NOVEMBER 4, 2014
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NEWS
State of the Island
Outgoing South Padre Island Mayor Pinkerton will deliver the "State of the Island" at 5:00 PM on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 before
the regular City Council meeting scheduled for that day. Following
the "State of the Island", he will share personal comments on his 22 years in office to the City Council and the public
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The City of South Padre Island welcomes the public to attend Mayor Robert Pinkerton's "State of the Island" address on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 5:00 PM at City Hall (4601 Padre Boulevard).







Ground Breaking Ceremony
The City of South Padre Island Transit Department, City Council, and City Leadership Team are proud to announce the groundbreaking ceremony for Phase I of a new multimodal facility here on South Padre Island.

Phase I will feature a park-&-ride site, taxi circulation, a pedestrian sidewalk, bus entrance/exit, circulation, berths and a bus transfer area.

South Padre Island welcomes this new facility and invites the public to attend the groundbreaking ceremony being held at the site in the "Location Map". Thursday, November 13, 2014 at 2:00 PM.







"Zodiac" Sculptures
The City of South Padre Island is now displaying Mexican artist Sebastian's "Zodiac" sculptures. Featuring all twelve of the astrological signs, these sculptures can be seen on South Padre Island at the Convention Centre, Birding & Nature Center and City Hall.







Dune Restoration Planting
Coastal Resources and Surfrider will be hosting the first dune vegetation planting of the season on Nov 22nd. Please make plans to come out at 9 am to help for a couple of hours. Location will be announced next week.





Protective Gear
The South Padre Island Fire Department is well prepared to meet the health care worker Ebola personal protection guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS). The department has, in stock, enough personal protective equipment for both fire and police department personnel as needed. The protective gear was purchased in the highly unlikely chance a person meets the medical criteria that would mandate the ambulance crew taking extreme infection precautions.







Ambassador's Award
Victor Baldovinos demonstrates a high level of commitment to his work. He takes his job seriously and goes above the call of duty to assist businesses on the island. With his help, our Chamber is able to deliver important health and food safety training to our area restaurants which results in a high standard of food service and a positive experience for patrons at island restaurants. He was instrumental in launching recycling services for our community for which the Chamber advocated for many years. While he has many additional work related accomplishments, in his role as SPI Environmental Services Director, the Chamber is most grateful for his Chamber membership referrals and for sharing their message about how businesses benefit from Chamber membership.







Kukui Award
Established in 2004, the Kukui Award is presented to an individual who leads by example and has provided support which has contributed to the success of the Chamber and the Business Community.

The Kukui, the state tree of Hawaii, produces a candlenut and as the legend describes it the Kukui nut was used as a light source providing a "guiding light" to successfully and safely lead travelers to their destinations. Past recipients include Dianna Harvill, Shelton Coleman, Mary Ann Tous, Russell Judah, Liz Money, Alita Bagley, Betty and Bobby Vanzant, Guy Blatnik, Tim O'Leary, Alma McLeroy and Sue Singer.

This year Assistant Chief Javier Garza received the Kukui Award. Garza received the award on the basis of his many contributions over the years to the Chamber and the community, especially his contributions this past year. Javier stepped forward to help with the Chamber's Ladies Kingfish Tournament in a time of need. Tournament arrangements are complex and every aspect crucial to the outcome of the event. He recruited volunteers, set-up and organized a safe and successful angler weigh-in, sold raffle tickets at registration and awards, and much more. He helped provide the leadership necessary to get the job done seamlessly and without hesitation.

Garza has been active with the Chamber for a number of years serving on the Leadership Laguna Madre Steering Committee, and helping with every event the Chamber has held in the past seven
years. Javier is also active with other organizations in the community, giving his time where needed.







Routine Maintenance
The Public Works crews were busy weeding the entrance medians. They also leveled the sand castle sculptures behind Clayton's.







Boat Ramp
Staff continues to explore alternative options for repairs to the boat ramp riprap. A recommendation will be coming forth shortly. Survey of the ramp end has revealed that the gravel riprap has washed away due to water currents and wave actions.





Street Improvements
The project is going well, the contractor paved Gulf Boulevard from Constellation to Morningside this week and poured the curb and gutter from Palmetto to Sunset on the East side of Gulf. The technician from Terracon was here last week for material and quality control for the overlaying of Gulf Boulevard. The pavers for the pedestrian crosswalks should arrive this week.



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
Kitty Cats



Friends of Animal Rescue has many kittens in need of new homes. All of them have been spayed or neutered and are current on all their vaccinations. Please stop by and say hello. We have all colors and ages. We also want to invite you to our Animal House Fundraiser "Raise the Ruff" at Laguna Bob's Saturday, November 8, 2014. Doors open at 6 pm. Tickets are available at Rescue Me Resale Shop and at Laguna Bob's. For more information please call us at (956) 772-1171.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Date
Event
Location
Time
Nov. 4-10
Queen Isabella Memorial Park

Nov. 5
Beginning Drawing with Mark Clark
Art Space
1:00 PM
Nov. 5
Figure Drawing with Mark Clark
Art Space
4:00 PM
Nov. 5
State of the Island
South Padre Island City Hall
5:00 PM
Nov. 5
City Council
South Padre Island City Hall
5:30 PM
Nov. 5
Leslie at Palm Street Pier
Palm Street Pier Bar & Grill
7:00 PM
Nov. 6
Leslie at Coral Reef
Coral Reef Lounge
1:00 PM
Nov. 6
Historical Preservation Commission
South Padre Island City Hall
4:15 PM
Nov. 7
Quilted Christmas Balls
Art Space
10:00 AM
Nov. 7-8
The Mixed Bag Live at The Garden
The Garden Grille & Bar
6:00 PM
Nov. 8-9
Leslie at Boomerang Billie's
Boomerang Billie's
1:00 PM
Nov. 8
POWC-SPI Meeting
Pearl South Padre
2:00 PM
Nov. 8
Raise the Ruff
Laguna Bob Bar on Bay
6:00 PM
Nov. 8
Leslie at Palm Street Pier
Palm Street Pier Bar & Grill
7:00 PM
Nov. 9
South Padre Island Farmers Market
NAMAR Event Center
11:00 AM

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