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Adopt-A-Beach cleanup set for SETX hotspots

Southeast Texans looking to preserve their favorite weekend getaways in the surf can sign up for a beach day with cause this weekend for the 2015 Adopt-A-Beach fall cleanup.

Weekend TicketAdopt-A-Beach cleanups — organized by the Texas General Land Office — are scheduled at 21 sites along the Texas coast, including several Southeast Texas beaches popular with local residents and tourists, Saturday morning:

  • Sea Rim State Park, check in at the entrance, 19335 Hwy 87 in Sabine Pass
  • McFaddin Beach, check in at the entrance, 7950 S. Gulfway Drive in Sabine Pass
  • Chambers County, check in one mile east of the intersection of Hwy 124 and Hwy 87
  • Bolivar Peninsula, check in at the Crystal Beach Volunteer Fire Department, 930 Noble Carl Drive, about 11 miles from the ferry landing
  • Galveston Island, check in at Menard Park, 27th Street and Seawall Boulevard

“ Sign up now to join forces with thousands of other Texans who care about the coast,” Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush said in a press release. “Marine debris kills wildlife and hurts tourism, but it’s a problem we can fix. Come out and be a part of the solution on Saturday.”

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. on site with cleanup scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

All volunteers will be given data cards, gloves, pencils and trash bags, and should arrive to their check-in points with sunscreen, plenty of drinking water and closed-toe shoes.

The General Land Office reports thousands of Adopt-A-Beach volunteers remove an average of 500 tons of trash each year from the Texas coast. Since 1986, the GLO website states, more than 476,000 volunteers have removed 9,000 tons — more than 17 million pounds — of trash from Texas beaches and estuaries.

For more information about the Adopt-A-Beach program, including early registration and tax-deductible donations, visit www.texasadoptabeach.org.

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