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Jul 14, 2014 5:36 PM by Caroline Flores

Parts of The Island have Turned Into a Shooting Range

CORPUS CHRISTI - There's a spot out on Padre Island that's a covered with hundreds of used shotgun shell casings. Nueces County wants to clean up the mess, but it doesn't have the authority.

No Vehicles beyond this point, and no dumping. Two signs set out by the Texas General Land Office that are riddled with bullet holes and obviously ignored. We know that because if you drive down a dirt road right past the Kleberg County Sign, you will find an area that has shotgun shell casings and trash covering the ground.

"It's a beautiful location. But then you get in here, and you just see it's all trashed up, and that's a shame," said Nueces County Commissioner Joe McComb.

McComb says he doesn't mind that people have turned this area into a make-shift shooting range. His only issue is with the mess that's been left behind.

"It's fun to shoot a shot gun. It's fun to shoot clay pigeons. But they oughta also... As part of their enjoyment is clean it up and making it better for the next guy that comes out rather then just trashing it," said McComb.

McComb wants to clean this place up. But he can't, because the property is owned by the GLO. Nueces County is in the process of trying to buy the property. Commissioner McComb says that if the county were to take over the property, they would set strict rules in this area so people wouldn't litter.

"I think that law enforcement and some signs hopefully will go a long way in trying to keep it clean," said McComb.

McComb says Nueces County wouldn't mind letting people shoot in this area. But the second it begins to look like a mess again, they wouldn't hesitate to shut it down.

"When things become abused is when you lose the privileges," said McComb.

We contacted the GLO and a spokesperson told us that they've been trying to get law enforcement down there for decades. They also told us they don't any money budgeted to maintain that area, and would like to see it put under local jurisdiction.

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