Texas Beaches See Surge In Spring Breakers

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - Tourism officials up and down the Texas Gulf Coast report what appeared to be the biggest influx of spring-breakers in years on the Texas beaches.

Galveston Island Beach Patrol Chief Peter Davis said he had to post lifeguards on towers for the first spring break in 20 years. Davis told the Galveston County Daily News that high gasoline prices and warnings against travel to Mexico contributed to the bigger crowds.

The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports police traffic officers worked beyond scheduled shifts to help traffic in and out of north Padre Island late Saturday. Police Cmdr. Todd Green reports one man suffered a non-life-threatening stab wound to the side Saturday night in a fight on the beach. Two men were arrested in the attack.