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Three large crosses on Port A beach spark concern

Crosses on Port Aransas beach
Posted at 12:27 PM, Jan 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-29 13:27:52-05

PORT ARANSAS, Texas — There's a cause for concern here about what’s happening with a new addition on a beach in Port Aransas.

Some environmentalists and people who live there there are wondering about it.

Three crosses appeared overnight in the middle of December.

It's not the symbolism that has people here concerned, but the fact these are protected dunes.

The crosses went up on Dec. 18, put there by a group in town for an event called the "Trump Beach party."

It's against Texas General Land Office rules to build anything on a public beach without a permit.

This part of the dune is owned by the Palmilla Beach Resort.

KRIS 6 News spoke with one of their managers, who said they would take the crosses down to comply with GLO and City of Port Aransas regulations.

We also spoke with Nueces County Coastal Parks Director Scott Cross, who told us he has concerns because the crosses could serve as a perch for predatory birds hunting smaller birds on the beach.

We'll have more on this story this evening on our KRIS 6 News reports at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.