By DINA ARÉVALO
Port Isabel-South Padre Press
Right about now a certain song by Cake starts running through my head. It’s called, appropriately, “Long Line of Cars,” and the first few stanzas say the following:
“There’s a long line of cars
And they’re trying to get through
There’s no single explanation
There’s no central destination
But this long line of cars
Is trying to get through
And this long line of cars
Is all because of you.”
I’m sure you all may have noticed a long line of cars steadily forming on the Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway every afternoon recently. In our case, the “you” that’s causing the traffic influx is our very own South Padre Island and its reputation as a Spring Break mecca. Once famous for legendary parties in the sand at Coca-Cola Beach, the Island saw a bit of a slip in tourism during the annual March migration after the red and white banners were packed up for good. But now, things are on the rebound again. Local business owners have worked hard to put together shows and events from one end of the Island to the other. The hard work is paying off. Huge acts have been booked, hotels are full, and that long line of cars makes its way across the bridge every day.
True, the weather may not currently be cooperating, with temperatures stubbornly staying cool, and showers popping up every now and then, but that’s never stopped me from enjoying a good time, and I doubt it will deter a bunch of coeds eager to escape the great frozen north.
If you’re visiting this area for the first time, I’d like to welcome you to the Laguna Madre region. We’re glad you’re here, and we hope you have a safe and enjoyable time. I’d like to also encourage you to explore as much of our Island as you can. Along with the spectacular music, dancing, and parties that will be available during your stay, the Island and the region in general has a lot to offer. From bay and offshore fishing, to parasailing, to exploring the local wildlife at the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge located on the mainland, or the SPI Birding and Nature Center located on the north end of the Island, there’s a lot to see.
Above all, though, stay safe. Don’t drink and drive, and remember that law enforcement will be around to help keep things running smoothly. When you do drive, keep an eye out for pedestrians and cyclists. Again, thank you for visiting us and be sure to log onto www.portisabelsouthpadre.com!
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