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Hazardous Findings in Trash on Beaches Raise Concerns

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SOUTH PADRE ISLAND – Trash left on South Padre Island beaches is raising concern for beachgoers.

Cameron County cleanup crews say some of the things they're finding can be pretty dangerous.

From plastic to pieces of glass, parent Gabriela Espinoza says what concerns her most was found under some vegetation. She says it appeared to be a used needle.

"Now, I have kids and you think about all that. Now where ever I go I try to clean up as much as I can," said Espinoza.

CHANNEL 5 NEWS found the needle right along a trail used to navigate through the dunes and just a few feet from the shoreline where Espinoza and her family were set up.

We alerted Joe Vega, the Cameron County parks director. He said they have already taken action at the area in question.

"If you go there right now all the trash will be picked up," said Vega.

This year, Vega says they are taking extra steps to keep the beach access clean, especially during the spring break season.

"For our service barrels, we have equipment to service the trash barrels. But the trash that is directly at the beach, we have a crew that goes and picks up the trash manually," said Vega.

Vega said this cleaning is done daily so families like the Espinoza's can enjoy the day without having to worry about any possible dangers left behind.

We have confirmed the used needle was thrown away.

The county has around 400 trash bins set up throughout the beach accesses.

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