One of my neighbors suggested an impromptu clean up yesterday afternoon in view of the fact that the Malmok barranca was graced with fireworks debris and empty bottles.
As you know, Malmok welcomed many people with their fireworks and coolers on New Year Eve, they partied and had a good time, and when they left, they turned their backs on burned out shells, bottle caps, cigarette butts, and occasional empties and plastic cups.
Just like that.
I have come to believe that many people think bottle caps and cigarette butts stand in a category of their own, a non-trash classification, and as such may deliberately be left behind, after all they are non-trash, and small by nature, they can blend into the landscape.
So, we cleaned up. The most offensive were these trays of fireworks, that once wasted disintegrate into toxic black power and charred clay cylinders. Very difficult to clean!
The smashed red tubes are challenging too.
We’ll be back there today, 4:30pm to continue our mission to reclaim the hood, if you’d like to come along, you are invited, bring a bucket and gloves.
Just as I got back home, one of the neighbors, a barranca fisherman, sent in a message: Invading ATVS and quad racers, too many to count!
Indeed. Fofoti Tours, ABC tours, and AGW tours, barfed a great number of visitors on the rocks, at sunset.
The Fofoti vehicles were all over the small Tres Trappi parking lot, double parked.
ABC TOURS, right on the barranca, practically in the ocean.
AGW, ignoring the designated area for cars, they rolled right onto the limestone platform.
I took pictures, I called the Police, and I spoke to the AGW drivers. They dutifully moved the vehicles to the parking area, and promised not to offend again. Nice
Bottom line: YOU CANNOT PARK JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE. THIS IS GOVERNMENT LAND, AND YOU HAVE TO PARK IN DESIGNATED AREAS. Plus, THE AREA OF 25 METERS FROM THE WATER, IS PROTECTED, SAND, OR LIMESTONE, YOU HAVE TO STAY AWAY.
Beach Police Eric Soemers, whose motto I found out is: May you be proud of the work you do and the person you are and the difference you make, promised to refresh everyone’s memory about the rule of law in this country.