"County beaches draw record numbers" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Weekend beachgoers showed up in record-breaking numbers last weekend at Matagorda and Sargent beaches, according to county officials. A group of kids get into a spirited volleyball game on Matagorda Beach.

    Matagorda and Sargent beaches reopened last weekend and the turnout was record-breaking, Matagorda County officials agreed Monday. 
   The county closed the beaches – and other facilities – March 23 as part of state and county moves to contain the spread of the coronavirus, which causes the COVID-19 disease. 
   County Judge Nate McDonald called for reopening the county’s beaches Friday, April 24, and the response was impressive. 
   “It was a record-setting weekend I would say,” said Commissioner Kent Pollard, whose Precinct 2 includes both the Sargent and Matagorda beaches. 
   “It was definitely comparable to the Memorial Day or Fourth of July holiday weekends - probably more so,” Pollard said. 
   The commissioner said there were 700 beach permits sold at the entrance of the Matagorda Beach and, at the Stanley Store in Matagorda, “they sold a little over 1,000,” Pollard said. 
   “These were astronomical numbers,” he added.

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