NCBBA Operation Beach Respect set for September 17

Published 12:28 pm Thursday, September 15, 2022

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On Saturday, Sept. 17, the North Carolina Beach Buggy Association will once again launch its Operation Beach Respect program, where association members and volunteers will be stationed at every beach access ramp from Bodie Island to Ocracoke to hand out information packets and trash bags to beachgoers.

Celebrating its 38th year in 2022, Operation Beach Respect is held in conjunction with the organization’s Adopt-a-Highway program, also occurring on Sept. 17, which targets the 2.5-mile stretch of roadway in between ORV Ramp 2 and the Basnight Bridge.

For the Adopt-a-Highway clean-up, volunteers will meet at the ORV Ramp 4 parking lot at 7:30 a.m., where association members will hand out grabbers, reflection vests, gloves and garbage bags and provide a route location assignment.

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All volunteers are welcome to join in the Adopt-a-Highway clean-up, while beachgoers on Sept. 17 can expect to be greeted by an NCBBA member with valuable info and a trash bag to patrol their stretch of sand.

Volunteers staff each ramp for the morning and hand out packets of information and trash bags. Beachgoers are asked to police the outlying area they are using for the day and leave their collection of trash at the end of the ramp as they leave. The Cape Hatteras National Park Service will collect the pile of trash bags later.”

Interested volunteers can sign up to lend a hand in the clean-ups by emailing NCBBA director Tom Brueckner at

Afterwards, at noon, a lunch is provided for all volunteers at the Avon Fire Department on Harbor Road. “I guarantee you will have fun and enjoy the experience,” stated Brueckner. “So, if you are down on the island for the weekend or the week, or you live here permanently, you’ll find it to be a great opportunity to meet new friends and renew old acquaintances.”

For more information on the corresponding clean-up events, as well as on the NCBBA, visit the organization’s website at or its Facebook page at