SER­VICE IN AC­TION

Serve Daily - - FRONT PAGE - By Kolini Wight

Sandy Beach in Utah? That’s the ques­tion a lot of peo­ple asked when they hear about it. Sandy Beach is a beau­ti­ful se­cluded spot on the southeast end of Utah Lake, near Lake Shore. This area is ap­prox­i­mately 1,000 yards long and cov­ered in sand. Through­out the year, hun­dreds of peo­ple en­joy camp­ing, fish­ing, bik­ing, boat­ing, BBQs, bon­fires, tar­get shoot­ing and wa­ter sports, in­clud­ing kite­board­ing, at this awe­some recre­ation spot. The down­side is the trash from lit­ter­ing. There’s nails, bro­ken beer bot­tles, soda and beer cans, tow­els, blan­kets, car wheels, house car­pet, tarps, shell cas­ings, shoes, dirty di­a­pers, mat­tresses and box springs.

Why would any­one de­stroy an amaz­ing recre­ation spot? What hap­pened to en­vi­ron­men­tal re­spect?

On Satur­day, April 25, a group of Face­book users and kite­board­ers met and cleaned up 8,000 pounds of trash at the beach. Th­ese amaz­ing hu­mans care about the en­vi­ron­ment and love Sandy Beach! They made the sac­ri­fice and made a dif­fer­ence. It was started by Des­tiny and Ryan Thacker; here is their story.

“On April 18, 2015, my hus­band and I were en­joy­ing the wa­ter, sand and sun­shine at Sandy Beach. A Utah County Sher­iff of­fi­cer told us they were plan­ning to shut the beach down within the next two years. He said, ‘It’s be­cause of the way peo­ple abuse the land.’ He said there was a fa­tal ac­ci­dent to­day in­volv­ing a young man, Eric Hansen, age 31. His dirt bike col­lided with a truck. He left be­hind a fi­ancé and eight kids, one of which was only a week old. We made a me­mo­rial for Eric, which can be seen on his tree, right off the dirt road. We ask to please re­spect and leave it undis­turbed. Please con­tact Thacker Des­tiny on Face­book if you would like to help do­nate to the Hansen fam­ily.

“We went on the Face­book Payson Yard Sale page and posted for who would be will­ing to meet up at Sandy Beach for a “clean up day.” The re­sponses were in­cred­i­ble! I asked Smiths gro­cery in Payson to do­nate 240 wa­ter bot­tles. The amount of trash was ridicu­lous. We col­lected 8,000 pounds of trash! Thank you to my hus­band Ryan Thacker, KiteUKB Utah Kite Board­ing, Heidi Robin­son-Nielsen, Ray­mond Ox­ford, Dawn Combs fam­ily, RITO, Joe and Michelle Barger, the Kary Dilling­ham fam­ily and the Zack Reed fam­ily. If I for­got any­one I sin­cerely apol­o­gize.

“We plan on get­ting to­gether once a month to con­tinue cleanup at Sandy Beach. More info will be posted on https://www.face­book.com/ULSSB.”

Thank you ev­ery­one! I hope we ap­pre­ci­ate the ef­fort of th­ese awe­some vol­un­teers by be­ing en­vi­ron­men­tally con­scious too. We should al­ways clean up af­ter our­selves and never lit­tler. Find us on Face­book by search­ing “Sandy Beach clean up.”

A group of lo­cal res­i­dents de­cided to clean up Sandy Beach re­cently. They ended up re­mov­ing 8,000 pounds of trash from the area, which is on the southeast end of Utah Lake.

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