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Action 4 News published a report yesterday that was riddled with baseless claims. It began with a reporter claiming that spring break was slower this year because she “had no issues getting on and off the island”. Then they went on to claim that perhaps there are fewer spring breakers because Coca-Cola beach isn’t around anymore, then they blamed the stabbing that occurred a couple of years ago, they then blamed the weather, then they blamed the police for being too harsh.

Coca-Cola Beach is no more: Half True

Coca-Cola pulled out as a sponsor this year. So since Coca-Cola isn’t sponsoring it anymore, let’s just call it the South Beach Free-For-All (SBFFA). The SBFFA is still around. Someone’s paid for and set up a bunch of Porta-John’s, and the party has continued. Coca-Cola pulling out means that the party isn’t organized anymore, but I understand Coca-Cola’s decision to pull out; it was a HUGE liability for them. A city official actually went so far as to say that Coke pulled out because they decided instead to focus on environmental conservation (?!?!).

If you’re noticing a reduced crowd at the SBFFA, consider this: there is now a new venue on the beach, building it’s reputation as the place to be, Clayton’s Beach Bar, which is located on the opposite end of the island to the SBFFA. This spring break, they’ve hosted Steve Aoki and are throwing a bunch of country concerts and hosting other big names like Wiz Khalifa. This means that some of the SBFFA crowd has now dispersed across the island.

There are fewer Spring Breakers on the streets: FALSE

My guess is that the reporter who claimed that the streets were empty was here on Thursday morning (the same day as the report). Thursday NIGHT is the first, decently-big night of Texas week. It isn’t until late afternoon that people begin heading down to South Padre. Additionally, fewer kids are walking around the streets because this year, a church group has come through in a HUGE way to provide free rides for Spring Breakers to anywhere they want to go, with a large fleet of 15-seater vans from Churches all over Texas. They aren’t walking because they don’t have to. Simple logic that Channel 4, the journalism pride of the RGV, didn’t seem to pick up on very well.

The cops are cracking down harder than ever: totally…errrrr…FALSE

The mayor had a stern message for all you college vagabonds out there:

If the kids think “they can run totally wild, and not have any…errrr…guidance orrrr…. or safety personnel around, well they are mistaken, and they can just go somewhere else...

Spring Breakers, please don’t go. We love you, and because we love you, we are going to make sure there are police around to keep some order. Here’s the actual issue:  there have been a couple of studies done this year that shown a sharp increase in serious car accidents in March, most likely due to Spring Break. The state can’t ignore numbers like this, and so they have a team of state troopers who are staying here on the island during spring break to keep drunk drivers off the roads.

So, spring breakers everywhere, do not despair. Don’t let poor journalism change your travel plans. The island is still THE place to be for spring break, this year more than ever before. The ENTIRE beach is poppin’, as opposed to just the 500-foot SBFFA. The state is trying to keep you safer. There are more high-caliber concerts this year than we’ve had in over a decade. Aside from the Wave (the Island’s free shuttle service), the church is doing an AWESOME job of providing a safe, clean, and comfortable way to get around the island.

Summer Fireworks & Luau on South Padre Island!

Summer Fireworks & Luau on South Padre Island!

As you may already know, South Padre Island now features fireworks on the north beach sponsored by Hilton Garden Inn South Padre Island, La Quinta Inn & Suites, and Clayton’s Beach Bar. Now to add to it, on select Saturdays, the Hilton Garden Inn is hosting a hula show from 8:30pm until 9:15 pm, just in time for the start of the fireworks. The hula show will take place on the beach deck at the Hilton Garden Inn on: June 8 June 15 June 22 July 20 July 27 & Every Saturday in August

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Ladies Kingfish Tournament 2013 – Aug. 9-11

Ladies Kingfish Tournament 2013 – Aug. 9-11

The 32nd Annual South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce Ladies Kingfish Tournament will be held on August 9-11, 2013, and the committee is expecting a record number of anglers to sign up for this year’s tournament. The tournament is divided into two divisions, Bay and Offshore. Anglers fishing in the Bay Division will vie for trophies in the categories of Redfish, Trout and Flounder, while anglers in the Offshore Division complete in the categories of King, Bonito, Blackfin Tuna and Dolphin. Trophies will be awarded to the first four places in each category and Grand Champion Bay and Grand Champion…

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Kevin Fowler Coming to South Padre Island for July 4th Weekend!

Kevin Fowler Coming to South Padre Island for July 4th Weekend!

Kevin Fowler will be performing live on South Padre Island at Clayton’s Beach Bar on the night of Friday, July 5th, 2013. Tickets are available here: http://kevinfowlerspi.eventbrite.com/

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Saturday Summer Firework begin this Weekend!

Saturday Summer Firework begin this Weekend!

Firework being on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 9:15pm and will continue every Saturday at the same time through the summer. The fireworks will be best viewable from the Hilton Garden Inn South Padre Island, La Quinta Inn & Suites, and Clayton’s Beach Bar. You can also view the fireworks from Andy Bowie Park. The fireworks will be projected from the beach on the North End of South Padre Island at Andy Bowie Park over the Gulf of Mexico.

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Shallow Sport Owners Fishing Tournament 2013

Shallow Sport Owners Fishing Tournament 2013

Date: Friday, May 17, 2013 Start Time: 5:30 pm End Time: 9:00 pm Location: Louie’s Backyard Check in on Sat. is at 5:30am-6:30am Weigh-in 1:00-4pm Award Banquet 7pm-9pm This family oriented event is one of the largest of its kind. Over each of the past eight years more than 160 to 170 boats have descended on South Padre Island to participate in this family and very prestigious event. Anglers and owners from all over the country come to compete for a year’s worth of bragging rights and the coveted prizes that are awarded to the winners. One of the other…

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FREE CONCERT: Red Wine & Blues 2013 – Memorial Day Weekend

FREE CONCERT: Red Wine & Blues 2013 – Memorial Day Weekend

This year’s Red Wine & Blues concert will be performed by Johnny Dee’s Rocket 88′s at Clayton’s Beach Bar on May 24, 2013 (Memorial Day Weekend), from 6pm – 10pm.

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Summer Kick-Off Concerts – Memorial Day Weekend 2013

Summer Kick-Off Concerts – Memorial Day Weekend 2013

Get ready to kick off the summer Island style with two days of world-class entertainment featuring Country’s biggest and hottest country stars. Enjoy the Sunset on the Bay with friends and great music. It’s time to party! SATURDAY CONCERT SCHEDULE & LINEUP SATURDAY, MAY 25th, 2013 | GATE – 6:00 PM ROGER CREAGER – 7:00 PM http://www.rogercreager.com PAT GREEN – 9:00 PM http://www.patgreen.com SUNDAY CONCERT SCHEDULE & LINEUP SUN MAY 26th | GATE – 6:00 PM GWEN SEBASTIAN – 7:00 PM From NBC’s hit series “The Voice” http://www.gwensebastian.com BIG & RICH – 9:00 PM http://www.bigandrich.com TICKET PRICES AND INFO ADDITIONAL SERVICE…

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The Shark Run 2013 – 5k & 10k Beach Run

The Shark Run 2013 – 5k & 10k Beach Run

June 8th, 2013 5K & 10K Run on the Beach Race starts at 9:00 AM at CLAYTON’S BEACH BAR AND GRILL Awards for top 3 finishers Male & Female and top 3 finishers in each age division AFTER PARTY AT CLAYTON’S WITH LIVE BAND $100, $50, $25 Clayton’s gift certificates to best shark theme costumes to finish the race START YOUR SUMMER RIGHT….GET SOME SAND IN YOUR SHOES!!!! Click HERE to Register Now

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Run the Jailbreak 2013

Run the Jailbreak 2013

The “Run the Jailbreak” on  South Padre Island will be held on May 4th this year (2013). The Jailbreak is an awesome way to get dirty, have fun, and do good! Proceeds of the Jailbreak go to Teach the Children and the STARS Scholarship Fund. PACKET PICK-UP Packet Pickup will be at the event on the day of the event at the Hilton Garden Inn South Padre Island, located at 7010 Padre Boulevard South Padre Island, Texas 78597. Registration is located on the deck of the hotel close to the beach. Please bring your photo id an hour before. SPECIAL…

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Tweets about SPI from the stars of UME

Tweets about SPI from the stars of UME

Check out what some of the stars of this years Ultimate Music Experience (UME) said about their time on South Padre Island on Twitter!

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