Views of the Neighborhood – Girding Loins for Spring Break

Spring Break

So we have a lovely walk on the beach. Quiet and serene with only the pelicans as company. Wait! What is that?

Spring Break

Oh no. The dreaded water truck filling blue barrels. Why fill barrels? You ask?

These barrels are to keep a clear path by designating no parking zones for the thousands of spring breakers expected to show up.

Here is a long view looking back at the truck. Those poles on the right are for trash cans. Unfortunately, Hurricane Harvey took them, and the city is not sure if the new ones will arrive in time. (Spring Breakers start arriving on the 9th) We may be up to our necks in trash. Spring Breakers are not very good at picking up their trash.

Here is my attempt at an art shot showing the barrels going off into the distance.

I figured you could get a better look from the cart over. Those barrels run from our place to the downtown area (four miles). There is no parking on the left side so that emergency vehicles can get through. Yes, there is always the need for emergency vehicles.

Spring Break

Here is the old police station. It is no longer viable and is slated to be torn down. Why show you a picture of the police station? Because a lot of underage kids usually end up here.

Spring Break

Here are the temporary police headquarters. It is across the parking lot from the old.

Spring Break

You can tell it is the police department by the cars around it.

This is a shot of the jail which is connected to the temporary police building. It doesn’t look like a jail, does it?

How about now? This is the right side of the building with four cells.

Here is the left side with four more cells

Here is a shot of one cell. Notice the metal floor, sink, and toilet. Not very comfortable. ย Well, let’s hope no one we know ends up here.


  1. John, you survived a hurricane – that must have partially prepared you for spring break.

    1. I think so, Keith. Ha ha ha. ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Gwen Plano · ·

    Oh no, Spring Break. I’ve never understood the mindless debauchery. Fingers crossed your young visitors stay healthy and do not end up in the jail. Great photo shots, John. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Let’s hope all who are falling down drunk have the pleasure of spending the night on that cold metal floor. Thanks, Gwen

  3. Oh, my. I hope the trash cans get there in time. That’ll be a mess otherwise. This is what I’d call a “no-frills” jail. All the best, John. ๐Ÿ™‚ — Suzanne

    1. Yes, I don’t think it will meet five star standards. Maybe some lawyer will cite cruel and unusual when a rich client wants to get a spoiled kid off. Thanks, Suzanne. ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. Horsefeathers! Spring break and no trash cans? Now that’s the setting for a horror story if you ask me. Loved the photos, John. But there are some missing — the faces of the officers when you told them you wanted to take pictures of the jail. ๐Ÿ˜‰ That must have been interesting. Hugs.

    1. I actually just walked in and said I was doing a feature on the jail. The only person there was a guy working on the electricity. Never saw an officer. ๐Ÿ˜€

      1. Yikes! I hope the police get back before the spring breakers — hopefully they bring the trash cans with them. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      2. Ha haha. I would like that. We expect 150 state troopers here.

  5. Forgot that spring break is coming for college students. Hope it isnโ€™t that bad this year. That or the kids notice the town is still recovering.

    1. Or they selfishly decide to go somewhere else. ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Would that be good or bad? Iโ€™m sure the money they bring could help with some repairs.

      2. Most of the money is spent on rooms. The rooms aren’t available. So no downside.

      3. The hotels haven’t come back yet?

      4. Nope. Most were totally destroyed.

      5. That will probably stop a lot of people.

      6. I’m thinking so. Of course we get our share of tenters and those who sleep in their car,

  6. the beach is too inviting..and the barrels photo is well done ๐Ÿ™‚ most important we still can see the sand and the beach haha

    1. Right now we can. Let’s see how it looks next week. Thanks, Ray.

      1. U mean it will be full of water? ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ˜ฎ

      2. No, trash. Grrrr

  7. As a kid, I would actually be embarrassed to litter, so if these spring breakers leave a mess, I blame their upbringing. Hopefully that jail doesn’t need to be enlarged!

    1. I am amazed at not only kids littering but parents as well. It is an ongoing problem of the ignorant. Thanks, GP.

  8. Iโ€™m guessing those cells will get some use. They look like theyโ€™re easy to hose out. Good luck getting the trash cans up in time. Thanks for taking the children of the north for a week.

    1. Ha haha. I said to a guy working on finishes, “These look barf proof.” He said, “I’m hoping so.” Thanks, Dan

  9. It’s hard to believe it’s almost time for spring break. If I were under age, I’d be drinking soda to avoid ending up in one of those cells. The beach looks like it’s in good shape. Happy Sunday, John!

    1. Thanks, Jill. The beach looks great. Maybe I’ll do a couple of “after “shots.

  10. I think itโ€™s probably appropriate to end the post with jail cell photos. You just know whatโ€™s coming down the road. On the upside, your beaches are gorgeous! Thanks, John.

    1. Thank you, Jennie. ๐Ÿ˜€

      1. Youโ€™re welcome, John. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. Eeeesh! I guess that’s the ‘advantage’ of early Spring in the tropics – it arrives promptly if not always warmly! ๐Ÿ˜›

    1. We always hopeful snow this time of year. Never happens. Thanks, Jan.

  12. Hello John! The meaning of Spring Break sure changes with time. When I was in college it was all about having a carefree week at the beach and clubbing and now we complain about the crowds of kids and the noise and traffic spring-breakers cause. Ha, ha! But I will tell you though, my friends and I did not destroy property, litter, or cause any trouble back then. ๐Ÿ˜‰ xx

    1. I guess it has changed, Vashti. Now we have over 150 police officers from state and local municipalities all here to keep order.

      1. It’s gotten a bit rowdier here too (to say the least). ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

      2. I’m sure it has

  13. Your photography shows well the bins going into the distance, and a great clean beach. Spring seems a long way off at this moment in time in the UK. And yes those cells look a bit sparse, lets hope they stay empty!

    Have a great week John and many thanks for your own thoughts on my blog ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank you as well, Sue.

  14. Ah yes, Spring Break at Port A. It will be much like Hurricane Harvey, only man-made. Good luck!

    1. Very much so. Thanks, Jan ๐Ÿ˜€

  15. You have the most amazing beach down there, John! That’s about as close to a jail cell as I ever want to get, lol. Thanks for the tour!

    1. Thank you, Jacquie. I agree.

  16. Jail cells suck, it’s true, but these pics were awesome as usual, John.

    1. Thank you, Hook

  17. So how did you end up in jail for the photo shoot?

    1. Drank twelve beers and then dared an officer to arrest me. Same as the spring breakers.

      1. Excellent! Iโ€™m heading down there for Spring break. Youโ€™ll bail me out right? See you on the beach!

      2. I’ll bail you out for sure.

  18. Fascinating tour as always, John. The jail cells brought back memories of my 8-y-o self at a cemetery with my dad to discuss a plaque for my baby brother. The ‘office’ building had what looked like cells bars. No one explained and I never asked what that was all about. Am still puzzled. Haha.

    1. Does seem strange, Tess. Could be folks are dying’ to get into the office.

  19. Great tour, John. So glad to see that none of those jail cells had my name on it! I guess it’s safe to visit, eh!

    1. I think so. Let me check the post office.

      1. Okay – let me know!

      2. Didn’t see your photo.

  20. So why did you wind up getting those jail photos? I wonder also if the kids will stay away in proportion to all the accommodations that were lost to the hurricane.

    1. They are new and temporary. I thought they were interesting. For some reason I think the kids will bring their own tents etc.

      1. I’m glad you weren’t a guest at the new jail. Maybe you can put those kids to work.

      2. You have to be kidding. These kids don’t know what work is. Their parents are millennials.

      3. Um, does Texas still have the chain-gang?

      4. Not sure but open carry is allowed. I think I’ll just wander around with a .357 on my hip. (And spurs. Yeah that will do it)

      5. Oh no, a .357 will clash with your spurs. A .45 works much better. You need a blazer and patent leather for a .357.

      6. I get it. Okay how about a Colt .45 slung low with Wranglers, and ten gallon hat.

      7. Sounds very Texas to me. Those kids will get your point.

  21. Another great tour, John. You certainly keep us up to date on the good, the bad, and now the ugly. I love kids of all ages, but I would have a hard time tolerating an invasion of drunken college students and teens.

    1. Thank you, Michelle. I try to ignore them.

  22. Just the words “spring break” set my teeth on edge.

    1. Mine too. Thanks, Luanne.

  23. We’re preparing up here, too.The staggered schedule for spring break has become a bit of a hassle, since even the school districts around here don’t coordinate. The festivities can go on and on. Galveston shares your pain.

    Given the number of bars catering to a lot of enthusiastic spring breakers, and the amount of beer that comes out of the grocery stores, it can get interesting. One bar owner I know says they take odds on whether the damage to the place will be greater or less than the money they take in. So far, profits have won.

    Love the view of the jail, and the barrels, so nice and neat. Maybe you could live-blog a night at the slammer!

    1. I think a night at the slammer might be too much for my rental readers. I’m thinking a lot of kids will go to Galveston instead of here. Wish y’all the best, Linda.

  24. Such wonderful photos. Eerie and atmospheric.

    1. I was just thinking of you yesterday and here you are. Super.

      1. How strange, a little coincidence then? I like when life throws some of those into our lives! Iโ€™m looking forward to catching up with your posts.

  25. How could I have forgotten about Spring Breakers? You’ve got this, John – hope they don’t leave too big of a mess.

    1. Me too, Teri. From years past I know it is wishful thinking. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

  26. Well, I can see why the Spring Breakers would invade you, John — that beach view is amazing! Looks sunny and warm, too. Just what college “kids” from my part of the country are looking for. The jail? Not so much!

    1. Yes, the jail does not look inviting.

  27. Spring break? We don’t get our spring break until the end of May, John. I hope your visitors don’t make too much of a mess, otherwise, they could end up in one of those cells. One look at those cells and I think anybody would behave themselves.

    1. We should have everyone walk through before they start their fun. Thanks, hugh

  28. The beach is so beautiful. Let’s hope the water filled trash barrels do their job of keeping cars out of the no autos zone, and the trash cans show up in time! I’d be willing to bet those cells will get used sadly.

    Where will you walk during Spring Break’s mad, wild beach party?

    1. We still do our beach walk. We stay near the dunes so that we don’t have to deal with stray dogs. (for some reason people believe their dogs should run free on the beach. The other cell in town is for all the lost animals that stupid people allow to run free.) I have to relate a story. I was walking the dogs and a drunk twenty something leaned out of a pickup truck and said, “Hello old man.” She was very drunk and I appreciated the gesture.

      1. LOL! Maybe she thought you were a cute old man. ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope your town survives yet another Spring Break, and you aren’t set upon by stray dogs on your walks.

      2. Thank you, Deborah. ๐Ÿ˜€

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