Projects & Progress

Upcoming Projects

 

Matagorda Beach Major Cleanup

Most people are unaware that the Gulf of Mexico has one of the highest concentrations of marine trash on the planet. Most people have heard of the Giant Pacific Garbage Patch, but did you know that the Gulf of Mexico has more trash per cubic foot?

Tropical Maniacs are tired of talking and complaining about the problem. The time for action is now and we intend to get it done! Our current beach cleanups do help, but we are barely making a dent due to the magnitude of the problem. We believe we have a cost effective solution that is scalable and will make a noticeable impact on the amount of trash on our beaches and in the Gulf of Mexico. The cheapest way to remove trash from the ocean is to collect and dispose of it when it is onshore.

We are currently working on raising funds to purchase equipment for mass removal of trash on Matagorda County beaches.  We think this will be the only major mechanized cleaning operation run by a non-profit in Texas.

Project Goals

  • Remove 42,000 cubic feet of trash/debris per year from Matagorda County beaches while conducting operations that promote beach wildlife conservation.
  • Improve and protect coastal marine life habitats, with an emphasis on birds and sea turtles, through the removal of harmful debris.
  • Prevent trash from entering the ocean and remove marine debris before it re-enters the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Improve local economy by improving and beautifying the largest tourist attraction in Matagorda County.
  • Establish a roadmap for the future that will guide similar organizations to tackle beach clean-up and conservation efforts in their own areas.

Estimated Budget

Upfront Equipment Costs
Description Amount
Barber 600HD Surf Rake $62,660.00
Tractor $60,000.00
Total $122,660.00
Ongoing Annual Costs
Description Amount
Equipment Maintenance 4,000.00
Dumpster Costs 10,800.00
Fuel 4,000.00
Total $18,800.00

 

Completed Projects

 

Beach Road Beautification Project – Median Improvement

As part of our Beach Road Beautification Project, the foundation funded and volunteers installed 30 Mexican Palm Trees in the median on the beach access road in Matagorda, TX. The project was permitted through LCRA. Volunteers continue to trim and water the trees as needed until they are fully established. 

Upcoming Events

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3 weeks ago

Tropical Maniac Foundation

Through our foundation for Beaches and Bay Area Beautification “Tropical Maniac’s of Matagorda” we, with the help of the community of Matagorda, have raised money to help keep the Matagorda beach clean. I have ordered one of these Barber 600HD Surf Beach Rakes for delivery in mid March. ... See MoreSee Less

Through our foundation for Beaches and Bay Area Beautification “Tropical Maniac’s of Matagorda” we, with the help of the community of Matagorda, have raised money to help keep the Matagorda beach clean. I have ordered one of these Barber 600HD Surf Beach Rakes for delivery in mid March.Image attachment

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Excellent thank you 😊

So happy!

Long past due

Thats awesome...but other people need to pick up their trash and help keep the beach clean. I appreciate all you do for Matagorda

Awesome!

Awesome!!

Wow that's awesome, so cool...

It’s a community project and we appreciate all of the support we have gotten so far. We have a wonderful beach destination and we are proud to help make it better. We are working on our second annual Surf and Turf Festival to help raise additional funding to purchase a Tractor to pull it. It will be on March 13, 2021 in Matagorda so mark your calendar. Thanks to all who have supported our efforts!

Yippee!

Thank you 💕

Yea!!!! Good job! Thanks for working so hard for our community!

Amazing! Thanks

Woohoo

This is so awesome!!!! Can't wait to see it working on our beach.

That’s incredible!! Congrats!🎉

Thank you

Great news!

Julie Roark Berry Gardner

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3 months ago

Tropical Maniac Foundation

Steve Horn giving the palm trees a little love after the storm induced saltwater bath. #thatsmatagorda #tropicalmaniac #matagordabeach #beachlife ... See MoreSee Less

Steve Horn giving the palm trees a little love after the storm induced saltwater bath. #thatsmatagorda #tropicalmaniac #matagordabeach #beachlife
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