“The permit should be revoked”
Thank you for your expert coverage of the beach cleaner [Aug. 11 issue]. We are also beach cleaners, but in Hillsboro Beach. That Lauderdale-By-The-Sea would have the audacity to require a permit to clean up the beach is outrageous. Commissioners should require that city staff alternate with city police alternating with the commissioners themselves to clear the beach at least once. Let it resonate and permeate. Once all parties witness the bizarre washes on their pristine beach, they’ll rethink the equation.
The permit should be revoked. The city should pay cleaners a fee to do their job. Citizens have the right to a clean beach. Obviously, it’s not clean enough. Among the strange things found on the sand are a 100 dollar bill, a driver’s license, a package of cocaine so tightly wrapped that it was leak proof, bottles with notes inside, purses, plastic bottles tied together with ropes used for nets in Haiti, nets and crab ropes traps and floats although these are ultimately in decline. We work part of our beach about five days a week and never come back empty. We also ensure that obstacles are clear of the beach for nesting sea turtles and hatchlings.
Of course, people often say thank you, but we do so out of respect for the beach that belongs to all of us. Most beach litter comes from the land and is washed into the sea which forms gyres. The Ocean Cleanup has now officially removed over 100,000 kg of plastic from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Check it out. Every bit counts.
John and Suzanne Carlson, Hillsboro Beach
“A non-smoker’s opinion”
A non-smoker’s opinion: The language, as cited in the [Aug. 11 beach smoking] article, members of the Deerfield Beach City Commission, the mayor and the vice mayor could be construed as condescending and dictatorial. He certainly lacks foresight.
If you want to solve the problem of cigarette butts on the beach [and it is a problem], pass an ordinance that fines any smoker found with “butts” within x feet. If you want to make a point, fine them $x per butt. If ‘smoke’ is your problem, the beach is one of the most ‘public’, open air and windy places one can be. And last time I checked, cigarettes are still legal. If today, we restrict the access of smokers to the beaches, where will we force them tomorrow?
Once passed, this ordinance is unlikely to be enforced and could cause friction between smokers and non-smokers enjoying your beaches. Maybe PSAs on “beach etiquette” would be money better spent. Hey, you can even use the money from the fines listed above. Remember, gentlemen, you represent all citizens of Deerfield Beach, not just non-smokers.
William Carles, Pompano Beach
“Another example of the government’s failure to do what is best for the people”
Every once in a while a story comes along that seems so patently absurd that we have to assume it’s ironic. When Garret Nathan decided to clean up Lauderdale-By-The-Sea Beach, he should have been loudly applauded. It would have been entirely appropriate for the city, county or state to recognize him through an official proclamation, citing him as an example of what a good and caring citizen looks like. Instead, they harass him to apply for a permit, alleging he’s hosting an “event.” This ridiculous demand is another example of the government’s failure to do what is best for the people. Let’s hope for less governance from Lauderdale-By-The-Sea and more from Garret Nathan.
Karl Hutzler, Pompano Beach
“We are fed up”
Please. Someone please explain to me what is going on in this country. This gentleman, Garret Nathan, brings 5 to 10 people to Lauderdale-By-The-Sea every month to clean up our beaches. During these cleanings, they collect about 30 to 40 pounds of trash. The wisdom, or lack thereof, of our City Commissioners dictates that he jumps through hoops, every month, to apply for a permit for the right to clean up after rednecks who won’t do it themselves.
Here’s how my wife and I are going to handle this. We call for the immediate dismissal of Ms Himes, who clearly has no real understanding of her job. In addition, every member of the municipal commission who does not speak “loudly” and “often” in favor of this young man, will never receive our vote again. We only ask that the rest of the people of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea join us in condemning the commission and overthrowing them. It’s time to change direction in Lauderdale-By-The-Sea. These commissioners are out of date and have gone astray. Shame on you all.
It’s not about fees, it’s about a blockade to a good deed. These commissioners have to put their filthy little hands on everything, and we’re sick of it.
Joseph Sherrier, Lauderdale-By-The-Sea