June 28, 2012

SOS Commits to Increase Cleanups on State Beaches With Reduced Maintenance

Breaking News: Twin Lakes State Beach will remain open for the next year. This includes Black's Beach, Twin Lakes Beach, Harbor Beach, and Seabright Beach. But upkeep and maintenance will be reduced.

Zmudowski State Beach is still slated for closure on July 1.

Governor Jerry Brown just approved $10 million to help pay for the maintenance costs at the parks that do not sign new maintenance and stewardship agreements with any NGO's or third-party agencies. As of now, Twin Lakes does not have an agreement with an NGO or agency, so it will be one of the State Beaches to receive part of the $10 million to keep it operating.

Maintenance efforts will be reduced, and the amount of upkeep available will depend on how far this money needs to be spread among the other State Parks.

Save Our Shores is committing to increase cleanup efforts on these beaches, advocate for behavior changes that decrease plastic pollution, and working with local neighborhood groups and residents to increase awareness about the issue - including new Pollution Prevention signs with bag dispensers, but we need your help.


On Thursday, June 21st, a Save Our Shores billboard, pictured above, went up on Highway 17, alerting residents and visitors alike about the threat of impending State Beach closures.We hope this raised awareness about this issue and have already had new people come to us to offer their help.

June 21, 2012

We Want YOU to get Patriotic for Clean Beaches on July 4th and 5th

Pollution Prevention volunteers create cleaner, safer, more beautiful beaches - and we want YOU to join us! Pre-register or find out more today...

On July 4th - Make Pollution Prevention Patriotic on our beaches from 1-5pm:

Volunteers hit the beaches to hand out thousands of trash and recycling bags while letting people know how to properly dispose of and pack out their trash.

Volunteer in Santa Cruz County:
  • Main & Cowell Beach
  • Seabright Beach
  • Twin Lakes Beach
  • Seacliff/Rio Del Mar Beach

Volunteer in Monterey County:
  • Carmel Beach

On July 5th Volunteer for the Star Spangled Beach Cleanup from 8-10am!

Stop thousands of pounds trash and debris from polluting the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary at the seconds largest community-wide beach cleanup of the year!

Volunteer in Santa Cruz at:
  • Main & Cowell Beach
  • Seabright Beach
  • Twin Lakes State Beach
  • Moran Lake Beach
  • Seacliff & Rio Del Mar Beach

Volunteer in Monterey at:
  • Del Monte Beach at Wharf #2
  • Carmel Beach

Save Our Shores volunteers and Business Sponsors prevent over 20,000 lbs. of pollution from harming wildlife and trashing our Sanctuary each summer. Get your business recognized as an ocean champion by Sponsoring a Summer of Clean Beaches today!

June 6, 2012

The City of Carmel Votes Unanimous to go Plastic-Bag Free!

Save Our Shores is celebrating the City of Carmel's unanimous decision to move forward with a plastic bag ban last night, Tuesday, June 5! With the grassroots advocacy efforts of Save Our Shores, and the help of about twenty other community advocates who gave public comment in support of the bag ban, a plastic bag-free Monterey Bay is coming our way!

To support a plastic bag-free Monterey Bay, please become a Member of Save Our Shores today!

The second reading of this important, ocean protecting ordinance will take place on Tuesday, July 3rd, and the law will then take effect 6 months from the final reading on February 3rd.

Carmel's bag ban will prohibit distribution of plastic bags at markets and retail outlets and will NOT impose a fee on paper bags. There are only a few places in California that have passed a plastic bag ban without imposing a fee on paper bags, they are: Manhattan Beach and Dana Point. 

The City of Carmel and Save Our Shores are keeping our fingers crossed that City officials will not be approached by the Save the Plastic Bag Coalition, the plastic industry lobbying group infamous for suing City Councils for attempting to pass plastic bag bans. 

Said Vicki Pearse, a member of the CCSA and the representative from Sustainable Pacific Grove, "When I think of Carmel, I think of a classy town.  There is nothing less classy than a plastic bag blowing down the street.  Let's be classy not trashy and pass this ban on plastic bags for Carmel."

Save Our Shores' Lauren Gilligan brought a petition with 370 signatures from all over the world in support of a plastic bag ban for Carmel. And even though Carmel city officials did not vote to impose a fee on paper bags, they will be working with Sustainable Carmel and the Carmel Chamber of Commerce to encourage the use of reusable bags. 

Save Our Shores is advocating for Carmel stores have an incentive program where shoppers may receive a discount on purchases - or get to donate to a charity - if you bring your own reusable bag.

Go Team Plastic Bag Ban!!

Find out more about efforts to reduce plastic bag pollution around Monterey Bay...

From your friends at Save Our Shores