CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Local leaders extend car traffic ban on beaches in Nueces County until August 17.
Regional Judge Barbara Canales published these reports a moment ago at Thursday’s daily briefing. The new order will take effect on Friday.
Vehicles on the beaches in the Nueces district were not licensed before the weekend of Fourth of July. The ban expired on Saturday morning. This means that for the next two weeks, the only way to the beach is on foot.
“Cars park down there wherever they want, and that allows people to have more space,”; said Rebecca McKinzie.
McKinzie and her family leave Fort Worth here regularly. He believes keeping vehicles off the beach is a good thing.
It’s not as crowded as it usually is when we came here, “she said. “I know people are upset about this, but I think everyone has to do their part to help shorten and keep cases (COVID-19) under control.”
Since the entry into force of the vehicle ban, new cases of coronaviruses in the Nueces district have fallen.
“We have 100 fewer cases a day,” said Corpus Christi manager Peter Zanoni. “On average, 100 less, but we’re still in the 200-250 range.”
Zanoni said local leaders believed that banning vehicles on the beaches had helped reduce those cases.
“Whatever is needed to reduce the number would be amazing,” said beach champion Caitlyn Chance.
However, not everyone agrees that keeping vehicles off the beach is effective. According to the ban, social exclusion is almost impossible.
“It’s not that bad today; it’s during the week, “said Annie Hoefel, a resident of Padre Island. “But on the weekends, I guarantee you that three or four layers of people, crowded into a small area, will stand here.”
Another problem is the wreckage left by Hurricane Hanna, especially south of Bob Hall Pier. Coastal Park Director Scott Cross said his crews had plenty of sand to return to the beach before it would be safe for traffic.