DECEMBER 9, 2014
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NEWS




Grand Marshal
The City of South Padre Island will have their annual Holiday Parade on December 12, 2014. It will run from Mars to Red Snapper on Padre Boulevard starting at 6:00 PM. This year Gary Meschi will act as Grand Marshal for the parade. Meschi's commitment to invest his resources in the South Padre and Port Isabel area and to provide much needed goods and grocery services has been instrumental  
to our area's ability to attract residents, visitors and other businesses  during the years of early development as a tourism destination. Meschi's continued presence as the only grocery store on South   Padre Island provides shoppers with convenience, has a significant  
economic impact for South Padre, and the store serves  as  the  heart of our city for island visitors and residents. Meschi says, in his  opinion, "the two most significant events impacting the business  economy of the Lower Rio Grande Valley and his business were the construction of the Queen Isabella Causeway and the arrival of  Southwest Airlines in Harlingen".







Lane Closures
The City of South Padre Island will have their annual Holiday Parade on December 12, 2014. It will take place on the section of Padre Boulevard from Mars to Red Snapper starting at 6:00 PM and ending at approximately 10 PM.

Intersecting streets will be barricaded to prevent cross traffic in that section. West Red Snapper will be closed  to vehicle traffic, allowing   only bus parking for parade participants. 

West Red Snapper will be closed to vehicle traffic, allowing only bus  
parking for parade South bound and north bound traffic on Padre Boulevard (HWY  100) will detour east to Gulf Boulevard and west to Laguna Boulevard.  







Dune Planting
The City of South Padre Island Coastal Resources and Parks and   Recreation Division will host a dune planting at Neptune Beach Access  #16 on the 4400  block of Gulf Boulevard at 9 am on Saturday, December 13, 2014 starting at 9 AM.
 
Native vegetation will be planted and everything will be provided to assist us in replenishing our dunes. Come out and give back to the  beach that has given so much to us.







Committee Volunteers Needed
The City of South Padre Island is accepting applications from qualified volunteers to fill terms on the following:

* Board of Adjustments & Appeals
* Board of Ethics
* Convention and Visitors Advisory Board
* Development Standards Review Task Force
* Economic Development Corporation
* Historical Preservation Committee
* Keep SPI Beautiful Committee
* Parks, Recreation & Beautification Committee
* Planning and Zoning Commission
* Shoreline Task Force

If you are interested in serving on one of these Boards/Committees, please submit an application to Susan Hill, City Secretary at 4601 Padre Boulevard, e-mail to shill@myspi.org, fax to 761-3888. Aplications are available at the front desk or online.
PLEASE SUBMIT APPLICATION BY THURSDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2014.





Outdoor Display & Vending






Ridership
Ridership for The WAVE for the month of November is 44,859 which is down by 8,551 riders from November of 2013. The monthly total hours The WAVE buses operated is 1,734. The monthly total miles The WAVE buses traveled is 31,308.





Metro Connect
Ridership for the Metro Connect Blue Line for the month of November is 4,211, which is up by 1,716 riders from November of 2013. The monthly total hours the MC Blue Line buses operated is 459. The monthly total miles the MC Blue Line buses traveled is 13,725.







State Health Services
Texas Department of State Health Services had their first event in the Centre last week. With their theme being binational tuberculosis and communicable diseases, with their 2 day conference of 140 plus attendees where they discussed border opportunities and challenges. They also had simultaneous translation during their meetings. What a great addition!






New Client
John Hall's Alaska, a tour and cruise provider, is another new client to the Centre, they had their first meeting last week and return in January with another 40 plus attendees.






Street Improvements
Project is going well, some delays due to the Thanksgiving Holiday and some inclement weather. The contractor has poured all of the concrete pads for the brick paved crosswalks and is currently installing the brick pavers. The concrete driveways have all been poured, along with curb and valley gutters. The contractor is planning to overlay Gulf Boulevard from Morningside to Sunset this week along with the asphalt driveways and parking areas on the west side of Gulf.







Sunset Street Repairs
The contractor poured the final north section of concrete and opened both lanes to traffic last week. This repair is a great improvement and eliminates the need for Public Works having to repair it after rain events.





Padre Boulevard Sidewalk
The contractor was finally able to pour and complete the second section of the sidewalk at the 6300 Block of Padre Boulevard. The project had been delayed due to rain and poor drainage in that area.







Musicians Wanted


BULLETIN BOARD
Recycling
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 (www.myspi.org) and the South Padre Island EDC web page (www.southpadreislandedc.com)
 
For more information, contact Darla Lapeyre, South Padre Island Economic Development Corporation Executive Director, at (956) 761- 6805 or email spiedc@aol.com; or Dr. Sungman Kim, City of South Padre Island Development Director, at (956) 761-8113 or email SKim@MySPI.org.
 






FREE Business Listing
Calling on all South Padre Island businesses. Please be sure to update your FREE business listing on the Convention & Visitors website (www.sopadre.com). If you haven't been provided with your login credentials please contact Sam Ballenger by phone: (956) 761-8135 or email: SBallenger@MySPI.org. 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.


PET OF THE WEEK
Kittens



FRIENDS OF ANIMAL RESCUE has the perfect kitty for you. Come on in and see all the different kittens that are in need of new homes. We are located at 4908 Padre Blvd. Open Tuesday thru Sunday from 10 AM to 4:30 PM. We hope to see you all soon.  For more information please call us at (956) 772-1171.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Date
Event
Location
Time
Dec. 9-14
Queen Isabella Memorial Park

Dec. 9-14
Sebastian Zodiac Sculpture Exhibit
South Padre Island Convention Centre

Dec. 9-10
Out of Sight, Out of Mind
South Padre Island Convention Centre
7:30 PM
Dec. 10
Parks, Recreation & Beautification Committee
South Padre Island City Hall
9:00 AM
Dec. 10
Lighting of the Christmas Tree & TubaChristmas Concert
South Padre Island City Hall
6:30 PM
Dec. 10
Leslie at Palm Street Pier
Palm Street Pier Bar & Grill
7:00 PM
Dec. 11
Leslie at Coral Reef
Coral Reef Lounge
1:00 PM
Dec. 11
Keep SPI Beautiful
South Padre Island City Hall
4:00 PM
Dec. 12
SPI Christmas Parade
Padre Boulevard
6:00 PM
Dec. 12-13
The Mixed Bag Live at The Garden
The Garden Grille & Bar
6:00 PM
Dec. 13
Breakfast with Santa
Schlitterbahn Beach Resort
10:00 AM
Dec. 13-14
Leslie at Boomerang Billie's
Boomerang Billie's
1:00 PM
Dec. 13
Leslie at Palm Street Pier
Palm Street Pier Bar & Grill
7:00 PM
Dec. 14
March of the Sandmen
Wanna Wanna Inn
10:00 AM
Dec. 14
South Padre Island Farmers Market
NAMAR Event Center
11:00 AM

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