POSTED: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 - 3:19pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 8:46am
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, TEXAS (KVEO NEWS CENTER 23) — A day on South Padre Island usually means waves, friends and fun. But too much fun or sheer carelessness can result in excess trash.
That's why the City Council is promoting an anti litter campaign. They've been using stricter measures to inform people about the importance of keeping a clean beach.
"This approach has two components," said SPI City Council member Alita Bagley. "One is education and one is enforcement."
The education aspect allows volunteers to work with the City Council to help clean the beaches and remind visitors of small ways they can contribute, like picking up their trash.
But, those who ignore this campaign may receive a harsher warning.
"For someone who receives a citation for littering and is convicted, the fine can reach up to $2000," said Bagley.
Because litter fines can be so costly, the city of South Padre Island has placed trash cans all along the beach so that cleanliness can be more convenient for you.
"Anywhere that you are in the city beaches, there are white trash cans that are conveniently located," said Bagley. "Public works goes out there a few times a day during the busy times and tries to keep those emptied so that they're always free and ready to hold your trash."
But despite the tedious trash pick-up, Island officials are hoping a clean beach will lure in more visitors.
"Come and visit, enjoy your day, and like I said, go home with a tan and not a ticket," said Bagley.