September 24, 2014

Operation Beach Respect keeps the seashore clean

Members of the North Carolina Beach Buggy Association and National Park Service employee volunteers manned each beach access ramp from Oregon Inlet to Hatteras on Saturday, Sept. 13, to hand out information packets, including trash bag,s to beachgoers during September's Operation Beach Respect.

Operation Beach Respect is a 30-year-old beach and highway clean-up program that is usually held about three or four times a year.  Volunteers not only clean up the beaches of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, but also remove litter from Highway 12 on Bodie Island.

After the most recent clean-up, volunteers enjoyed a cook-out lunch and fellowship at the Rodanthe-Waves-Salvo Community Center.

NCBBA started Operation Beach Respect in November 1984. The program was organized by then-superintendent of the seashore, Tom Hartman, and NCBBA's president, Robert Sheets, and chairman, Bill Pinkston. Then, as now, the seashore was divided into eight “clean-up sections” and the Park Service designated locations where litter was to be deposited. 

The mission of Operation Beach respect is to instill respect for the beaches, respect for the dunes, respect for the wildlife, respect for the vegetation, and respect for others.
For the last 30 years the NCBBA has continued this program with the cooperation of the National Park Service. Adopt-a-Highway became part of the program. Events have included cook-outs, board meetings, and opportunities for fellowship, fishing, and service to the community.

Watch the NCBBA calendar on events on the website,, for the dates of future Operation Beach Respect events. You can also get information on how to join the group and its other programs on the site.

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