By COLE AVERY
Port Isabel-South Padre PRESS
The South Padre Island Police Department will soon have its new marine unit patrolling the waters of the Island.
SPIPD Chief Randy Smith said his office has been working toward a marine unit for a couple of years.
“A lot of our citizens have requested it to slow down boats and reduce wakes,” Smith said. Wake can damage sea walls and docked boats.
The watercraft for the unit came in part from boats seized during an arrest last year. From that arrest, the SPIPD eventually came to own three jet skis and a 16 ft Carolina Skiff. Smith said he hasn’t decided what to do with the jet skis yet, but the boat will be mainly used in policing the bay.
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