Beach drink­ing area a bad idea

The Herald (South Africa) - - YOUR VIEWS -

I AM re­spond­ing to the dis­turb­ing ar­ti­cle pub­lished a few days ago sug­gest­ing that hav­ing a booz­ing area at the beach was be­ing con­sid­ered (“Plan for beach booz­ing spots”, Oc­to­ber 13).

Who thought this was a good idea?

Rea­sons that it’s a bad idea:

Noise pol­lu­tion – yes, it is a real thing, and I’m think­ing of both hu­man and wildlife that will be dis­turbed by noise such as loud mu­sic, shout­ing as well as street rac­ing;

Drink­ing in pub­lic is il­le­gal, as far as I know, there­fore enough said!

The lit­ter will be made so much worse!

Port El­iz­a­beth and other cities have a lit­ter is­sue and mu­nic­i­pal work­ers do not al­ways do a fan­tas­tic job.

The bro­ken glass alone is a ma­jor health haz­ard to both hu­mans and an­i­mals!

Coastal pro­tec­tion – am I not cor­rect in stat­ing that our entire coast­line is pro­tected un­der na­tional and re­gional law?

Since when is it OK to dis­turb pro­tected fauna and flora?

Death – the poor life guards are go­ing to be blamed if any­one dies!

Al­co­hol and swim­ming are never a good idea even for trained swim­mers.

These drunk per­sons do and will ruin the space for the lo­cals and tourists!

Please tell me I am not the only one who feels this way.

This is one of the worst ideas I have ever seen!

Court­ney, Port El­iz­a­beth

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