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Patty Sheehan urges stronger litter prevention measures after messy Earth Day celebration aftermath

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On Monday afternoon, Orlando District 4 City Commissioner Patty Sheehan used her time during the city council meeting to report on the success of last weekend’s Earth Day celebration at Lake Eola and to urge residents to be more vigilant in preventing the trash that was left both in and around the lake afterwards.

The annual Earth Day Celebration drew thousands to Downtown Orlando to enjoy food, music and fun, while learning about ways to get involved in some organizations dedicated to protecting and preserving the earth’s environment.

Unfortunately, garbage from the event found it’s way on to sidewalks and city streets. Empty plastic water bottles, food containers and flyers floated into Lake Eola and concerned citizens took to social media with their pictures. One photo showed a Lake Eola swan preparing to eat some of the garbage.

“Yeah, Earth Day unfortunately had an unwanted consequence of creating some environmental concerns at the park.” said Sheehan, who reported that most of the mess had been cleaned up from the Saturday celebration.

Sheehan went on to ask those that were passionate about keeping the lakes clean, to bring hard plastic water bottles from home instead of buying their disposable counterparts, stay away from food vendors that use Styrofoam containers and to take pictures of flyers on their phones instead of taking the small paper notes that are often thrown away without a second look.

The District 4 Commissioner has been a regular advocate for the environment working with Mayor Buddy Dyer on the city’s various “green” initiatives and working to save areas like Constitution Green park from development.

“We got it cleaned up but these are things we can look at in the future to keep our parks clean.” said Sheehan in conclusion.

City Commissioner Patty Sheehan

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