Monday, March 27, 2017

Santa Monica South #Beachtrash Report: Saturday, March 25, 2017

Dateline: Saturday, March 25, 2017.  In this audit of #beachtrash I walked from the Santa Monica Pier to the border with Venice, a stretch of beach known as "Santa Monica South" which, unfortunately, is plagued by #beachtrash near the water's edge that is rarely collected and/or disposed of by the City of Santa Monica.  Here are the photos I took which shows that this neglect continues and which represents an ongoing public health and safety hazard.

The City of Santa Monica apparently cannot even get someone to remove this cardboard box left on the beach near the water's edge.  The neglect is astonishing!  No one from the City is even checking the shoreline for #beachtrash or debris.  This is an ongoing omission which defies basic civic responsibility.

Below, a discarded glass bottle of CORONA@ beer just steps away from a child visiting the beach.....

Above and below, the sharp broken pieces of a purple plastic toy bucket lay in the sand near the water's edge and which was probably crushed and broken by the City tractor dragging a rake.  No one from the City follows up the tractor to pick up #beachtrash either and so these sharp pieces of plastic are just laying in wait, buried in the sand...

Below, I collected #beachtrash I found in the sand and set it up as a display for the City to perhaps observe and dispose of... maybe.

Below, MARY KAY® cosmetics gets in some play time at the beach and gets left behind...

CHEEZ-IT® makes an appearance as #beachtrash as well unbeknownst to the City of Santa Monica because the City does not have anyone to walk near the water's edge to pick this up.  Actually, the City does have the resources to do so and has stated that it does so but our continuous audits reveal that the City simply does not assign anyone to walk the beach near the water's edge either daily or regularly.

More #beachtrash below south of the world famous Santa Monica Pier.  I do not think that this photo will show up in the social media postings by the City, however......

Take a SUPER BIG GULP because there is A LOT of #beachtrash near the water's edge in Santa Monica...

All of this #beachtrash is right out in the open near the water's edge where it remains for beach patrons to contend with and hopefully avoid. This #beachtrash is not hiding.  It's in your face.  Indeed, it's collection is a simple task.  And yet this simple task is not undertaken by the City on either a daily or regular basis.

This #beachtrash continues to represent a public health and safety hazard and the City of Santa Monica remains unaccountable for its collection and/or disposal on either a daily or regular basis.  Furthermore, on a Saturday you would think that the City would step it up in terms of presenting the beach in its best light, but remarkably continues not to do so. The City DOES continue to collect exorbitant parking fees at the beach parking lots, however, and apparently the City has the resources and staff to collect said parking fees...

It is shocking and unacceptable that the City of Santa Monica cares so very little about the health and safety of the beach going public that the City actively solicits and encourages to visit the beach.  This beach should be cleaned of #beachtrash near the water's edge several days a week at the very least, if not more.

Respectfully submitted,

William Maguire,
Santa Monica business owner

(All photos by & Copyright William Maguire 2017.)

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