Maine Surfers Pitch in to Protect Beaches, Public Access

The Portland Press Herald reports on the efforts of a Maine surfing group that has recently removed trash and debris from Higgins Beach. The group will next focus on Scarborough Beach, where new offseason parking restrictions have made it harder for surfers and others to access the beach.

Here’s an excerpt:

SAT map of Higgins Beach.

The waves at Higgins Beach peeled gently into the shallows at low tide Sunday morning as about a dozen members of the newly christened Surfrider Maine Foundation scrambled down onto the sand from Bayview Avenue.

Instead of neoprene, they wore parkas. Instead of boards, they carried bags. Instead of rides, they sought trash.

“Not too much to collect today,” said Doug Lund-Yates of Scarborough, whose burly golden retriever, Aspen, dutifully lugged driftwood out of harm’s way. Seven other dogs assisted in scouring the beach with their owners.

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Portland Press Herald

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