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Delray Beach Resident Takes Initiative to Clean Beaches

Alarmed by the amount of clutter and debris along the shoreline she encountered on her weekend visits to the beach, Delray Beach resident Julie Travis became determined to take action. 

“Every time I go to the beach, more so recently, it’s covered in trash,” Travis says. “I was sick of looking at trash and people leaving their cigarettes everywhere.” 

After asking a friend to join her in a beach cleanup, Travis quickly realized they needed more help if they wanted to make a genuine impact. So to generate more people involved with the cause, Travis formed the ‘Trashy Mermaids,’ a female group of dedicated volunteers that conduct monthly sweeps to clean any trash they encounter, including cigarette butts, bottle caps, food and wrappers and a bevy of plastic items.

“I love the beach,” she says. “I don’t like what’s happening to it and I also love mermaids. I’m really excited about the momentum this has taken. When people see us picking up trash, they come and say thanks and ask how they can help.”

After successful beach cleanups on May 21 and June 5 with about 15 to 20 people, the group is hosting another cleaning session at 9 a.m. on July 3 and will return for one Saturday a month. 

“We have to keep it clean for the next generation,” Travis says.

For more information, email Jeanne Epstein at jeanepstn@gmail.com or call 561-313-2611. The group also has a Facebook Page here.  

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Drew Limsky

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Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.