By RAY QUIROGA
Port Isabel-South Padre PRESS
Record numbers of Spring Breakers are expected to converge on the Laguna Madre area in the coming weeks, and officials note that they are as prepared as possible to handle the masses flocking to the Island this season.
Traffic, crowd control, and general public safety topped the list of priorities for South Padre Island Chief of Police Randy Smith, and SPI Fire Chief Burney Baskett. Both men said their departments will take what has worked in recent years and apply them this year as well as tweaking new ideas to secure the Island with as little burden as possible on the taxpayers and Island residents.
To do this, area communities have once again called on the assistance of various outside entities such as the county’s emergency management department, neighboring EMS and law enforcement assets as well as vendors who have agreed to donate everything from medical equipment for mobile stations to office supplies to help offset cost.
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