Filthy beachgoers leave 10 tons of trash behind after weekend-long party

Floatopia, Chic's Beach, Virginia Beach

An estimated ten tons of trash were left behind after Floatopia in Virginia Beach over Memorial Day weekend. (Picture: Facebook)

A group of filthy beachgoers left behind ten tons of trash following a Memorial Day weekend event.

Clean up crews on Chics Beach in Virginia were astonished Monday morning when they discovered the sand littered with bottles, towels, pieces of clothing, tents, empty alcoholic beverage containers, and garbage of all sorts.

The debris was the aftermath of Floatopia, an annual beach party that celebrates the official start of summer.

Michael Berlucchi, a local politician, posted a photo of the junk-covered stretch of sand fl, sparking outrage among residents who live near the beach.

Berlucchi wrote: I was disappointed to wake up this morning and see images of trash all over our beautiful Chesapeake Bay beach after Sundays festivities. We can do better than this! Lets work together to keep our City beautiful and clean.

On average, a typical weekend at Chics Beach sees one ton of trash left over, WAVY reported, althoug this weekend saw ten times that amount.



City cleanup crews arrived at the beach early Monday morning to dispose of the mess and were reportedly joined by some of the partys organizers.

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Chris Kane, a resident the beach, said: First thing this morning theres volunteers…one of the head guys who puts on the party was out here at 5:30 this morning gathering garbage.

In the wake of the weekend-long desecration of the beach, the city released a statement saying it was disappointed at the condition it was left in.

The statement continued to say: However, thanks to the swift and thorough work of our Beach Operations crew, the beach is once again clean, and more than 10 tons of trash and debris has been cleared away. Our sincere thanks goes out to those citizens who helped pitch in to clean up as well.

Floatopia, Chic's Beach, Virginia Beach

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