This infuriates me to no end.
You can read the article here at Channel 10 news.
Aside from the fatality, the arrests, and the closing down of some of the roads due to the unruly crowd, the spring breakers pretty much trashed the beach. This isn't the first time, nor, sadly, will it be the last. In addition to Spring Break, the same thing happens at the Memorial Day weekend Urban Beach Week.
I've seen it first hand. Many years ago, I don't remember exactly which year, we woke up early on Memorial Day and thought … hey … let's go watch the sun rise on the beach. At the time, we didn't know it was Urban Beach week, so we were taken aback by the amount of trash littering the beach. It was disgusting. It was also so sad. I understand getting out and having fun. I understand the drinking, dancing, partying. What I don't understand is the lack of respect for their environment.
As the tide comes in all that trash goes right back out into the ocean. It's not necessarily just a problem for Miami Beach because guess what … that trash will wash up on another beach further up the state, or even another state - not to mention the amount of resources - time and money that will need to be spent to clean it after Spring Break.
It's not just a Spring Break thing, or a special event thing with large crowds -- I see it just about every day. The car in front of me that throws something out the window, the guy at the car show that leaves his food container in the parking lot, the pig in the grocery store parking lot that changes their baby's diaper and leaves the dirty diaper on the ground.
Is it that hard to find a garbage can … and OK … it might be a good walk to one, and maybe you can't spare the time just now, but you can also take your trash with you and throw it out at home.
I recognize that it's not everyone … there are many good people doing the right thing - but it's just so disheartening to see these reports and realize that these people are our future. These are the people, most of them in college right now, that are also the ones that will be responsible for the stewardship of our natural resources, our wildlife, our waterways, our oceans - all of it.
Some of the "good" people took action and volunteered to organize and/or participate in the clean up of the beach - I only wish they didn't have to in the first place.