Thursday, February 9, 2017

There is hope... the sequel

Dateline: Thursday, February 9, 2017, late afternoon reconnaissance of the beach immediately adjacent to both sides of the world famous Santa Monica Pier... from the deck of the pier itself...
The beach on both sides appeared to be cleaner than yesterday when we found it to be fairly clean on the south side of the pier but with open and obvious #beachtrash along the water's edge that could only have remained there due to the failure of the City to have its staff walk along the water's edge and pick it up. But Hey!... that was yesterday. 

This afternoon the beach looked nearly spotless. At least that is how it appeared to be from our view from the deck of the pier and I even pulled out a pair of binoculars and the beach was thankfully clean of debris as far as I could tell.  Perhaps a few stray pieces of trash from beach patrons, some of whom are careless about their purchased disposable food and beverage choices.

In any case, I was very relieved and grateful to find the beach looking clean and safe for the beach patrons enjoying our shore line.  To whomever cleaned the beach, Bravo and Thank you!  It could very well have been volunteers from HEAL THE BAY or it might have even been the City of Santa Monica, though as our past audits have shown that is a rare occurrence at best.

Perhaps there is hope after all...  We sure hope so.  The City needs to do the heavy lifting and the majority of the clean up along the water's edge in terms of the #beachtrash that accumulates on a daily basis.  And this means City Staff has to get some exercise and actually walk the water's edge and hand pick up the #beachtrash.

Here are our photos from this afternoon, though they are from the deck of the pier instead of our usual photo audits from the sand along the water's edge.

South side of the Santa Monica Pier...

North side of the pier...

 nearing dusk as we depart the beach along the north side of the pier...

Our goal remains to encourage, prod, compel and succeed in convincing the City of Santa Monica to actually have its staff regularly walk the water's edge and hand pick up the staggering amount of #beachtrash that accumulates day after day.  We are not going to be impressed with the City pledging to do so. The only remedy and resolution acceptable is for the City to actually see that its staff actually walks the water's edge and hand picks up the #beachtrash and that this effort continues on a regular basis.

Respectfully submitted,

William Maguire,
Santa Monica business owner

(All photos by & Copyright William Maguire 2017.)

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