Rachel Struch, on vacation from San Diego, pitched in to help locals clean litter off St. Pete Beach Saturday morning. She and Robert Mitchell, who lives in St. Petersburg, started by Paradise Grill on Upham Beach and worked their way south. By the time they started collecting litter in front of the Tradewinds, they said the majority of the litter came in the form of cigarette butts.
“Definitely cigarette butts,” Struch said when asked what sorts of litter they found as they walked along the sea oats. She lives in San Diego, where smoking on the beach, in most parks, and in and around public buildings is illegal. The city also has a “butt flickers” hotline to report people who flick cigarette butts.