The city of South Padre Island is working along with Cameron County to try and cancel or postpone spring break events.
Although city and county efforts continue, the party is still “on” at a popular venue on the island.
“The coronavirus is something we are not really worried about here,” Clayton Brashear, owner of Clayton’s Beach Bar and Grill told CBS 4 News early March.
His statement was prompted after the now pandemic coronavirus spread throughout the country.
County Judge Eddie Trevino Jr. issued a statement on Friday recommending all events in the county to be shut down as a precaution.
That recommendation is one Brashear seems to agree with.
CBS 4 confirmed with city officials that they received a letter from Clayton addressed to them.
The letter, that has gone viral on social media, reads:
“We believe the city should immediately suspend spring break mass gatherings events of 500 + persons for the next 10 days to evaluate the possible effects the events may have spreading,” Breashear said.
” If the City of South Padre Island chooses not to act, the events may create large scale spread of the COVID-19 to the entire island and the Rio Grande Valley.”
However, events at Clayton’s continue.
CBS 4 crew reached out to Brashear and waited for hours at his establishment for comment, but received no answer.
The city says it is up to business owners to determine if they should shut down their privately funded events.
The only event that has been canceled at the poplar venue is Megan Thee Stallion, who chose not to perform.
CBS4 has not received a response from Brashear as to why he would write this letter, but proceed with his scheduled events.
No cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the Rio Grande Valley as of Sunday.
Read the complete letter from Brashear to the city of South Padre Island: