Tag Archives: South Padre Island

SPI Coffee and Conversation

Join the South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce for the November installment of Coffee and Conversation. Kristina Boburka, director of the SPI Shoreline Department, serves as speaker. Attend to learn all the things happening to SPI’s beautiful shoreline. This event is open to all chamber members and prospective members.

Coming Together to Build the Reef

Red snapper swimming in the artificial reef. (Courtesy)

Gary Glick, president of the nonprofit group Friends of RGV Reef, said recreational red snapper fishing generates several times the economic force of commercial red snapper fishing. People who come to fish also spend money on food and lodging, gas, tackle, charter trips, etc. Glick estimates that Friends of RGV Reef has spent about $400,000 on deploying reef material so far. The group has managed to do it for roughly…

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Building Fish Habitats

Concrete ties at the site of the reef. (Courtesy)

For the past five years, the local non-profit Friends of the RGV Reef has been working to restore and build up the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. They wanted to ensure that there was a habitat to create a thriving population of fish in the area. Due to the efforts, Friends of RGV Reef was named a 2019 Conservation Wrangler by the Texan by Nature conservation. The honor acknowledges…

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SPI Chamber Annual Membership Meeting

SPI Chamber logo

The South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce recognizes volunteers who have contributed their time and resources to our community during the past year. Awards include: Directors’ Award Ambassadors’ Award Kukui Award Community Partner Award Outstanding New Business Member Award RGV Walk of Fame Committee chairs also receive recognition for their valuable contributions to the success of the chamber during the past year. Lunch is by Beach Park at Isla Blanca. Tickets are $20 for…

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Coffee and Conversation

Coffee and Conversation

Join the South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce as it welcomes Priscilla Duran to Coffee and Conversation. Duran serves as the South Texas community relations specialist for Economic Development and Tourism. This event is open to all chamber members and prospective members.

Upcoming Summit Includes Beach Clean Up

The Valley Environmental Coalition hosts its 10th annual Valley Environmental Summit Oct. 18. The event features environmental updates, a trashion show, a video and art contest, and beach clean up. “Together We Can Positively Impact Our Environment” takes place from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Brownsville Events Center. The day features legislative education updates, and environmental topics about the impact of debris in our oceans and waterways. Attendees will…

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Golf Carting the Island

Two slingshot vehicles for rent on SPI.

The sound-blasting golf carts seen along the streets of South Padre Island are as popular as they can be. The half dozen or so businesses that have the “rent me” signs have been adding newer and fancier rental vehicles to their fleet. Some of these vehicles look like fancy racing cars, called slingshots. Others resemble the smart cars seen on some roads these days. The demand for such vehicles decrease…

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Quarterly Public Affairs Luncheon

Senator Eddie Lucio Jr.

The South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce Business Services Education and Training Committee welcomes State Senator Eddie Lucio Jr. as its Public Affairs Luncheon guest speaker. Admission is $20 for chamber members and $25 for future members through Sept. 17. Cost after Sept. 17 is $25 for chamber members and $30 for future members. Reservations made on the day of the luncheon or walk-ins will be $30 for everyone. No refunds…

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Jaime J. Zapata Fishing Tournament

Jaime J. Zapata Fishing Tournament

The third annual Jaime J. Zapata Fishing Tournament commemorates all law enforcement officers, past and present. It is a memorial event honoring Special Agent Jaime Jorge Zapata, who was killed on Feb. 15, 2011 in the line of duty, and other agents who have given their lives while in service to our country. The tournament is a boat/team tournament with a maximum of four team members. The Jaime J. Zapata Fishing…

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