Golfers told “go home or get fined” by constables enforcing shelter-in-place ordinance

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PALM VALLEY, Texas – Friday plans to go play golf were mowed down as nearly a dozen Cameron Constables donning black latex gloves and medical facemasks told Harlingen County Club members to go home or get a citation.

Cameron County Pct. 5 Constable Eddie Solis tells CBS4/LOCAL 23 News, Palm Valley Mayor George Rivera deemed the golf course is essential and allowed to operate.

However, under Texas’ Disaster Declaration, local municipalities are given authority to order Shelter In Place ordinances, Cameron County’s order was declared March 25, 2020, for 14 days.

“If I have to save somebody’s life, that’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to enforce this.” Constable Solis said.

Our cameras caught golfers being visibly upset with deputies and defending their golf course with one saying, “this is private property.” An argument Solis isn’t having, “The mayor wanted us to leave the golf course open. He feels that it’s a way for the for the citizens to do their activities and get their exercises and I understand that.” Said Solis, “[But] this is a private owned business. That the members are probably paying to go golfing and in our in our view. It needs to be shut down because it’s not an essential business.”

Our calls to Mayor Rivera were not returned.

According to Constable Solis, the manager on duty received a $500 citation for violating the Shelter-in-Place ordinance.

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