Nueces County Coastal Parks to Remain Open During Post-Storm Cleanup
Cleanup scheduled to minimize disruption to pier, bars and restaurants
The Nueces County Coastal Parks team is working to remove sand, trash and debris brought ashore by the storm surge and winds from Tropical Storm Cristobal over the weekend. The cleanup plan of parking lots, access roads and beach areas is intended to minimize disruption to piers, bars and restaurants and restore full beach access as soon as possible. No areas are expected to be closed during the cleanup, but some areas may be operating at reduced capacity.
“We have already put manpower and equipment into action to remedy the issues very quickly. Our first goal is to get our parking lots cleared of sand as quickly as possible to allow access to the bars and restaurants on the pier, and then to remove trash and debris on the beaches so people can enjoy a clean and safe environment,” said Scott Cross, Nueces County Director of Coastal Parks. “We appreciate everyone's patience and understanding while we work to make our beaches safe and beautiful.”
Removing sand from the Bob Hall Pier parking lot is a top priority. Sand removal crews will move from the north end to the south end of the parking lot over Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. There will be limited parking along the day use are of the parking lot while cleanup is in progress.
Coastal Parks Department is also working diligently to remove debris and trash from the beach, with the area from Access Road 4 to Access Road 6 as first beach cleanup priority. Cleanup crews will move south along the beach in the coming days.“I am grateful for the efforts of our Coastal Parks team to restore our beach and recreation areas quickly after the storm surge passed,” said Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales. “It also shows that we don’t need to be in the direct path of a storm to be impacted by the power of wind and waves. Hurricane season officially began June 1, and I urge our residents to prepare, starting with signing up for our ReverseAlert service to get information on storms, rip tides and other emergencies via their phone, text and email. You can sign up online at nuecesco.com/reversealert.”