ONLINE ONLY: High surf forces closure of County beaches

A flock of pelicans skim over the water as a high tide inundates the beach at County Access #5 Friday afternoon. County Judge Pete Sepulveda ordered the closures of Beach Accesses 5 and 6 due to the surf conditions. (Dina Arévalo | Staff photographer)

A flock of pelicans skim over the water as a high tide inundates the beach at County Access #5 Friday afternoon. County Judge Pete Sepulveda ordered the closures of Beach Accesses 5 and 6 due to the surf conditions. (Dina Arévalo | Staff photographer)

Special to the PRESS

Effective immediately, Cameron County Judge Pete Sepulveda Jr. has ordered the temporary closure (until further notice) of the following county beaches:

  1. Boca Chica Beach
  2. County Beach Access No. 5 (Park Road 100 North; north of South Padre Island)
  3. County Beach Access No. 6 (Park Road 100 North; north of South Padre Island)

These county beaches are being temporarily closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic due to high tides and undriveable conditions.  We ask that all individuals be cautious.

“I have asked our County law enforcement and County park authorities to ensure that no vehicles and no pedestrians be allowed access to Beach Access #5, #6 and Boca Chica Beach.” Judge Sepulveda Jr. stated.  “While we continue to monitor conditions, it is very important that the public pay attention to our warnings and stay out of harm’s way.”

Also, the South Padre Island coastline has been dealing with coastal flooding due to winds that are pushing waters up to the dune line causing erosion along the beach.

Red and blue flags warn beachgoers of unsafe conditions, including high tides, strong risks of rip currents, and the presence of harmful sea life in the form of red tide. (Dina Arévalo |Staff photographer)

Red and blue flags warn beachgoers of unsafe conditions, including high tides, strong risks of rip currents, and the presence of harmful sea life in the form of red tide. (Dina Arévalo |Staff photographer)

The City of South Padre Island beach accesses remain open, but residents and visitors of South Padre Island need to be aware of the extremely rough water conditions and the rip tide risks associated with these conditions. Predicted wave heights and conditions through Sunday evening are similar to what we are currently experiencing; however, predicted tides for next week are much higher.

Visitors to the beaches are always encouraged to check the conditions of the surf using the flag system, which indicates daily conditions on the beach.

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