THIS IS FANTASTIC NEWS --- --- Hurray for a clean beach - let's make it a long-term commitment. This kind of push is great - and it needs a commitment to pick up at minimum once a week thereafter. The weekly cleaning is easy after a big push, and it is the way to make the positive impact we seek.
For the past few months I have been paying $2Bz a bag for beach trash picked up and delivered to our pier. We have kept the beach pretty nice from lot 14 Mata Grande going south down to Murphy's old house. It's not always easy to find people to do the pickup (frequently I do it myself), but somebody can pick up 4-5 bags an hour and that is a pretty good cash-wage for part-time work. Last year I had a successful 6 month run at this program as well and I intend to keep it up.
We pick up trash in big black bags and we put them on the end of a pier and we pick it up and we take it away within a day. Not sure who picked up tons of trash and let it blow away (was it the Reef Village area clean up?) - but what are you going to put it in if not bags? Elbert if you see a pile of unclaimed basura on a pier again, let me know and I'll have one of my boat guys fetch it.
Our little stretch of beach has produced in excess of 250 large bags of trash since early December --- still, at $2Bz a bag we are talking about a piddling sum to keep the place clean.
The thing that burns me up is the beach rakers that clean one lot and pile the junk on the neighboring beach - or the even more ridiculous practice of raking the trash INTO the sea. The employers of these guys need to get in on this program too. Probably the worst single offender in the area is Journey's End. Despite endless requests to management and staff at JE, it remains a horrible garbage heap directly to the north of the resort - and that is also JE's property.
I want to give particular cudos to the new owners at Mata Chica for their attention to their parcel of land to the north of the hotel - that was a real eyesore until they took over and it is beautiful now.
Many gringo residents keep their own beach clean but ignore vacant property very nearby - that kind of "not my problem" mentality needs to cease - glad to see the "get it done" attitude arriving as this exciting and necessary collaborative campaign shows.
Yea for clean beaches - next thing is when you take a walk, put a coconut or two in the sand along the way and help replenish the areas where trees have died. It just takes a moment.