Drones on the Beach: SPI police to launch drone project during Spring Break

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — Next time you look up in the sky at the beach it might not be a seagull that’s flying by.

Police have added two drones to the public safety department to help monitor the beach from the sky.

With the onslaught of spring breakers onto the Island throughout March, the department decided to incorporate new technology to keep an eye out on areas not normally reached easily.

More than 25,000 college students are expected to visit the Island during Spring Break.

The two drones that will watch are equipped with high-optical lenses with the ability to capture a clear view of the Island from above.

“It’s going to give us a bird’s eye view when we need it,” said Gary Ainsworth, the city of South Padre Island’s public information officer. “It’s a 4K camera, so it’s crystal clear.”

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