersey, as well as in other locations around the nation and the world. Every state with a coastline participates, as well as more than 60 countries. Last year, Fenwick Island kept a tally of the trash they collected, including the number of cigarette butts — one of the most commonly collected items in beach clean-ups nationwide.

Smallwood said that organizers of the spring clean-up will also be selling T-shirts and towels on Saturday, with proceeds to benefit the town’s lifeguards for their travel to the national championship of lifeguard competition.