We put the gate up because people steal sand. We came home one day, to truck tracks across the lawn, and a hole in our beach.
The Sahara has lots of sand, but it’s the wrong kind, and it’s too far to ship. Sand to make glass needs lots of silica. Saudi Arabia imports it.
The sand people steal is to make concrete for construction. We even had a small ship in our cove with a suction hose. What used to be a shallow bottom is now deep and stony. We called the Coast Guard, but they didn’t catch them.
While theft of sand may seem strange, it’s actually quite common, especially along California’s coast, and on the Hawaiian Islands. The pressure of providing for more and more development is fierce. Dump-trucks with a bulldozer in tow remove tons of sand from popular beaches. Sucker ships destroy the bottoms of small bays. Subsequent erosion threatens the concrete supports of decks of beachfront homes. Play in the sandbox is getting rough.
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