The Corpus Christi Police Department's Spring Break beach patrols were set to begin Friday, despite the rainy weather. They announced this year's safety plans during a news conference at their headquarters.
The CCPD has been working with the Corpus Christi Fire Department and the City Parks and Recreation Department to prepare for the influx of Spring Breakers. Along with their beach patrols, which will continue until Sunday, March 19, additional officers will be available to respond to the beach as needed.
Those officers will also be out on the road monitoring traffic lights on Padre Island and assisting with traffic, which gets heavy during Spring Break. On busy days, beach goers will be directed to enter the beach at Newport Pass and exit on Zahn Road. They'll be directing traffic with a portable signal at Zahn and Highway 361.
Access Road 3 will be open, but that portion of the beach is state owned and will remain natural. Four-wheel drive is recommended between Access Road 3 to Newport Pass.
Expect delays if you're planning to hit the beach. Traffic on the Island gets heavy. The CCPD's Public Information Office will be using Reverse Alert to provide traffic and beach updates. You can register to get those alerts at ReverseAlert.org, and you can also follow them on Twitter @CorpusChristiPD.
The City encourages everyone to enjoy the beach and have a good time, but they do warn that officers will be on the lookout for alcohol related crimes like DWI, public intoxication and underage drinking.
And as always, remember the Rules of the Beach.