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Port Aransas Police enforcing updated stay at home orders

Posted at 6:05 PM, Apr 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-03 19:05:35-04

PORT ARANSAS, Texas — Fishing and going to the beach are popular activities to do in Port Aransas.

However, with the additional stay at home orders in place for the area, those activities have come to a halt.

If you stop at the beach in Port Aransas you will notice huge signs saying how the beach is closed except to exercise.

The signs also display what is allowed like walking, running, to even stretching.

Also, you will be able to see the things not allowed like socializing, camping and fishing.

“But basically we just look for fishing poles and the fishing equipment if we see that we’ll go out and contact them and tell them hey you know there’s no fishing, as of now you know and we will make them put it up hopefully they will understand,” says Port Aransas Officer Kelly Henson.

Officer Henson has been with the Port Aransas Police Department for 7 years.

So far officers have distributed three citations to folks were not following the additional orders.

Henson says the beach is a popular hotspot for residents and visitors which is why you can also find officers patrolling in these areas.

“So for the most part, everybody’s cooperating with us but we get some people from out of state or whatnot, coming down here thinking they can get away from what’s going on and we still have all the same rules that’s everywhere else,” says officer Henson.

Port Aransas officers also say for those who don’t comply could face a fine up to $1,000.