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So Much Litter At Rollover Pass On Bolivar Peninsula

What in the world is with all the litter at Rollover Pass on Bolivar Peninsula in Galveston County? This is a well-known Texas fishing spot.

I don’t fish. But if I did, I don’t think I’d want to fish in all that mess. People just toss stuff on the ground.

One man who had a license plate saying he was a disabled vet, flicked his cigarette butt in the water. Is that what he was fighting overseas for the right to do?   

Here are some great aerial shots of Rollover Pass.

I’ve called Galveston County Judge Ralph Yarbrough to voice my concern.

Maybe what is needed is an undercover litter patrol.  

July 26, 2007 - Posted by | Galveston, Sea Life


  1. I spent my childhood at Rollover Pass. We had a beach house just down the beach from Rollover. We rode horses on the beach and spent many many summers enjoying the water and the crabbing. Now, 35 or better years later, to hear that the trash and garbage is sucking up all the beauty of rollover and surrounding areas is heart breaking. I realize most of the beach is gone now, but to destroy the beauty that is left, is like distroing all the memories I have of my childhood. How could anyone, let alone a Vet make a mockery of the the beauty of our beaches in Texas. Take some pride, not only in your self, but in the wonder beaches of Texas. Its all we have left. And our memories!

    Comment by Jane Richardson Stopher | August 28, 2007

  2. Thnaks for your comment. I agree that Texas beaches have great value. I don’t understnad why people treat them so poorly.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | August 29, 2007

  3. I agree with you, I to as a child until now have gone to Gilcrest during the summer and crabbed and fished,and have gone to the beaches by the pass We love the beach and it is true people aren’t taking care of our beaches they are leaving trash and what not all over the beautiful beaches and our fishing spots, I really wish people would start taking care of what we have left of our beaches, Me and my daughter are thinking of going spend the summer there… we might even try to move there and see , we both love the beach….well all i can say is may God bless us and our beach….:)

    Comment by michelle | February 10, 2008

  4. Michelle—Well, if you move there you can take a part in trying to keep it clean. I’m sure the area would benefit from good folks like you. Thanks for the comment.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | February 11, 2008

  5. I’m just rapping up a four month business trip to Texas, and just got back from my first trip to the coast at Mustang Island. Rollover Pass isn’t the only place in Texas with serious, disgusting litter problems. Mustang Island, especially the more southern portions, were absolutely revolting! There was an old TV, empty five gallon fuel buckets, wire, rope, plastic, foam, aluminum, tin… it was just gross. I watched 3 local girls pack their stuff up to leave, forsaking a pile of beer cans on the beach, with litter barrels just a few yards away! Beaches aren’t the only problem, either. Everywhere I’ve been in Texas has serious litter problems, along the roads, in parking lots, people’s front yards! The beaches were about the worst, although around Dallas was pretty f’n nasty. Rather ironic that Texans love this place so much yet they treat it like a giant landfill!

    Comment by Mike | April 16, 2008

  6. Mike–I was just on Mustang Island and what you say is true. I like the Texas coast, but litter is a problem from what I have seen from Beaumont to Corpus. I bet it is a problem from Corpus to the border as a well. Thanks for the comment.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | April 17, 2008

  7. what happened to the crying indian commercial. it made me not litter. here in cincinnati i find eaten chicken wings in the street if front of my house. there is a garage at the end of the street and i saw the guy that owns it drive up the street and throw the fucking thing out the window. i thought about talking to him about it but i know it would just lead to more shit being thrown in my yard. people need to use the garbage cans. bengal and reds games are the worse here in cincinnati. beer cans and piss everywhere.

    Comment by bill brady | April 17, 2008

  8. I appreciate the concern I’ve read here about trashing our beautiful Texas treasures – our beaches and waterways. I live in Port Bolivar very near the North Jetty and you cannot imagine what we find every Monday morning. The crews who particularly come here from Houston because it is the first nice beach off the ferry leave everything from clothing, pieces of household furniture, glass beer bottles (which are not allowed on the beach lawfully), pots and pans, debris of every description and size and parts of tents, fishing equipment, crabbing supplies and food content.

    These guests to our Peninsula and beaches think nothing of going onto the property owned by decent citizens, turning the water on, letting it run, sitting on the porches and taking advantage of everything left out. It is sad indeed when our property is no longer respected, much less kept clean.

    I have photos if you doubt my word. If we could only get the folks to understand if we don’t protect our valuable resources, what will our children and grandchildren have left to enjoy? We came here to live because we loved it so and now these ungrateful guests are threatening to ruin it all. By the way, none of the cars on our beaches have the required parking permits either. They seem to exhibit behavior that says they are above the law in every way.

    Comment by Brenda Cannon Henley | June 9, 2008

  9. Does this surprise anyone?? Most of mankind has gone to crap!!!

    Comment by Teresa T. | September 26, 2008

  10. I not sure if anyone cares or has concerns but are ellected want to fill in the pass at rollover we as concerned residents do not want this to happen to our community if anyone cares there will be a meeting at first bapist church in high island at 6:00pm monday 16th march

    Comment by trish white | March 14, 2009

  11. The Gilchrist Community Assocation is having another meeting in regards to closing Rollover Pass June 1st 6:00 at the First Baptist Church in High Island.If anyone would or can Help us Save Rollover Pass Please attend.

    Comment by trish white | May 27, 2009

  12. It is now 2014. Rollover Pass has been improved by the Gilchrist Community Association by installing more trash cans, porta potties, and cracking down on unwanted behavior. A small parking or membership fee helps with these costs. FISHING is still FREE and open to all, and is the best handicap-accessible spot in the state.

    More importantly, the fees are mostly going toward the legal defense fund. The Pass is private property and the owners Gulf Coast Rod, Reel and Gun Club and GCA have sued Jerry Patterson, the Texas General Land Office and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in federal court to save the Pass from being filled in. Patterson falsely claimed ownership and omitted information on the permit application to the USACE.

    The GLO also is coercing Galveston County by paying them 1.5 million dollars to take the property by any means, including eminent domain. Commissioner Ryan Dennard and Judge Mark Henry are involved, much to the annoyance of the residents who elected them. Video link

    Rollover is still prime fishing. Help is needed to keep it open for the health of the entire East Bay system. You can get more info at rolloverpasstexas.com and read articles on crystalbeachlocalnews.com and guidrynews.com. A petition has been started which sends your comments to the state and local officials.

    If you want to hear a podcast of an interview with Attorney Jim Blackburn, Ted Vega GCA President on the Outdoor Show with Capts Mickey Eastman and Bennie Hatten,

    The Pass has been provided by past generations, let’s keep it for the future generations.

    Comment by texas coastie | January 13, 2014

  13. It’s 2014 now and Rollover Pass has more trash cans and porta potties. The Gilchrist Community Association is cracking down on unwanted behavior. The small parking or membership fee covers the expense, but most of it goes to the legal defense fund.

    More info is here http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=tTrXB8WZ2lI

    Comment by texas coastie | January 16, 2014

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