Help Keep Rockaway Beach Barefoot Friendly

You kick off your flip-flops and step into the sand scrunching it in between your toes before finding a space to spread out your chairs, towels and cooler. Beach season is starting and the Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project wants to make sure that all that sand is barefoot friendly.

On Saturday, June 14, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Barefoot Wine, Surfrider Foundation and a group of volunteers will meet at Beach 67, where the beach meets the boardwalk and cleanup Rockaway Beach. Afterwards, volunteers can attend a celebration from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., featuring a performance by Vanessa Carlton. RSVP at And to sweeten the deal complimentary transportation is being provided to and from Manhattan. Email to grab one of the limited transportation spots.

The Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project began seven years ago with the mission to create awareness about the importance of having healthy beaches for generations to come. In that time volunteers have cleaned up more than 100 beaches, rivers and lakes in more than 15 states. They’ve removed 14 tons of trash.

Each year Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project evaluates locations with the Surfrider Foundation and local Surfrider chapters to determine what beaches, rivers, and lakes are in need of cleanups and restorations. This year, they’re visiting: Myrtle Beach, SC, South Padre Island, TX, Chicago, IL, New York, NY (Rockaway Beach), Ventura, CA, Fort Lauderdale, FL, Palm Beach, FL, Boston, MA , Charleston, SC, Seattle, WA, Austin, TX, Portland, OR, Hampton, NH, Jersey Shore, NJ and San Diego, CA.

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Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project volunteers gather dune supplies at Rockaway Beach in 2013. Photo courtesy of Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project.