Surfing in Texas are huge supporters of the Surfrider Foundation, and we strongly encourage people to protect what they love, and get involved with a local Chapter. Rob Nixon and the South Texas Chapter have been doing amazing things in South Padre Island, and for our Texas coastline, and we hope that you can make it to their annual Shindig, Saturday February 8th! Check out the full post below from Rob Nixon’s blog Waiting For The Next Swell, and make sure to mark your calender for this awesome event!
From the Surfrider Foundation South Texas Chapter:
The Surfrider Foundation South Texas Chapter is proud to announce that our Annual Fundraiser, the Surfrider Shindig is scheduled for Saturday February 8th, 2014 at Louie’s Backyard on South Padre Island, Texas at 6PM! This year’s event is named, Surfrider Shindig 2014: Dunes Not Walls and is already shaping up to be another in a line of great fundraising parties that we love to throw! Tickets are only $20 and include live music, a shrimp boil and beer can chicken plus a great night of fellowship with friends and family of our beloved Texas Coast!
The theme of the Shindig follows our recent effort in helping the State of Texas achieve winning an injunction against Cameron County Developer Larry Polsky and his illegal retaining wall at his planned Seabreeze Estates north of Cameron County Beach Access #6. The ruling helps to preserve the public beach and the public’s right to access and use that beach as well as the beaches north and south of it while also protecting the Texas Taxpayers from having to bail out the property when the inevitable happens, the Gulf of Mexico swamps the property and they have to foot the bill to “protect” and rebuild it. It also sets a precedent that all future development must follow the current Texas and Cameron County Coastal Developmental Standards and setbacks. Of course, the issue is not totally won as Mr. Polsky is planning on appealing the decision and the Cameron County Dune Protection Committee is also pushing more irresponsible development similar to the Seabreeze Estates-trading dunes for illegal walls and structures built too close to the public beach and water.
The Surfrider Foundation plans on keeping the pressure on and the funds raised at the Shindig will go to these efforts. The money raised will also go to our other Coastal Conservation, Preservation and Educational efforts such as International Surfing Day Children’s Clinics, Beach Cleanups and Dune Restorations.
This year’s event has two awesome local bands that will help us all celebrate our oceans, waves and beaches.
First up is long time supporter Junior Valdez, aka Junbug, and his smooth acoustic reggae music. Junior is a local surfer, skater, photographer and lover of our beaches. We are stoked to have him and crew back again this year
A huge thank you goes out to this year’s sponsors- On the Beach, Island Native Surfhouse, Louie’s Backyard, Art Space, SPI Polar Bear Club, Seahorse Trucking, SPI Chamber of Commerce, Clayton’s Beach Bar and Grill, Toucan Graphics and Green Pathways.