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San Diego Beaches Cleaner Following Fourth of July Bashes

Sober beaches might mean cleaner beaches in San Diego. Volunteers who scoured the shoreline at six local beaches for the Surfrider Foundation's annual "Morning After Mess" clean-up on Saturday say Fou

 Sober beaches might mean cleaner beaches in San Diego. Volunteers who scoured the shoreline at six local beaches for the Surfrider Foundation's annual "Morning After Mess" clean-up on Saturday say Fourth of July bashes didn't generate even half as much trash as last year.

More than 1,000 volunteers collected about 4,000 pounds of trash, down from 9,000 pounds last year.

Bill Hickman, coordinator of the Surfrider Foundation's San Diego chapter, called the lack of trash "amazing."

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Volunteers say the dip could be attributed to San Diego's one-year trial ban on alcohol on city beaches. The ban took effect in January.