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Mar 6, 2014 2:25 PM by Corpus Christi Police Department

CCPD: 2014 Spring Break Safety Plan

The City of Corpus Christi wants everyone visiting our Sparkling City by the Bay during Spring Break 2014 to enjoy a safe and relaxing vacation. For months, the Police, Fire, and Parks and Recreation Departments have been conducting planning sessions and making preparations to accomplish that goal.

Spring Break Beach Patrols begin on March 7th and continue through March 18th. The first shift will begin patrolling each day at 11 AM and continue until 9 PM. A second shift will begin at 4 PM and patrol the beach until 2 AM. Contingencies are in place for additional officers to respond to the beach if needed.

The Fire Department will have an additional ambulance available at Station 16 over the weekend of March 15 & 16. Lifeguards will be patrolling the beach from 12:00 am to 6:00 pm to respond to minor incidents and beach rescues. Packery Patrol will be operational from 11:30am-2pm and 4pm-6:30pm. CCFD will also have a jet ski stationed at the Packery Boat ramp and Windward Parking lot.

The CCPD will have a mobile police substation at the corner of SH361 and Park Road 22 located in the American Bank parking lot from March 8th to the 18th. Operating hours will be from 11 am until dark each night. The substation will be staffed by CCPD volunteers. Citizens will be able to get general tourist information and file minor police reports. Units with the Crime Prevention, Auto Theft and Family Violence division will have presentations scheduled throughout the Spring Break period. The CCPD Mounted Patrol will be operational during Spring Break.

On most days, beach goers will be directed to enter the beach at Access Road 3 and exit at Zahn Road. Beach traffic will be one way from Access Road 3 to Zahn Road. Traffic officers will control traffic with a portable signal at Zahn Road and SH 361. Please be on the lookout for Officers and safety personnel.

Beach goers are encouraged to leave early and expect delays due to heavy traffic on the Island. The Texas Department of Transportation project on Park Road 22 and SH 361 will be suspended, between March 7th through the 23rd, so not to interfere with the beach traffic.

While the City of Corpus Christi encourages everyone to have a good time and enjoy the beach, officers will be on the lookout for alcohol related crimes such as DWI, public intoxication and underage drinking. All vehicles will be required to have a "beach parking permit".
Beach goers are reminded that the following are prohibited at the beach by city ordinance:

•No glass containers (City Ord 10-65)
•No littering (City Ord 10-57)
•Dogs are prohibited on the beach from Access Road 3 to Zahn Road (during Spring Break by Special Order of the City Manager City Ord 10-59)

Due to safety concerns, the City of Corpus Christi strongly requests pallets not be taken to the beach. Burning of pallets is prohibited as the nails leave dangerous litter. Fires on the beach also have to comply with City Ordinance 10-67. Most importantly open fires in a fire pit or on the ground cannot be any larger than three (3) feet in any dimension.

For a more information on the City Ordinances please click on the link: MUNICODE

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