CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Local leaders extend vehicle traffic ban on Nueces District beaches until Aug. 17.
County Judge Barbara Canales announced the official news a few moments ago at Thursday’s joint city-county briefing. The new order will take effect on Friday.
Vehicles have not been allowed on the beaches in the Nueces district since the weekend of the fourth of July. The ban expired Saturday morning. This means that for two more weeks, the only way to the beach is on foot.
“Cars down there, they park where they want and that allows people to have more space,” Rebecca McKinzie said.
McKinzie and his family take regular vacations here from Fort Worth. He thinks keeping vehicles off the beach is a good thing.
It’s not as crowded as it usually is when we come here, ”he said.“ I know people are upset about this, but I think everyone should do their part to help drop cases and keep them going (COVID-19) . “
Since the vehicle ban went into effect, new cases of coronavirus have fallen in Nueces County.
“We’re about 100 cases less a day,” said Peter Zanoni, director of the city of Corpus Christi. “On average, minus 100, but we’re still in the 200-250 range.”
Zanoni said local leaders believe the ban on the beach vehicle has helped ease the cases.
“Everything it takes to get the numbers to be amazing,” said Caitlyn Chance, the top scorer.
However, not everyone agrees that keeping vehicles off the beach is effective, saying the ban makes social distancing impossible.
“Today is not so bad; it’s on weekdays, “said Annie Hoefel, a resident of Father’s Island.” But on the weekends, I guarantee you there will be three or four layers of people lined up here, razed in a small area. “
Another concern is the debris left by Hurricane Hanna, especially south of Bob Hall Pier. Coastal parks director Scott Cross said his crews have a lot of sand to get back to the beach before it is safe for traffic.