Lane Closures for South Padre Island Holiday Parade

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.

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Holiday Parade 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 g oods 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 I sland provides shoppers with convenience, has a significant economic impact for South Padre, and the store serve s as the heart of our city for i sland visitors and residents. Meschi says, in his opinion, “the two most significant events impacting the busine ss 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”.

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SPI Coastal Resources and Parks Division Announce 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.

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SPI Court Administrator Awarded for Service

South Padre Island Municipal Court Administrator Cindy Vasquez was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the Texas Court Clerk’s Association (TCCA) at their regional seminar on November 7th, 2014 in Corpus Christi, Texas. The Distinguished Service Award recognizes a service, program, task or endeavor performed by an individual in a court profession, serving in a non-­‐judicial capacity, which benefits the entire membership in a distinctive way by showing dedication and commitment. Vasquez will complete her 19th year with the South Padre Island Municipal Court on December 11, 2014.

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SPI Environmental Health Services Department Earns State’s Top Honor

The City of South Padre Island Environmental Health Services Department (EHSD) garnered the top honor in Texas for its work in the area of food inspection and enforcement.

At the November 12th City Council meeting, Mayor Barry Patel introduced Jodie Heilman-­‐ Halter, the Texas Environmental Health Association’s (TEHA) Executive Director, who recognized the department. EHSD was the only small jurisdiction in the state to earn the Texas Environmental Health Association’s (TEHA) Award of Excellence. The City’s EHSD Director Victor Baldovinos and Health Inspectors Cipriano Torres and Willie Higginbotham received the plaque honoring their achievement.

“We are extremely honored and would like to share this award with our partners, including the City of South Padre Island City Council and the all the local restaurateurs,” said Baldovinos. “Without their continued support, this accomplishment would not be possible,” he further stated.

TEHA is a state association that strives to protect and strengthen the status of the environmental health profession. The Award of Excellence recognizes entities throughout Texas that achieve a high degree of professionalism and commitment to the communities they serve.

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South Padre Island Blood Drive

The City of South Padre Island will be hosting their annual blood drive on Friday, November 14, 2014 from 11 AM to 4 PM at the City Council Board Room (4601 Padre Boulevard). For appointments contact: Marta Martinez at 956-­761-­8112 and to speed up the process log onto: www.UnitedBloodServices.org. Log on to complete the Health History Questionnaire on the day of the blood drive from your computer or smartphone.

Blood Drive 2014

Recently Vetted Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos to Swear In New Mayor and City Council Members

Governor Greg Abbott appointee for Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos will be at tonight’s South Padre Island City Council Meeting to swear in newly elected Mayor Barry Patel and Council Members Julee LaMure and Dennis Stahl. The meeting will be Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 5:30 PM at City Hall (4601 Padre Boulevard).

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