We asked readers online to give us their opinion on the beaches opening this past weekend. Below are their responses.
“Wow,” is about all I can say. It was unbelievably crazy at the beach; traffic, golf carts, restaurants, and retail stores. Most did not use masks or practice social distancing at all. A total madhouse. I am very concerned.
SPI Retail worker
I was horrified. No social distancing. Few masks. I fear for our community and for our visitors.
South Padre Island
A bad idea. The number of positive cases is still going up and people think it’s spring break out there. Also keep the curfew and masks for another month, for all of Cameron County.
It’s great. Thirty-minute drive for a day of paradise. You want to go, go.
It’s completely irresponsible and reckless for our county to reopen the beaches and, furthermore, relax restrictions. Just because our inept Governor and Lt. Governor prioritize dollars over human life doesn’t mean we need to follow suit. Cameron County and Texas as a whole have not met the CDC recommendation of at least two weeks of decline in new cases to lift stay-at-home orders. We are increasing our chances of a severe outbreak in one of the most disadvantaged areas in the Lone Star State.
Great for the much-needed economy! I had a great time with my kids, we ate on the beach.