By RAY QUIROGA
Port Isabel-South Padre PRESS
It’s fair to say that Rob Nixon underwent a rebirth of sorts some seven years ago. It was around that time that Nixon’s social, political and environmental conscience really took shape. What motivated Nixon to take action was an issue involving the proposed development of Isla Blanca Park.
The initiative to sell the park to private developers was widely unpopular and thwarted in large part due to a grassroots crusade spearheaded by groups such as the South Texas Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation; the chapter formed locally by area surfer Gene Gore to combat the proposed development. Nixon was among the founding members. After their stand against the development project, the South Texas Surfriders began to eye other issues that plagued South Padre beaches including littering, beach and dune nourishment and the overall lack of environmental education.
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