Thursday, September 7, 2017

Santa Monica Beach Trash Report: Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017

Dateline: Thursday morning, after 10 a.m., September 7, 2017 at Santa Monica State Beach.

Today I walked from the Santa Monica Pier to Ocean Park and back along the shoreline.  About 1/4 mile into my walk I observed numerous young ladies hand picking up #beachtrash near the water's edge and along the berm.  I inquired and they told me they were students at Marlborough School (for girls, grades 7 - 12) and were volunteering in a beach cleanup sponsored by the Surfrider Foundation.  I thanked them for their efforts.

Nevertheless, there was still #beachtrash near the water's edge uncollected by the City of Santa Monica which I captured in the following photos, in addition to several photos of the Surfrider Foundation volunteers from Marlborough School.

Below, is where I first observed the large group of young ladies from Marlborough School hand picking up #beachtrash near the water's edge, something that you will rarely find anyone from the City of Santa Monica doing...

More volunteers below...

Above and below, more student volunteers hand picking up #beachtrash... something that the City of Santa Monica rarely does even though they are obligated to do so per the Operating Agreement with the State of California (Calif. State Parks) and because the City has publicly stated at least twice that it does hand pick up #beachtrash on a daily basis near the water's edge, though that is actually a continuing misrepresentation.  Just sayin'...

*** Let's give credit today where credit is due!  The beach is clean TODAY because of the SURFRIDER FOUNDATION and the volunteer students from MARLBOROUGH SCHOOL.

Many thanks to the staff at Marlborough School for this wonderful civic lesson in action and a great way to teach these young people to respect the beach... even if the City of Santa Monica continues to ignore its obligation to daily clean up the #beachtrash near the water's edge.

More student volunteers above and below hand picking up #beachtrash!...  Fantastic!

 Below, my personal #beachtrash as art installation quickly created from debris left in the sand and ignored and uncollected by the City of Santa Monica, namely, two bottle caps, a cigarette butt and a wine bottle cork...

Below, more disgusting #beachtrash ignored by the City of Santa Monica...

Below, the SURFRIDER FOUNDATION canopy on the sand adjacent to the boardwalk at Bay St. at Santa Monica State Beach where the volunteers gathered after their morning #beachtrash clean up.

Above and below, I literally stepped on this glass bottle which was buried just below the surface adjacent to the lifeguard tower at Bay St.  Yes, I picked it up and disposed of it.

Many Thanks to SURFRIDER FOUNDATION and the MARLBOROUGH SCHOOL for their successful #beachtrash clean up operation today at Santa Monica State Beach.  If it weren't for such volunteers, this State Beach would remain filthy with #beachtrash because the City of Santa Monica certainly does NOT daily hand pick up #beachtrash near the water's edge.

Respectfully submitted,

William Maguire,
Attorney at law,
and Concerned citizen

(All photos by & Copyright William Maguire 2017.)

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