By ESTEVAN MEDRANO
Port Isabel-South Padre Press
February 26, 2015
Universities across the country are set to release students for Spring Break, some as early as Feb. 28, and the festivities here on South Padre Island are expected to continue for nearly the entire month of March. Though the preparations are a city-wide affair, much of the weight is shouldered by the South Padre Island mayor. This season will be the first for new mayor Barry Patel.
The following segment is the fourth edition of a weekly series leading up to Spring Break to inform the Laguna Madre community of how the Island is preparing to face the challenging tasks required to host Spring Break 2015.
For 22 years, the Island has played host to the yearly bacchanal known as Spring Break under the leadership of former Mayor Robert Pinkerton. Now the world famous vacation spot is under the leadership of Barry Patel who is ready to continue not only the legacy of safety but prosperity, making the region inviting to visitors from all walks of life.
“I think the preparations are going very well and we’re looking forward to a very good Spring Break,” said Patel. “This year we’re also expecting more families it seems than usual. It’s going to be a more mixed variety of families and of course the kids coming- the college kids. The E.M.S., police department and public works department are all revving up for it. I think we’ll be in good shape,” he said
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