SOUTH PADRE ISLAND–Spring Break on South Padre Island for Texas Week got off to a slow start due to cold weather and the big crowds aren’t expected to arrive until mid week.
A check of jails and courts on South Padre Island, Port Isabel and Laguna Vista showed only 14 were arrested, mostly for minor drug and alcohol-related offenses. Some others were arrested for criminal mischief.
A student from a community college in San Antonio was arrested for drunk driving on Highway 100 by a DPS trooper. A judge arraigned Jarrod McCain and set his bond at $1,000
Laguna Vista Municipal Court Judge Roberto Rodriguez arraigned three people for a small amount of marijuana found in the car, while a fourth person from Edinburg was magistrated on a charge of furnishing alcohol to a minor. .
The Texas Alcoholic and Beverage Commission were supposed to conduct an underage drinking sting, but it was cancelled due to the small crowds hanging around the resort.
The weather delayed the opening of Coca Cola Beach by the Isla Grand Hotel. When the sun peeked out this afternoon, they decided to open it and started playing music.
About 100 students were out there over the watchful eye of a police officer who was seated on a chair that was 25 feet above the ground overlooking the beach area.
South Padre Island officials are predicting the biggest crowd in five years. They are estimating a crowd of about 70,000 people.
Hotel officials report 95 percent of the rooms are sold out, though the hotels won’t be a capacity until Wednesday night.
This year, college students from the Oklahoma and Kansas schools won’t have their Spring Break until the third week of March. That means next weekend should be crowded as it will overlap with Texas Week.