10 Tons Of Garbage Are Left Behind by People At Virginia Beach After Memorial Day Event

Residents living near Chesapeake Bay Beach or Chic's Beach as it's popularly called was left fuming after a video showed the garbage that was left behind by revelers went viral.
Memorial Day is always a great time to celebrate with family and friends. It's important to remember and honor the services of the armed forces to the nation. However, for many, it's just a reason to party and create a nuisance as residents living near one beach in Virginia found out. After a Memorial Day event called Flatopia that was celebrated on Sunday at the Chesapeake Bay Beach, or more popularly known as Chic's Beach, residents were left behind with tons of trash littered on the beach. The event had asked participants to bring their own floats to the water, many of which were left behind by revelers. Early Monday morning, residents near the beach noticed plastic bags, beer cans, man-made rafts, and other trash piled up on the shore. The annual event is a beach bash that celebrates the unofficial start to summer. It has been taking place for a few years now, but this year was bigger and led to more rubbish than the previous years. "It’s a big party. It gets bigger every year. Wall to wall people, wall-to-wall fun, lots of music, lots of dancing," Chris Kane, a Chic’s Beach resident told WAVY.
Another resident, Melissa Noel, took a video of the beach that showed the sand littered with all kinds of items from clothes to wooden rafts and piles of garbage that had fallen. Noel posted the video on her Facebook account. Since news of the trash went public, it has led to widespread reactions by people online. Drew Lankford from the Virginia Beach Public Works said as many as 10 tons of trash were collected by cleaning crews since they started work around 4 am on Monday.
10 Tons Of Garbage Are Left Behind by People At Virginia Beach After Memorial Day Event

10 Tons Of Garbage Are Left Behind by People At Virginia Beach After Memorial Day Event

Some citizens also helped the crew in the cleaning and were thanked by the authorities. “All kinds of garbage, trash, bottles, towels, pieces of clothing, mats, cans. You know, it’s not a whole lot of effort to clean up after yourself," Lankford added. City council member Michael Berlucchi criticized the mess left behind and tweeted: I was disappointed to wake up this morning to see images trash all over our beautiful Chesapeake Bay beach after Sunday’s festivities. We can do better than this! Let’s work together to keep our City beautiful. #VirginiaBeach #chesapeakebay #savethebay
10 Tons Of Garbage Are Left Behind by People At Virginia Beach After Memorial Day Event

A statement was released by the authorities that read: "Thanks to the swift and thorough work of our Beach Operations crew, the beach is once again clean, and more than 10 tons of trash and debris has been cleared away. Our sincere thanks goes out to those citizens who helped pitch in to clean up as well. We’ve had several individuals ask about regular volunteer opportunities to help with beach clean-up."
10 Tons Of Garbage Are Left Behind by People At Virginia Beach After Memorial Day Event

10 Tons Of Garbage Are Left Behind by People At Virginia Beach After Memorial Day Event

Following the cleanup, Langford added, "Not that bad. We’ve had some problems and it’s been heavier than usual but this was probably the worst, They tackled a huge job nobody thought we’d get done in four, five hours and they knocked it out in about two and half. First impressions do a lot for tourism. We get letters a lot from people saying they’re just amazed at how the place looks when they get here, and we also know that people, if they see something they don’t like, there’s a good chance they’re not coming back."

A typical weekend at Chic’s Beach usually sees around one ton of trash. City officials have reminded beachgoers to make sure to leave the beach clean and to pick up trash even if it's not theirs.