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Volunteers to clean area beaches

By Elena Watts
April 24, 2014 at 5:02 p.m.
Updated April 23, 2014 at 11:24 p.m.


IF YOU GO

• WHAT: 28th GLO Adopt-A-Beach Spring Cleanup

• WHEN: 8:30 a.m. registration, 9 a.m.-noon cleanup, Saturday

• WHERE: Austwell Pier in Austwell, Crabbin' Bridge at Magnolia Beach/Indianola and pavilion on King Fisher Beach in Port O'Connor

• HOW: At check-in, volunteers will receive cleanup data cards, pencils, trash bags and disposable gloves.

• CONTACTS: Dwight Mutschler, Austwell, 361-286-3762; Debbie Gayle, Port O'Connor, 361-649-3261; Rhonda Cummins, Magnolia Beach/Indianola, 361-552-9747

IF YOU CAN'T GO

Texans who are not able to attend the cleanup can help keep their beaches clean by making a tax-deductible donation online at TexasAdoptABeach.org.

Tips for Safe and Successful Cleanups

• Dress comfortably. A hat and long sleeves are recommended.

• Take drinking water, bug repellant and sunscreen.

• Wear closed-toe shoes. Sandals will not provide protection against broken glass, metal and rocks.

• Wear gloves to protect hands from cuts and contaminated objects.

• Do not handle dead or injured animals. Report them to the Adopt-A-Beach coordinator.

• Stay away from metal drums. Some may contain hazardous materials. Report their locations to the Adopt-A-Beach coordinator.

• Avoid heavy lifting. Report the location of heavy objects to the Adopt-A-Beach coordinator, who can arrange for later pickup.

• Do not pick up hazardous materials. Avoid items such as hypodermic needles, sharp objects, old car batteries and any other unidentified or questionable objects.

• Take special precautions with children. Advise them of the safety rules.

• Stay off the dunes and stay away from nesting shorebirds.

The Texas General Land Office is sponsoring its 28th Adopt-A-Beach Spring Cleanup at more than 30 beaches along the Texas Gulf Coast on Saturday, according to the GLO website.

Three of those beaches are located in the Crossroads area. Volunteers will meet at the Austwell Pier in Austwell, the Crabbin' Bridge at Magnolia Beach and the pavilion on King Fisher Beach in Port O'Connor.

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., and volunteers will begin collecting trash at 9 a.m.

At Magnolia Beach, the Crabbin' Bridge, where volunteers meet, is located on North Ocean Drive. Volunteers will clean a six-mile stretch of beach and road that leads to Indianola until about 11 a.m.

After the cleanup, Rhonda Cummings, the Magnolia Beach event coordinator, will serve hot dogs, chili, corn chips and water at the Magnolia Volunteer Fire Department.

"We're serving gourmet beach food," Cummings said. "Volunteers can even make Frito pies if they don't want hot dogs."

In Port O'Connor, volunteers meet at the King Fisher Beach pavilion on Park Street. They will clean the beach until 11 a.m., at which time hot dogs, chips and drinks will be served, said Debbie Gayle, event coordinator.

In Austwell, volunteers will clean about one mile of beach to the boat launch, said Dwight Mutschler, event coordinator. The pier, where the volunteers meet, is located on Bay Street. Mutschler will provide beverages.

Because of tide patterns in the Gulf of Mexico, trash dumped anywhere in the Gulf is likely to end up on a Texas beach, according to the GLO website.

Volunteers record information such as the source and type of debris collected on data cards. The data has been instrumental in the passage of international treaties and laws aimed at reducing the amount of offshore dumping, according to the website.

All ages are welcome to attend the Adopt-A-Beach Spring Cleanups, which are held rain or shine.

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