Spring TideVolunteers collect more than 500 pounds of debris

  • Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Updated Thursday, April 10, 2014 9:39 am

Anita Crone/For Inlet Outlook Judges Robert Hawkins, Gordon Mooneyhan and Mac McGuire talk over the rules.

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They came, they cleaned up — a lot — and they ate their fill.

More than 150 people gathered on both sides of the salt marsh Sunday

They headed into the marsh by kayak and small boats and on foot to clean up the streets and waterways of Murrells Inlet, yanking up more than 500 pounds of recyclables — not to mention the items that couldn’t be converted to other products.

Among the oddities pulled from the creek and roadsides this year was a plastic flamingo, a toilet seat and a couple of hubcaps.

“We call this pile the Trash to Treasure section,” said Kira Roff, president of Fisher Recycling, as she pointed to the flamingo and the toilet seat.

“You never know what someone can use.”

The one thing all the items had in common was that they had no home in the marsh.

While participation was down this year, the enthusiasm was high, especially for the chowders that cooked on the grates of two barbecue cookers parked at the parking lot to the Hot Fish Club.

Robert Hawkins, Gordon Mooneyhan, Mac McGuire and Margaret Wolfe, HAM radio enthusiasts, picked three winners from among the chowder purveyors.

Taking honors as the Best Damn Chowder was Inlet Affairs.

The Dead Dog offering took second and Chelsea Joe’s took third.

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