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07/05/04

Holiday Visitors Trash The Beach

A busy beach weekend means a messy Monday clean up.

As usual, Fourth of July crowds left plenty of trash in the sand. The beach is littered with used fireworks, cans and bottles, and assorted food scraps.

Since Monday is a holiday for government, only a few sand beach workers were on the job. The majority of their work begins Tuesday, and will last for several days.

But a team of volunteers did start cleaning the beach Monday morning.  A squadron from Keesler tackled a very visible community service project.

A pack of "Mad Dogs" from the 332nd training squadron marched on the beach Monday morning. They encountered the enemy everywhere. Careless beach visitors left behind plenty of trash.

"People were completely nasty. I can't believe there's so much trash. People just don't pay any attention to detail and help the little bit to clean up after themselves," said squadron member, Lauren Lowe.

Keeping the beach clean is a constant battle, but the Fourth of July holiday may be the messiest of all.

Someone must have turned over the beach trash can at the Kuhn Street pier. The can was empty, with all sorts of litter scattered nearly.

The Keesler volunteers covered about a mile and a half in their four hour march.

Michael Schuhle was among the volunteers.

"Picking up trash on the beach. Mostly beer bottles, some unexploded fireworks everywhere. Trash. Basically what everyone had fun with on the Fourth of July," he explained.

Although volunteers from the 332nd training squadron gave sand beach crews a good jump start in cleaning up the beach, there is plenty of mess remaining. In fact, it will take workers most all of this week to clean up the entire 26 miles of sand.

Despite reminders to keep it clean and plenty of trash cans along the shore, too many visitors chose to trash the beach instead, leaving their mess wherever it landed.

"A lot of people just don't clean up after themselves. But we're kind of here just to help out the community," said Doug Martsolf, one of the Keesler volunteers.

"We thought it would be good to come out here, represent the Air Force and clean up the beach a little bit. 'Cause it looks really bad," said Lauren Lowe.

By Steve Phillips

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