SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas – In an effort to limit traffic, the City of South Padre Island is enforcing checkpoints for vehicles entering the island beginning Friday.
According to a release, this is “due to an increase in traffic that has been entering the Island and the numerous calls from concerned citizens.”
The city will implement new cameras to monitor traffic safety and beach activity, said the release.
The South Padre Island Police Department has worked with the Texas Department of Transportation, District Attorney’s office and other law enforcement agencies to establish this checkpoint.
“Unfortunately, there are hotels, vacation rental companies and individuals that have encouraged travelers to come to the Island and this is putting our community at risk,” said Mayor Patrick McNulty, “People spread the virus and everyone should stay home unless absolutely necessary. The County Judge’s Shelter in Place Order is very specific as to Essential Travel. If one decides to travel, it is in their best interest to follow the Essential Travel Orders.”
“This is not a time to be looking for loopholes in the orders” said McNulty. “The faster we can work together the faster this horrible time will be over.”
Anyone found to violate the Shelter in Place Order will be subject to a fine up to $1,000 and/or up-to 180 days in jail, per violation.
The County’s Shelter In Place order shall remain in place until rescinded, this will most likely be in place through the end of April but could extend into May.