Garbage Washing Up On Cocoa Beach

Today, a Cocoa Beach beach-goer found copious amounts of garbage washed up along the shore. He went ahead and posted the image on the “Wake Up Cocoa Beach” Facebook group and the comments went nuts!

Comments ranged from “What the heck,” “Could be hurricane stuff,” and even began to blame the Electric Dance Music cruise, “Holy Ship.”

Cocoa Beach locals and visitors are completely disgusted with the appearance of the beach and are curious to know how this even happened.

Many comments on the Wake Up Cocoa Beach Facebook post were people proposing the idea of raking the beach every day, week, etc. However, The City Staff have noted that raking is limited by Florida Department permit. The raking not only could disrupt the shoreline which is full of organic nutrients, but it could also cause detrimental damage to the dunes.

Keep Brevard Beautiful (KBB) is working immensely with clean up efforts, and is always welcoming volunteers. If you’re interested in volunteering, call: (321) 631-0501.

So, do the beloved Cocoa Beach a favor, and next time you’re on the beach please do your part by disposing of any trash you see. Not only will Cocoa Beach thank you, but the environment will too! 🙂

23 Comments Leave a comment

  1. kraz January 12, 2018

    Brevard county has no public trash cans. thus folks drinking a soda while waiting for the bus–just throw the can in the street when the bus arrives–because they have no public trash can at the bus stop to use.

    • Tammie January 12, 2018

      It’s always an option NOT to be a jerk face and throw crap on the road. Just because there isn’t a trash can doesn’t mean littering is the only option.

  2. Erik Thomas January 12, 2018

    What is the difference between Brevard County beaches and San Diego county beaches?? San Diego beaches are raked weekly in summer An monthly in winter. To my knowledge there isn’t any Environmental issues that arise there. Granted they don’t have turtles but seems to me ya just suspend taking during that time of the year. Has there even been a study done about beach raking is it just “empirical” evidence the “experts” are using to deny raking?

    • CC January 12, 2018

      Look at the ocean depth profile off San Diego, then compare to Cocoa Beach’s. Are you still wondering, “what is the difference?”

      • Dee January 13, 2018

        You have to go quite a way out before the depth is different than here.

    • Dee January 13, 2018

      I agree. I visit San Diego regularly and their beaches are clean. They have sea weed and debris also but keep the beaches clean. There couldn’t be more strict ‘Environmentalist’ than in California so I am also questioning the validity of the ‘no rake’ evidence.

  3. Dian Helgerud January 12, 2018

    Let’s put large trash receptacles at each entrance so people can throw their trash in from the beach side. Then the trash should be picked up twice weekly.
    If the people know what they’re doing while raking they should have no problem with the environmental issues.

  4. Robert January 12, 2018

    Where the hell is all that trash coming from?

    • Michael January 13, 2018

      A large amount flows from inland water ways and storm drainage system overflow. You have to go to the source, everyday polluters who think garbage disappears when they toss it on roadways, sidewalks etc.

  5. Apollo Corapi January 12, 2018

    the reason the beaches and the streets are littered with trash is because people are slobs. If people discarded their trash sensibly (put it in a trash can), we would not have the problem. However, they simply throw it on the ground and walk away.

  6. Eileen January 12, 2018

    What type of garbage is washing up. Maybe all the debris from the hurricanes and not to mention what ever boaters or ships leave in the water. It’s been a problem in Cape over the years as well. It’s more than just having people use the garbage cans.

  7. JoJo January 12, 2018

    It seems that we really have to make people aware of the problems. Post it everywhere. Hopefully more people will go and help clean up on a regular basis.

  8. Patty Goffinet January 12, 2018

    Heavy loads of plastic wash up on our beaches when an eddy of water has broken off from the Gulf Stream and then strong winds push this water with floating plastic ashore. Here’s a BlueTube post ( from a couple years ago when the same thing happened. The bright side of beach trash is that it’s much easier to remove from the shore than it is from the middle of the ocean. Look for BlueTubes at beach crossovers. They hold clean, used plastic bags so people can grab a bag, pick up trash and throw it away. When folks add their clean used bags to the BlueTube, it makes it easy for others to clean the beach too. Sponsor a BlueTube at your beach for a $160 (

  9. Use S. January 12, 2018

    U want people to come here…clean up the beach and put some public comfort stations around…not a user friendly vacation town… no wonder people are going up the road

    • Dee January 13, 2018


    • c.b. January 14, 2018

      don”t come here then. We don’t need the attitude.

  10. Jeffrey January 12, 2018

    There are trash cans at the entrance to the cities beach crossovers, whats washing up as of late seems to be processed plastic that could have been from wash over or wind blown from the past hurricane season, from one or more Caribbean islands, just a guess. The pieces are very small and partially broken down…

  11. Martha Chevlin January 12, 2018

    Actually there are some trash cans at some of the bus stops. But get back to the beach there are numerous beaches that I’ve visited by tourists and they do break the beach to clean it up all the animals live just fine they don’t only get the nutrients from all the seaweed and crap left everywhere. If you’re going to have a tourist town you have to make the beach attractive or you don’t get the tourist back and then word-of-mouth makes everyone stay away. It is absolutely ridiculous to claim that you cannot rake the beach using mechanical means and still allow the turtle safety. All the Seagulls and Sandpipers will still find food to keep living if you keep all that smelly seaweed off the beach. What do you think other clean, beautiful beaches do???? Get real, and take that preppy crap to another town!

  12. Mike Miller January 12, 2018

    Some trash is left on beaches by visitors, but most of it comes from other places and is carried here by the Gulf Stream. If plastic is covered with barnacles, it has been at sea for a long time. It may have come from the Caribbean or even the west coast of Africa” explains George Maul, Professor of Physical Oceanography at Florida Institute of Technology.

  13. Cheryl January 13, 2018

    When I first moved to Cocoa Beach 30 years ago, the beach was raked a minimum of once a week. During peak season, it was done more. There were never any environmental problems then, and there certainly wouldn’t be now. It’s an economic thing. The county and cities just doesn’t want to spend money on raking the beaches. It’s as simple as that. It’s too bad because the beaches always looked beautiful.

    • Dee January 13, 2018

      Thank you!!

  14. Betsy Bray January 13, 2018

    Every day the victory cruise drunken gamblers are parked out there..maybe that’s It??

  15. Tom Tonioli May 12, 2020

    I sent photos to Ch 13 back then and they had me on to do a spot about the plastic litter. Much of the feedback I got wanted to blame it on third world litter making it’s way here but we can do our part to help reverse this trend. We pick up plenty every day and most looks like it hadn’t made a long trip to get there. It’s the abundance of broken down plastic chips that will never go away!
    I did meet a fisherman from NJ that year who relayed a story about a recycling barge that lost its load in the Atlantic that year. Could we have become the new owners of some of their broken down plastic? I’m glad to see a stronger stand is being taken on this problem! Thank you KBB for all you do!!

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