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September 2-8, 2014

At a Glance
Javier Marin Sculptures
Last week, Mayor Bob Pinkerton, City Manager Bill DiLibero, and Convention & Visitors Bureau Director Rachel Flores met with Mexican Consulate to plan a celebration of Javier Marin sculptures coming to the island.

Promotional Events
Transit staff recently attended the Summer Sandcastle Championship at Clayton's to promote our FREE public transportation. Visitors had the opportunity to spin the wheel and win promotional items.

Transit Department
The Transit Department is hiring four new part-time dispatch positions. The WAVE will now be providing customer service during all bus operation hours, including evenings and weekends. They are also in the process of transferring the dispatch service for Metro Connect from McAllen Metro to The WAVE.

Stay tuned for more exciting news about extended hours of operations. The WAVE will soon be providing service on Friday and Saturday evenings until midnight on the island only. They plan to start the new extended hours in mid-September, and they will be distributing new brochures with the route and schedule information before the changes take place.

Communication Workers of America
Communication Workers of America (CWA) held their District 6 Conference at the Isla Grand last week. CWA represents workers in telecommunications, broadcasting, journalism and other fields. The union's members work for companies such as AT&T, General Electric and many of the nation's top newspapers and broadcast stations.

National Planting Day
National Planting Day celebrates the value and power of native species in restoring ecological balance to the environment while creating greener, more beautiful communities. With a national focus on September 6th and activities happening throughout the Fall, national nonprofit Keep America Beautiful, its affiliates and partners are mobilizing Americans to plant native species of trees, flowers, and plants.

See more at:

BRITE Training Program
Chief Smith and Beach Patrol coordinator Jim Pigg met with US Coast Guard and Cameron County Beach Patrol representatives last week. The purpose of the meeting was to evaluate the summer Beach Rescue Interagency Team Exercises (BRITE) training program as well as plan for additional training scenarios in 2015.

Last week four exchange students from the Republic of Kazakhstan visited SPI and our center. Kazakhstan is located in Central Asia, and borders with Russia, China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. During the mid-19th Century, all of Kazakhstan was part of the Russian Empire. After years of going through a Russian Revolution, Civil War and being part of the Soviet Union, Kazakhstan was the last of the Soviet Republics to declare independence following the 1991 dissolution of the Soviet Union. Their population is 17.7 million and it is the ninth largest country in the world! Hopefully, we will see more visitors from the Republic of Kazakhstan in the near future!!

Bulletin Board

Recyclable items can be taken to Old City Hall every Saturday from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM.

Items that can be recycled are:
  • Newspaper
  • Cardboard
  • Office Paper
  • Aluminum
  • Tin
  • Plastic
To offer a better recycling service please:
  • Compact, crush or break down plastic bottles, cardboard boxes, aluminum cans or any other items that may be reduced in size. This helps us use the most amount of space in the bins.
  • Remove any food, liquid, metal fasteners, adhesive materials or other items that may contaminate the whole load. 


Animal Control
Lost or found an animal on the Island? The South Padre Island's Animal Control is working together with the Friends of Animals Rescue Group. Their foster-based recovery center helps reunite lost and found pets with their families. Friends of Animal Rescue will make every effort to reunite lost animals with their families. Animals that are not reunited will be vetted by Friends of Animal Rescue and placed with new families. Lost or found a pet please call:
(956) 761-PETS.

Incentive Policy

The South Padre Island Economic Development Corporation and the City of South Padre Island have approved an incentive policy in order to assist qualified new and existing businesses and to benefit the economic climate on the Island. Businesses can apply for property tax abatements as well as sales tax abatements for improvements that will contribute to the economy of South Padre Island. The City and the EDC will evaluate the applications to determine if they meet the established criteria for the programs. You can find a link to the policy, guidelines, and applications on both the City web page ( and the South Padre Island EDC web page (


For more information, contact Darla Lapeyre, South Padre Island Economic Development Corporation Executive Director, at (956) 761- 6805 or email; or Dr. Sungman Kim, City of South Padre Island Development Director, at (956) 761-8113 or email


FREE Business Listing
Calling on all South Padre Island businesses. Please be sure to update your FREE business listing on the Convention & Visitors website ( If you haven't been provided with your login credentials please contact Sam Ballenger by phone: (956) 761-8125 or email: By using your FREE business listing you have the ability to upload images, coupons, business description, and much more. Take advantage of this FREE marketing tool provided by the Convention & Visitors website.

Fall Bay Concert Series
With 23 bands slated to perform, the Fall Bay Concert Series is back in town with FREE concerts on Fridays and Saturdays. The concerts will start on Friday, September 19 with the opening acts of Nathan Hubble and Dahebegeebees. The concerts will run from September 19-November 1 from 7 PM to 10 PM. The stage will be located at the heart of the entertainment district on the corner of Laguna Boulevard and Pike Street. For a complete band line up please visit:

Pet of The Week

This is Scooter, a 3year old miniature pinscher mix. She is super sweet and loves everyone. She is in need of a new home. Scooter has already been spayed and is current on all her vaccinations. She weighs about 10 pounds and lives to ride in the car. Please stop by and say hello at Friends of Animal Rescue. 4908 Padre Blvd. We are open daily from 10 AM to 5 PM. For more information please call us at (956) 772-1171.

Calendar of Events

Sept 2
Colt Buckelew & the Crossroads
Laguna Bob Bar on Bay
8:00 PM
Sept 3
City Council
City Hall Board Room
5:30 PM
Sept 3
Colt Buckelew & the Crossroads
Laguna Bob Bar on Bay
9:00 PM
Sept 4
Colt Buckelew & the Crossroads
Laguna Bob Bar on Bay
8:00 PM
Sept 5
Convention & Visitors Advisory Board Special
City Hall Board Room
9:25 AM
Sept 5-6
Live Music & Fireworks
Clayton's Beach Bar & Grill
12:00 PM
Sept 5-6
The Mixed Bag Live at The Garden
Garden Grill & Bar
6:00 PM
Sept 5-6
Island Folk Fest
Various Locations
6:00 PM
Sept 5-6
 Fireworks on the Beach
Clayton's Beach Bar & Grill
9:15 PM
Sept 6
Kayak the Laguna Madre
Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge
8:00 AM
Sept 6
Laguna Atascosa NWR - Habitat Tours of Bayside Drive
Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge
10:00 AM
Sept 6
The Sea Turtle Inc. 2014 Annual Celebration
Hilton Garden Inn
6:00 PM
Sept 6
Bongo Dogs at Wanna Wanna
Wanna Wanna
8:00 PM
Sept 7
Farmers Market
NAMAR Event Center
11:00 AM
Sept 7
Colt Buckelew & the Crossroads
Laguna Bob Bar on Bay
8:00 PM
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