Spring break is an exciting time for every college student. It's the only week of our spring semester that we spend more time counting down to than studying for an exam. In fact, it's the week we spend more time planning with our friends than we do planning for any other occasion. Spring break is important, especially for our sanity.
What is a popular destination for college students all around Florida? Maybe even around the United States? Miami. That's right. My home.
I am very protective when it comes to the 305 because it's a continuously growing city. There is so much to do in Miami no matter how old you are. Areas like Wynwood, Downtown Miami and Brickell are blooming as we speak. With a city as big as Miami, growth comes more foot traffic, which should mean more social responsibility.
While the city itself is on the way of becoming a mini-Manhattan, Miami beach is the most popular vacation destination for spring breakers in Miami. The beach gets overwhelmed with the number of people who pile on to the sandy coast by 7th street. Fights break out, arguments, dance battles, literally anything you can imagine happens in South Beach.
With the swarm of college students making an appearance by the water, an unpleasant amount of trash is left by the water on a daily basis. It is so sad to walk by the beach and see nothing but empty brown bags, beer cans, plastic bottles and trash sitting around waiting for someone to pick it up for them. But guess what? The chances of someone coming around to pick up the trash before it makes its way into the ocean is slim. This trash is ruining the city. My city.
The trash is killing the ocean life that Miami is so grateful to have. It's ruining the image of having a beautiful beach for all vacationers around the world to enjoy. It's ruining the vibe that all Miami natives love.
If you're visiting Miami this Spring Break, please, please, PLEASE pick up after yourselves. I countdown my days to come back home and enjoy the environment I'm lucky enough to call my home. Please respect the homes of others and think about all the harm leftover trash can cause to the wildlife in our oceans. Picking up after yourself goes a long way, especially if everyone follows the movement.
With that being said, have fun and enjoy! We love our visitors, especially those who care about our backyard.