Ahhhh, a peaceful dawn patrol at 530 am. As I cruise up the steps over the dune I see all this trash in the walkway and in the dunes. The level of disrespect goes beyond the township and is a shameful stab at the Earth itself. I long for the day that people worldwide understand that they're biting the hand that feeds them and stop doing it Attachment 5444Attachment 5445Attachment 5446
Bennie - summer kooks and renters that are oblivious and dueshy.
We call them bennies in NJ but I'm sure you guys have different names for them where you live if not NJ.
Some years seem worse than others down here. We don't have a ubiquitous term for them, but I prefer "Tourons".
The worst for me is driving around them and especially trying to get off WB if the drawbridge is up. Tourists love blasting by the line of cars waiting patiently in the correct lane then jumping in when their lane ends. I don't know what's worse though--the folks jumping in line or the folks letting them in. Come to think about it..... it's not just tourons that do it. The people jumping in line either have out-of-town plates or UNCW stickers on their cars--further galvanizing my ire for UNCW students.
there is no question in my mind that it is entirely our fault. we have pimped ourselves out for the almighty tourist dollar. we took our sleepy, peaceful fishing villages & turned them into towns full of kitschy amusement & water parks, t-shirt shops, & "attractions". we marketed our towns as places to get away from the heat of the cities that bookend our state, pleading for the bright, shiny city folk to come, please, bathe us in the holy light of your presence & spend your money so that our children won't starve or freeze come wintertime. the effects of the avarice-fueled dreams of our grandfathers are being heaped upon us...we, who have allowed our freedoms to be systematically degraded in favor of the rights & "needs" of the shoobie...no, you can't surf here b/c this area is for swimmers only. sorry, doesn't matter if you surf here by yourself the other 8 months out of the year. that's how it is. no, we can't move the lifeguard stand. this is street is the # already painted on the stand. it has to stay here. no, you can't just cross the beach to go surf b/c you don't have a beachtag. yes, i know you pay property taxes, but you have to buy a beachtag anyway.
but, like the slaves of old, don't sass the shoobie who deigns to patronize your store, just bow & scrape like always so that they don't take offense & get huffy & walk out.
Late sunday night - riding your bike through belmar- on the street, along the boardwalk side over all the now empty parking spaces... the amount of trash is horrendous!!! its like ppl just dump out ALL the trash in their car before they leave! bags of burger king. empty water bottles. spilled cups of milk shakes. its gross... its EVERYWHERE! What i don't understand, is that there is a trash can within 50ft of every spot- but the trash just ends up in the street- literally right next to where their car door would open...
Each year it gets worse.
My question is this- do these people do this in their own home towns? Would they like if I did it in the park where they take their children?? what do their parks and public places look like? what do their homes look like?
ok ok-- im done now... the way they handle their trash really tells much about them...
Thanks for the post, maybe more ppl will be aware of the problem. way way to often I head out for an early morning sess only having to walk by heaping mounds of trash from the night before.
I was driving north on Ocean in Long Branch Sunday. A family with mom, dad several little kids, maybe toddler to about 9 years, all loaded with beach gear, was in the crosswalk, patiently waiting to cross from the ocean side, going west. I slowed to a stop and waved them to cross, well, the driver behind me laid on the horn and ACTUALLY TRIED TO PASS ME ON THE LEFT!!! This rancid ***** actually crossed a double line and scared the **** out of a family because she was inconvenienced for a few seconds by our pedestrian-friendly regulations. Maybe she was a born and raised local, but I am pretty sure she wasn't, since her car had NY State plates. And this scenario happens all the time, all day long all summer long. So thats the answer - because most of them have zero class and are basically human trash
I find it comical that the NJ crowd is complaining about litter. Most of the trash is from your own lousy crowd, not vacationers. And blaming it on the seagulls??? Come on... even seagulls fly upside down over New Jersey.... there's nothing worth even ****ting on.