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We'd like to thank everyone who came out for the 24th Billy Sandifer Big Shell Beach Cleanup. This year, 1,400 volunteers removed 75 tons of trash from 25 miles of beach. Billy would have been so proud. Our thanks to all of the section leaders, volunteers, park personnel, sponsors, our media friends and supporters for making this possible. 

Thanks to Augs Services for the wonderful video below that captured this epic day!



 If you would like to make a donation in honor of Billy, you can click on the Paypal "Donate" button below or send a check to PO Box 18108 Corpus Christi, TX 78418.

Thank You!


 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 rugged, desolate stretch of beach. Since its inception, over 9925 volunteers have removed 2,876,000 pounds of trash from this remote and wild stretch of 4 Wheel Drive Only beach.


Friends of Padre

Dad is home for Father's Day 6/14/2019

For years the joke around most of Billy's younger friends and minions was that we always called him "Dad". Though he never had any kids of his own, Billy had many sons and daughters that loved him like a father,...

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Friends of Padre Adopt-a- Highway Cleanup 3/28/2019

The Friends of Padre Adopted that section of Park Rd 22 between Commodores Dr. and Whitecap. We pick up trash there at least two times annually and Thursday evening March 28th was the first cleanup this year.  Thanks to all...

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Friends of Padre Beach Report 3/30/2019 "Remembering Billy"

Water Temp: 71 Water clarity: Poor on the north end better south of the 30 mile mark to beautiful from the 50 mile mark to Port Mansfield Jetty Surf: 4 rows to 2 - 3 feet better south of the 30...

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