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Avila Beach adds trash patrols, plans post-holiday cleanup

Avila Beach Paddlesports owner Vincent Shay saw this otter playing with a discarded Crown Royal whisky bottle after Memorial Day.
Avila Beach Paddlesports owner Vincent Shay saw this otter playing with a discarded Crown Royal whisky bottle after Memorial Day. Courtesy of Vincent Shay Photography/Avila Beach Paddlesports

In response to the large amount of trash left on Avila Beach after Memorial Day, a cleanup has been organized for Tuesday to pick up garbage left on the beach during Fourth of July holiday celebrations.

The Port San Luis Harbor District also said it would add trash cans, pick up trash more frequently and add walking patrols throughout the weekend. The district has invited its employees, commissioners and the public to meet at 8 a.m. Tuesday to pick up trash and help clean the beach, according to a news release.

The decision comes after several photos of the beach — and one of an otter holding a discarded liquor bottle — went viral following the last three-day holiday weekend.

For others interested in beach cleanups, the district offers a no-fee beach cleanup permit on its website at www.portsanluis.com. The permit allows the district to know who may be conducting cleanups.

For more information, call 805-595-5400.

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