RESPECT "THE PEOPLE'S BEACH"
KEEP IT CLEAN
By: Terry Bledsoe
Friends of Canaveral
Every time you go to the beach, take an empty trash bag.
Canaveral National Seashore is my happy place. I go there and remember what my home state was like before development of the coastline. "At the beach" is a short phrase that brings to mind all kinds of images: Mellow yellow sun on blue-green waters, whispering waves, the smell of Coppertone, salty breezes and solitude - mostly (the shorebirds and occasional walkers nod as they pass). You would think that this federally protected, undeveloped, no-drive beach would be empty and pristine as far as the eye can see. Alas, no. The seashore was hit hard by Hurricane Irma. Pounding waves and high surf of the storm's aftermath egregiously eroded the beach which became a deposit field for tons of human and natural debris.
(As reported in the Daytona Beach News Journal)