The City of Tampa Successfully Restored Bayshore Boulevard following the 2018 Gasparilla Invasion

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The City of Tampa’s Department of Solid Waste and Environmental Program Management, in partnership with other City departments and Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful (KTBB), successfully cleaned Bayshore Boulevard and the surrounding area to its signature, pristine condition, following the Gasparilla Pirate Invasion.  


The 2018 Gasparilla festivities generated fifty four (54) tons of garbage and four (4) tons of recycling and included the street sweeping of a total of two hundred and six (206) miles.  Staff members from four (4) City Department worked from early morning Saturday through early Sunday.   


“I am very proud of our team’s outstanding work year after year; their dedicated efforts ensure that Tampa’s signature boulevard and the downtown area is returned to its beauty, looking untouched and that litter is kept from entering the bay.  Expeditious and quality clean up this year was particularly important because of the hockey fans in town for the NHL All-Star Game,” said Department Director, Mark Wilfalk

This year, staff made an additional effort to not only collect recycling and garbage but also to keep beads separated in order to be put to reuse through our partnership with MacDonald Training Center. 


If you would like to volunteer for the After Gasparilla Clean Up effort next year contact KTBB at (813) 221-8733, or visit their website at www.keeptampabaybeautiful.corg.


For additional on the Gasparilla clean-up efforts, please call the City of Tampa’s Department of Solid Waste and Environmental Program Management at (813) 348-1146, or visit our website at