Shortly after the torrential storms passed across Ambergris Caye, an invasion of another sort was unleashed upon us: Trash.
Oh I know, we’re always complaining about the volumes of trash on the island but this is different.
Tons of floating plastic bottles and plates and shoes and buckets and old balls have floated onto shore atop a fresh bed of stinky sargassum. I know this long ugly line of trash extends, at least, from Tres Cocos area north of the bridge (where these pictures were taken to at least Caribbean Villas to the south. Maybe farther in both directions. Could be even more widespread. This is only where I have witnessed it.
It is as if a barge full of trash tipped over in the storms on the other side of the reef — and what didn’t sink, floated to shore.
I really don’t know where it is coming from but my heart is breaking for our island.
The sargassum is back with a vengeance and now this wave of plastic riding atop it. At 5 p.m. on Monday my friend Rene was still shoveling sargassum and plastic from one of the worst spots, in Tres Cocos.
I’ve never seen a more discouraged look on a man’s face.
And he’s not alone.
Anyone have any idea what happened?