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Public Notice of Cameron County Order to Temporarily Close State Highway 4 and Boca Chica Beach

Temp. Closure Date
Time of Closure
Current Beach Status
Primary Date July 22, 2019 8:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Planned Closure
Primary Date July 24, 2019 2:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Planned Closure
Alternate Date July 25, 2019 2:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Planned Closure

To support those closures, SpaceX will establish a safety zone perimeter in coordination with local law enforcement that will include temporary closures of Highway 4 and Boca Chica Beach. Cameron County has established a hotline for road closure updates (956-548-9541), and public notices will also be available on this page.

Those wishing to visit a beach during the closures may do so on South Padre Island at County parks: Cameron County Beach Access No. 3, Cameron County Beach Access No. 4, Cameron County Beach Access No. 4 (West) or Cameron County Beach Access No. 5 (West). 

Under the authority granted to Cameron County pursuant to Texas Natural Resources Code Section 61.132 which pennits the Texas General Land Office (“GLO”) and the County to enter into a memorandum of agreement under the terms of which Boca Chica Beach may be closed temporarily for space launches and in conformity with the Memorandum of Agreement, contract number 2013C08253/GLO contract number 13-447-000-7916 between the County and the GLO that delineates the circumstances under which the County is authorized to close the beach and beach access points for the limited purpose of protecting Public Health and Safety during spaceflight activities and the Texas Department of Transportation authorized a SpaceX Roadway Closure Traffic Control Plan to perform road closures on State Highway 4; COMES NOW, Cameron County Judge Eddie Trevino, Jr., on behalf of Cameron County and the Cameron County Commissioners Court as authorized by Court Order 201903002 and hereby issues this ORDER AND GIVES PUBLIC NOTICE of this Order to Temporarily Close a portion of State Highway 4 for the purpose of protecting Public Health and Safety during space flight activities on July 22, 2019, between 8:00 p.m. Central Standard Time and 11 :00 p.m. Boca Chica Beach will remain open during this road closure.

Under the authority granted to Cameron County pursuant to Texas Natural Resources Code Section 61.132 which pennits the Texas General Land Office (“GLO”) and the County to enter into a memorandum of agreement under the terms of which Boca Chica Beach may be closed temporarily for space launches and in conformity with the Memorandum of Agreement, contract number 2013C08253/GLO contract number 13-447-000-7916 between the County and the GLO that delineates the circumstances under which the County is authorized to close the beach and beach access points for the limited purpose of protecting Public Health and Safety during spaceflight activities and the Texas Department of Transportation authorized a SpaceX Roadway Closure Traffic Control Plan to perform road closures on State Highway 4; COMES NOW, Cameron County Judge Eddie Trevino, Jr., on behalf of Cameron County and the Cameron County Commissioners Court as authorized by Court Order 201903002 and hereby issues this ORDER AND GIVES PUBLIC NOTICE of this Order to Temporarily Close State Highway 4 and Boca Chica Beach for the purpose of protecting Public Health and Safety during space flight activities on July 24, 2019, in the time period between 2:00 p.m. Central Standard Time and 11 :00 p.m. of the same day, and in the alternative on July 25, 2019, from 2:00 p.m. Central Standard Time and 11 :00 p.m. of the same day. Should SpaceX not complete its planned space flight activities on July 24, 2019, then SpaceX may use the alternate dates to complete its test launch activities.