Spring beach clean-up is an annual rite on the Texas coast,
where tourist trash is just a drop in the bucket compared to
the mounds of debris, mostly generated by fishing vessels in
the Gulf, that wash up on the shores over a typical year. This
year the effort has a special meaning, at least along the
sections of barrier island and peninsula that were scoured
clean by Hurricane Ike's storm surge last fall.
This week, former President George H. W. Bush took part in
the clean-up on the Bolivar Peninsula. Bolivar was ground zero
for Ike's surge, and is still just a shadow of its pre-storm
self: of 12,000 former residents, barely 2,000 are now on the
peninsula. Rebuilding, at this point, is still just a dream, as
residents continue to grapple with basic clean-up.
USA Today covers the Bush visit
Bush Sr. works to jump-start post-Ike recovery in Texas,"
by Judy Keen). as does the Houston Chronicle
A needed grooming in Bolivar," by Carolyn Feibel). And the
Voice of America covers the slow pace of recovery
Galveston Still Struggles after Hurricane Ike," by Greg
Former Presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton have
teamed up on an effort to raise private money for victims of
Ike. The fund's website is
Donations are fully tax-deductible.