City of San Diego officials reported nearly 600,000 people visited area city beaches over the July 4 holiday, which kept lifeguards busy and the beaches a mess.
According to figures from the city, the crowd estimate was 572,100 over the three-day stretch that includes Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday. The city did not include Monday in its accounting.
During the three days, San Diego Fire-Rescue lifeguards made 283 total rescues, most of which occurred in Pacific and Windansea beaches, according to the city.
There was one water craft collision in Mission Bay, and total medical aid calls for city beaches was 266.
Lifeguards reported more than “8,800 preventative acts,” which included lifeguards giving advice about hazardous swimming conditions, educating the public about laws pertaining to beach activity, and issuing citations.
“Overall it was a fantastic holiday weekend thanks to firefighters, lifeguards, PD and special event traffic controllers,” a statement from the city read.
With the holiday over, the annual beach cleanup begins. Volunteers with three organizations are scheduled to clean up area beaches Wednesday.
The Surfrider Foundation of San Diego County, San Diego Coastkeeper and I Love a Clean San Diego will pick up refuse that revelers left behind at Belmont Park in Mission Beach, and the Ocean Beach, Crystal and Oceanside piers, beginning at 9 a.m.
Last year, almost 700 volunteers gathered up 1,400 pounds of trash and nearly 400 pound of recycling material, organizers said.
Caroline Cantor of Surfrider said there’s been a significant decrease in the amount of holiday trash since the city of San Diego banned alcoholic beverages on beaches nine years ago.
“But there is still a ton of garbage left behind and we need volunteers to help make sure it doesn’t enter the ocean,” Cantor said.
For those who want to help, bags and gloves will be provided, she said. However, volunteers are encouraged to bring their own. Minors will need a parent or guardian to sign for them.
–From Staff and Wire Reports
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