Saturday, February 11, 2017

... and so it begins again.... Uncollected #Beachtrash in Santa Monica


Below, maybe somebody had to have "a drink" in order to tolerate the #beachtrash?...

Dateline: Saturday, February 11, 2017, along the water's edge from the Santa Monica Pier south to the city line at Venice... I walked and took photos and videos of the #beachtrash uncollected today and what looks to be another period of time that the City of Santa Monica is not collecting and/or otherwise disposing of #beachtrash along the water's edge.

And so we begin today's audit just south of the Santa Monica Pier and head toward Venice.....

So how come this #beachtrash that is right out in the open remains uncollected by the City of Santa Monica?  The answer is, unfortunately, very simple... because the City does not have anyone walk the water's edge and hand pick it up.

It's the weekend and lots of people are going to come down to the beach... so why not have a few employees walk the water's edge in the morning to pick up #beachtrash?...  seems like a logical and reasonable thing to do.  

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Pico-Kenter Storm Drain: The Good

And here we are now at the Pico-Kenter Storm Drain... which is still looking fairly clean from this past week's clean up but already the #beachtrash is starting to accumulate and no one from the City has bothered to clean any of it up today!...

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Pico-Kenter Storm Drain: The Bad

Stunning natural resource that we are blessed with here in Santa Monica. Below, the water's edge at the Pico-Kenter Storm Drain...

Below, however, at the east end of the Pico-Kenter Storm Drain between the boardwalk and the ocean the #beachtrash has started to accumulate again...

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Pico-Kenter Storm Drain: The Ugly    

And then as I continued south past the Pico-Kenter Storm Drain, I happened upon six (6) citizens on their own time as volunteers picking up #beachtrash!  I spoke to one of them and it was explained to me that their friend was celebrating her birthday and they asked her what she wanted to do on her birthday and she said she wanted to spend some time picking up the #beachtrash. Isn't that Fantastic!?!!!  And it turns out these 6 volunteers picked up A LOT more #beachtrash than anyone from the City of Santa Monica along the water's edge today!  Especially when you consider that the City picked up nothing today and we audited the beach at both 11 a.m. and later at 1:30 pm.  These volunteers below were picking up #beachtrash at Bay St. adjacent to Lifeguard Tower #20 at and after 11 a.m. today.

Below, one of the citizen volunteers picking up #beachtrash.  How come the City can't and won't do this on a regular basis?!...

Many Thanks to these selfless volunteers!... who obviously care more about the beach than does the City of Santa Monica.  What a #disgrace! 

At this point I reached the city line with Venice and continued on way back to chill out along the Venice boardwalk.....

I returned to Bay St. and the Pico-Kenter Storm Drain at approximately 1:30 pm to check again to see if the City of Santa Monica had picked up any of the #beachtrash between the Storm Drain runoff and the Pier... And the #beachtrash was still there and uncollected and/or otherwise disposed of by the City of Santa Monica, thus confirming that the City of Santa Monica did not have anyone hand pick up any #beachtrash along the water's edge today south of the Santa Monica Pier...  Below are the final photos we took at approximately 1:30 pm today:

And so there you have it!...  The accumulation of #beachtrash has once again begun and the City of Santa Monica is no where to be found along the water's edge on a Saturday!  The weekend... when the general public visits the beach in substantial numbers.  What could possibly be the excuse for not devoting resources to cleaning up the #beachtrash along the water's edge?  The City just does not care.  The City does care about collecting beach parking revenues, however.  This is the leverage that the Calif. State Parks needs to focus on, in my opinion.  Take away the parking revenues and see how quickly the City will start devoting resources to hand picking up the #beachtrash along the water's edge?...

I demand that the City of Santa Monica hand pick up the #beachtrash along the water's edge on a regular basis or forfeit the substantial parking fees that it collects.  This is not an unreasonable demand.

Respectfully submitted,

William Maguire,
Santa Monica business owner

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

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