I’m fortunate enough to live exactly a mile from my front door to the water’s edge. I make it a priority to walk along that edge as often as I can. As I do, I can’t help but think about the hard-working staff that works to keep Galveston’s beaches clean.

The park board’s Coastal Zone Management team is tasked with cleaning 32 miles of beaches every day. Every. Day. Its full-time staff is comprised of 22 employees with up to eight contract laborers for added support. Their staff numbers are down over past years, but the trash numbers are up. In fact, so far this year, they’ve collected more than 1.5 million pounds of trash from Galveston’s beaches.

Mary Beth Bassett is the public relations coordinator for the Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Park Board of Trustees.

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Paul Sivon

Move to pack-in, pack-out for the West End and eliminate a few thousand trash cans and the pollution when the Park Board can’t get to them before unexpected high tide events.

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