Spring breakers invade beaches, many leave garbage behind

Cities in South Florida prepare to pick up after tourists on the beach during this spring break, but some residents want them to get tougher on enforcement.

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – Workers with the Miami Beach sustainability department and volunteers hit the beach on Friday, as the crowd of spring breakers continued to grow.

Yanira Pineda, the city’s sustainability manager, said they were being proactive and were equipped with education and trash bag.

“We do have an ordinance in place that has very high fines when it comes to littering, but when you’re dealing with a large crowd like this, it’s hard to really go out there and fine everyone,” Pineda said.

Earlier this week, Sophie Ringel was heartbroken when she walked to the beach and found it full of the garbage messy beachgoers had left behind.

“It makes me not believe in humanity anymore,” Ringel said.

Local 10 News’ Louis Aguirre has been covering the issues with garbage and pollution in Miami-Dade County. His Don’t Trash Our Treasure series started on Earth Day with the crisis in Biscayne Bay.

Earlier this week

Following South Beach being trashed by students from Miami-Dade public schools, Miami Beach city leaders are taking note and taking action as spring breakers descend upon our beaches in the coming weeks.

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Christian De La Rosa joined Local 10 News in April 2017 after spending time as a reporter and anchor in Atlanta, San Diego, Orlando and Panama City Beach.