2009-10-16 / Letters

Metal Detector Profits

Dear Editor,

The people who bought metal detectors to use on the beach paid between $1,000 and $12,000 for them. They would not have bought them to find bottle caps, can tabs, or bobby pins. These detectors pay for themselves in two years. " When you go into the water, the water shrinks your fingers a little and you can lose any rings you have on your fingers. You can also find loose change in the sand. The Parks Department has a machine that picks up items under the sand, such as, broken glass and sharp objects that could cut your feet. But the machine also finds the same bounty those with metal detectors are searching for. What does the Parks Department do with these rings, coins, and jewelry that this machine picks up? It picks up thousands of dollars worth of items over the summer. What do they do with all this jewelry? School rings that are lost on the beach with the person's name and school on them could be returned to the owner assuming they are not sold for their cash value. I see now why they do not want people with metal detectors on the beach. Who in the Parks Department gets this money?

EDWARD GILMORE

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