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Whether it’s a cold, rainy day in February, or a steamy early morning in July, early in the morning figures walk along the beach in front of a pickup’s lights. By 5 a.m., the West End crew of the Park Board Coastal Zone Management Department is already out handpicking trash left by beachgoer…

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Daniel Gutierrez and Cameron Larson eased the Jet Ski up to Bird Island, which sits in the bay near the San Luis Pass cut. A couple of people were stranded on the island because their Jet Ski had been caught by a falling tide and was stuck on the island.

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I still have a few friends who believe that any kind of help for the less fortunate, including food banks, is just an invitation for people to scam and cheat.

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Hard to believe we’re already at the Fourth of July holiday. Summer is flying by. We’re fully staffed, as are the other emergency services. But with up to 500,000 visitors on the island this weekend, make sure you think of us as an added layer of protection and take protective measures to en…

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Haelen Betancourt was working our San Luis Pass Patrol last weekend and rolled up on a large group of adults and children swimming in the ship channel. Most of them were in shallow water, with a few of them farther out.

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The sun was just peeking over the horizon, and the rough, windblown surf showed pink highlights as we lined up. Legs vibrated and hands showed white knuckles on our racing boards as the call came out, “Paddlers take your mark ... go!”

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The Galveston Island Beach Patrol will hold its 22nd annual barbecue fundraiser and silent auction from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday at The Press Box at 2401 Postoffice Street in Galveston. It’ll be directly in front of the restaurant.

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I don’t go fishing any more, but I read the fishing column every morning. So I know for stretches he’s been writing about everything except people catching fish because of the rain and the wind. Fishing has been bad. It’s beginning to get better, but fisher people may have to wait for all th…

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There have been some crazy conditions lately. The water has already hit 88 degrees, multiple high tides and rain events have flooded the beaches, tons of rough days with really strong rip currents, and some completely flat still days.