The City of South Padre Island’s Environmental Health Services Department and the Keep South Padre Island Beautiful Committee continue their efforts to promote environmentally responsible livin g on our beautiful island. In collaboration with America Recycles Day, our annual Recycle Land Event will take place on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at Water Tower Park from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Items that can be brought to be recycled are: aluminum, appliances, beads, brass, car batteries, cardboard, cigar boxes, copper, dishes, fabric, footwear, furniture, gently used clothing, glassware, light bulbs, linens, metal, newspaper, office paper, old keys, phone books, plastic, printer cartridges, radiators, rib bons, tin, transmissions, wine corks, wooden frames and working appliances. Please join us in going green and do your part to help keep South Padre Island Beautiful!
El Paseo Arts Foundation will hold auditions for the melodrama “The M.T. Inn or Out of Sight, Out of Mind” at 6:30 p.m., on Monday and Tuesday October 20th and 21st at Paragraph’s Bookstore on South Padre Island. This potboiler mystery/romance with music has a cast of nine, four men and five women. Anyone interested in auditioning will be asked to read lines from the script and sing a song, or part of a song that they know. Performances are scheduled for December 9th and 10th at the South Padre Island Convention Center. The typical rehearsal schedule will be two or three evenings a week for two hours each night.
The melodrama is set in the last quarter of the 19th century, at an inn on South Padre Island. The Island is about to experience changes that will jettison it into its inevitable future. “Alas, it is always the woman who pays and pays and pays!” sighs Molly Bolt, the persecuted heroine. Born a rancher’s daughter, the adventurous Molly pursued an education in the wicked city of Weslaco where she was pursued by that deep-dyed villain, Odious Bane, a most despicable scoundrel. Odious forced his attentions on Molly and in a weak moment she unwittingly consented to become his wife. In truth, this dastardly blackguard’s designs were merely laying a trap for her. Molly realized the peril of her position, so she renounced the wicked city and its sinful ways and returned home to the island and the ranch of her Aunt Greta Bolt, hoping that she will never lay eyes on the treacherous Odious again. Molly goes to work for Bea Tenderly, the blind proprietress of the M.T. Inn, and discovers that her true sweetheart, our hero Farron Tenderly, Jr., still resides and works at the inn. Complications ensue when a mysterious telegram arrives at the M.T. Inn, the only overnight lodging facility this side of Laguna Madre Bay. Then egads!, Odious suddenly swoops onto the scene, arriving by ferry with another unsuspecting young woman. He proceeds to make life unpleasant and intolerable for all concerned. What is Odious Bane after? Who is sending these telegrams? Mirth and mayhem abound in this fun-filled romp in the sand for audiences and actors alike.
The M.T. Inn is a show for both experienced and novice performers. Don’t miss this chance to be part of the fun. For additional information, contact JoAnn Evans at 956-572-5730.
Due to recent heavy rains, the South Padre Island Environmental Health Services Department (EHSD) larvacided standing water on the entire island. Larvaciding is the method used to treat standing water with insecticide that prevents the larvae from becoming adult mosquitoes. More commonly known
pesticide spraying, known as adulticide, is being conducted at dusk and dawn. Staff normally begins pesticide spraying at 4:00am in the morning or at sunset,
weather permitting and pesticide spraying begins shortly after dusk. The entire island was sprayed twice and EHSD will continue to vigorously monitor both weather conditions and mosquito activity to target areas of need. EHSD asks all residents to pleasehelp battle mosquitoes in their areas by draining anything that
is holding water. Environmental Health Director J. Victor Baldovinos stated, “Anything holding water for more than three days is a breeding site for mosquitoes”. Please help South Padre Island by assessing the following:
- Clean out eaves, troughs and gutters
- Remove old tires or drill holes in those used in playgrounds to drain
- Turn over or remove empty plastic pots
- Pick up all beverage containers and cups
- Check tarps on boats or other equipment that may collect water
- Pump out bilges on boats
- Replace water in plant trays, including hanging plants, at least once a week.
- Remove vegetation or obstructions in drainage ditches that prevent the flow of water.
City of South Padre Island first responders are hosting the 2014 National Night Out on Tuesday, Oct. 7, from 6-‐8 p.m. in between the South Padre Island Fire
Department and Island Baptist Church parking lot at Padre Boulevard and Retama Street.
The public is invited to meet with officials from South Padre Islands’ police, fire and EMS departments, as well as the U.S. Coast Guard and Port Isabel Police Department.
The event aims to strengthen the bond between the community and local law
enforcement agencies to prevent and reduce criminal activity.
Blue Marlin Supermarket, Dairy Queen, HEB, and Wal-‐Mart will be providing free hot dogs, chips, popcorn, ice cream, cotton candy and drinks. There will also be music, educational activities and fun for all.
Friday, October 3, 2014 Concerts on the Bay is taking the Billy Joe Shaver show indoors to the Hilton Garden Inn. Arrangements have been made for staging, seating, dance floor, cash bar, food concessions, vendor’s area, artist’s lounge and dressing rooms. It’s all taking place in their beautiful 10,000 square foot ballroom.
A cold front is predicted to come through mid-‐day Friday along with the chance of rain. Make plans to enjoy this Texas icon in a comfortable indoor venue on South Padre Island. Britny Lobas will open at 7:00pm. Billy Joe Shaver will perform at 8:30pm.
Saturday’s October 4th show remains on the outdoor stage weather permitting.
The City of South Padre Island invites the public to come out and enjoy our Concerts on the Bay Fall Series.
The City of South Padre Island Transit Department, The WAVE, will begin extending its hours of bus service on Friday and Saturday evenings until midnight on the island only. The new extended hours will begin on September 19th and 20th to coincide with the Fall Concerts on the Bay Series. We will be distributing new brochures with the route and schedule information during the week before the changes take place. Two buses will run from 9 pm to 12 am in opposite directions to provide the best service. As a reminder, please use traffic lights and crosswalks, and never cross the street in front of a bus. If you need to travel north wait on the east side (ocean side) of the street, if you need to travel south wait on the west side (bay side) of the street.
The WAVE will also begin providing customer service now during all bus service hours on Friday, September 19th. Someone will be available to take your calls Sunday through Thursday from 6 am to 9 pm, and Friday and Saturday 6 am to 12 am. For more information or questions, please call (956) 761.8178.
El Departamento de Transportacion, The WAVE, de la ciudad de South Padre Island comenzará a ampliar su horario de servicio de autobuses los viernes y sábados por la noche hasta la medianoche en la isla del padre. El nuevo horario extendido comenzará el 19 y 20 de septiembre, coincidiendo con los conciertos de otoño en la serie de la bahía. Estaremos distribuyendo nuevos folletos con la información de ruta y horario durante la semana antes de los cambios. Dos autobuses se desarrollara de 9 pm a 12 am en direcciones opuestas para proporcionar el mejor servicio. Como recordatorio, utilice semáforos y pasos de peatones y nunca cruzar la calle frente a un autobús. Si usted necesita viajar norte espera en el lado este (lado del océano) de la calle, si usted necesita viajar del sur espera en el lado oeste (lado de la Bahía) de la calle.
También Comenzamos proporcionando servicio al cliente ahora durante todas las unidades de servicio horas Viernes 19 de septiembre. Alguien estará disponible para recibir llamadas del domingo al jueves de 6 am 9 pm y el viernes y el sábado 6 a 12 am. Para más información o preguntas, por favor llame al (956) 761-8178.
South Padre Island’s beaches and dunes are constantly in flux responding to wind, wave, and human energies. To have a better understanding of the beach and how it responds to different impacts is crucial when developing policies. This joint effort by SPI and the University of Texas Brownsville (UTB) to systematically assess beach maintenance activities effect on the beach and dune environment will help fill critical gaps needed to assist local leaders with decision and policy making. After all, Reuben Trevino, City of South Padre Island Coastal Resources Manager pointed out that, “Local coastal processes have interacted for thousands of years to create the sandbar we all enjoy but these same processes can become agents of destruction. Understanding these processes is important to coastal planning and beach management.”
This is where Shelby Bessette’s prior experience in research might come in handy. While working towards a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, South Carolina, where she grew up, Bessette worked on undergraduate research focusing on water quality. Interested in comparing nutrient levels and macroinvertebrate community diversity in streams within Rock Hill after graduation she ventured to Elko, Nevada for an AmeriCorps Internship with the Bureau of Land Management.
After completing the application through UTB, within a week she had an interview and was offered the position. Almost overnight, she relocated to Texas and much to her surprise discovered that she would also be going on an offshore research expedition to assist Dr. Hicks, UTB Biological Sciences Associate Professor with data collection on South Texas fishing banks. Aided by the help of a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) or underwater robot, Hicks and his team hope to describe the benthic and fish populations in
previously undescribed areas. After a long search for a graduate assistantship, Bessette said, “ I am super excited to start my research at UTB on South Padre Island. I am fortunate that I am able to explore a new part of the country, work on a beautiful island, and receive my master’s degree along the way. I couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity.”
The City of South Padre Island welcomes Ms. Bessette and looks forward to working alongside UTB in its endeavors to understand coastal processes that will help guide policy and decision makers to outcomes that will benefit both our coast and beaches.