In honor of World Oceans Day, Leadership Hollywood Class 43 is joining forces with ocean advocacy groups Free our Seas & Beyond and the Surfrider Foundation to host the first annual H2O, Hollywood-2-Ocean, event on Saturday June 8. The festival will showcase seaside art and ocean conservation efforts at the Hollywood Beach Bandshell and surrounding area. The free, educational, and entertainment filled day is designed to bring awareness and action to the various issues affecting the beauty and safety of the ocean.
The event starts at 9am with a beach cleanup led by the Surfrider Foundation. Participants are asked to meet on the beach off of Johnson Street. The cleanup will be followed by a Beach Bash celebration at 11am to highlight the positive impact the ordinances are already having on our beaches. From 11am to 1pm, visitors can enjoy live music on the Bandshell stage, games, educational presentations, and special appearances by city officials, including commissioners from Hollywood and Dania Beach. Hollywood Mayor, Josh Levy, will present a proclamation announcing that the first Saturday in June will forever be recognized as an official city holiday called H2O, Hollywood to Ocean Day.
Throughout the day, trade and informational vendors will be present in the grassy area just north of the Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort. There will be wares by local and international artists including custom jewelry and environmentally friendly products (such as reusable cups by Pirani). Giveaways will include reusable canvas bags and water bottles.
Artwork made from debris collected on the beach, such as plastic, sand toys, flip flops, and other plastic waste, will be on display throughout the event. The sculptures are meant to highlight the large quantity of plastic waste released into the oceans and the long-term effects non-reusable and wasteful habits have on the environment.
The festival will also include a wide variety of live demonstrations. Local sand sculpture artist John May will be onsite to create a seaside masterpiece and artist Rei Ramirez will also demonstrate his brilliant visual artistic skills. Beach goers can even participate with a special guest artist!
“We created this nonprofit because we feel it is our responsibility to help empower people to make small changes that improve the world by having fun, through educational events that incorporate art and creativity” said Elaine Fiore, Director of Free our Seas & Beyond, “It is wonderful that the cities have started enforcing ordinances to help clean up our beaches, but it starts with us, all of us, we can save our oceans together.”
The collective organizers of H2O are excited about this event and hope to collaborate on more creative endeavors throughout Hollywood and Dania Beach. There goal is to raise awareness among the community, especially within the new generation. They believe one little step at a time can make a world of difference in the long run.
To be a sponsor of the event, alongside businesses such as Margaritaville Hollywood Beach Resort and GG’s Waterfront Bar & Grill, or for additional information, contact Katie Lizana at (954)865-5378. Beach cleanup registration begins at 8:30am in front of the Bandshell located at Johnson Street on the Broadwalk. Giveaways including event shirts, bottles, and canvas bags will be available as long as supplies last.