The 4th of July is upon us, and that means boating, barbecues and trips to the beach. This year's mid-week holiday is good news for our hospitality industry, with its bookend weekends of celebrating vacationers, but it's bad news for our beaches. So many visitors to our sandy shores leave their trash behind - cigarette butts, food wrappers, cans, bottles and, believe it or not, baby wipes and dirty diapers.
I guess they think the next high tide will magically make their garbage disappear, but what does wash out, washes back in. And that not only makes for unsightly beaches, it creates a hazard for our wildlife.
We've picked up lots of trash every summer, but this week, there will be another element- those plastic nose cones from the rockets used to celebrate the Fourth. They are frequently mistaken for food by birds and sea turtles. They get caught in their throats and the animals die. It's really a shame.
So if you're going to the beach this weekend, take your trash with you when you leave, and if you really care about our beaches, pick up some trash left by uncaring others.