This led to a conversation about an editorial I had read in Lumina News in which it was mentioned that the police department had been writing more tickets for littering and dogs on the beach. I wondered if this was the reason for less trash. I have always said that enforcement of a law is easy if you write a few tickets, because then word of mouth will spread. I'm not sure if I am right, but I believe it and when I have spoken with towns in California that have passed a "no smoking" ordinance on their beach strands, they have said this very same thing. Word of mouth and positive peer pressure have kept their beaches clean. In fact, our friend, Danielle Richardet and her friend, Sara Bayles is doing a comparison of 20 minute beach clean ups. Sara picks up trash in Santa Monica, which is a smoke free beach and Danielle picks up trash at WB. They each pick up for 20 minutes and then count the number of cigarette butts they found. Here are the results: 24 clean ups in Santa Monica, CA = 179 butts; 19 clean ups in Wrightsville Beach, NC = 4, 278 butts. Wow! The numbers speak for themselves.
Speaking of trash and cigarette butts, John and I collected 7 bags of trash even though we at first thought the beach was clean.
Our trash included, but was not limited to:
Later in the day we took our boat from WB to CB. Along the way, we scooped 3 types of plastic bags out of the waterway, 1 styrofoam cup and 1 plastic bottle.
We also saw lots of people having fun and displaying some beautiful kites.