Thursday, September 15, 2016

Beach Trash Audit, Sept. 15, 2016

Dateline: Thursday morning, Sept. 15, 2016 around10 a.m. along Santa Monica South from the Santa Monica Pier to Bay St.... we conducted our usual audit of the trash that the City of Santa Monica does not bother to pick up between the water line and the berm either regularly or daily.  Why you might ask?  Because the city personnel that clean the beach do not walk the beach and hand pick up the trash on the shoreline, in spite of a recent statement by a spokesperson for the City being quoted to the contrary.



"Why then the trash lining the shore?"

“We can only go to the high tide line with the large equipment that picks up the bulk of trash on the beach,” Farrell explained. “State law restricts equipment near the water line to protect microorganisms. Our team hand picks trash near the water’s edge, but it’s constant work.”

(note: emphasis added to highlight the misinformation being communicated by the City of Santa Monica. As our multiple audits and photos illustrate, the city team does not, in fact, pick up trash near the water's edge.) 

In any case, here are the photos from this morning, Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016 along the beach between the Santa Monica Pier and Bay St...

Below, a handful of trash that I picked up between Lifeguard Towers #16 and 17...

Below, Lifeguard Tower #20 at Bay St., where the Ocean Lifeguard is just opening up his tower for the day...

Below, trash discarded beneath Lifeguard Tower #20 that I corralled for this photo opp. to that I have decided to call, "Make America Great Again!"... as a sarcastic homage to the litterbugs who drink and smoke and leave their trash on the beach at nite and to the City of Santa Monica for not cleaning the beach of this filth as it is their obligation to do...

Nevertheless, there is still beauty to be appreciated and we leave our audience with this beautiful setting below adjacent to Lifeguard Tower #20 showing blue skies, sunshine, and surf...

Respectfully submitted,

Will Maguire, Editor
"County Recurrent" News

(All photos by and Copyright Will Maguire 2016.)

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