FORT PIERCE, FL - For the third consecutive year, Derecktor Ft. Pierce sponsored and participated in the Annual Treasure Coast Waterway Cleanup.
On July 23, five volunteers from Derecktor Ft. Pierce hopped aboard a pontoon boat donated by Salty’s Water Sports & Boat Rental, then set a course for Wesley’s Island while towing out an old Boston Whaler hull loaded with tools and two gumbo limbo trees.
Thanks to fair weather and an incoming tide, the team of volunteers anchored on the north side of the island, near the small lagoon where they quickly got to work unloading and planting the gumbo limbo trees, a plant species native to Florida.
“This island is truly a gem to the residents of St. Lucie County and the Treasure Coast, so it made a lot of sense as neighbors to come out here and put in some sweat equity,” Justin Beard, marketing manager at Derecktor Ft. Pierce, said. “These trees were grown from seeds in my mom’s backyard and I hope they grow into towering shade trees for visitors to enjoy while recreating on the island, as well as the animals who call this island home.”
After planting the trees, everyone set off in their own direction and combed the island for trash. They found items like a spatula, barbecue grill, old shoes, cooking pots, bottles, cans, bottle tops, plastic bags and large pieces of lumber among other random things. In all, the team collected about 750 pounds of trash and loaded all of it into the old Boston Whaler they towed out, then headed back to the Port of Fort Pierce to unload their haul.
“Today’s project turned out to be a fun teambuilding activity for us and it was wonderful to give back to the community in our own unique way,” Beard said. “I hope everyone else who participated in the Treasure Coast Waterway Cleanup enjoyed it as much as we did.”
Founded in 1947, Derecktor Shipyards has since become a worldwide leader for excellence in the construction, repair and refit of yachts, commercial and military vessels. Today, four Derecktor facilities span the Eastern Seaboard of the U.S. from Maine to South Florida, offering vessel owners and operators everything from marina space to megayacht construction. For more information about Derecktor Shipyards, visit www.derecktor.com, email email@example.com or call 772-595-9326.