Bailey’s General Store Supports Coastal Watch

provided to Santiva Chronicle

Sam Lucas of Coastal Watch, left, receives $775.55 from Bailie Johnson, Calli Johnson, and Richard Johnson.

On May 28, Bailey’s General Store generously presented a check to Coastal Watch in support of the Bring Your Own Bag (BYOB) conservation initiative.

Coastal Watch’s BYOB initiative is designed to reduce the use of single-use plastic bags on our islands and educate locals and visitors about the harm plastic causes our environment. Single-use plastic bags have a short usage time and are rarely recyclable, taking 1,000 years or more to decompose. They pose a threat to wildlife, as countless animals become entangled or mistake them for food each year.

The solution to this problem is simple – bringing your own reusable bags when you shop eliminates the need for single-use plastic bags. Thanks to sponsors, Coastal Watch distributes free, reusable bags at events and stores throughout the island. To date, over 20,000 bags have been distributed.

Bailey’s is a long-time supporter of BYOB, sponsoring the initiative since its creation. Reusable bags are available within Bailey’s General Store for purchase and BYOB events are held throughout the year, providing customers with a free reusable bag as they walk through the door.

The funds provided by Bailey’s will go toward future orders of reusable bags, allowing alternative options to continue to be offered throughout the island.

Part of the SCCF (Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation) Family, Coastal Watch creates and implements conservation initiatives that promote and improve the future of marine resources and, our coastal heritage. For more information about Coastal Watch, visit or contact

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