County expands beach patrol, talks park project

Port Isabel-South Padre Press

Beach safety and park improvements were the topics of two lengthy discussions during a regular meeting of the Cameron County Commissioners Court last Tuesday.

Cameron County Beach Patrol Chief Michael Johnson, along with Parks Director Joe Vega, addressed the court with a proposal for expanding the County Beach Patrol’s coverage area to include Beach Accesses No. 5 and 6, which are not staffed by lifeguards.

Johnson presented three options for the court to consider implementing next year, listing staffing and equipment needs next to projected costs. After listening to each suggestion, Commissioner David Garza responded by saying he liked “Option 4” the best. To the surprise of the chief, the commissioner asked what would be needed to get lifeguards on the two northernmost beach accesses this summer, from now until Labor Day.

“Starting tomorrow, can you put a tower or two in Access 5 and 6, figure out how we can pay for it and man it and provide at least a couple of towers… between now and September the 6th?” Garza asked

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