In the wake of Hurricane Ivan, Navarre Beach was left with a mess of hundreds of tons of concrete and debris piled up and abandoned.
While many saw it as a nuisance, a few residents saw it as an opportunity.
In 2006 a team of residents banded together to fix a problem. The volunteer group Beach Beautification Committee, a spin off from the Navarre Beach Leaseholders and Residents Association, removed those hundreds of tons of garbage left to sit by the county, and they did not stop there.
Through volunteer efforts, donations and county support dollars, the BBC placed signage and lighting along Navarre’s coast. They improved irrigation and added garbage cans that were regularly cleaned and stocked with doggie bags. They planted beach friendly and seasonal greenery.
They made the island look its best.
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