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Destin councilman shares outrage over holiday weekend trash (PHOTOS)

Nick Tomecek
ntomecek@nwfdailynews.com
Northwest Florida Daily News

Destin Councilman Parker Destin, who is also running for Okaloosa County Commissioner, District 5, recently expressed outrage at the lack of trash cans on U.S. Highway 98 near the Coast Guard station.

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A Facebook post on his candidate page shows images of debris and litter left by the Memorial Day weekend crowds on the shoulder of U.S. Highway 98.

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The 96th Test Wing Commander, Brig. Gen. Scott Cain, ordered the closure of Eglin’s East Pass Beach Area property located adjacent to the Marler Bridge effective May 8. Concrete barriers currently block any traffic from getting into the area.

However, over the weekend, beachgoers could be seen parking farther down from the bridge along the shoulder of U.S. Highway 98 where the trash was scattered.

“This isn’t sustainable on the National Seashore and we know people are pigs, so how do we fix it? We need more trash cans at the spots they’re still using, despite the west base of the bridge being closed, and we need consistent clean up from the County, State and Feds instead of offshoring the lion’s share of responsibility to the grace of private charities like Coastal Community Cleanup. This can’t continue,” Destin said in his post.