Guest Blog: Costa Cleanups are keeping it clean on South Padre Island
Many families come to South Padre Island on vacation and enjoy spending part of their time giving back while exploring the untouched shoreline and wildlife of South Padre Island. Costa Cleanups team of 75 Ambassadors are eager to pass on their knowledge and educate along the way, especially when it comes to children and young adults as they are our future. Ambassadors encourage families to come and experience the value of spending quality time together outdoors in areas with little cell service while making a difference and giving back as a family.
Despite our great efforts and progress, South Padre Island received thousands of pounds of trash after the summer storms and hurricanes. Some of the piles of washed up trash were four feet or higher in some areas. Thankfully, Costa Cleanups team members do not give up and still continue to clean in their free time and schedule community-wide cleanup efforts.
Our next cleanup in this area will be on June 5, 2021, in celebration of World Ocean Day. We will be driving our 4x4s 26 miles up the beach to reach Port Mansfield East Cut to meet another beach cleanup group called Port Mansfield Beach and Cut Cleanup, which has been doing annual cleanups for 12 years. This is an amazingly beautiful, rural area which you can see on this YouTube video. We are very excited to offer discounted hotel rooms, free boat rides and encourage 4x4 vehicles to join us in cleaning this sea turtle refuge and work together to make the world a better place while educating along the way. Every bit helps and it takes teamwork to make the dream work!
Costa Cleanups strives to make cleaning the beaches as fun as possible by awarding prizes for contest winners. Some recent prizes have included free dolphin tour trips, gift certificates and even free tacos for a year!
Costa Cleanups has removed over 90,000 pounds of trash from our beaches and waterways. You too can help!! For volunteer opportunities, upcoming events and to donate, please visit our website at costacleanups.com or Costa Cleanups on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.