Space X

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 November 12, 2019 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Cancelled
Alternative Date November 13, 2019 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Planned Closure
Alternative Date November 14, 2019 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 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 permits 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 November 12, 2019, in the time period between 12:00 p.m. Central Standard Time and 8:00 p.m. of the same day, and in the alternative on November 13, 2019, and/or November 14, 2019, from 12:00 p.m. Central Standard Time and 8:00 p.m. of the same day. Should SpaceX not complete its planned space flight activities on November 12, 2019, then SpaceX may use the alternate dates to complete its test launch activities.