Visitors to Pasadena Beach will soon see a cleaner, less rocky beach.
The Town of Pasadena recently purchased a piece of beach maintenance equipment for just under $20,000 that it’s preparing to put into service.
Coun. Derrick Anthony said it will take a bit of work to get the beach to the maintenance stage as some preparation work has to take place first.
“We need to clean the beach and get rid of some of the larger rock and material from the sand,” he said.
Anthony’s referring to rocks that are an inch to two inches in diameter. “Stuff that’s uncomfortable on your feet.”
While the new machine can remove those rocks, Anthony said it would be a slow process as the hopper on the machine would fill up pretty quick. So after the beach has a day or two to dry out this week some workers from the Town of Deer Lake will bring in a larger piece of equipment that town has to do the prep work and get the beach to the maintenance stage.
“At the end of the day I’m quite confident we can be able to get most of the stuff out of the sand,” said Anthony. “We tried the cleaning process, as in the maintenance, and it picks up things like pieces of glass and butts. We can easily go down two to four inches in the sand and sift out anything that’s there.”
Anthony said for now the town plans to focus on the area along the beach where most people frequent. He said it will cover between 600 and 700 feet, primarly in front of and to the east and west of The Oasis, from the water back.
“And as that moves along see what we can handle.”
Anthony said the town has tasked a person with running the machine.
“We can see it after a good day’s use, getting out in the morning and doing a cleaning on it,” he said.
“We can go through each time, any time it has any amount of use and give it a cleaning.”
Anthony said the machine has a rake attachment that will smooth off the sand after it is cleaned.
“It does look aesthetically pleasing and it does remove hazardous garbage and nuisance garbage,” he said. “At the end of the day I’d like to have people leave the beach and go away saying what a nice experience they had and that they can’t wait to get back, including people from outside the town.”