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Save Our Shores will host its first ‘Holiday Relief’ cleanup on Tuesday, May 27, the morning after Memorial Day.  Anticipating the many long-weekend revelers who will trek to Santa Cruz’s especially sunny beaches, the non-profit created this targeted post-holiday cleanup plan.  Tuesday’s event will be held from 9 to 11 am in an effort to remove as much weekend waste as possible before high surf or high tides flush out the debris.

Save Our Shores previously launched monthly cleanups at Panther Beach in January of this year as part of their XStream Cleanup program.  Panther is now the pilot location to receive “relief” efforts due to the culmination of record cleanup totals, signage vandalism and late night partying complaints along the North Coast.  This is the first of three scheduled post-holiday events at Panther alone.  SOS will restore Panther, along with many other Santa Cruz shorelines, on the 5th of July as part of their annual Star Spangled event.  Panther will receive additional attention the morning after Labor Day on Tuesday, Sept. 2.  SOS has been known for their cleanups on the morning after July 4th and, because of the effectiveness of that effort, this year the post-holiday cleanup model is being expanded to the holidays that begin and end the summer season.

“Our intention is to not only remove the morning after Memorial Day mess, but to also encourage community members and visitors alike to celebrate responsibly while on the edge of our beautiful Sanctuary,” said Laura Kasa, Executive Directorof SOS.

Check in will be located near the SOS sign next to the dirt parking lot off Highway 1.  Individual and small group volunteers are welcome. Save Our Shores will provide all necessary cleanup supplies.  Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own garden gloves and buckets as well as filled, reusable water bottles.

For more information, please contact SOS Program Manager Rachel Kippen at (831) 462-5660, ext. 3, or You can always find us on the web at

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