Many spring breakers are eager to hit the beach and have fun in the sun, but the local authorities have a game plan to keep you safe.
According to James McCarty, a captain with Corpus Christi Police Department, beaches won’t have any alcohol curfews like Port Aransas is planning, but beachgoers are expected to follow state law on alcohol consumption.
“We’re not there to arrest people but we will if we have to. Our goal is to keep the peace,” McCarty said.
Glass containers are prohibited on the beach, as is littering.
“We’re going to have extra patrol officers on the beach and they will be looking out for glass containers and littering,” Lt. J.C. Hooper said.
Hopper added that there is a restriction on dogs on Corpus Christi beaches from Newport Pass to Bob Hall Pier from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
“We were turning people away who had dogs because dogs and crowds can create problems, especially if they’re not well socialized,” Hooper said.
Motorized vehicles of any kind are also prohibited in the dunes, Hooper said.
Those planning to build a bonfire on the beach must also follow the rules.
“A person may build or operate a campfire on the beach if it’s at least 75 feet from the dune line,” Hooper said. He also added that the fire must be 25 feet from any vehicle or 50 feet from any permanent structure and the fire itself must be no bigger than 3 feet by 3 feet. Burning of wood pallets is strictly prohibited because of the nails found within them.
“There are 86 nails on average in each pallet. If you burn those you are leaving 86 nails on the beach to flatten other people’s tires,” McCarty said.
McCarty also advises if you have been drinking this spring break, have a friend drive you home or call an Uber or Lyft to take you home safely.
Also, don’t forget to purchase a beach permit if you have yet to get one. They are $12 each and are sold H-E-B, Academy Sports and Outdoors and participating Stripes stores. For more information, visit the city of Corpus Christi website at www.cctexas.com/services/general-government/beach-parking-permits.