Big Sur Saturday Tidbits, 4/13/19

Sep 4th 1958 MPH Coast Picnic Area Fenced Off In Wake of Litterbug Invasion

The Litterbugs have done it again!

As a characteristic “thank you” for the hospitality of Steve Patterson, landowner down the coast highway at Garrapata Creek, picnickers and merrymakers have littered his property with broken glass, beer cans and garbage, have dug up plants and cut down trees for firewood.

Patterson’s patience and that of neighboring property-owners have been exhausted, according to Dale Cox, litter control officer in the county sheriff’s office.  Patterson is now fencing off the land, putting up “no trespass” signs and barring all campers and picnickers from the premises.

“If this wanton thoughtlessness of a few litterbugs continues,”said Cox, “fewer and fewer recreational spots, public and private, will be open for people to enjoy.”

Cox would like to see a county-wide committee appointed to assist in an education program to combat the litterbug.

“Where such an educational program has been set up,” he pointed out, “the problem has been reduced by half. The saving to the taxpayer is an important item, too.  It is estimated that over $50 million of the taxpayers’ money is spent annually in the United States to clean up after the litterbug.”

4 thoughts on “Big Sur Saturday Tidbits, 4/13/19

  1. Seems like it’s always the a$$holes who have to spoil it for everyone else! They’re the ones you’d like to see go off the cliffs to clean up the gene pool a bit. 🙁

  2. I remember camping in JPB campground in the early 50’s and all the kids singing the Litterbug Song at the evening campfire “…never scatter things around, on the floor or on the ground…” yes I can still sing it. The campground was clean! To this day, if it fits, I pick it up and into my pocket it goes.

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