Spring Break Preps
POSTED: Thursday, February 26, 2009 - 7:46pm
UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 12:32pm
According to the Island's Convention and Visitors Bureau around 40,000 college students will head to South Padre Island this spring break. Everyone from SPI Police to DPS are coming together on the island to prep for peak spring break in mid March.
Spring breakers have already trickled down to the Island, but many law enforcement agencies are inside prepping for the peak time, Texas week, running the second week of March. The Town of SPI Police chief says they are ready to go.
"We have 28 officers ourselves, but we have 5 part timers, and we asked for extra help, we probably have an additional 50 people."
South Padre police along with the Cameron County Sheriff's Department and DPS will target two areas, the beach and entertainment district.
From 11 AM to 7 PM they will focus on the beach riding on ATV's, bikes, and using patrol cars. Then from 8 to 4 AM they will patrol the entertainment district.
As far the north end of the Island The Cameron County Parks recently made a change. There are no longer park rangers instead they have turned into Cameron County Constables. Constable Horacio Zamora says they now have 13 people patrolling instead of 10.
"There wont be a change in manpower, actually we are gaining more manpower because of three of 4 additional in precinct one."
Beach Access 5 and 6 will close at 11 at night. As far as hotels there are 628 fewer rooms this year due damage done from Hurricane Dolly.
The Visitor's Bureau says there will be plenty of rooms available as they are anticipating around 20,000 fewer people compared to last year because of the tough economic times.
Depending on how bad the traffic gets entering the Island police may set up barricades and have officers directing traffic to keep the flow.