Spring Break South Padre Island

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Spring break towns seen minor bump in crime, big bump in revenue

March 14, 2019 - 2:30 pm
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SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, TX (1010 WINS) -- A Texas town has rolled out the spring break welcome mat.

With no parental supervision and a business community that's willing to look the other way, there's little to stop South Padre Island spring breakers from getting into trouble.

The typically sleepy island hosts 100,000 guests for the annual springtime rite of passage.

A relatively new problem for police is marijuana laced vape pens.

"Every other car that we come in contact usually have had it, there's been ten arrests so far this month," a police official said.

South Padre Island is willing to endure the minor bump in crime for the economic benefit of a $34 million windfall.

Cops say most reports are for low level offenses -- simple intoxication, drunkenness, and minor theft.

Police were called to 1,154 incidents and made 738 arrests during the 2018 spring break season which runs from March 1 to April 30.

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