St. Pete Beach trash problem sees big improvement

Dumpsters, trash cans added to beach

Business is good in St. Pete Beach, but with more visitors comes a lot more trash.
On the holiday weekends of Memorial Day and Independence Day, trash became a problem on the sand in some spots.
"When I walked on the beach it looked like a dump," Rick Falkenstein told ABC Action News of his Memorial Day experience.
With two daughters, the St. Pete Beach resident and city councilman isn't just worried about how the beach looks but safety as well.
"Think of the little guys," said Falkenstein, referring to the children who visit the beach. "Even us big guys. We step on a piece of glass, it's going to cut some tendons in our feet,"
After the messes left on Memorial Day weekend and Fourth of July weekend, the city added some dumpsters and many trash cans along the beach. It has since added new, bright signs that make the rules quite clear.
The results are obvious to visitors, including Pinellas County Sheriff's Deputy David Mancusi.
"By this time trash cans usually start getting full," said Mancusi, who patrolled the beach this Labor Day. "But Public Works has been out here, extra trash cans are out here now. That started right after Memorial Day. So it's definitely a lot better."
The dumpsters are supposed to be removed after the holiday weekend, but the trash cans are expected to be a permanent edition to the St. Pete Beach.


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