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LLOP hosts Shore Sweep 30th birthday party

By Pamela A. Keene
 
Lake Lanier Olympic Venue was hopping on August 25 as the Lake Lanier Association celebrated the 30th birthday of its signature event, Shore Sweep. More than 350 people, many who came by boat, showed up to enjoy food, water slides for kids, the Tap It Beer and Wine Truck and free food. The Fly Betty Band provided the musical backdrop for a day on the lake.
 
“We had several hundred people sign up to help with the main event on September 15,” said Bonny Putney with the Lake Lanier Association. “It really helped generate awareness, enthusiasm and more volunteers for our event in September.” 
 
Prizes were awarded to various attendees, including Mike Nix, who showed up in the oldest T-shirt, from the 1995 event. 
 
Putney said that the group is still soliciting volunteers for the mid-September event, from individuals to help at the 11 designated collection points to people with boats to assist on the water. She said they are also specifically looking for someone to bring a bobcat to the Big Creek location on September 15 to help with moving larger objects. Those interested in volunteering can report to a designated location the morning of the event. 
 
Here are the locations:
  • Bald Ridge Marina, boat ramp, next to the gas dock
  • Aqualand Marina, southeastern corner of the property, by the maintenance yard boat ramp
  • Gainesville Marina, top of the sales dock
  • Port Royale Marina, gas dock
  • Lanier Islands Park, along front entrance roadway
  • Balus Creek Boat Ramp
  • Big Creek Boat Ramp
  • Don Carter Park, by boat ramp, close to the cabins
  • Gwinnett Park, across from Lanier Park beach, Saddle Dike #2
  • Longwood Park, boat dock
  • War Hill Park

 
The August celebration started with a mini-Shore Sweep at the park in preparation of the 2018 ICF Dragon Boat Championship taking place on Saturday, September 8.
 
“Between our advance clean-up earlier in the week and the trash and Styrofoam collected on Saturday, we picked up about six tons of debris,” said Bonny Putney with the Lake Lanier Association. “So many people were there to help; plus it was a really fun day.”
 
Sponsors included Teresa Smith/Keller Williams Atlanta Partners, Sheila Davis Group, Boat Dock Works, Singleton Marine, Lanier Federal Credit Union, Lake Lanier Convention & Visitors Bureau, Kona Ice, Paul Perdue and the Lake Lanier Olympic Park. The Chattahoochee Riverkeeper brought out its Chota Princess II and gave tours to visitors. 
 
“We are really grateful to all our sponsors, those who helped with the birthday celebration and those who help us every year with Shore Sweep,” she said. 
 
Putney, who has been involved with the association and Shore Sweep for many years, said that she has seen the event expand since those early days.
 
“Shore Sweep has gone from a group of about 50 people, coming together in one location for one day with one dumpster, to its current multi-day event with nearly a dozen locations, collecting upwards of 50 tons of trash,” she said. “Today we’ve got mechanized equipment at every site, and we’re more technologically organized than ever.”
 
For more information or for questions about the September 15 Shore Sweep, visit www.lakelanier.org or call 770 503-7757.

Posted online 8/31/18
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