With all the news about the gulf spill wrecking beaches further south of us,Â it may seem petty -- but I was disgusted to witness a family leave all of their trash on the beach the other night. They left cans, pizza boxes, plastic cups, you name it, they left it.Â And they're not alone. ButÂ I betÂ if you asked them, one of the reasons theyÂ come to Wrightsville Beach is because it's so clean. It's a shameÂ they couldn't be bothered with helping to keep it that way. Â
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Wrightsville Beach is one of the prettiest beaches I've ever been on. It's wide, the sand is white and powder soft, the water a beautiful blue/green.
Â A new ad-hoc committee has been formed in Wrightsville BeachÂ -- Cleaner and Greener Wrightsville Beach. They'll focus on education and awareness of how litter harms the environment, creating signage, learning ways to enforce penalties for people who litter and promoting a plan for the town's campaign to combat litter. One idea is to allow people cited for littering to pick up litter in lieu of paying a fine.
This is a good thing, and you can bet I'm going to be attending some meetings. But it's also a shame that we even have to discuss how to get people to just do the right thing and pick up after themselves.