Annual Beach Clean Up Brings More than 700 Volunteers

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The beaches at South Padre Island look a lot cleaner. That’s because a wave of volunteers showed up for the annual beach clean up.

More than 700 volunteers showed up at Andy Bowie Park to help in this event.

8th graders from Sgt. William G. Harrell Middle School from Mercedes, were among the volunteers cleaning up the beach. 

Santana Ramirez – Harrell Middle School Student Council, “We’re student council and we’re supposed to be leaders. Was it hard picking up all the trash? Yes but it was worth it.”

Littering on the beach not only affects tourism on South Padre Island, but animals.

Santana Ramirez, “A Popular item that we’re finding is straws and wait to see that those straws are affecting sea turtles and their nostrils not only see turtles but other mammals as well.”

Spring Break not only brings tourists to the island, but trash also.

Santana Ramirez, “So there’s a lot of stuff that that is not really from here but it ends up here and so we have a lot of actual spring breakers who also help us with beach cleanups.”

Sources say tons of trash was picked up at this beach clean up.

The next beach clean up will be on April 22nd.  To register you can go to

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