Dear Summer Visitors
Lifestyle

Dear Summer Visitors

An open letter from a local yokel

38
Dear Summer Visitors
metro.co.uk

Dear Summer Visitors,

I’m sure you’re as happy as I am that summer is here again: the long grey winter can really be draining, and there’s nothing like a little bit of sun and sand to perk you up again. Since summer is just around the corner, I know I’ll being seeing you again soon. That being said, there are a few pieces of advice I’d like to give:

Please don’t litter. I want you guys to have a great time, but please remember that we live here year round. When at the beach, the boardwalk, the parks, and just out and about in general, please be cautious about where your trash is going. You may be leaving in a few days/weeks, but your trash is here to stay. I love the beach, but nothing makes me see red more than trash spoiling a blue ocean or cigarette butts in the sand. Plastic wrappers are detrimental to all of the animals in the area, and biodiversity is very important!

Similarly, to the summer visitors who have houses but complain about the dunes: please be kind to our local ecosystems! The dunes are a vital part of a coastal ecosystem because they prevent flooding and storm damage to the land, and serve as habitats for many other creatures. I know that the dunes may block your ocean view for the couple of weeks or months you may live among us, but they are worth it; trust me. Also, it is major hassle for us to not be able to park on the beach blocks. I understand it may be your street, but please try to understand that many people are trying to park to go to work and NOT to have fun, and it is much harder to find a spot within a reasonable walking distance. Though it may not have been you to establish the beach-block rule, please understand that it is very frustrating for us local-yokels trying to get to work.

Speaking of that, please remember to be kind to the locals working their butts off during the season. Restaurants, boardwalk shops, lifeguards, and amusement park employees basically run around like their hair is on fire from May until September trying to get all customers/guests taken care of. It’s tiring, and they are doing their best. If you have to wait a bit or something doesn’t go exactly your way, please try to be patient, ESPECIALLY if it’s a younger student who may or may not be working their very first job. We’ve all been there, and we all need to start from somewhere!

Please don’t feed the seagulls. I know you may think it’s cool, but I see these birds year round (in NJ at least), and they are vicious rats with wings that will not leave you nor anyone in the surrounding area alone if they think they can get the tiniest morsel of your pizza or sandwich. I’ve seen seagulls dive-bomb pizzas, land on children’s heads to snatch their sandwiches, and flat out LAND in my boyfriend’s ice cream cone. Don’t feel bad for them and feed them. Trust me.

Safety first: wear sunscreen, if you are going to be near the jetty (the big rock formations) PLEASE be careful because they are slippery, don’t swim on un-guarded beaches or after you have been drinking, and know how to watch out for rip currents. Many locals and visitors alike fall victim to these; don’t be one of them.

Finally, one last piece of advice: you don’t need that whole cart. It doesn’t bother me whether or not you take your huge caravan of stuff or not, I’m just trying to be helpful! All you really need is one bag for a towel or two, sunscreen (VERY important), wallet, music player/book, a sandwich, and maybe a chair and a Frisbee. It’s much easier to carry around. At the beach, you really don’t need much.

That being said, I’m sure I’ll be seeing you all around soon enough!

Sincerely,

A Jersey Shore Local

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.
Swoon

119 People Reveal How The Pandemic Has Affected Their Love Lives, And Honestly... Relatable

"I haven't been able to get out of the 'talking phase' with anyone."

The reality is, there's no part of life the pandemic hasn't affected. Whether it's your work life, your home life, your social life, or your love life, coronavirus (COVID-19) is wreaking havoc on just about everything — not to mention people's health.

When it comes to romance, in particular, people are all handling things differently and there's no "right way" of making it through, regardless of your relationship status (single, taken, married, divorced, you name it). So, some of Swoon's creators sought out to hear from various individuals on how exactly their love lives have been affected since quarantine began.

Keep Reading... Show less

Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B just dropped the hottest summer single yet. It's called "WAP" and we're going to get into all the intoxicating lyrics.

This song empowers females and their sexuality. These women put the ridiculous music industry female beef to bed, and I mean tucked away in a coma.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

How To Write Down The Holy Grail Recipe Everyone Begs You To Make

Because everyone has a signature cocktail, cake, or pasta they bring to every potluck.

NBC

From back when I used to bring my mom's classic white chocolate chip cookies to preschool on my birthday to now stirring up my signature tequila cocktails at every friends' barbecue, I've always had a couple of standby recipes in my culinary rotation.

Keep Reading... Show less
Adulting

Meet My Cat: Cheshire, The Stray Turned House Cat Who Lives in Michigan

I never considered myself a cat person, but Chess immediately stole my heart.

Madelyn Darbonne

In 2016, a stray cat gave birth to a litter of three grey kittens on my aunt and uncle's property. I had never considered myself to be much of a cat person, but these furballs immediately stole my heart. I got to watch them grow up until they were old enough to leave their mother's side.

Keep Reading... Show less
Featured

How To Binge-Watch A TV Show —And Then Write A Review About It

Writing your favorite and least favorite things about a show could not be more fun.

Photo by Mollie Sivaram on Unsplash

Looking for a new show to binge? Stop scrolling through your options and listen.

Sometimes a good show doesn't come down to the genre or the actors involved, it comes down to the fact that it is simply a GOOD show. If any of these things sound appealing to you, you should definitely watch.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

11 Reasons Why Getting A Cat Is The Best Thing You Can Do For Your Mental Health

Cats may mess up your puzzles but they'll always love you unconditionally — as long as you have some catnip, that is.

Scout Guarino

Alright, everyone, it's time to stop spreading the rumor that all cats are mean, aloof, and hate everyone. Like dogs, each cat has its own personality and tendencies. Some like a lot of attention, some like less — each person has to find the right cat for them. As for me, my cats Bienfu and Reptar have seen me at my worst, but they've also helped pull me out of it. They're a constant in my life and they give me the strength to get through the day in spite of my depression, and there's even scientific evidence to support it!

Keep Reading... Show less

I've been bleaching my hair since I was in seventh grade. Yes, you read that correctly, seventh grade. That's nearly 10 years of maintaining a very light shade of blonde that too-often brings about dryness and brittle strands.

Keep Reading... Show less

Chances are if you're here, you're probably interested in writing an open letter. Yay! We're excited to have you.

Of course, not all open letters are created equal. In fact, there's a recipe to writing one for Odyssey that'll get featured on one of our many verticals. When it comes to Swoon specifically (for those new around here, that's our dating and relationships vertical), we receive dozens of open letters each month, many of which are all very similar.

Keep Reading... Show less

With a new phone comes great responsibility: Do not break it! And the best way to do that is with a case. However, picking a case can be a challenge. No need to fret, I am here to help break down some of the best cases for the new iPhone SE 2020. Honestly, I think it's going to be impossible to choose!

Keep Reading... Show less

To some who have been out of the dating world for a while, it can be hard to get back into the swing of things after being single for some time. So, I asked 26 people what they think is important to know before looking for love again, here's what they had to say.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments