GCAA 2020 Category 1 Winner: South Padre Island
Applications are due on Thursday, March 4 at 5 p.m. CST. In the months leading up to the deadline, we will be sharing last year's ten winners, who were recognized at the KTB Virtual Conference in 2020. Interested in applying for GCAA? Join us on Thursday, January 21 to hear from our past winners. Register to attend here.
Category 1: South Padre Island
Population Up to 3,000
Landscape Award: $90,000
The City of South Padre Island (SPI) is full of maritime and Texas history. Though the island is small, it can attract up to 100,000 tourists a day.
Fortunately, the SPI community is united in its efforts to keep their island beautiful. During the "Treasure It, Don't Trash It" Anti-Litter Program, 33,568 beachgoers were educated on the importance of litter prevention in 2019.
SPI is also unique because of its location near the border and its many Spanish-speaking residents. Last year, the city reached over 1,000 Spanish-speaking volunteers resulting in over 10,000 pounds of trash removed from Texas beaches. Their litter battle is being won every day by the dedication of SPI residents and support from the city.