Clem find tons of fireworks and 50 bags of trash in zone 5 post Independence Day!
It occurred to me as I drove to my zone this morning that there may be more trash than usual given yesterday being July 4th. That said, I found SO much trash – including large, heavy (mounted on thick rotating-wood bases) fireworks and reams of trash nearby – I got very discouraged. Also encountered dog-walker w/ leash at sanctuary (“oh, I didn’t know” – older fellow wearing Piedmont Soccer College t-shirt – I believed him) – 4 sleepers on beach (WB Police responded very fast), etc. Right now I’m tired and filthy and will try to put a better report together (w/ images) later.
Oh, I came across an Hispanic fellow from Wilmington (I asked) who was wearing gloves, carrying large trash bag and asked him if he was involved w/ KIC and I gathered he wasn’t. So there ARE good Samaritans. Interesting though (to me) that the only 2 people picking up trash lived nowhere close to the beach.
I got very discouraged this morning – there’s too much trash to even begin itemize. Including all the fireworks, 40-50 grocery bags? more??
I told the police officer “now I understand why you charge for parking!”. I also suggested a $1,000 fine for littering. ALL WB ACCESS NEED SIGNS STATING WHAT’S PROHIBITED AND WHAT THE PENALTIES ARE!
P.S. I put all fireworks near trash cans; but there’s still a bunch of paper cardboard light trash nearby (in dunes south of turtle nest).
The only good news I have is that the turtle nest and sanctuary both were fine.
This was the worst spot:
Another trash can farther north was similarly filled after removal:
Note Red Stripe Beer (w/ empties) on lifeguard stand by Oceanic: