SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas– Cameron County is closing their beaches again and many now wonder if South Padre Island city beaches will follow.
“The last things I wanted to do was see huge groups of individuals this weekend at the beach,” said Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño Jr. during a press conference.
With 4th of July this weekend and COVID-19 cases at an all time high, Cameron County officials announced the closure of county beaches.
“I’ve seen enough evidence of what happens on the beaches when people have been out there. The last month, they are not socially distancing, they’re not wearing their masks. Why do we want to continue to provide an avenue?,” said Treviño.
While county beaches will be closed, city beaches currently remain open. South Padre Island Mayor Patrick McNulty shared in a Facebook post saying, “SPI has 100x more beach access points than the county making closing 100x more difficult.”
With the high number of cases, Judge Treviño hopes South Padre Island will consider closing down.
“Last thing I want to do is hurt the island’s economy any more than they’ve already been hurt over the last several months locally everything is having an impact,” said Treviño.
If South Padre Island decides to keep their city beaches open, Judge Treviño worries it could lead to more cases.
“We don’t have the space, we don’t have the staff. Even with the state helping us with the nurses, we have to act now in order to hopefully have an impact a few weeks from now,” said Treviño.
Mayor McNulty says they are working on a long term plan to help facilitate social distancing on the beaches, and is urging everyone to continue following the safety guidelines.