Sunday, January 1, 2017

New Years' Day 2017: Santa Monica Beach Trash Report

Dateline: Sunday morning, NEW YEARS' DAY 2017, aka, January 1st... in case you were wondering what the beach looked like today in Santa Monica between the Santa Monica Pier and Ocean Park along the water's edge, here are the photos plus a video illustrating the continuing unaddressed and uncollected #beachtrash.

Below, Santa Monica Beach:  Good from far.... but alas still far from good.....

Notice how open, notorious and obvious these examples of #beachtrash are!  It's not as if you cannot see any of this. You have to literally step around it, in fact.  The reason it remains on the beach is actually very simple..... It's because the City of Santa Monica does not send even ONE PERSON from its sanitation dept. out here to hand pick it up!  Meanwhile, the City runs its tractors back and forth on the soft dry sand away from the water's edge where there is little to no #beachtrash but the beach sure looks pretty when its freshly raked.....  In my opinion, the City o Santa Monica does not deserve the privilege of maintaining this beautiful natural resource, namely, the beaches in Santa Monica due to its continued failure to clean up the #beachtrash at the water's edge while devoting substantial resources and money to the back of the beach running tractors and raking sand where there is little to no #beachtrash.

The following three (3) photos show wildlife, e.g., birds, feeding, picking and pecking at garbage and #beachtrash in the Pico-Kenter Storm Drain outflow that remains uncollected and/or otherwise disposed of by the City of Santa Monica.  This illustrates how birds end up with bits of plastic and other #beachtrash in their digestive systems.  The failure of the City of Santa Monica to clean up #beachtrash along the water's edge and at the Pico-Kenter Storm Drain contributes to this poisoning of wildlife.  This would likely include the endangered Snowy Plover which the City has set aside a sanctuary on the north side of the pier but since many of these birds did not get the memo on the sanctuary... they are likely to go where they please and thus are subject to the enormous amount of #beachtrash along the water's edge that the City of Santa Monica continues to intentionally ignore.

*** Video Alert !

New Year's Day 2017 Santa Monica #BeachTrash: The Video

Our old friend the discarded and empty glass bottle of BLUE MOON® beer remains where it was yesterday and uncollected by the City of Santa Monica...

The broken black plastic plate also remains on the beach and uncollected by the City of Santa Monica...

It's a new year and nothing has changed insofar as the City of Santa Monica is concerned with respect to the continuing onslaught of #beachtrash at the water's edge which the City continues to ignore despite its danger to wildlife and beach patrons.

Respectfully submitted,

William Maguire,
 Santa Monica business owner

(All photos and video by & Copyright William Maguire 2017.)

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