Cleanup volunteers keeping the coast beautiful

By ESTEVAN MEDRANO
Port Isabel-South Padre Press
press@portisabelsouthpadre.com

March 20, 20153-17-15cleanupWEB

There’s a reason that the local beach is still as pristine as it was before Spring Break hit. Beach clean up crews have regularly been sending staff and volunteers to maintain the cleanliness of the South Padre Island beacht every day since early March. With thousands of visitors flooding onto the sandy shores, it’s no surprise that beer cans, cups, soda bottles, napkins and disposable coolers are left to rot when the late night festivities die down each morning.

“We’re pretty much we’re on track with what was expected,” says Ruben Treviño, Coastal Resource & Parks administrator. “We have our temporary employees all the way through the first part of April for Semana Santa.”

Coastal Resources sends 35 full time and temporary employees to the designated coast areas every day at 7 a.m. and typically — partnered with other entities — things are cleaned up by around 9:30 a.m. Five dedicated employees monitor the trash cans throughout the day until 4 p.m. to discourage any vandalism. A later shift is launched from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. who also help empty out trash cans throughout the day.

Treviño hugely credits the cleanup assistance of Beach Reach of Island Baptist Church, who send out five vans each morning filled with about 100 volunteers to clean trash hotspots such as the coastline behind Clayton’s Beach Bar. The amount of littering depends somewhat on the weather conditions, so it’s hardly surprising that now that the sun is gradually revealing itself, more trash is gathering on the sandy terrain.

The amount of material gathered throughout the vacation period likely won’t be determined until next month. All material collected is recycled if it is recyclable.

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