On Saturday September 11 the chapter held a beach cleanup at Herring Point as part of DNREC’s Coastal Cleanup. The event had 22 volunteers that collected 53.6 pounds of trash from the parking area, beach, and drive-on area. The key items collected were 317 cigarette butts, 59 plastic fragments, 48 plastic bottle caps, 66 plastic and foam fragments, 3 plastic bags, 3 balloons, 1 metal spike, a spatula, cutting board, and two individual shoes. This is not a full list and the group did a great job cleaning the area.
After the cleanup we held a dedication to officially open the shower at Herring Point. The event was well attended by the families of Davey Alison and Grey Baker, as well as Surfrider Foundation members, volunteers, and park staff. The shower area includes a bench with a plaque honoring the boys. Since the shower was initially installed earlier this summer it has been a popular addition to the area, getting heavy use each day from surfers, hikers, and sun bathers. After initial remarks by Delaware Surfrider Foundation Vice-Chair Brian Moran each father, Dave Alison and Grey Baker, made touching statements to the group. Grey Baker’s statement captured the theme of the day “We talk a lot about our kids living through us. Well, this is a great example. This is them, living through us!” The event was also attended by a butterfly which is a symbol for the Alison family to remember Davey, which was a perfect way to wrap the day.