“We don’t want to create any negative energy. We want to raise awareness,” she said. “There’s no need to keep littering from 10 in the morning till 6 at night and then stumble off the beach drunk.”
The first step is to document the problem, and she has spent hours on the beach talking to lifeguards, students, sheriff’s deputies and a few snowbirds.
Although a cleaning service sweeps the beach of the trash left by spring breakers, some of it inevitably gets left behind and affects the environment, McDonald said. What that means for spring breakers, though, is that they can trash the beach and come back in the morning to find it pristine so they can trash it again.
She hopes that an educational program will be ready by mid- to late-summer.
“There are some good kids out there and they need to be educated a little more,” she said.
“We’re going to make it fun and we’re going to make it positive. I don’t think we can change every kid, but out of 10, maybe we can change six or seven.”