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Highland Beach One-Hour Cleanup

Recently, I went on a beach walk and did a one-hour beach cleanup. I started at the northernmost entrance to Spanish River Park, where there is limited street parking on Spanish River Road. I walked north towards Highland Beach.

Overall, the beach was relatively clean, though there were a few concentrations of trash, and plenty of disturbing finds.

Though it was overcast, it was an eerily beautiful beach day.

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Endless.

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The gray sky bled into the gray sea, and without the help of a sailboat I wouldn’t have been able to tell where the horizon was.

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The sea was also silent, a rare sight on the east coast of Florida.

The Findings

Scary Findings (Or Reasons Why You Should Keep Your Shoes On at the Beach!)

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A piece of glass sticking straight up out of the sand. This was found in the park part of the beach, and is the reason why glass is prohibited on most beaches.
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I think this is a needle used for blood tests. It is hard to see in the picture, but if you look closely at the top of the teal plastic, you can see the needlepoint. Ouchies!
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A rusted, upturned bottle cap.

 

Other Findings

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Hallandale Beach Is About to Ban Styrofoam

Way to go Hallandale Beach, Florida! A few days ago, city commissioners voted to approve the ban of polystyrene foam (Styrofoam) at the beach. This measure will hopefully be finalized by a final vote on May 6th, 2015.

If this vote goes through, Hallandale Beach will be the first city in Broward County to implement such a measure, and the second in the South Florida area behind Miami Beach.

If you are caught with a polystyrene foam cooler, cup, or anything else, you will receive a $50 fine once the ban is in full effect, which is expected to be in mid-summer.

The mayor of Hallandale has also set aside $50,000 towards an anti-litter campaign.

Hopefully Hallandale Beach and Miami Beach will set the precedent for the rest of South Florida, and other city commissions will begin implementing their own polystyrene foam bans!

Polystyrene foam takes a very long time to decompose, and it is very difficult and costly to recycle properly. Removing it from the beach, and ultimately from popular use, will help to protect the ecosystems!