The Beach Drive Buccaneers of Seaside have been honored for their work in keeping area beaches clean and free of litter.

SOLVE, a Portland nonprofit that unites Oregonians around environmental protection, gave the Buccaneers the 2013?SOLVE?Citizenship Award in the community group section. The presentation of the award will occur during the SOLVE?Citizenship Awards banquet in October in Portland.

The Beach Drive Buccaneers was formed by Mike Scott, a Seaside vacation home resident and SOLVE?event coordinator, and local residents Gini and Tom Dideum to combat the growing problem of beaches littered with fireworks, pits dug for fires and trash left behind from the Oregon Coast’s largest Fourth of July celebration.

The group dresses as pirates and participates in Seaside’s Fourth of July parade, handing out trash bags to parade-goers. The following day, the Buccaneers organize cleanup efforts with local volunteers; last year, the group collected more than five tons of waste.

The Beach Side Buccaneers’ environmental efforts have expanded past the Fourth of July holiday to include year-round cleanups with businesses, visitors and school and church groups.

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