“I would find shattered glass on the parking spots along the (North Shell) road next to the couples’ house,” Boyce said, adding that his aim at first was to keep beachgoers safe in the area.
“I have made this my mission. I want everyone to do their part and make this a place where residents and visitors can admire the island.”
With the recent holidays, Boyce has found all kinds of debris that was left behind from beachgoers.
“On New Year Eve, there was a group that shot confetti guns with butterfly-shaped confetti, but if you look closely, it doesn’t decompose,” Boyce said. “This is bad for our marine life. A fish will see this and eat it right up.”
Boyce had used a leaf blower to remove the thousands of butterfly-shaped confetti from the sand and onto the road so he could sweep it up and into the trash, but he still finds some while out.
Boyce believes that the first step to a cleaner beach starts with education, saying that it is crucial to learn about the difference between trash and compost. He adds that sea life is our environment as well because Sarasota residents live on or near the coast.
“I believe that change has to start with education,” Boyce said. “When you see an actor in a movie smoke a cigarette, what do they do with the butt? They throw it on the ground and step on it, and people think it’s OK to do the same. It’s a crime to litter.”
Boyce can be spotted with his bright orange bucket every day at the break of dawn at Siesta Key North Bridge and throughout Siesta Key Beach.
“Picking up a little does a lot. If you see something extra, take it with you. Be kinder than the next person.” Boyce said.
Dariela is the Sarasota community reporter for the Observer. After graduating from Florida State University with degrees in English and education, she’s been a writer and an editor for publications in Tallahassee and Sarasota. In her free time she gives violin lessons.