4th of July mess left behind on area beaches

12:53 PM, Jul 5, 2012   |    comments
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ST. PETERSBURG, Florida -- The unfortunate part of all the 4th of July celebrating and partying is the clean up.

But many people on Gandy Beach decided to leave that part to someone else.

"It's sad," said beachgoer Rhonda Jones.

Thursday morning the beach was lined with empty beer bottles, wine bottles, boxes of beer, blown up fireworks, along with other assorted trash and debris.

"There's a lot of trash now in the water, including broken glass and boards with nails.  The following weekend, there will be a lot kids out here running around barefoot and they'll be the ones finding that trash leftover," said one beachgoer.

Clean up crews started to make their way through the area by mid-morning, but it there was enough garbage for an all day job.

On Gandy Beach, it appeared part of the problem may have been a lack of trash cans.

Most were stuffed completely full and had piles of trash around them.

Others bagged their trash, but may not have had anywhere to toss it.

"Twice as many, if not three times as many," Jones said of the need for more trash cans.

Clearwater and Ben T. Davis beaches also required some clean up Thursday morning, but it didn't appear the issue there was as severe.

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