City Releases 2014 Spring Break Public Safety Plan

The Corpus Christi Police, Fire and Parks & Recreation departments have put in place their plans to ensure a safe 2014 Spring Break.

Beach patrols will begin March 7 and will continue through March 18. Each day, there will be two patrol shifts, a first shift from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. and a second shift from 4 p.m.-2 a.m., which contingencies in place so that additional officers can respond to the beach if necessary.

An additional ambulance will be available at the Fire Department's Padre Island station over the weekend of March 15, and lifeguards will be patrolling the beaches from midnight-6 p.m. In addition, Packery Patrol will be active from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. and 4-6:30 p.m., and the Fire Department will have a jet ski stationed at the Packery Channel boat ramp and Windward parking lot.

A mobile police substation will be set up at the corner of Highway 361 and Park Road 22 on the Island, in the parking lot of the American Bank, from March 8-18. That substation will be operational from 11 a.m. until nightfall each night, and will be staffed by CCPD volunteers. General tourist information will be made available at that location, as well as presentations throughout Spring Break by the CCPD's Crime Prevention, Auto Theft and Family Violence divisions.

And of course, the CCPD's mounted patrol will be out during Spring Break.

Beach traffic will be directed to enter the beach at Access Road 3 and to exit at Zahn Road, and will be one-way along the beach. Police officers will be there to direct traffic, so be on the lookout for officers and other safety personnel.

If you plan on enjoying the beach this Spring Break, you are encouraged to leave the beach early and expect long traffic delays. A Texas Department of Transportation will be suspended between March 7-23 so as not to interfere with Spring Break traffic, but there will still be plenty of vehicles on the road.

Of course, officers will be on the lookout for alcohol-related crimes such as DWI and public intoxication, as well as underage drinking, so drink responsibly. Also, all beach goers will be required to have a current beach parking permit.

Do not litter on the beach, and remember that glass containers are not allowed. Also, dogs will be prohibited on the beach between Access Road 3 and Zahn Road.

Last, the City of Corpus Christi requests that pallets not be taken to the beach. Burning of pallets is prohibited because they leave behind nails and dangerous litter. Any open fires on the beach cannot be larger than three feet in any dimension.

For more information about city ordinances, click here.


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