SPI extends beach operations orders

The shoreline is met with the first hints of sunlight Wednesday, May 9, 2018, on South Padre Island, Texas. (Jason Hoekema/The Brownsville Herald)

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — Those headed to the beach are going to need to continue following these rules for the rest of the summer.

During a meeting held Wednesday, City of South Padre Island council members voted to extend the city’s beach operations emergency order to Sept. 16 at 11:59 p.m.

“This gives at least everybody who comes down between now and after Labor Day, that this is the rule,” SPI Mayor Patrick McNulty said during the meeting.

“This is what they know that it needs to be and this is how we need to operate. That’s the way I was looking at it from extending it to that period of time.”

According to the order, the measures were imposed to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus and to mitigate the effects of this public health emergency.

The order addresses rules for beach vendors and beachgoers.

All non-single pole shade structures will be prohibited, as well as all types of canopies and pop-up tents.

Single-pole shade structures larger than 8 feet in diameter will be prohibited. All single-pole shade structures will be separated by a minimum of 15 feet from the outside edge or tip of the structure.

Only two chairs per single pole shade structure will be permitted.

Other setups are prohibited within the 15 feet between equipment.

For beach vendors, all secondary beach chairs and umbrellas must be stored at the dune line and setup on demand only. Chairs and umbrellas must be rented and occupied at the time of setup for the secondary rows.

A violation of the order is a Class C Misdemeanor punishable by a fine not to exceed $500.

To view the entire order, CLICK HERE.

City Council members will revisit this item in September.