2017-06-01 / City Stuff

Be smart, be safe: Know the beach laws

We Port Aransans are proud of our beach, so certain laws have been put in place to protect the beach and keep it a safe place.

The speed limit on the beach is 15 mph. Offenders could be fined up to $500.

Beachgoers also should keep in mind that glass is not permitted on the beach.

Campfires must be contained, whether in a grill, fire pit or hole in the sand.The fire cannot be larger than 3 feet wide, by 3 feet high by 3 feet deep. Fires should be put out with water and buried in sand.

A parking permit is required to park on the city’s beach. Permits may be purchased from vendors on the beach, the Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce and Tourist Bureau, the Family Center IGA, the CVS pharmacy or any Stripes convenience store on the island.

No permit is required between mile markers 52 and 58 or at I.B. Magee Jr. Beach Park, a county park within the Port Aransas city limits.

Parking is not permitted within 300 feet of any beach entrance or along the sand dunes. Vehicles are not allowed on the surf side of the wood posts (they’re called bollards) that line much of the beach. A city ordinance prohibits vehicles from parking or traveling within 50 feet of the water’s edge.

Garbage should be discarded in garbage cans on the beach (including snuffed cigarette butts). Discarded tent or shade structure frames should be left next to a dumpster or trash bin, not inside.

Dog owners must pick up after their pets as well as keep them on a leash.

Alcohol consumption is allowed on the beach, but it’s against the law for motorists to have alcoholic beverages open in their vehicles.

A city ordinance prohibits beachgoers from playing music louder than 85 decibels at the beach.An idling bulldozer’s noise generally is about 85 decibels.

Pedestrians shouldn’t obstruct traffic while on the roadway, which means no walking in the road, only crossing, police said.

If riding in the back of a truck, you must be seated in the bed of the truck. No part of your body should extend beyond the tailgate, which means no sitting on the tailgate or on the sides of the truck.

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