For love of mangroves, Florida man hauls 10 tons of trash from Keys

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Reuters

By Maria Alejandra Cardona and Brian Ellsworth KEY BISCAYNE (Reuters) – After years of watching trash build up in mangroves on the Florida Keys off his native Miami, Andrew Otazo began hauling out garbage to raise awareness about an ecosystem he has been enjoying since he was a teenager. The public relations professional and self-described “amateur mangrove trash collector” has over the past five years removed over 10 tons (20,000 pounds) of waste from barrier islands including Key Biscayne and from the surrounding waters. “As I got older and I learned more about the importance of the mangrove…

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