SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas – The city of South Padre Island is increasing staff on patrol in preparation for this year’s spring break season.
The announcement made plans to coordinate with Valley law enforcement and first responders, to ensure that thousands of visitors have a safe holiday break. From more beach patrols, to the use of technology, local officials say they prepare for the worst case scenario each year.
Chief Jim Pigg, SPI Fire Department, “If we have bad weather, kind of how we did last year, then our crowds will be limited so it just fluctuates, but we always have to prepare for the worst.”
Chief Claudine O’ Carroll, SPI Police Department, “I myself, this will be my 22nd spring break. We’ve seen it evolve, over the years and we’re trying to adapt to meet those needs. I think we’re pretty prepared for anything that could happen.”
The city will continue it’s social media monitoring program to deter excessive crowds near residential areas. Some of the areas under heavy surveillance will be Clayton’s Beach Bar and Rockstar Beach, both known for outdoor concerts.