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.

Court Award


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.

EHS Award

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).


Veterans Day Celebration

The South Padre Island Parks, Recreation & Beautification Committee invites you to the Veterans Day 2014 Celebration on November 11, 2014 at Hilton Garden Inn at 2 PM. Join South Padre Island Mayor, Robert N. Pinkerton, Jr., in recognizing all Veterans, celebrating the Marine Corps. Birthday, and 3rd Anniversary of the Purple Heart Trail. Come celebrate and enjoy a FREE concert by Leslie Blasing.


SPI’s Own Receive Awards from the Chamber of Commerce

Two of the City’s own received membership awards from the South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce at this year’s annual membership meeting held Wednesday, October 29, 2014.

Kukui Award

Javier Garza, Assistant Police Chief

SPI Assistant Police Chief Javier Garza received the Kukui Award. Established in 2004, the 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.

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.

Ambassador's Award

Victor Baldovinos, Environmental Health Services Director

This is the sixth year the SPI Chamber has presented the Ambassador’s Award. Past recipients include Bob Fudge, Jim Harvill, Bobby Vanzant Anne Weiss and Candace Gray.

This year Victor Baldovinos received the award because he 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 the Chamber is able to deliver important health and food safety training to our area restaurants. This results in high st andards 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 membership referrals and for sharing our message about how businesses benefit from Chamber membership.

SPI’s Multimodal Facility to Break Ground November 13, 2014

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.

Multimodal Ground Breaking