I was a resident of Escanaba for my entire childhood and then again for a few years in my 20s. I have only been back to the area in the last several years to visit, primarily over Christmas and the New Year.
Lately, I have had the opportunity to visit during the summer months as well. Each visit has featured using the spectacular waterfront park the city has, no matter what time of year. The size and beauty of Ludington Park relative to other waterfront parks of cities along the Great Lakes makes it truly stand out. It is an attraction that brings visitors from far away.
On Monday, July 2, I had the opportunity to be in Escanaba. The first thing that we did was head for the beach at the end of Aronson Island.
Given the hot weather at the time, there were quite a few other people there as well. At 11 a.m. in the morning when we arrived, there were garbage cans that were overflowing with trash. The beach had what I would consider to be a disgusting amount of refuse, consisting mostly of plastic bags and empty beverage containers. Most noteworthy, there were no less than three used and dirty diapers visible! This is not acceptable as it is unsanitary and potentially dangerous to other people.
As an out-of-state visitor and former resident I found the situation very unappealing and it will weigh into our consideration of visiting the area in the future. I am certain that I am not the only person who was from out of state who used the beach that morning and had the same thought.
On what is most likely the busiest tourist week of the year, the city should be an appealing place to visit. This is especially true of the waterfront, one of the city's finest attractions.