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Adopt-A-Beach Program’s Spring Beach Clean-up

The Texas General Land Office has been sending this message across the state for twenty-eight years, and Texans have responded.

Since the first cleanup in 1986, more than 489,000 Texas Adopt-A-Beach volunteers have picked up more than 9,200 tons of trash from Texas beaches, some of it originating from as far away as South America.

Due to tide patterns in the Gulf of Mexico, trash dumped anywhere in the gulf is likely to end up on a Texas beach. Volunteers record information such as the source and type of debris collected on data cards. This data has been instrumental in the passage of international treaties and laws aimed at reducing the amount of offshore dumping.

Keeping Texas beaches clean and safe is an economic as well as environmental priority. Coastal tourism, a $7 billion industry, and commercial fishing, a $1.9 billion business, demand clean beaches and a healthy gulf to thrive.

The program strives to:

  • raise public awareness;
  • educate citizens about the source of debris; and
  • generate public support for state, national and international action to clean up coastal waters.

The Texas Adopt-A-Beach program, an all-volunteer effort, is dedicated to preserving and protecting Texas beaches. The program’s success is due to the generous efforts of dedicated volunteer county coordinators, coastal community leaders, sponsors and citizens. Strong support from the private sector helps carry our message to Texans all across the state.

This year was was great to be with hundreds of volunteers on our beach for the 30th Anniversary of the Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Program‘s Spring Beach Clean-up! Special thanks to George P. Bush and the Texas General Land Office for all of their help and support. ‪#‎SPI‬

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Beach Re-Nourishment Under Way on SPI

Working in partnership with the Texas General Land Office and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the City of South Padre Island  in undergoing a beach renourishment project using beach-quality sand harvested from the Brazos Island Harbor Jetty and Entrance channels in South Texas dredging project.

Not only is this the largest beach nourishment project undertaken on South Padre, adding more sand to our beach helps the city better protect our coastal resources and the residential and commercial properties located on the Gulf Coast. The Corps is expected to pump approximately 651,000 cubic yards of dredged material originating from the Brownsville Harbor navigation channel to renourish approximately three quarters of a mile of our beautiful coastal beach with an estimated completion date of February 2016.

Keep up on the progress of our beach re-nourishment effort here, or visit our Vimeo album:

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SPI Shoreline Task Force supports PI, SPI artificial reefing project

By ABBEY KUNKLE | Special to the PRESS

The South Padre Island Shoreline Task Force met for a special meeting Monday afternoon to consider supporting a Port Isabel and South Padre Island reefing project. Vice Chairman Troy Giles said that he believed fishing was one of the most important things for the area, only second to the beach. With that in mind, he and the rest of the task force were eager to discuss any project that would positively impact fishing in the gulf.

The meeting was requested by Mayor Barry Patel after receiving an email from Gary Glick, who came to the Task Force to request a letter of support for the project. This letter would be used to help in the process of gaining a permit from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) along with letters that have already been submitted from Property Owners Who Care (POWC) and the South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce.