They’re Back! Starfish at Starfish Beach!
By Casie Dean
If you’ve been to Starfish Beach in the last year or so, you, like so many others who have been there previously were probably disappointed. A few years ago, before the pounding music, the abundance of beach bars, and the constant hum from generators that power all those blenders, there were hundreds of starfish; Hence the name Starfish Beach. But as tourist attractions go, there was a profit to be made by ruining this beautiful slice of perfect serenity. A few months ago when I visited, it was completely packed, which is great for business; However I was appalled to learn that due to the vibrations from the constant loud music the starfish decided to migrate elsewhere. There were garbage piles everywhere, plastic cups floating in the water and glass bottles lying in the sand. I think entrepreneurship is great but not at the expense of the environment. There was not a single starfish in sight. If I were them, I would’ve moved too.
Last week I decided to revisit Starfish Beach in order to take some photos of this travesty. To my surprise, it was pristine. The music was more than tolerable, the sand was raked, and there was not a single plastic cup out of place. I was shocked. While there are just as many beach bars as before, they seem to have cleaned up their act. And I wasn’t the only one that noticed, because there were at least 40 starfish in the water nearby. Now, this is nothing compared to before, but it’s a great start.