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MileHigh
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Are there any local laws prohibiting people from bringing their horses, dogs and other farm animals to wallow in public beaches while members of the human species are snokeling, swimming and sunbathing. Is the term "Public Access" all inclusive to mean homo-sapiens, canines, equestians and basically all of God's Creations. I humbly ask this because while swimming at one of more prettier beaches on the west side of St. Croix yesterday afternoon, I notice something floating on the water which seemed innocent looking enough, rustic brown and shriveled. First impression was this was just deadwood which made its way from the neighboring sea-grape trees nearby. Upon further inspection, I quickly recognized the consistency, size and odor of the floating object was not deadwood but newly created feces. Judging from the size of this floating feces, I surmised it came from the four legged creature bathing 40 yards east of me. Now I could be wrong, because this four legged beast had his handler mounted on his back without a saddle. Of the two suspects, I do believe the unwelcomed floating object emanated from the from the four legged beast rather than the two legged one. I just love this island; it just keeps getting better and better.

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Topic starter Posted : May 24, 2009 12:26 pm
stxem
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Public access means public access for all creatures (except on resort beaches and turtle nesting beaches where rules can be enforced). I wouldn't sweat yourself over horse poop in the water. Its a big ocean. Worse things from the humans (such as from septic tank runoff on many beaches or sewer pipe busting) go into the water too.
Just my two cents, but from your posts, it seems that many things are bothering you about the island. Maybe you should just take a deep breath and accept that horses poop in the ocean and not get hot and bothered over such small things. Dolphins, whales, fish and turtles poop in it too. Getting upset over small things will multiply very quickly and drive you nuts (or off the island). There are plenty of larger issues to worry about that are more productive to involve your anxiety in.
Or just swim away from the poop...

Welcome to Paradise!

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Posted : May 24, 2009 1:58 pm
53jmoon
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stxem - well put.
53jmoon

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Posted : May 24, 2009 3:03 pm
Neil
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There's TURTLE POOP in the water? 😮

I have to agree with the original poster.... horse poop floating at a public beach isn't my idea of paradise.

But worse are the dog owners who don't clean up after their dogs, or who just bury it in the sand for the family of four to find later on (next to the beer bottles). This is one of the reasons I avoid Cane Bay Beach, though I know many people just love it. To each their own.

At least it's all biodegradable, unlike the trash thrown around by the horses' asses.

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Posted : May 24, 2009 4:28 pm
aschultz
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A horse in the ocean with no saddle that's one of the best things about STX.

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Posted : May 24, 2009 5:44 pm
DUN
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If it was large,brown,smelled & resembled feces,it could have been some one of the constitutional convention, one of the senators,or the corrupt cop who is deaf,dumb & blind from Stt on holiday.

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Posted : May 25, 2009 4:58 am
piaa
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I had never seen a turtle poop until snorkeling one day and it p**ped in front of me - looks just like dog p**p or even a small human p**p (can't believe I'm describing p**p 🙂 ) - maybe it was from a turtle

Pia

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Posted : May 26, 2009 1:02 am
Molly
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I thought that a lot of the sandy beaches were actually from the coral and fish eating the coral, ultimately meaning that a sandy beach is from fish poop. I heard that an adult parrot fish can produce up to 1 ton of sand per year.

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Posted : May 26, 2009 3:00 am
chockman
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Sounds like a crappy deal ? Want to trade places ?

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Posted : May 26, 2009 4:27 pm
GoodToGo
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That's correct as I understand it. Trigger fish with their beak like jaws chew the coral and digest it making that pretty white sand beach we all love so much...

I thought that a lot of the sandy beaches were actually from the coral and fish eating the coral, ultimately meaning that a sandy beach is from fish poop. I heard that an adult parrot fish can produce up to 1 ton of sand per year.

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Posted : May 26, 2009 4:49 pm
Exit Zero
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Doesn't Foxy sing a song about this called "We are Living Here in the Turd World" about his experiences in Great Harbour JVD??

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Posted : May 26, 2009 4:54 pm
stephaniev
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I too find one of the best things about STX is the horses in the ocean,if you don't like it swim at a chlorinated pool.
ps,fish and whales have sex in that water too... a whale produces 300 gallons of sperm per EJ,only about 2 gallons reach the female you tell me where the rest goes....

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Posted : May 26, 2009 6:17 pm
Trade
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😮

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Posted : May 26, 2009 6:20 pm
islandtyme
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Now I'm one of "those" people that bring their dog to the beach ........unleashed & running wild.........but I bring those wretched plastic bags with me & take my dog's poo away for proper disposal.
I have to agree, while swimming or beach going, I do not want to see any floaters!!

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Posted : May 26, 2009 6:58 pm
limetime2
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This had me laughing (and crying). No.. I don't think swimming with horse poop is a great idea and I would hope that this was not what was happening. I have never seen a horse p**p in the water... that would be a weird sight... and I just don't think it happens too much to worry about. I don't want to come off like an expert on p**p... but, Horse p**p looks nothing like dog p**p and would not be mistaken ever for human/dog/turtle. I have seen a lot of turtle p**p on the beach lately (ha'penny) and this might be what you saw. At first I was getting really ticked that someone wasn't picking up after their dog and then if was pointed out to me that it was really turtle p**p. Which looks just like whats being described and just like human/dog. We have no control over the turtles... and there are a lot of them in the water right now.

What bothers me much much more is that WAPA dumps sewage in our waters on a regular basis and no one is raising an uproar about that, and the boaters that live-aboard in Christiansted harbor are dumping their holding tanks in our harbor on a daily basis... and no one is complaining about that. I think the horses, dogs, and turtles can all be excused for their very rare occurences of p**ping in the waters we swim in... but our Government, WAPA, and our boaters have no excuse.

you betcha... life in the islands is never dull.

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Posted : May 26, 2009 7:14 pm
SistaIrijah
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I too find one of the best things about STX is the horses in the ocean,if you don't like it swim at a chlorinated pool.
ps,fish and whales have sex in that water too... a whale produces 300 gallons of sperm per EJ,only about 2 gallons reach the female you tell me where the rest goes....

oh my my my 😮

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Posted : May 26, 2009 8:36 pm
dougtamjj
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Wonder what it was like here before indoor plumbing or government regulations.

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Posted : May 27, 2009 12:11 am
SistaIrijah
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same as everywhere else in the world...outhouses and chamber pots.....

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Posted : May 27, 2009 12:23 am
dougtamjj
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But where did they dump the poop sista? Outhouses put it into the ground. Run off into our streams, rivers and oceans. Chamber pots? My guess is dumped out the back door. Run off into our streams, rivers and oceans. I remember a time when after changing the oil in our cars we used the old oil to prevent weeds from growing along our fence lines and driveways. Run off? I wonder how the harbors and waters were around islands back when pirates roamed the caribbean. I don't think they had any regs about dumping trash and sewage. Well we do have more people now and more regulations. Maybe it all equals out. Oh I forgot disposable diapers, plastic, styrofoam, rubber, and cigarette filters. Maybe it doesn't. Who knows?

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Posted : May 27, 2009 1:03 am
terry
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You are right on about this. I posted something a few weeks ago complaining about them dumping out at Long Reef and most everyone didn't have much to say about it.

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Posted : May 27, 2009 1:14 am
Trade
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If it was horse poop it would have made good garden fertilizer if left to age a bit. Organic, you know. 😉

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Posted : May 27, 2009 9:19 am
GoodToGo
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I'm old enough to have first hand experience with this and can assure you the chamber pot is for night use and it gets dumped in the outhouse first thing in the AM. (Before someone tips it over!)

But where did they dump the poop sista? Outhouses put it into the ground. Run off into our streams, rivers and oceans. Chamber pots? My guess is dumped out the back door. Run off into our streams, rivers and oceans...

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Posted : May 27, 2009 12:34 pm
DixieChick
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EWWWWWWWWW!!!!!! i am staying out of the water for awhile.

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Posted : May 27, 2009 12:50 pm
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