South Padre Island Named a Top Gulf Coast Beach Destination

FlipKey.com, the vacation rental company of lead ing travel site TripAdvisor, recently announced South Padre Island as a Top Gulf Coast Beach Destination. We wanted to let the public know about this great news so you can share it with all of our residents, family, friends, and visitors . See you on the beach!

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SPI Convention Centre Welcomes New Staff

The South Padre Island Convention & Visitors Bureau welcomes Michael Flores & Denise Shyngera to the City of South Padre Island .

Michael Flores

Michael Flores

The City of South Padre Island Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) welcomes Michael Flores to the sale s team! With a Bachelor of Ar ts in Political Science and 8 years in the US Army, Flores brings a strong background in marketing to South Padre Island . Currently working on his Master of Business Administration at the University of Texas Pan American, he will serve as the CVB’s Sales Manager. Flores comes to us from Hidalgo County where he was an Emergency Services Unit Supervisor.

Denise Shyngera

Denise Shyngera

The CVB also welcomes Denise Shyngera on board! With over 20 years of government experience, Shyngera comes to us from Regina, Saskatchewan wh ere she worked for bo th provincial and municipal governments.

With an undergraduate deg ree in Business Administration, a Masters in Human Resources Management , and a Masters Certificate in Project Management she brings a strong background in strategy and business planning, governance, organizational effectiveness, change management , and project management to South Padre Island. She will serve South Padre Island a s an Administrative Assistant and Project Manager.

Notice of Public Hearing on Annexation

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN TO ALL INTERESTED PERSONS, THAT: The City of South Padre Island, Texas proposed to institute annexation proceedings to enlarge and extend the boundary limits of said city to include the following described territory, to-wit:

LOT ONE (1), BLOCK ONE (1), PADRE ISLAND INN SUBDIVISION, a Subdivision in the Town of South Padre Island, Cameron County, Texas according to the map or plat thereof recorded in Volume 28, Page 12, Map Records of Cameron County, Texas.

Two (2) public hearings will be held by and before the City Council of the City of South Padre Island, Texas on the 21st day of January, 2015 at the Municipal Complex Building, Joyce H. Adams Board Room, 2nd Floor, 4601 Padre Boulevard, South Padre Island, Texas, for all persons interested in the above proposed annexation. At said time and place all such persons shall have the right to appear and be heard. Of all said matters and things, all persons interested in the things and matters herein mentioned, will take notice.

Finally, the annexation proceedings are scheduled for the 18th day of February (the first hearing) and the 4th day of March (the second and final hearing) at the Municipal Complex Building, Joyce H. Adams Board Room, 2nd Floor, 4601 Padre Boulevard, South Padre Island, Texas, for all persons interested in the above proposed annexation. At said time and place all such persons shall have the right to appear and be heard. Of all said matters and things, all persons interested in the things and matters herein mentioned, will take notice.

If you have questions concerning the annexation process, please contact Sungman Kim, Director of Development Services at (956) 761-8113, (956) 761-8112 or skim@myspi.0rg

By order of the City Council of the City of South Padre Island, Texas this the 6th day of January, 2015.

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CVB Website Receives An Outstanding Achievement Award

Out of 224 entries submitted in the ‘Travel/Tourism’ category for the 2014 award year, South Padre Island IT Director Paul Holthusen and CVB Executive Director Rachel Flores received an Outstanding Achievement Award for the Convention Centre website sopadre.com. To win an award the site had to successfully pass through a comprehensive judging system. The judges utilized a
points-based scoring system adhering to specific guidelines and criteria to maintain the highest degree of fairness, accuracy and integrity; competently and
effectively evaluate entries; and, deliver clear results.

Sopadre.com was scored using five specific criteria, with a score from 0‐100 awarded for each criteria. The total of these five scores established the overall
score, up to a maximum of 500.

The scores for sopadre.com were as follows:

Design: 93
Content: 100
Feature Functionality: 100
Usability: 93
Standards Compliance: 90
Total: 476

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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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