Tourist Development Council committee talks trash

Published: Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 09:30 AM.

Jenkins said the sheer volume is requiring multiple trips to area dumpsters, often leading to the crew having to take the refuse to Public Works once the dumpsters are full.

Though the TDC’s beach ambassadors keep an eye on beach items, flagging anything that has been idle for 24-48 hours, Jenkins said storms will mangle tents and their frames, sending beach items into the dunes.

“Someone left a full-size freezer on the beach,” Jenkins told the committee. “You would not believe the stuff people leave behind.”

Even though Gulf County beaches don’t operate under a Leave No Trace ordinance, it has been discussed by the Board of County Commissioners by TDC advisory council.

Even if passed, it would still need to be enforced.

In her budget for the new fiscal year, Jenkins is recommending a full-time beach ambassador who will be trained in code enforcement.

“We’ve grown, we just need to do so responsibly from here,” said committee member Alyson Gerlach.

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