A new rule allowing beach cleaning crews to remove and dispose of any canopies, coolers, chairs, umbrellas or other equipment left overnight on Galveston beaches goes into full implementation beginning June 30.
Earlier this year, the Galveston City Council voted to approve an ordinance barring people from leaving personal property on public beaches between the hours of sunset and sunrise. Items left will be thrown away.
The Galveston Park Board of Trustees proposed the rule last year as the agency responsible for cleaning and maintaining the beaches. City Council unanimously supported it.
Items left behind on the beach create litter and impede the beach cleaning crew’s ability to work. The rule is part of a larger social effort to reduce negative human impact on the environment.
The “Leave No Trace” ordinance states that it is "unlawful for any person to leave an item of personal property unattended on the public beaches or within the public beach access areas between the hours of sunset and sunrise on the following day, except as otherwise permitted. Any item of personal property left on the public beach or within public beach access areas in violation of this section shall be deemed discarded by the owner, and may be removed, destroyed, or otherwise disposed of, accordingly by the city, the park board of trustees, or their designee’s."
For the last several months, the Park Board’s beach cleaning crews have been giving a one-day leeway before discarding of the items, as set forth by the ordinance, but after June 30 the items left will be immediately discarded.
Do your part to keep our beaches clean and leave no trace!