May I Make A Suggestion, Town Council?

I took a walk home today from town to Victoria House.  No, I don’t live there…I wish.  The beaches (those not maintained by a hotel or a resort) are an absolute mess.  Sometime over the past week, a crazy amount of plastic washed up on the shore.

I heard the potential reasons:  rivers in Honduras or cruise ships dumping their garbage.  The reason is secondary.  It’s here, it’s gross and it’s embarrassing.

As a town, we employ a number of workers who tirelessly clean the streets each day, some 7 days a week.  These guys work hard and I totally appreciate it.  But why can’t a few of them be assigned to the beach or all of them for a few hours a day.  Don’t we have a street cleaning machine to take care of some of their road sweeping burden?

This mess above is down by Xanadu and Banyan Bay but it is definitely not the only mess like this I saw.

Tourists (let’s face it, our bread and butter) walk up and down this beach every day.  We all walk up and down this beach every day.  Isn’t it at least AS important to keep our shore clean as it is keeping the streets dust free?  If not more important…

Obviously this has been discussed MANY times before and will be discussed for years to come, but maybe we could try this solution?

Definitely would love to know what everyone thinks.




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  • Ya know I used to spend a little time in New Orleans and on occasion partook in a nip or two of the booze. I was told once by a trusted friend (my bartender) that you never want to get arrested for public urination/drunk as the NOPD (Does not stand for ‘Not Our Problem Dude’) would lock you up in the clink. You could either pay a hefty fine or more jail time if it wasn’t your first offense or you could pick up trash the next day. Not trying to start a debate about current events but wasn’t a kid busted for making dodgy brownies and taking them to school? How about that little joker pick up some trash in leau of getting kicked out of school. JMHO but that would make you think twice before doing something stupid….

  • I completely agree and I commend you for this post. I have never seen trash anywhere the likes of what is washed up along San Pedro’s beaches. It is very non-welcoming to tourists, the lifeblood of the island, and it IS embarrassing. I am glad that some good folks are taking it upon themselves to organize cleanups up north of the bridge (and I plan to participate in these), but in town, the town council should take a more proactive role in getting this mess cleaned up. The trash is one of the very few things I don’t like about my new home here, and it is surprising that a blind eye seems to be turned to it. Maybe some have grown so accustomed to it they don’t even see it any more?

  • Floating plastic garbage is a problem on all of the worlds coastlines. Everyone should think twice before they buy a plastic item and think three times before they buy a plastic bottle of water. We need a cheap way to collect it, shred it, heat it and make bricks out of it.