Time for Adopt-a-Beach fall clean-up

By by Dianna Wray
Sept. 21, 2010 at 4:21 a.m.

PORT LAVACA - It's time to clean up the beaches.

The Texas Adopt-a-Beach program, a volunteer organization focused on removing trash from Texas beaches and waterways, will hold its annual Adopt-a-Beach Fall Cleanup on Saturday.

"We do it to try and help keep the beaches clean. Would you like to go to a beach that's covered in garbage?" Calhoun County onsite coordinator Rhonda Cummins said.

The Texas Adopt-a-Beach program has held clean-up days for the past 24 years, Cummins said.

Having clean beaches is better for the environment and it's better for the community, Cummins said.

"Sometimes it's an issue of public safety and sometimes it's an issue of civic pride, but we want to have clean nice beaches that people want to visit. It's better for the community," Cummins said.

The Fall Cleanup is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday.

Meet-up locations are along the coast.

Volunteers should select a site to meet at, and contact the site coordinator to let them know they are coming.

Volunteers are advised to wear suncreen, shoes, sunglasses and a hat, and to bring plenty of drinking water and mosquito repellant.

Cummins said she is hoping for a large turn out of volunteers.

"We'll be out there rain or shine, as long as it's not dangerous. I think most people care about the clean beaches, because it's important to the environment," Cummins said.



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