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Our beaches are sacred. We get so few, so keeping them clean for use and wildlife is so important. Recently, 52 tons of trash were cleaned up on the Myrtle Beach Shores after the 4th of July weekend.

The trash included garbage and metal recycling, Parks Superintendent J.C. Blackhurst told the city’s Beach Advisory Committee on Wednesday. There was additionally a “significant amount of glass bottles,” which he said posed a danger to both people visiting the beach and those who work in the area.

“The staff worked their butts off after the Fourth to get the beaches cleaned up,” he said. “I’m proud and thankful for their hard work.” According to a news report, a Myrtle Beach Police Department spokesman told the committee that during the last month outside of the Fourth of July, police have responded to 136 calls for fireworks. Officers have also answered calls for 35 missing children thus far in 2021.

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