Growing problems associated with IV drug use and manufacturing camps are taking a tremendous toll on our community. Access to safe, clean beaches is becoming obsolete. Used needles potentially containing Hepatitis and HIV are being discarded by drug users at our beaches, shopping and dining venues, and public recreation areas. They are spilling over into the streets where our children play. On January 8, the body of a homeless man was found at the mouth of the San Lorenzo River, where river meets ocean at the popular River Mouth surf break.
Further up that same river, IV drug use and manufacturing camps abound. With this season’s heavy rainfall, raw sewage, needles and other trash from these camps is coursing into the ocean, right into the Monterey Bay Natural Marine Sanctuary, where we surf and fish. The combination of heavy rains flushing bacteria into the ocean and surfers frequenting the River Mouth is a public health emergency in the making. Indeed, surfers are reporting ear infections, staph infections, and unidentifiable rashes, to name a few. Clearly, this issue is having an impact on the health and livelihood of our citizens. Santa Cruz, which depends on tourism to fuel its economy, is keeping tourists away with its skyrocketing crime and drug paraphernalia-littered beaches. Big wave surfer and Santa Cruz World Surfing Reserve Ambassador Ken Collins reports that more and more of his out-of-town friends refuse to visit him because of what our town has become. Is this what we want for our children and our community?
We are in the midst of a crisis. Something must be done. Speaking on behalf of the community, the Surfrider Foundation Santa Cruz Chapter, Surfers' Environmental Alliance, and the surfing community demand that something be done.
Please sign this petition if you support the protection of our natural resources and our rights to have access to safe and clean parks and beaches.
For the Oceans, Waves and Beaches
This petition closed over 1 year ago
How You Can Help
1. Sign this petition!
2. Attend City Council and Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors Meetings and let them know that you are concerned about this public safety/health issue....
How You Can Help
1. Sign this petition!
2. Attend City Council and Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors Meetings and let them know that you are concerned about this public safety/health issue. You can also call, email, or write them letting them know that you demand access to safe and clean beaches.
3. Report crime tips, suspicious activity, refuse cleanup, recycle scavenging, and graffiti to the City of Santa Cruz:
4. Contact numbers for Refuse Pickup (click on area for phone number)
5. Contact the Santa Cruz Police Department and let them know you are concerned about this public safety/health/crime issue:
6. Attend beach cleanups to help remove debris off of our beaches.
About the Surfrider Foundation
The Surfrider Foundation is a nonprofit environmental organization with an international network that boasts over 250,000 supporters and
100 chapters worldwide. Together we are dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of oceans, waves, and beaches through a powerful activist network. http://www.surfridersantacruz.org/
Surfrider Foundation chapters have the following primary and specific purposes:
· To safeguard and enhance the quality of surfing environments and public access to such areas.
· To educate the public regarding the importance of the oceans' waves as recreational resources and the need to preserve surf breaks for future generations.
· To provide its members the opportunity for grassroots community involvement, which furthers these objectives.
About the Surfers' Environmental Alliance (SEA)
SEA is committed to the preservation and protection of the environmental and cultural elements that are inherent to the sport of surfing. Our goals are achieved through grassroots activism, community involvement, education and humanitarian efforts. We engage in projects that strive to conserve the quality of our marine environment, preserve or enhance surf breaks, protect beach access rights, and safeguard the coastal surf zone from unnecessary development. www.seasurfer.org