The City of Virginia Beach posted a picture of an African serval cat, believed to be Rocky, wearing a tracking collar, standing in the 2300 block of Shore Drive about 80 miles from his home.
Brian Hankins, of Kitty Hawk, says he owns Rocky, and he has posted pictures of the spotted cat lounging with the family dog.
Animal Control officers theorized that having plenty of seagulls to eat along the way may have helped Rocky on his journey.
Sidewalk tables keeping the gulls fed. Are all the tables wiped with the same rag that may have gull poop on it?
1. Forget about enforcing covered dumpster rules and gulls come back.
2. Birds of prey don’t help the situation
On Wednesday, the Pacific Grove City Council will discuss bringing back the program to control gulls. With an additional $30,000 in city funding, the proposal will aim to kickstart the effort once again.
“It is prudent to get back on the program,” said Ben Harvey, the Pacific Grove city manager. “You have to do this year in and year out, otherwise the birds just come back.”
Harvey was hesitant to label the gulls as a problem, “We are a coastal community and this is their habitat,” he said. The real problem, he said, is that they skew away from natural behavior. “They are no longer hunting for food, but they are scavenging for garbage.”
Found posted in various places downtown.
“Because your human numbers have swollen to more than 7 billion, and you’ve trashed our homes along the ocean, we settled on buildings like those of Pacific Grove, high above the night time dangers. Now you’re sending falcons and owls after us, so we’re stressed and in terror every moment of the day and night.”
Open dumpsters are acknowledged as a problem.
Mark Brodeur, with the city, says the gulls are all but gone. Brodeur, the city’s community and economic development director, came up with the idea to bring the falconer in after seeing the tactic work in San Antonio, where he was working. He says there is a noticeable difference now in downtown, where seagulls had become a nuisance
Brodeur said there are still three spots in town where the seagulls are frequently being seen. He said all of the three spots are homes to open dumpsters. Brodeur said they have asked the businesses with the dumpsters to close them and expects this will solve the problem.
Never did see the hawks out flying. I think having bird expert walking the streets with a falcon distracted people from noticing all the gull poop. After all, the real problem remains unchecked.
A sense of urgency to get seagulls to fly the coop. In recent years, they’ve become a nuisance and health hazard to the people who live, work and visit the area.
“The poop everywhere doesn’t make the town look very attractive to shoppers,” local business owner Janneke Rowland-Wolken said.
“You don’t want to be nasty towards the seagulls, they are part of our small little town here. But you do want to treat the problem and I think it’s a nice and environmentally friendly way,” Rowland-Wolken said.
Monday was orientation day for the birds. Once they get comfortable with the environment, they’ll be out flying around Thursday or Friday of this week. But that’s not the end of Mardin’s work. She’ll probably be back this summer when tourism picks up and more people are dining outside when gulls are there for the free food.
All this over gulls while a major contributor goes unchecked.
Business property owners have until Feb. 20 to remove the birds’ nests on their buildings or face fines and penalties.
To help make sure owners are in compliance, the city plans to send drones to record video footage of business district rooftops in a search for nests.
The drone-and-raptor plan was the brainchild of economic development director Mark Brodeur, who also happens to be in charge of vector control.
“Sea gulls are essentially flying rats,” he says.
(City Councilman Rudy Fischer) said the city has already dealt with the “easy food” that tempts gulls by modifying downtown garbage cans.
“The gulls are getting aggressive at restaurants and pooping everywhere,” Fischer said.
Restaurants are attracting the gulls by not following health department rules. They need to be penalized with fines and made to pay for the cleanups.
One can take a walk and see the local businesses that have no respect for the town they operate in:
P.G. Juice N Java:
Still got some human modifications to do there, like empty the cans more often.
“Those cans are working to perfection,” said Moe Ammar, president of the Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce. One can is on the corner across from his office at Central and Forest avenues. Ammar said he hasn’t seen a gull diving into it.
Residents and employees in the area also notice fewer gull contributions to their windshields and tops of their vehicles, he said.
It’s not a complete solution, Ammar said. There are still private dumpsters where hungry gulls forage, and, “We still have people who think it’s cute to feed the sea gulls.”
The custom-lid cans, so far, have been placed on Central Avenue near the city entrance, along the Recreation Trail, and by the library, museum and post office.
Check the KSBW video – the news reporter is at the same place I was recently. Add that to the shocking turn from trying to shoo the gulls away to cutting off the attraction by covering the trash around town, something that lighthouseavenue.com has been preaching for years.
Was Moe heard describing the trash can covers as “the best thing ever to happen in P.G.”?
The city’s public works department is experimenting with a new type of trash can to see if it can perturb the influx of gulls.
“Without a doubt, it is working. The seagulls cannot penetrate it and go down and pick up the food,” said Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce president Moe Ammar.
The city is looking to retrofit all trash cans on the recreational trail with the new can style to get rid of gulls, but officials said residents also need to stop feeding the birds.
City officials said without an active food source, the gulls will hopefully go elsewhere.
The city is planning to power-wash the sidewalks the first two weeks of June. The runoff water will be collected and sent to the local pollution control agency.
What happened to the gull poop cleanup program, with all kinds of hoopla about pressure washing and making the downtown tidy?
Monterey Hear-Old, August 2, 2013:
The city recently got state approval for a dry-season “best management practices” plan for sidewalk and curb washing of bird droppings in certain downtown areas, said Hardgrave. This is to comply with local and state regulations to keep contaminants out of Monterey Bay. Those lengthy guidelines are available from the city.
May 3, 2014
I think the gulls are doing this on purpose. Look up –
Visitors to downtown Pacific Grove please enjoy your visit, spend some money and for heaven’s sake, don’t touch anything outside.