WAVE Extended Hours

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.

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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.

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SPI Partners with UTB for Coastal Resources Research Position

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.

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Tropical Storm Dolly

Tropical Storm Dolly is making landfall near Tampico, MX . Winds are fairly weak near the center, with the tropical storm force winds displaced nearly 50 miles northeast of the center. Dolly should weaken quickly as it heads inland overnight and become a remnant low by tomorrow. It is possible that the center could relocate again this evening offshore. However, this should not change the overall impact to Texas coastlands .

According to the U.S. National Weather Service Brownsville, Texas expect gusty winds, possibly up to 50 mph in Brownsville, Port Isabel , and South Padre Island which may spread as far north as Harlingen and San Benito. Winds will be strong enough to knock down basketball goals and trash cans.

A Cameron County judge ordered the closure of all county beaches. The order, in effect since 4 p.m. today , will continue until further notice. The decision was based on the potential high risk of rip currents and high tides associated with Tropical Storm Dolly. The storm is expected to make landfall about 130 miles south of Brownsville.

Cameron County beaches affected by the closure include Isla Blanca Park, Andy Bowie Park, County Beach Access No. 5, County Beach Access No. 6, and Boca Chica Beach .

While beach accessess stay open at the City of South Padre Island , anyone swimming or participating in activities on or near the water should take extra precaution and heed the red flag advisories signaling heavy surf and dangerous currents. For more information visit: www.myspi.org.

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Texas Officers to Run on South Padre Island for Animal Rescue

Texas Narcotic Officers Association to hold a 5K benefitting Friends of Animal Rescue in conjunction with their annual conference on South Padre Island.

The Texas Narcotic Officers Association (TNOA) will be hosting their annual conference at the South Padre Island Convention Center. This year they will also be hosting a 5K to benefit Friends of Animal Rescue.

SPI hosts a Jailbreak Race, Causeway Run, and Sand Crab 5K so it welcomes another running event to the area. The run will take place on the beach by the Hilton Garden Inn, 7010 Padre Blvd. T-shirts will be provided to the first 200 runners. Trophies and medals will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd places in each age category.

Friends of Animal Rescue will be on the deck beachside with pets available for adoption. The run is open to the public and children are welcome. Refreshments will be provided for participants. Come for the run and go home with a new pet.

For more information and registration: http://www.tnoa.org
On-site registration will be available Sunday, August 17th, 2014 from 7AM-7:45 at the Hilton Garden Inn. Packet pick-up for registered participants will be Saturday, August 16th, 2014.

The City of South Padre Island looks forward to hosting this 5K along with the TNOA Conference. Visit http://www.SOPadre.com for more information on this event and others like it.

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SPI Selects Adrian Rodriguez as New Public Information Officer

Adrian Rodriguez grew up in Weslaco, Texas where he graduated with honors from Weslaco High School. He attained a Bachelor of Science in Radio-Television-­Film from the University of Texas at Austin. Additionally, he holds a Master of Arts in Communication from UT Pan American. After a 10-­ year career in education, Rodriguez comes to the City of South Padre Island with experience in radio, television, film, and theatre production.

Certified in Media Relations, Strategic Communication, Communication Training, and Consulting he excels at writing, public speaking, and building rapport while upholding administrative processes. He has studied abroad in London, England, travelled extensively in the U.S., and considers New York City’s Broadway a home-­away-­from-­home.

When he is not running and working out Rodriguez enjoys being a professional photographer for family, friends, and the occasional client.

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U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Workshop on Coastal Texas Protection

Contact: Reuben Trevino
Coastal Resources Manager
Office: (956) 761-8111
Email: RTrevino@MySPI.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 31, 2014

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Workshop on Coastal Texas Protection

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Hilton Garden Inn – Great White Room
7010 Padre Blvd.
South Padre Island, Texas 78597

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District is seeking representatives from federal, state and local governments and agencies, Indian tribes, non-governmental organizations, academia, business and industry and individuals interested in participating in public workshops for the purpose of gathering ideas for addressing coastal storm risk management and ecosystem restoration in the coastal Texas region. This outreach effort is being conducted in conjunction with the Coastal Texas Protection and Restoration Reconnaissance Study. We are interested in identifying available information and data that may be useful for this study.

Alternatives that may be considered during the next study phase could include structural solutions such as seawalls, levees, groins and beach nourishment; non-structural solutions such as buy-outs and flood proofing; and nature-based solutions such as preservation or restoration of marshes, dunes, barrier islands and oyster reefs. These workshops will also be considered scoping meetings, in accordance with requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act, in anticipation that an Environmental Impact Statement will be required in the next phase of study.

Those interested in participating in the workshops or in providing written comments are encouraged to consider the following questions:

  • How is your community (or agency/organization) most vulnerable to coastal storm risk?
  • What strategies should be implemented to reduce the risk from coastal storms?
  • What ecosystem restoration projects are most needed, or could be implemented to improve coastal resilience?

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Brush & Bulky Pick Up Notice

The Environmental Health Services would like to remind all residents that the brush/bulky item pick up are the first three work days of each month. Residents are permitted to place brush/bulky items on the rights-of-way from the 25th to the last day of each month.

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