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Letters to the Editor for Sept. 13, 2017

Published on September 12, 2017 1:41PM

Steve Collins, Rob and Christy Sterling, Tristan Sterling, 12, Tysen Sterling, 9, cleaned Point Grenville last April for the Washington Coast Cleanup.

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Steve Collins, Rob and Christy Sterling, Tristan Sterling, 12, Tysen Sterling, 9, cleaned Point Grenville last April for the Washington Coast Cleanup.

Fantastic festival

On Aug. 19 I attended Jazz and Oysters in Long Beach on Veterans field. The program, which featured a jazz combo led by pianist Tom Grant, was the first held in the venue. The setting and performance were superb.

The venue was intimate, enhancing the crisp sound system that carried the music to every corner of the field. The audience was relaxed and attentive. Merchandise and food items were close by so that I didn’t need to miss any music for a drink or snack.

Hopefully, the festival will continue to grow in popularity with Peninsula residents and tourists.

Thanks to Long Beach for its support of Jazz and Oysters. Thanks also to festival chairs, Tom and Suzi Ackerman, who thought of every need and provided, for me, the event of the year.

JoAnne Vivian

Ocean Park

No need to steal

The staff of the Ocean Park Food Bank would like to remind the person who broke into our outdoor cooler on Sept. 6 that we are open four days a week and do not deny a generous variety of food to anyone who comes in during our normal business hours. Since we rely solely on local donations, we cannot afford to have anyone like you take a larger portion of food than we make available to our everyone. You obviously must be desperate for food. Please come in Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and we will be happy to serve you. You can even come in twice a month.

Michael Goldberg, President

Ocean Park Food Bank

Equine exhaust

I have owned a place in Seaview for over 19 years. It has been my policy to pick up my dog’s waste after she relieves herself. We walk on the beach in all kinds of weather and the presence of horses is quite obvious by their exhaust plumes.

Today, as we walked on the beach, near the water’s edge, a herd of horses came at us expecting us to move for them. I am unable to walk on the soft sand due to a very bad knee. Because we would not move, the horses surrounded us and one “gentleman” referred to me as an a$$h073 because I wouldn’t get out of the way. I don’t hate horses, I dislike their owners.

The horse owners are using public areas for private, monetary gains and do nothing to clean up the messes their money machines make. How would you like your kids or grandkids playing in the water as the tides sweeps the equine exhaust and its microbes around your kids, I wouldn’t. You see the parades clean up after hoses leave a stinking trail of half digested hay, why shouldn’t these folks be required to do the same for aesthetics as well as health reasons.

You make money, clean up your messes.

Edard Merrill

Seaview/Oregon City

Volunteer alliance cleans beaches

Washington CoastSavers encourages the public to be part of the solution to the problem that is plastic pollution by participating in the 2017 International Coastal Cleanup on Saturday, September 16th. Volunteers can select from dozens of beaches to clean along the outer coast, including the majority of the Long Beach Peninsula. Washington CoastSavers representatives will be handing out bags from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. at the following beach approaches: Seaview, Bolstad and Ocean Park (Bay Avenue). There will be collection areas at these beach approaches where volunteers are encouraged to leave their filled bags.

Washington CoastSavers is an alliance of partners and volunteers dedicated to keeping the state’s beaches clean of marine debris. Founding members of CoastSavers include representatives from the Lions Club International, Discover Your Northwest, Surfrider Foundation, Grass Roots Garbage Gang, Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, Olympic National Park, and the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. “Washington State Parks is pleased to be a part of this important — and effective — cleanup event,” said Don Hoch, State Parks director. “Washington’s ocean beaches benefit from the many different organizations and volunteers working together to make our beaches safe and clean for all to enjoy.”

Since 2007, their efforts have removed tens of tons of trash off the beach during the Washington Coast Cleanup which occurs in April every Earth Day weekend and the International Coastal Cleanup which is every third Saturday in September. The Grassroots Garbage Gang, the local powerhouse of beach cleanup volunteers, doesn’t formally coordinate the September cleanup although they encourage helping with the up-coming cleanup nonetheless. One of Washington CoastSavers’ newest partners, the Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association, is sponsoring the costs of the dumpsters and their disposal for south coast locations. It takes partners of all kinds, from public agencies, non-profit organizations and motivated volunteers to keep our coast clean and beautiful.

The International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) is a global cleanup effort organized by the Ocean Conservancy with coordinators in approximately one hundred countries and 36 states. Washington CoastSavers serve as local cleanup coordinators in Washington State. Trash found at ICC events will be counted and included in an annual index of global marine debris to be released in 2018. Last year, nearly 800,000 volunteers collected over 18 million pounds of trash from shorelines around the world. The data gathered at ICC events provides information that can inform policy solutions and identify target areas where preventative solutions will make the biggest difference. ICC events also raise awareness of the pervasive marine debris issue and bring together people and organizations who care about the health of our waterways. Jon Schmidt, Washington CoastSavers coordinator says, “This is an opportunity to take part in a global effort to get trash off of our treasured beaches including many county parks, state parks and the Olympic National Park. Be part of the solution, to the pollution, that is marine debris.”

Volunteers will have a special opportunity to recycle the hard plastics they collect from the Peninsula beaches. Schmidt and his family will be sorting plastics at the Ocean Park (Bay Avenue) Beach Approach on the afternoon of the 16th. Plastics found on the beach are often too degraded to recycle normally, but CoastSavers has partnered with TerraCycle to turn some of the material collected into shampoo bottles. This unique program will reduce the amount of debris that goes from the beach to the landfill. Other material is recycled when possible but “this partnership really steps up our recycling game,” according to Schmidt.

To participate in the International Coastal Cleanup on the outer coast, see www.coastsavers.org where you will find information about how to register, what beaches will be cleaned and when to pick up your bags. Washington CoastSavers encourages volunteers to pre-register online, but it is not necessary to participate.

Washington CoastSavers


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