|Q. I just noticed all the new flags at the county parks which are now being used to warn beach-goers about dangerous conditions. This seems like a good idea. Does the town have plans to implement a similar system on the city beaches?
A. As I understand it, the city is indeed looking into this. There are of course a lot of city beach access points so this project would be a major undertaking.
I agree it is a good idea, but I don't think the current 3-flag system (yellow= okay, but be careful; red = dangerous currents; and blue = reports of dangerous critters) goes far enough. I would like to see the flags flying all over town -- maybe even in Port Isabel and points further up the Valley -- with additional colors/symbols giving guests and residents alike valuable insights into current conditions on the Island. Some of my suggestions:
* Amber with 4 circles = soft sand on the beach north of town -- 4 wheel drive recommended
* Blue streaks with inverted beach umbrella = high winds expected
Q. My family frequently plans last-minute trips to the Island throughout the year and I am wondering how I can find out if any hotels or condos are offering special deals. Where might I find this information?
We also have plans of making this option available for area clubs and bars to keep visitors informed of updated live music performances, promotions, etc.
Stay tuned to www.spionline.com for details!
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