The Coastal Bend chapter of the Surfrider Foundation (TXCBC) formed in January 2004. Since its inception, TXCBC has been working with local governments and other environmentally or beach access focused associations to resolve issues related to Beach Access and maintaining a clean and safe beach experience for all beach-goers.
TXCBC is also very active in the community, committing resources (individuals and money) to support efforts such as storm drain stenciling, beach cleanups, and education. TXCBC members regularly participate in events such as Earth Day – Bay Day and give presentations in schools about the impact of pollution on the ocean and beaches.
One of the highlight each year is the Leo Garza Surf Camp for the Disabled. For the last 17 years, TXCBC has not only helped organize the event and provide volunteers and surfboards for the event, but has helped fund the event as well. TXCBC also helped organize the Surf Camp for the Blind for a number of years.
In 2005-2006, TXCBC was a key member of the Beach Access Coalition and was instrumental in the passage of a City Charter amendment that prohibits any restrictions on vehicular access unless approved by a majority of qualified voters of the city who vote at an election held for that purpose. This amendment is crucial in guaranteeing the right of the public in deciding on beach access issues in the Coastal Bend.
Members of TXCBC are also members of various committees throughout the city of Corpus Christi such as the Watershore & Beach Advisory Committee, Nueces County Parks Commission, City of Corpus Christi Beach Maintenance Committee, Coastal Bend Bays Foundation, Beach Access Coalition, CARP (Cole and Ropes Parks) Bacteria TMDL Coordination Committee.