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The 23rd Annual Billy Sandifer Big Shell Beach Cleanup a Record Breaker!

Details coming soon but it looks like a record busting 1175 volunteers turned out to pick up another record of 85 tons of trash, 17 tons of which was recyclable material!

The primary function of Friends of Padre is to fund and organize the annual Billy Sandifer Big Shell Beach Cleanup in perpetuity. Beginning in 1995, the Big Shell Beach Cleanup occurs once a year in the Big Shell portion of the Padre Island National Seashore (PINS). Each year, hundreds of volunteers dedicate a Saturday to removing trash from this 10-mile stretch of beach. Since its inception, over 8525 volunteers have removed 2,726,000 pounds of trash from this remote and wild stretch of 4 Wheel Drive Only beach.




Friends of Padre

Friends of Padre at Barefoot Mardi Gras 2/10/2018

Friends of Padre enjoyed participating in this year's Barefoot Mardi Gras on North Padre Island Saturday February 10th. It's an annual event that raises funds for local charities and each year when the schedule allows we participate to publicize our annual...

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Friends of Padre Beach Report 1/15/2018

Via Cody Moravits   The water was cold and brown the length of the beach until the last few miles where the water turned nice and green.   Surf was 2-3 feet and no mullet were seen in the surf...

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Friends of Padre Beach Report 12/2/2017

Friends of Padre Beach Report via Aaron Baxter 12/02/2017 Padre Island National Seashore Got on the beach around 0600 and made my way to the 18.5. I was only down for a day trip this time. Driving was excellent at...

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