SPI extends beach operations emergency order

Indirect effects of Hurricane Delta costal flooding along the shoreline near beach access #3 on Friday, Oct.09,2020 in South Padre Island. Other North beach access were impassable due to the beach erosion and water from the Gulf of Mexico. Photo by Delcia Lopez/The Monitor | dlopez@themonitor.com

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — In an effort to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, those headed to this coastal city’s beach are going to need to continue following some guidelines.

The City of South Padre Island’s emergency management order regarding beach operations will remain in effect until Nov. 14 at 11:59 p.m.

According to a press release from the city, the City Council will revisit the item at the first meeting in November.

“The Island is a popular place to visit and the public should be mindful that the COVID-19 virus is still impacting the Rio Grande Valley,” the press release states. “While on the beach, everyone should follow protocols to prevent further spread of this virus.”

Protocols

All types of canopies and pop-up tents will be prohibited. Single-pole shade structures larger than 8 feet in diameter are also prohibited.

All single-pole shade structures will be separated by a minimum of 15 feet from the outside edge or tip of the structure. Only two chairs per single pole shade structure will be permitted.

Other setups are prohibited within the 15 feet between the equipment.

Beach vendors can only preset the front-row following these guidelines. All non-single pole shade structures will be prohibited. All secondary beach chairs and umbrellas must be stored at the dune line and setup on-demand only. Chairs and umbrellas must be rented and occupied at the time of setup for the secondary rows.

A violation of the order is a Class C Misdemeanor, which is punishable by a fine not to exceed $500.

Peace officers, City of South Padre Island health inspectors, code enforcement/ordinance officers/inspectors have authorization to enforce the order.

To view the entire order, visit https://tinyurl.com/yxksmxld.