Aransas County Judge C.H. “Burt” Mills, Aransas County Navigation District (ACND) Chairman Malcolm Dieckow, and Rockport Mayor Patrick Rios issued an order closing Rockport Beach to vehicular traffic effective at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, July 19.
The beach will remain open to pedestrian traffic and continue normal hours of operation. ACND boat ramps (other than the beach ramp) will remain open.
The pertinent parts of the order read:
“SECTION 2. The Rockport Beach will be closed to all vehicular traffic. No access to the Rockport Beach will be permitted by vehicles other than Emergency/First Responders and Navigation District service vehicles. Vehicles can park on the Fair Grounds located immediately outside the Beach area.
“SECTION 3. A violation of this order shall be a Class C misdemeanor punishable as permitted by law. This Order may be enforced by any City of Rockport Police Officer, County Sheriffs Deputy, State Highway Patrol Officer, State Fish and Game Officers, or any other peace officer.
“SECTION 4. In accordance with the Texas Disaster Act, this declaration shall take effect on Sunday, July 19, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. and shall terminate on Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 12:01 am or until further Order of the County/Navigation District/City of Rockport.
“SECTION 5. This order does not supersede the most recent orders of June 29, 2020.”
(Note: The full Order can be read on The Rockport Pilot’s Facebook page.)