MIASF holds annual waterway cleanup

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The Marine Industries Association of South Florida said more than 1,180 volunteers came by land and in 60 boats to 24 sites on Saturday to participate in the 34th annual Waterway Cleanup.

The volunteers removed 18.6 tons of trash from Broward County's waterways, rivers and canals.

"We are very proud of the strong effort put forth by Waterway Cleanup volunteers across Broward County today," MIASF public relations and events coordinator Melanie Daily said in a statement. "Despite some scattered showers, we still had a great turnout and a successful cleanup, which is a testament to the dedication of our hardworking volunteers."

The most unusual items found at this year's event were a submerged parking meter and a shopping cart from the defunct department store chain Jefferson Ward.

The Group Year-Round Environmental Stewardship Award was presented to the Oakland Park Kiwanis Club. The Individual Year-Round Environmental Stewardship Award went to Carl "Hollywood Carl" Ignacuinos for his financial donations and volunteer service to the park, as well as his stewardship of a 10- mile block of beaches and boardwalk in Hollywood Beach.

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