2010-04-22 / Island Life

Adopt-a-Beach Clean-up is Saturday

Give our beach a little TLC this weekend.

In a joint effort with the Texas General Land Office, Keep Port Aransas Beautiful is hosting the annual Adopt-A-Beach Clean-up on Saturday, April 24.

KPAB provides the labor and the GLO provides the supplies to the volunteers. Just show up and get to work.

Port Aransas volunteers should check in on the beach at Avenue G at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, to register and be assigned an area. The clean-up will go on, rain or shine, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Individuals, families, organizations and youth groups are invited to participate.

Hot dogs and beverages, provided by the Family Center IGA and H-E-B, and cookies donated by the Omni Hotel in Corpus Christi, will be served to all volunteers from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Fred Rhodes Memorial Pavilion at Roberts Point Park. Quality Liquor provides ice for beverages.

The Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce, along with Fisherman’s Wharf, will sponsor the Jetty Boat fare for the volunteers being transported to St. Joseph Island to clean up that beach. Allied Waste will donate a dumpster for the trash. The St. Joseph Island detail is filled to capacity, according to KPAB event organizer Deno Fabrie.

The University of Texas Marine Science Institute “Green Team,” a group formed in 2008, will participate by cleaning up the south jetty, which they have been doing regularly.

As part of the Adopt-a-Beach Cleanup, the Green Team plans to expand their efforts to include a larger portion of the south jetty. In order to do this, they need help from volunteers outside of UTMSI.

Volunteers will meet and register at the Wetlands Education Center amphitheater located at UTMSI at 9 a.m. before moving to the jetty to begin picking up trash.

Following the cleanup, at the WEC, Tony Amos, director of the Animal Rehabilitation Keep, will discuss what the ARK does to help rehabilitate coastal wildlife, many of which are released near the jetties.

To join forces with the Green Team, call Carolyn Rose at 749-6832.

For more information about the KPAB or Adopt-a-Beach, contact Fabrie at deno.fabrie@texasadoptabeach.org or 749-0256.

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