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Friends of Padre Loses Founder and Mentor

Billy Sandifer, legendary fishing guide and friend and mentor to many lost his battle with cancer March 30th, 2018. A Celebration of his life was held Sunday May 20th at the Briscoe King Pavilion at  Padre Balli Park. During the memorial a coyote was observed looking in on the ceremony from the top of a dune outside the rear entrance of the pavilion. Many in attendance thought it might be Billy checking in on things as he always considered the coyote his brother. (Photo Courtesy of David Sikes of the Caller Times.)

Rest in Peace my friend. Billy Sandifer 6/11/1947 - 3/30/2018.

"Life's A Hoot. Get You Some of It. Be Careful, Be Courteous, Be Kind", Capt. Billy L. Sandifer 

 

 If you would like to make a donation in memory of Billy, you can click on the Paypal "Donate" button below or send a check to PO Box 18108 Corpus Christi, TX 78418.

Thank You!

 

 The primary function of Friends of Padre is to fund and organize the annual Billy Sandifer Big Shell Beach Cleanup in perpetuity. Beginning in 1995, the Big Shell Beach Cleanup occurs once a year in the Big Shell portion of the Padre Island National Seashore (PINS). Each year, hundreds of volunteers dedicate a Saturday to removing trash from this 10-mile stretch of beach. Since its inception, over 8525 volunteers have removed 2,726,000 pounds of trash from this remote and wild stretch of 4 Wheel Drive Only beach.

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Texas Turtle Nest Update 8/08/2018

Via Dr. Donna Shaver and https://www.nps.gov/pais/learn/nature/current-nesting-season.htm A female Kemp's ridley sea turtle nesting on the beaches of Padre Island. NPS photo. Kemp's ridley nests found in Texas in 2018 Bolivar Peninsula 0 Galveston Island 3 Brazoria County, north of Surfside 1...

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Friends of Padre Beach Report 8/03/2018

Seas early 1 to 2 feet with larger swells south of the 30 mile mark. Driving was good until the 20's with lots of four wheel required during high tide. Rough spots continued all the way to the 41 mile...

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Friends of Padre Beach Report 7/24/2018

FoP Report 7/24/2018 Cody Moravits Waves: 2 foot in the morning calming to 1 foot or less in the afternoon Water temp: 81 degrees F Wind: 10-12 mph SW switching to light SE winds after 12pm Driving: 6/10 Even though...

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