July 5, 2018

Skip the Plastic August Bag Hero:

Skip the Plastic recognizes AM Bookkeeping & Tax Professionals as Bag Heroes:

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS – The Skip the Plastic project of the Texas Coastal Bend Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation (TXCBC) recognizes community members and businesses that set a positive example by making the shift to reusable shopping bags or other alternatives to single-use plastic bags.


Our August Bag Heroes are the employees of AM Bookkeeping & Tax Professionals. Looking for ways to become more sustainable, they have eliminated several kinds of disposable plastic and paper items that are common in many offices. They have moved away from individual-serve coffee and disposable cups to a coffee maker and mugs, made the switch to recycled file folders, substituted cloth hand towels for paper towels in the bathroom and kitchen, and use metal utensils and straws.


They have also gotten into the habit of using reusable shopping bags when getting supplies for the office. Naturally, this habit has carried over into their daily lives when they are off the clock. “Living on the water we have a firsthand view of the damage disposable plastic bags can have on our environment. Switching to reusable bags was a no-brainer. They’re easy to use, just keep them in your car and you’re ready whenever you head out to go shopping. They’re hassle free and very stylish!”

For more information visit http://skiptheplastic.surfrider.org or call 361-765-4445.

Since its inception in 1984, the Surfrider Foundation has evolved into one of the largest non-profit grassroots organizations dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network.

March 30, 2018

The Bend Magazine Feature: 2018

Surfrider Making Waves on South Texas Beaches

Mar 30, 2018 05:00AM

By: Julieta Hernandez  Photos by: Rachel Benavides

Don’t mess with Texas beaches, is the mantra of the Surfrider Foundation, a movement where local surfer activists are able to find their voices. After witnessing the mass plastic pollution plaguing the ocean’s ecosystem, the grassroots organization started bringing attention to the cause through perseverance and direct action.

With a clear vision for the future of our ocean conditions, the Surfrider Foundation has been growing its chapter in the Coastal Bend area since 2005. They aim to create a more sustainable atmosphere and healthier ocean life. Cliff Schlabach, Chair and Neil McQueen, Vice Chair lead the local movement.

“(As surfers) we’ve seen a lot of things. We’re actually, literally immersed in the environment,” McQueen says.“That fires us up to want to make change and to change the environment.” The foundation focuses on multiple programs to encourage efforts for a cleaner coast, including its yearly Leo Garza Surf Camp for the Disabled, storm drain cleanups, and beach cleanup programs. The introduction of the Ocean Friendly Restaurant program is one of the newer building blocks the Surfrider Foundation has laid since the inception

of its South Texas chapter.

“If you’re using less waste when eating, you’ll have less waste on the beaches,” explains Holly Thomas, Outreach Coordinator of the local Surfrider team. This is how the foundation introduces the Ocean Friendly Restaurant program, which aims to “focus on one restaurant, one customer at a time.” This plan calls attention to how restaurant products, such as Styrofoam cups and plastic straws, have begun drastically affecting marine stability.

To be certified as an Ocean Friendly Restaurant, establishments must fulfill a certain number of criteria to reduce their environmental impact. Participating restaurants can meet these standards by using bio-degradable to-go boxes, not giving out a straw unless requested, and switching to more efficient energy and water systems. In turn, reducing waste levels can result in better-cost efficiency for restaurants involved
in the program.
“We’re directly on the coast here,” says Christie Irps, Coordinator of the program. “What we’re eating, all the products that we’re using: the plastic bags, the straws, the Styrofoam to-go boxes … it’s so close, everything ends up right out in the water.”
The greatest appeal of introducing restaurants to minimal waste products is the creation of demand for said products. Eventually these alternative products will become less expensive and more mainstream, smoothing the way for restaurants to transition to a less wasteful business model.
With a goal of 10 to 15 networks within the first year, the first restaurant in Corpus Christi, as well as Texas, to fully commit to the program is the Texas State Aquarium’s Pepsi Shoreline Grill. This establishment not only follows the recommended criteria but also all 10 of the potential criteria.
Members and potential members of the South Texas Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation continue to join in brainstorming new ways to push for ocean protective services. The group meets the last Monday of every month from 6-8pm at Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi.
February 1, 2018




LOCATION:  6300 Ocean Drive, Room 1003 Natural Resource Center Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi, TX 78412

TIME: 6:00-8:00 PM

PRESENTATION BY: Councilman Greg Smith 

Councilman Greg Smith:
Greg Smith is a 5th generation Corpus Christi resident and first term City Councilman for District Four; which includes the Island, Flour Bluff and portions of the neighborhoods along Ocean Drive. Smith has served as chairman for many boards and committees within the local community and is a small business owner in Port Aransas, TX.
Smith’s presentation will include updates on City issues affecting our local area including the plans to repair Packery Channel.


As always soda and pizza will be provided!

Please bring your own re-usable water bottle and utensils to the meeting!





January 31, 2018


AUGUST 2018:

*August 3rd First Friday Art Walk @The Exchange Downtown

*August 4th beach clean up at Newport Pass Beach from 8-11 am

*August 27th Monthly Chapter Meeting 6-8PM @TAMUCC NRC Building

January 1, 2018


The Texas Coastal Bend Surfrider Foundation would like to thank all of our supporters for their generous donations to our annual TXCBC Christmas party/fundraiser held on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017. All funds raised go toward supporting our Chapter’s current programs.

Donors listed in alphabetical order:

Adriana Leiva

Alison Funk

American Wine Connections

Benjamin’s Surf & Skate

Black Dog Sweets

Catfish Charlie’s

Debbie Noble

Emma Clarkson

Gill Landscape Nursery

Harrison’s Landing

Harte Research Institute

Island Day Spa

Island Time Sushi

John Olvey

Jon Steele

JMH Massage

Kacee Bones

Lorelei Brewing Co.

Michelle Haas

Pat & George Gardiner

Roy Heistermann

Sarah Searight

Saskia Short

Shelia Rogers Fine Art

Studio Be

Texas State Aquarium

Texas Surf Camps

The Exchange

The Nuss Family


Tropical Fish Haven

Wade Koniakowsky

Whitecap Liquor

Wind & Wave Water Sports



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