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Beach undergoes shocking transformation overnight

Myrtle Beach city crews clean-up truckloads of chairs, umbrellas, blankets and more each night in the summer. (WPDE)

When people arrive at the clean beach in the morning, most don't realize the shocking transformation that happened overnight.

Monica Prince is in Myrtle Beach on vacation with her kids and grandkids.

"We try to come once a year," she said, because they enjoy the beautiful ocean and the nice, clean beach.

Yet, it certainly wasn't clean the night before.

"Everybody is asleep when our guys are just starting our day," said Tod O'Briant, beach coordinator for City of Myrtle Beach.

Myrtle Beach city crews start at 2 a.m. every morning, picking up truckload after truckload of stuff left on the beach.

"Chairs, umbrellas, bed sheets, towels, people just leave it laying on the beach," said O'Briant.

It takes hours of clean-up before crews can even bring out the beach rake, and the stuff left on the dunes all has to be picked up by hand.

If only each beach-goer would do their part, said Tod O'Briant. "It's as simple as picking it up and putting it in the trash can."

O'Briant said there are 900 recycling and trash cans out there for the nine-mile stretch of beach in Myrtle Beach.

Prince shares her method of not leaving trash on the beach.

"I try to just bring one bag and keep everything together so that way I don’t lose anything, and try not to lose any kids," said Prince.

If you bring it to the beach, take it back with you (including those little tikes, of course!)

Myrtle beach hires extra help each summer to help with clean-up.

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