Long Key State Park and the Friends of Islamorada Area State Parks are pleased to host the Conch Republic Marine Army with a coastal cleanup. This cleanup will take place along the Atlantic side of the park, from the main day use area all the way out to the point. On September 10, 2017, Long Key was hit with Hurricane Irma. Thousands of pounds of trash and debris came ashore becoming trapped within the roots of the mangroves. The mangrove shoreline serves as a nursery for juvenile fish, sharks and crabs, along with being a critical feeding ground for wading birds. With all the debris still trapped it has become a hazard to wildlife and nature. Along our main shoreline marine debris washed ashore during this storm event, but also with each high tide. Sea turtles nest along this area, and have been caught in the trap lines and buoys. This event is open to the public and there will be a task for anyone wishing to participate. Those with kayaks and canoes are encouraged to bring them down. Water and lunch will be provided. Please wear appropriate clothing, bring reef safe sunscreen and a reusable water bottle.