If you plan to visit Galveston’s beaches this summer, be sure you don’t leave your trash behind. Beginning this weekend, city officials will increase efforts to punish those who litter along the coast.
“There is no excuse or reason for people to leave trash behind on the beach and Seawall, and we’re going to do our best to step up enforcement of litter violations,” City Manager Brian Maxwell said. “The beaches are there for everyone to enjoy and part of that enjoyment is having a clean natural environment.”
Littering is a Class C misdemeanor and carries a fine of up to $500. Beginning this weekend, the City Marshal’s Office will have two law enforcement officers on the Seawall who will enforce litter, glass, and alcohol consumption violations.
Glass is not permitted on the south side of the Seawall or the beach, and alcohol consumption is not allowed on most public beaches. Alcohol is only permitted in East Beach/Apffel Park, Porretto Beach, and west of 61st Street to 16 Mile Road.
Cigarette butts, plastic bags, Styrofoam cups, and bottles are common items found while cleaning beaches. Litter affects birds and marine life and is destructive to our natural resources. Not to mention, it’s an eyesore on our beautiful island.
We ask that people place trash in the designated bins and take home any items they bring to the beach. It’s all of our responsibility to be good stewards of the coast.
In addition to anti-littering laws, the Galveston City Council in 2019 voted on a “leave no trace” ordinance, which allows Park Board cleaning crews to remove any tents or other personal items left on public beaches overnight.
“We are all stewards of the coastal environment,” Park Board Executive Director Kelly de Schaun said. “Our crews work around the clock to help keep the beaches clean and we encourage all who visit to do their share in keeping the coastal environment clean, safe and healthy.”