Starting this spring, the City of Gulf Shores will be able to dispose of items immediately that are collected on the beach instead of being required to keep them for up to six months.

The new rule is an amendment to one passed by the city on abandoned property that required the city to store items removed from the beach for a period of six months until the owner comes forward to claim them or the items go to auction, according to city officials.

Gulf Shores Assistant Public Works Director Noel Hand said the majority of the abandoned property would not be considered valuable, with only about 5 percent of the items collected comprised of valuables such as cameras, wallets, purses, beach bags, etc.

The main focus of the new efforts for a cleaner beach will focus on high-density areas around larger condo complexes.

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