Friday, June 9, 2017

The New Normal: Bamboo Beach

"The New Normal": a beach filthy with debris at the tide line...

Dateline: Friday, June 9, 2017 at approximately 1 pm, just south of the Santa Monica Pier. The beach by the shoreline is packed with people and with plant debris such as sharp shards and shafts of bamboo that represent a significant source of injury to the beach going public, esp. small children.

This is the new normal in the City of Santa Monica, unfortunately.  The bamboo is especially problematical and it virtually litters the high tide line.  See for yourself in the photo above and the photos below.  Step on the bamboo and you can cut open your foot, leading to infection or worse.

This is not how this beach has customarily been maintained.  The past year or so it has gotten progressively worse. 

There is a HUGE annual ocean festival tomorrow, June 10th, at the Pier (The Santa Monica Pier Paddleboard And Ocean Festival) with beach and ocean events right at this same place on the beach (at Lifeguard Tower #16).  The City knows all about this event. So why is this beach not clean of plant debris, esp. the bamboo which the City has notice of as a potential source of injury to the public? 

In any case, here are the photos I took today. This is not the way this beach has been customarily maintained.  This is the new normal.

Above and below, debris, esp. bamboo lines and litters the tide line.  This is not how this beach has customarily been maintained.  The City of Santa Monica has DROPPED THE BALL BIG TIME on cleaning the beach near the shoreline.

Check most any advertisement, promotion, social media post, etc. that the City of Santa Monica creates and disseminates and it will NOT show a beach as filthy as above and below. This compounds the likelihood that someone is going to get injured.  The City promotes the beach as beautiful, safe and clean.  These photos show that this is just not the case.

Respectfully submitted,

William Maguire,
Santa Monica business owner

(All photos by & Copyright William Maguire 2017.)

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