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Beach "cleaners' push junk to sea

We're down here for a couple of weeks caring for grandkids while their parents are vacationing. We like to take long walks along the beach in the mornings.

I am appalled by the methods used by city "beach cleaners" up and down St. Pete Beach and Pass-a-Grille. The tractors with their drags scoop up all the seaweed, bottles, lumber scraps and other detritus and drag them back to the tide line. The theory, apparently, is that the waves will wash it all away.

Recently, I filled a plastic grocery bag with four broken bottle bottoms, three small boards with nails, uncountable pieces of broken glass, more bits of plastic and Styrofoam than anyone could count _ all culled from these piles left behind by these "cleaners."

If the beach cities can afford to pay these tractor-pull rejects to scour the sand, can they not also afford to pay someone to sort through the detritus they leave behind and remove all foreign objects? Tide, bacteria, crabs and gulls will get rid of the dead fish, seaweed and other organic remains, but the plastic, the nails and the glass will be there almost forever _ unless some bare foot happens to find them.

Jim Lewis, Tallahassee

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