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Beach cleanup canceled in wake of recent drowning

Posted at 5:10 PM, Apr 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-12 18:11:21-04

As crews continue to search for a King High School student who is believed to have drowned near Whitecap Beach, a cleanup scheduled for tomorrow at the Padre Island National Seashore and North Padre Island / Padre Balli Park beaches has been canceled.

The Texas General Land Office announced today that following the disappearance yesterday of JeSani Smith, it is in the best interest of volunteers and the community to cancel the cleanup.

GLO says all other cleanup locations will remain in operation, and volunteers who signed up for the PINS and Balli Park cleanups  can attend other cleanups at nearby locations.

Mustang Island State Park
Check-in: Park Headquarters Parking Lot, 17047 State Hwy 361
Contact: Eric Ehrlich 361-749-5246

Packery Flats
Check-in: Parking lot off Hwy 361, on Mustang Island near the Packery Channel
Contact: Jace Tunnell, Coastal Bays Foundation 361-882-3439,

Port Aransas
Check-in: Avenue G at the beach
Contact: Shannon Solimine 512-574-9191
Angie Huckabay 361-500-7642

Find all locations here.