Established in 1973, the Save Our Beach Association (SOBA), a non-profit organization, welcomes everyone interested in improving the quality, safety, beauty, and ecology of a very special place – Surfside Beach, TX.
We meet monthly, year round, on the Saturday following council meetings. Council meetings are always on the second Tuesday of the month. We meet at City Hall in Surfside Beach, TX. Meetings sometimes include speakers and/or presentations. We are involved in many civic activities, but having fun is also a priority. Come and join us for a meeting or special event. Whether you live on the island or just come to visit, we shall greatly appreciate your involvement.
SOBA – the Save Our Beach Association – is in close association with the Parks and Wildlife Department during the State of Texas Adopt-A-Beach semi-annual beach clean-ups in April and September. We have members who volunteer to clean the beaches as well as members who cook and serve the food that Ocean Village Hotel donates to feed all of the volunteers. Last September, we served 800 volunteers from all around Brazoria County.
We host Dunes Day in January when discarded Christmas trees arrive in Surfside Beach in the rental trucks that we rent, fuel, load, and unload. We stake trees and tie them in rows in front of the dune line to assist in catching blowing sand to help their building process. The dunes are a vital part of flood and wave action control in a tropical storm or hurricane. SOBA has also undertaken a sand fence project in which our members assisted in placing the fencing (about four miles) and will soon begin helping with planting vegetation in the sand piles that will eventually become dunes.
For years, the association provided signage for the beach visitors to inform them to stay off the dunes and of the ban on burning Christmas trees that we placed on Dunes Day. On major holidays such as Memorial Day and Labor Day, SOBA members pass out trash bags and greet visitors at the main gates. We have also made evening driving trips to deliver bags to the overnight visitors. Other projects have included dune “walkovers,” food preparation, and hosting or helping serve at the children’s Christmas party and St. Patrick’s Day costume contest.
Membership dues to the Association are $15 annually per person or $25 annually per family. We release a newsletter each month to keep everyone, including our out-of-town members, abreast of all present and future events. T-shirts and koozies are for sale at all events or from members. We use the profit from these sales in our ongoing community projects. We also have a Facebook page, where we post events and other updates. Click here for a membership application.
SOBA has expanded its scope by adding a special event that offers entertainment, shopping for special gifts and treasures, and chances to make long-lasting memories. Treasures by the Sea is the perfect day to multitask by combining a family excursion to beautiful Surfside Beach and Christmas shopping with a day of varied entertainment opportunities at Stahlman Park. This event happens every year on the first Saturday of November.
Come early to enjoy the beauty of sunrise over the Gulf. Pelicans, gulls, shore birds, and often dolphins provide great photo ops in the colorful morning light. At 10 am, sales and entertainment begin at Stahlman Park, 2211 Bluewater Highway, Surfside Beach, Texas. (At the signal when you cross the bridge, turn left. Go 2.1 miles. Stahlman Park is on the right.) Surfside Kite Flyers Club puts on an all-day demonstration. Kites are for sale, and children will have an opportunity to build their own kites to fly.
We shall showcase hand-built and hand-thrown pottery, mosaics, jewelry (including pieces made with sea glass found at Surfside Beach), handmade soaps, antiques, collectibles, local honey, and much more. Soup, sandwiches, and home-baked goodies are available for when you get hungry. Leave only your footprints in the sand, take wonderful treasures, and make enchanted memories as you help save the treasures of this special place for future generations.