Spring Breakers Leave Behind Tons of Trash

By: Erica Rakow Email
By: Erica Rakow Email

Panama City Beach-- It happens every year during Spring Break, increased litter on the beach.

A combination of concerned locals, police and a contracted cleaning company work around the clock picking up after the spring breakers.

The Tourist Development Council uses about half-a-million dollars in bed tax money to hire Coastal Parasail to perform the beach maintenance. Four tractors groom the beach every night and every morning. Two crews start at the east and another 2 crews at the west end and they work towards each other. Each Spring Break season, they collect about 200 tons of trash.

"The beach is our number one asset so it is the most important thing to make sure that our beach stays pristine 365 days a year," said Andy Phillips, a Bay County Tourist Development Council Board Member.

Panama City Beach Police Chief, Drew Whitman, says another problem has been glass on the beach. Alcohol is allowed, but no glass is permitted on the beach and you can be given a misdemeanor charge for violating that ordinance.

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  • by beach guy on Mar 20, 2012 at 04:15 PM
    Same old story, the politicians are concerned with trash during the middle of spring break, when they should have been concerned about 9 months ago when there was still time to make changes to their trash removal policies. Three weeks from now it will all be forgotten, and nothing will change.
  • by John Location: Local on Mar 19, 2012 at 09:23 AM
    I wonder why Ft Lauderdale got rid of the spring breakers, this is great. It creates jobs!
  • by BeachLuver70 Location: FL. USA on Mar 18, 2012 at 08:09 PM
    I agree with George..These kids have NO respect for themselves,never mind the beach.All they do is get drunk and cause problems.They have been saying for years they want PCB to have a better reputation..Spring break is what ruins the rep.
  • by Mike Location: pc on Mar 18, 2012 at 03:19 PM
    George has it right. Why doesn't local law hand each offender 20 30 gallon bags and tell them to fill the bags for a day to work off an offense such as littering or using a glass bottle on the beach? Seems if the breakers saw their friends picking up garbage on the beach and on Front Beach neighborhoods, they would think twice about littering or bringing glass on the beach.
  • by dan Location: panama city beach on Mar 17, 2012 at 07:27 PM
    when i was 16 there were sighns that said $500 fine for littering- strictly enforced this would keep the beach clean and also have income instead of spending thousands.....if they can pay the fine work it off picking up trash
  • by George Location: PC on Mar 17, 2012 at 05:45 PM
    Working in retail, the only money i have noticed they spend is on booze. When the do come in the stores its for a bathroom or to shop lift. Great boost to the economy. Make the drunks clean the beach.
  • by George Location: Panama City on Mar 17, 2012 at 04:23 PM
    Rather than fine the breaker who wind up in the pokey, why not make them clean up. I think that used to be SOP.
  • by Dewey Location: Panama City Beach on Mar 17, 2012 at 08:08 AM
    why don't we have spring break court for the not so serious charges abd make them clean up the roads and the beach.
  • by Julie Location: Panama City on Mar 17, 2012 at 06:55 AM
    Well, it's bad that they aren't sober enough to pick up their trash, but let's look at the bright side: the clean up needed gives some folks a much needed job in this terrible economy. And the Breakers do come and spend tons of money in our fair city. It's a small price to pay for the money they bring in. And it does get cleaned up by someone who needs a job to feed his or her family.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 16, 2012 at 07:49 PM
    "TDC uses about half-a-million dollars in bed tax money to hire Coastal Parasail to perform the beach maintenance." I think thats only part of what Coastal Parasail is paid each year, i think the city of PCB also kicks in about half-a-million dollars or more. The total amount spent each year for beach clean up was posted in an article about 1 year ago, i think the total contract amount was over 1 million dollars.
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