SOUTH PADRE ISALND, TX (NEWS CENTER 23) — Protecting and preserving our beaches…many aspects are involved, but Friday the focus was trash clean up!
Adopt-A-Beach organizers say it was a larger than normal turnout for the winter clean up.
"It was fun. It's a chance to meet other people who have an interest in cleaning the beach," said Winter Texan, Karen Doran.
About 135 volunteers turned out to pick up trash along a five mile stretch down Edwin Atwood Park, thanks to the warmer than usual winter weather.
Officials are estimating that in Friday’s,17th annual Winter Beach Clean Up, about five-thousand pounds of trash was collected.
While typical stuff is picked up, like cans, cigarette butts, and other paper trash, there are always a few “unusual” that make it into the trash bags.
One of the most unique things picked up Friday was some kind of aircraft part made by Lockheed Martin.
While Doran did put in work Friday morning, she was pleasantly surprised that the workload wasn't overwhelming.
“I can really say that since I've been coming here for the past seven years, how clean it was this year...truly," said Doran.
She thinks maybe beach goers are becoming a little more aware of protecting the environment and keeping the water clean for the species that call it home.