The environment arm of PBA, Beachkeepers, had its inaugural meeting on Thursday, August 25th at the SRIA. The meeting was attended by 27 enthusiastic volunteers who got things off to a first start in anticipation of others joining in. JJ Waters, chairperson, gave an overview of the Beachkeepers mission and how we hope to proceed. Attendees were asked to break down into 4 groups representing the areas of greatest concern determined from our recent survey of PBA members. Each group was asked to identify a team leader, brainstorm on action ideas for their topic and develop a short term goal their group could address by the end of this year and a long term goal.
The four groups and their team leaders are Wildlife Conservation (Teri Stephens); Alternative Transportation/Parking (Jay Baynes); Dune Preservation/Restoration (Terry Preston); and Litter/Recycling (Lois Hausman). This group is so interested in the environment on Pensacola Beach that several people expressed an interest in working on more than one topic.
Beachkeepers will meet again on Thursday, September 8th at 5 pm at the SRIA. The groups will work on further refining their goals and action steps. Additional participation is encouraged.
Please consider joining PBA and getting involved in one of our committees.