Manners for Beach Goers

Let’s get this straight from the start. Cove Island Park is my beach. I am there a thousand times a year, literally. I am there when it’s 113 degrees in August and I am there when it’s five degrees in February. And I’m there with my dog, so it’s his beach, too.

When the weather starts to turn from icy to warm an overwhelming feeling of dread settles in the pit of my stomach – the people are coming. And it’s not so much the people I dislike as it’s their behavior, and the evidence of such behavior.

Mylar balloons and other balloon carcasses – Leave the friggin’ balloons at home, people. You don’t need water balloons to have fun at the beach. And you certainly don’t need Mylar balloons to celebrate any occasion at the beach. Nature has provided all the decoration you need. Balloons kill marine life! Google it and stop being an asshole.

Hammocks and other tree tied entities – What’s the matter with you? That four-inch-diameter tree is not meant to support your fat ass. Nor the decorations you have duct taped to it. At least have the decency to remove your stupidity from the living things when you leave.

Don’t sit in the life guard chair – It’s not for you to get a nice view or for you to feel cooler than everyone else, it’s for lifeguards. If you sit in one people may get a false sense of security, thinking you’re watching out for them and their kids. You’re not, you’re just being an idiot.

DON’T LET YOUR KIDS POOP AND PEE IN THE WATER!  – I mean, really. The bathrooms are right there. And while I’m on the subject, don’t bury baby diapers in the sand. Come on.

The kayaks aren’t for your personal use – They actually belong to people. You can’t just take them out for a spin. Duh.

Turn off your crap music – No one wants to hear your music. End of story.

Throw your garbage in the appropriately named “garbage cans” – Especially food garbage. Dogs will eat that shit and get sick. Throw it all in a plastic bag, tie it up and throw it in the garbage. No one should have to clean up after your sorry ass.

And last but not least…

DON’T HURT THE FUCKING WILDLIFE, JERK-WIPE! – The horseshoe crabs are a protected species. They’re older than civilization. Show some fucking respect. Don’t let your kids torture them. Don’t let your kids rip wings off butterflies. Don’t let them chase geese. How would you like it if a gang of geese and crabs chased your kid and ripped its arms off? You wouldn’t. So do that do unto others shit. Please.

You know what? Just stay home. Don’t come to my beach.

Enjoy your summer!

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    1. It’s a great park! Glad you discovered it 🙂

      Also, at the end of the parking lot, next to the softball fields, is a bird preserve. Very nice spot in Stammy. 

  1. Well said. july 4th was unreal. I never saw it so bad. (For starters, we could afford better cleanup–and be more fiscally responsible–if the city charged per person vs. carload of out of towners!!!!. On Sunday, i have never seen so many people there and I frequent the beach often. I heard people say “you don’t need to pick up the bottles (that they drank on the beach) and then they left them there and walked away. I called them out and only one person returned to get their one bottle, while others laughed and kept going. Yes, horseshoe crabs being tortured; lowtide rocks everywhere and a million people and NO lifeguards on duty on busiest day of season; lifeguard chair ladder left out tho and toddlers crawling up without parents anywhere in sight…I was shocked there wasn’t an accident with all of the craziness,…beach ball floating in boat area that I couldn’t reach ; out of state cars waiting for their people pickups along neighborhood roads; no garbage cans on Horseshoe Beach side and wrappers everywhere, and the bathrooms require a page of their own. I was disgusted at people. They should put gates up at the walk entrance and charge $25 per person, and that would cover the cleanup crew for the mess. 

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