Spring Break crowds are coming in, and police are on the look out. They took Kiii News Reporter Anayeli Ruiz for a ride-along to see what they're looking for.
Included in the long list of violations that the Corpus Christi Police Department are keeping an eye out for is teenage drinking and indecent exposure.
Monday started off a little bit slow, but crowds slowly trickled in. Obvious violations were spotted easily, such as glass containers, dogs on the beach and unattended fires, none of which are allowed on the beach during Spring Break; but that was not all that police are looking for.
They were making sure underage teens are not drinking alcohol. If police notice that a person looks too young to be drinking, they approach the teen and ask for identification; so if you plan on going to the beach, make sure to keep your ID on you.
They were also looking into coolers, making sure the rules are followed, and keeping an eye out for those who are doing or promoting indecent exposure.
Lots of young boys were out with beads around their necks, and they even found a car promoting teens to "show them."
Indecent exposure could earn you a quick citation, and even cause you to be arrested.
Local police said they have made several arrests over the weekend, but did not have the exact numbers.
The Port Aransas Police Chief said they have had about 102 arrests this weekend. That includes DWIs, warrants and other arrests around town. They normally have around two to three arrest during a weekend, so things are definitely picking up for them.
Below is a message from the Corpus Christi Police Department, explaining what to expect during your beach visit, and what rules you need to follow:
The City of Corpus Christi wants everyone visiting our Sparkling City by the Bay during Spring Break 2013 to enjoy a safe and relaxing vacation. For months, the Police, Fire, and Parks and Recreation Departments, along with our local and state partners, have been conducting planning sessions and making preparations to accomplish that goal.
Spring Break Beach Patrols will begin on March 8th and continue through March 17th. The first shift of Officers will begin patrolling each day at 11 AM and continue until 9PM, or when the large crowds disperse. A second shift will begin at 4 PM and patrol the beach until 2 AM. Contingencies are already in place for additional Officers to respond to the beach if needed.
On peak days, beach goers will be directed to enter the beach at Access Road 3 and exit at Zahn Road. Beach traffic will be one way from Access Road 3 to Zahn road. Traffic Officers will control traffic with a portable signal at Zahn road and SH 361. Newport Pass will be closed and used for emergencies only.
Beach goers are encouraged to leave early and expect delays due to heavy traffic on the Island. The CCPD Public Information Office will provide traffic and beach updates on the CCPD's official Twitter feed @CorpusChristiPD. You can also follow updates by using the hashtag #CCSB2013 on Twitter.
In order to enhance public safety and better coordinate resources from the various departments and agencies, this year the City will conduct a partial activation of the Emergency Operations Center on the weekend of March 16th & 17th. Staff members at the EOC can remotely monitor traffic and beach conditions through the use of closed circuit cameras, as well as direct additional resources to the personnel on the beach. In addition, the partial activation process will provide EOC staff with an excellent opportunity to gain valuable experience and training should the need for a full activation, such as a hurricane or man-made disaster, arise.
While the City of Corpus Christi encourages everyone to have a good time and enjoy the beach, Officers will be on the lookout for alcohol related crimes such as DWI, public intoxication and underage drinking. Beach goers are reminded that the following are prohibited at the beach by city ordinance:
• No glass containers.
• No wooden pallets (each pallet contains 80 nails)
• No littering.
• No dogs on beach from Access Road 3 to
Zahn Road (during Spring Break).
• No bonfires.
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