CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas. Local drivers are banning vehicle traffic on the beaches of Nueces County until August 17th.
District Judge Barbara Canales announced the news officially in a joint city-county report ahead of Thursday. The new order takes effect on Friday.
Vehicles were not allowed on the beaches of Nueces County until the fourth weekend in July. The ban expired on Saturday morning. That means another two weeks, the only way to the beach is on foot.
“The cars below stand where they want, and that gives people more space,”; Rebecca McKinzie said.
McKinzie and her family regularly vacation here from Fort Worth. She believes keeping vehicles on the beach is a good thing.
“There aren’t as many people here as usual when we get back here,” she said. “I know people are outraged by this, but I think everyone has to do their part to help settle cases and (COVID-19) stay away.”
With the entry into force of motor insurance, the number of new cases of new coronavirus in the county of Nueces has decreased.
“We get about 100 fewer cases a day,” said Peter Zanoni, mayor of Corpus Christi. “On average, 100 less, but we’re still in the 200-250 range.”
Local leaders say a ban on the use of beach vehicles has helped reduce the number of such cases.
“No matter how many numbers you have to knock down, it will be amazing,” beach chief Caitlyn Chance said.
However, not everyone agrees that keeping vehicles on the beach is effective, saying that insurance makes social distance nearby impossible.
“It’s not that bad today; it’s a week, ”said Annie Hoefel, a resident of Padre Island. “But on weekends, I guarantee there will be three or four layers of people crammed into a small area.”
Another concern is the debris left by Hurricane Hanna, especially south of Bob Hall Pier. Coastal parks director Scott Cross said his crews have plenty of sand to get back to the beach before it’s safe for traffic.