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Jul 23, 2014 6:07 PM by Janine Reyes

Beach Goers Weigh in on City's Bollard Plans

PADRE ISLAND -- City leaders are again considering bollards on the beach.

The posts put along a mile stretch of Padre Island in the sand leading to the beach never went up after voters approved them six years ago.

That plan had General Land Office approval, but now, it would need to be re-evaluated since erosion has changed the logistics.

The south most section of the area has the least amount of beach, and may only leave enough room for one lane of traffic.

Parking at your favorite beach spot in that area and setting up by your car would no longer be an option.

Any bollards approved now would restrict traffic on parts of the beach, limiting it to pedestrians.

It would also come at a cost to taxpayers of at least $100,000, plus annual maintenance costs.

We talked to beach goers today and found most vacationers approve the bollards.

"Honestly I like it best when it's just pedestrians and no vehicles allowed because on thing, the noise but also because of the safety of the kids and everyone that's here," said Michelle Ward from San Angelo. She visits every year.

But local beach goer, Teddy Bridges, does not like the plan, and he says most locals don't support it either. "I don't think people want that, they voted on that and I think it was 55 percent that voted against it, so I don't think people want it," Bridges said.

City leaders have not set a date for a vote on the bollards, but they did review a presentation Tuesday with five different options. Some restricted access to cars all together, but those options did not receive support.

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