Residents sweep Murray’s Beach of garbage, glass

Brodie Thomas
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About 30 people turned out in the rain last Thursday to help the Codroy Valley Recreation Committee clean up Murray’s Beach in St. Andrew’s.

Tracey White, left, and Victoria Gale were among about 30 volunteers who came out last Thursday morning to clean up Murray’s Beach in St. Andrews.

The small sandy beach on the Little Codroy River had been littered with broken glass from smashed beer bottles. The site is popular with underage drinkers.

Volunteers used rakes to gather up enough broken glass to fill several buckets.

Organizer Chantelle MacIsaac said in the end there were about 12 bags of garbage were filled.

Elaine Gale was one of the volunteers who came out for the cleanup. She lives in Upper Ferry during the summers.

“My sister told me about it and I thought it would be nice,” she said.

Tony MacIsaac is working on a JCP grant with the Codroy Valley Area Development Association and was tasked to come out and help during the cleanup. He was surprised at how much glass they found amongst the sand.

Victoria Gale volunteers with the recreation association, so she came to show her support.

“I didn’t think there would be that much garbage but we got three bags full just from this side alone,” she said.

Besides broken glass, they were finding dirty diapers and even underwear.

Talk among the volunteers turned to the vandals who burned a picnic table earlier in July. That damage caused the Codroy Valley and Area Development Association to take back the picnic table and garbage can that had been places on site.

Volunteers said they hoped the person or persons responsible would be charged to the full extent of the law for the damage.

When contacted, Port aux Basques RCMP said the file is closed and they have no suspects at this time.

Organizations: Codroy Valley Area Development Association

Geographic location: Little Codroy River, Codroy Valley

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