Spring Break bounty

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — Crowded hotels, bustling restaurants and packed attractions all add up to one thing for South Padre Island: Spring Break has returned in full force.

With its arrival comes a dramatic rise in temporary employment and tax revenue, said Keith Arnold, director of the South Padre Island Convention and Visitors Bureau.

“Effectively, the economy is all travel and tourism here, so this type of major promotion fills hotels, restaurants, attractions, water sport vendors, and increases horseback riding on the beach,” Arnold said.

The influx of people is what leads to more jobs, adding to income for people who live not only on the Island, but in all of Cameron County, Arnold said.

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