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4th of July beach trash is a tourism turnoff

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Because of manpower constraints, the overflowing trash cans on Biloxi beaches will be emptied this weekend. Because of manpower constraints, the overflowing trash cans on Biloxi beaches will be emptied this weekend.
For the beach vendors who make their living on the beach, seeing this mess, seeing that it's going to stay here for the next two days is not very good for the bottom line. For the beach vendors who make their living on the beach, seeing this mess, seeing that it's going to stay here for the next two days is not very good for the bottom line.
Harrison County is in charge of maintaining the sand beach. Harrison County is in charge of maintaining the sand beach.
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Sparkling white sand has lost some of its shimmer, replaced by mountains of trash. Because of manpower constraints, the overflowing trash cans on Biloxi beaches will be emptied this weekend. The actual beach cleaning machines won't be used until Monday. The ugliness has left the Snipes family from Michigan shocked. Michele Snipes is the mother.

"It's really sad to see how people have trashed their community and don't care for the beach, don't care for their city. We think it's pretty sad," Snipes said.

The Wilkinson family is also here from Louisiana for a visit. Father Marion is just as shocked.

"It shouldn't be here. They should pick it up after the next day after it's done. It shouldn't be sitting here until Monday, because it's ridiculous and shouldn't have trash all over the beach. Makes people not want to come back when it's all nasty and trashy," Wilkinson said.

That's also the fear at the Biloxi Visitor's Center, where Stephanie Vann is a Visitor Information Specialist.

"Well, it's really difficult with people coming in and they're asking us. If they weren't here yesterday, they're coming in today for the first time, they ask, ‘do your beaches always look like this,' and it turns them off. Sometimes they'll leave and just won't stay," Vann explained.

The owner of a beachfront bed and breakfast, Walter Blessey, is not shy about voicing his opinion.

"I think it's deplorable that people come to the beach and they don't pick up their trash. So in my opinion, it's only trash that's coming to the beach," Blessey said.

For the beach vendors who make their living on the beach, seeing this mess, seeing that it's going to stay here for the next two days is not very good for the bottom line. Tyler Middleton is one of those beach vendors.

"I believe it's going to bring down business and nobody is going to want to be here, but we're going to go ahead and pick up our section of the beach and wait for Biloxi beach to come and clean up the rest," said Middleton.

For everyone using the beach on Saturday, that cleanup can't come soon enough.

Harrison County is in charge of maintaining the sand beach. WLOX News did talk with board of supervisor's President Marlin Ladner. He told us he's concerned about the impression the trashy beach leaves on our visitors.

He also said it's time for county officials to rethink clean up plans after major holidays, and should consider adopting a larger cleanup budget and using additional manpower to get the job done as quickly as possible.

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