The vacation period known as Spring Break usually brings large crowds to South Padre Island.
With more people expected, some expect more problems. Now residents are concerned about the future of their city and the negative image some spring breakers are creating.
The most popular week of Spring Break is ‘Texas Week.’ This 2018 Spring Break season is on March 12-18. In the first few days we’ve seen vandalism on the city’s welcome sign, reports of a stolen flag, and vandals are caught on camera as they destroy parts of the sandcastle at the south padre island visitors center.
The damages to the sandcastle are estimated at 24-thousand dollars. We’ve traced the source of that estimate to the original contract between the city and sculptor/contractor Andy Hancock.
For some, the damages go beyond the sandcastle. S-P-I residents fed up with ‘Spring Break Madness.’ A group of residents band together and sent News Center 23 video testimony.
Blain McCulloch is a retired Program Director who did remote radio broadcasts during Spring Break. He believes that recent Spring Break seasons are different. “There seems to be more of a mean spirit. There seems to be more damage being done… there seems to be more people being hurt and I don’t want to see that.”
School teacher, founder of Fishing’s Future and SPI Resident Shane Wilson is against the entertainment coming to some parts of the Island. “I have dedicated my entire life to education and to kids, have a really strong opinion about that kind of entertainment coming down here,” says Wilson.
SPI resident Barry Sullivan is “totally against the entertainment that Clayton is bringing this coming Wednesday.” Sullivan has lived in the condominiums near Clayton’s Beach Bar. “The entertainer is a convicted felon of 3 sexual charges against a minor.”
Carey Kinsolving is onboard with changing Spring Break into a ‘Spring Fest’ an alternative that has activities related to the beach. He also believes that the week known as Texas Week may drive away family vacationers from SPI. “We have 51 weeks of family friendly and we’re working on that other one.”
In 2017 residents rose up and demanded change. That led to 2 ordinances the Short-Term Property Rental Ordinance and a mass gathering ordinance.
Based on this community response, residents are making a statement suggesting that they are looking forward to a Spring Break alternative.
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