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 beachgoers or washed in with the tide.

They find some large logs and cut them up and throw them into brush trucks to be removed. Two other crews work other parts of the beach simultaneously, and there will be another crew up on the seawall during the afternoon.

Peter Davis is chief of the Galveston Island Beach Patrol. The views in this column are Davis’ and do not necessarily represent those of the Beach Patrol, Galveston Park Board of Trustees or any other entity.

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