May 9th: Once again, there was quite a bit of trash to be found on WB this morning. I collected four bags of trash, including a balloon, a pair of shoes, lots of plastic wrappers and cups, as well as a used condom and the empty wrapper. Yuck! (The condom was scooped off the sand with a plastic toy shovel also found on the beach this morning.) A lady actually stopped me to report her sighting of this particularly disgusting item. She then said, "People are pigs!" Ya think?? :)
In addition to the four bags of trash, the following items were taken to the trash cans: One blanket and the empty half gallon of vodka next to it. Can you say OUCH??? One large glass bottle; sandy contents unknown, three beach chairs, one towel, one shirt, and 1 1/2 pairs of sandals, and a partridge in a pear tree!
On the south end, I found a very large hole/trench that had been dug up the side of the dune, under the roped off area, and into the bird sanctuary. This was very upsetting, and I could only hope the thoughtless people that invaded the birds' refuge did not cause any harm or the abandonment of a newly laid nest. Ugh!! This was later reported to Lindsay Addison of Audubon so she could assess the damage to the dune and any potential disturbance of the nesting birds.
Just before leaving the beach, a visitor from Tennessee saw me collecting trash near JM Pier and had the following to say: "It is horrible how people here just trash this beach! I can not believe folks just get up and leave behind all this litter. I have had to clean the beach of trash before finding a spot to place my beach chair in the sand. " Oh my. Is this really the impression we want to make on our visitors?
My last observation of the morning involved a lady on the beach with a German Shephard that was doing his business in the dunes. She must have been in an awful hurry 'cause she didn't even bother to pick up after her pooch. Double yuck!!