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July 18, 2016

Think About It: Beach Breach

What do Oceano Dunes in San Luis Obispo, West End Beach in Traverse City, Michigan, and Makua Beach on Oahu's leeward coast have in common? They've all been left trashed by inconsiderate campers and visitors on the 4th of July over the past few years. And while we pride ourselves on humility locally, we also like to think we are more empathetic than others elsewhere in taking care of each other and our land.

Well, the fact that a local beach is now closed for cleaning and disinfecting tells you how much happy revelers cared locally two weeks back. And yes, sadly, this is likely our very own clueless, thoughtless residents who left opala behind as some actually built a pit in the sand into which they then defecated. Now obviously this doesn't represent (I hope) the majority of people who camp and enjoy our natural resources. But it seems incredulous that people who probably profess to care about our aina and its people could be so thoughtless in such an obvious and disgusting manner.

So now, the state will cut back on allowing camping or at least cut back on the number of camping permits allowed. You have every right to trash your own house, but not ours, and the beaches and parks belong to everybody. Use the facilities, bring extra trash bags, and cart it out when you leave. Get a clue, show some pride, and perhaps we can look forward to future weekends spent on pristine beaches. Or selfishly screw it up for everyone. Leave it as nice as you found it when you got there- or better. An old, simple rule. Think about it…

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