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Beach Clean-up

A group of volunteers from Saturday’s fall beach cleanup effort are concentrating on a mile stretch of beach at the Jetties at Isla Blanca. (Staff photo by Craig Alaniz)

Port Isabel-South Padre PRESS

The fall beach clean-up attracted hundreds of volunteers to the Island Saturday morning.

Several organizations sponsored a mile stretch of beach. Surfrider Foundation, Keep SPI Beautiful and Friends of Isla Blanca provided gloves, trash bags, data cards and water to volunteers.

The Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Program is a volunteer effort that began in 1986. The Adopt-A-Beach Program keeps beaches clean through annual all-volunteer cleanups. It educates about harmful marine debris and rallies Texas support for state, national and international action to clean coastal waters.

Susan Geery and Elaine Sanchez, Keep SPI Beautiful committee members, said it was the largest turnout they have seen while serving on the committee. They said the most common thing found on the beaches is cigarette butts.

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