Feels: Stop Destroying My Home During Spring Break
Spring Break just ended and everything that went down in *insert where you decided to party this year,* stays there—including the damage.
We, who live on or near what most call “paradise city,” don’t like what spring breakers leave behind. I’ve lived my entire life in Brownsville, Texas, which is only 30 minutes away from South Padre Island. Needless to say, South Padre is one of my favorite places in the world. Not only are the locals friendly, but the beaches are among the cleanest and have some of the most beautiful wildlife I’ve ever seen. It has always been easy to take a quick drive to what we locals call “The Island” or “SPI,” except one time of year: spring break.
Don’t get me wrong. I grew up with several of my classmates in high school planning ways to sneak out and go to SPI during spring break, so not all locals were opposed to making the trip. But one thing I can guarantee is that there isn’t a year that goes by that I don’t hear, “I wish I could go to the beach, but the tourists are insane.”
By insane, we mean insane.
It seems like every year there are abductions, missing people, injuries, deaths—not to mention lots of damage and litter to the beaches. The big story last year involved a woman falling off the 7th floor balcony of a hotel, her body found dead in a marsh, and this past week, there have been two missing people reports. There’s a picture that has been making rounds on Facebook Newsfeeds reminding locals of the litter left on the beach in 2014 to help raise awareness of keeping the beautiful areas clean.
Not only does the crime contribute to a bad reputation to the area, but also the trash left over takes an enormous amount of time and effort to pick up in order to avoid polluting the ocean and hurting the wildlife. Good thing South Padre has a system to make sure the beaches are clean, but it’s infuriating to see a beloved area get trashed.
I understand that I can’t be completely mad at the spring breakers because they do bring business that allows the Island’s local businesses to continue working despite damages often made by the hurricanes that make their rounds every few years—especially since it’s still popular despite big city competition, such as Miami. It is just a bummer to see my home transform from paradise into a dumpster of empty beer cans in just one week.