Texas spring break is right around the corner and thousands are expected to head south to enjoy the beach at South Padre Island, Texas. With so many people and events taking place, authorities warn spring breakers about the dangers that could put an abrupt end to the party.
In a matter of days, a massive wave of beach-goers from all over the country will head to the southern tip of Texas.
“South Padre is the place you want to be for spring break,” said spring breaker Isiah Lysius.
The majority are students looking for a place to get away.
“We drove 20 hours to get down here,” said Indiana Southern University student Shannon Gates.
The City of South Padre Island is expecting four times the number of people there this year. Currently, there’s about 2,500 spring breakers. Next week, they the city estimates about 10,000 will make it to the island. With such a holiday surge, police are doubling up on patrols.
“You can safely say everyone is probably drinking. They’re just there, monitoring, making sure that you’re safe,” said Gates.
Authorities urge visitors to take common sense precautions:
- Don’t leave your food and drinks unattended.
- No underage drinking or drunk driving.
- Keep your valuables safe, stay hydrated and do not wonder off alone.
“We’re always together. That’s the number one rule. Always being with someone. Don’t be alone, that’s the key to South Padre,” said Briar Cliff University student Prince Shema.
In 2015, 20-year-old Jordan Britten drowned after attending a concert. Last year, 18-year-old Justin Kirby Walker’s body was found floating on the Mexican side of the beach. These are the type of incidents the city wants to avoid.
Bryan Bell, manager at Wanna Wanna Inn wants everyone visiting to stay safe. For businesses on the island, March is the most important month of the year in terms of revenue.
“We basically have all of our storage stocked to the gills and i know everybody else on the island have done the same thing,” said Bell.
Last year, the city collected about $30 million in sales during spring break. They anticipate a bigger year as most colleges and universities in Texas will have the same week off.