March Is Beach Cleanup Month

The Billy Sandifer Big Shell Beach Cleanup will be held Saturday March 19, 2011. Volunteers will meet at the Padre Island National Seashore Malaquite Pavilion. The workforce caravan will leave at 7:00 a.m., get there earlier if you can. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their four-wheel-drive vehicles and bring a trailer if you can to help haul trash. Transportation will be provided for volunteers without four-wheel-drive vehicles. Sturdy clothing is recommended; long pants, hiking shoes, warm jackets, gloves, etc. Bring a snack, bottled water will be provided. All volunteers will return to Malaquite at 2:00 p.m. where refreshments will be available. More information is available at

The Port Mansfield Beach Cleanup created and organized by Miller and Kathie Bassler and originally associated with the Billy Sandifer Big Shell Beach Cleanup will be in its third year and has been doing a bang up job on the southern end of the Padre Island National Seashore. As the scope and size of this cleanup effort has increased it has been decided this worthy event is ready to fly on its own. This event will take place on Saturday, March 26, 2011. Volunteers will be meeting at the Port Mansfield Chamber of Commerce pavilion. Of course that doesn't keep folks from the Corpus Christi area from driving down to the jetties in their beach vehicles, helping out, and then fishing on their way back north when the work is done. More information can be obtained by emailing Miller Bassler at