Riverside, California 2021-06-23 21:50:15 –
Corpus Christi, Texas — New safety measures are being implemented on local beaches leading to the hurricane season. If local authorities believe that water quality is dangerous, the gate will limit access to the piers north and south of Padre Island.
Darren Girly, director of the city’s Gulf Beach, said two people were killed on the pier last year. Due to growing concern, the gates at each pier will be closed during the day when the waves are hitting the guardrails.
“Today, the south pier is closed, but the north pier is open,” Girly said. “It all depends on how the wind and waves come. Once they stop breaking the pier, we put them back.”
According to Girly, the gate has been in operation for about a month, but this week it was used for the first time. People who go to the beach are urged not to go through the gate when it is closed.
Local surfer Carl Hayes tells 3News that the gate only needs to be closed in bad weather.
“It’s raining a bit like this, and I don’t think it’s necessary to shut it down, but it’s not a bad idea to pay attention when it’s actually out of control,” Hayes said.
Officials said they knew that people might try to cross this gate, but if so, they chose to do so at their own risk.
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