Tag Archives: South Padre Island

Using Art To Boost SPI Economy

The art business incubator at SPI offers community workshops where local residents can learn more about sculpturing.

The usual formula to fuel economic development focuses on manufacturing, transportation and distribution. At South Padre Island, the path to boosting the economy has branched out to also include art and how creative endeavors can lead to growth. The Art Business Incubator South Padre Island seeks to give both new and existing art businesses support to establish a presence in the local economy. Its program director Alexa Ocean Ray is…

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Beach Park Debuts Largest Sea Turtle Sculpture 

Chelsea Fedigan shows just how tall the latest member of the South Padre Sea Turtle Art Trail is.

The third – and largest – of South Padre Island’s Sea Turtle Art Trail turtles has “hatched” at Beach Park on South Padre Island. Painted by mother and daughter artists Beth and Chelsea Fedigan, the enormous turtle is near the entrance of Beach Park Water Park. The 11-foot-tall sea turtle depicts the beauty of living on the island. The Fedigans have spent months on the design depicting sea life, palm…

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Independence Day Brings New Island Celebration

The Cameron County Amphitheater and Event Center in South Padre Island will be host to the first annual Red, White and Beach Festival July 3-4.

On June 26, following the Governor’s announcement, the Fourth of July Fireworks show on South Padre Island has been canceled.  The first annual Red, White and Beach Festival takes place place July 3-4 at the Amphitheater and Event Center on South Padre Island. According to promoters, the event will be “the largest celebration of our Independence Day on the Island.” The festival will feature surprise artists as well as the legendary INTOCABLE…

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South Padre Plans Memorial Day Fireworks

South Padre Island will celebrate Memorial Day weekend with a fireworks display on May 24. The fireworks show continues to be the traditional kick off for the summer season. “We are excited to welcome everyone for a much needed long weekend on the Island,” said Ed Caum, executive director for the convention and visitors bureau. “There’s no better way to show our appreciation than with a rousing fireworks display in…

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Mentoring and Accountability Make All the Difference

Erika Elizondo

Single mom Erika Elizondo was working as a front-desk receptionist less than two years ago at a resort on South Padre Island. She was earning $9.30 an hour when a friend told her about Valley Initiative for Development and Advancement.  “I was always interested in the medical field to help relieve people’s suffering,” Elizondo said. “I chose Emergency Medical Science because of the fast pace, I love the adrenaline rush.”  There…

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Walk the Dock at Sea Ranch Marina

Walk the Dock

Join the SPI Chamber of Commerce for an evening of fun as they “Walk the Dock.”  Visit chamber businesses at the Marina for food, games, music and fun. Attendees will receive a card with participating businesses listed when they arrive. Visit all businesses and receives stamps to your card to become eligible for prize drawings at the end of the evening.

SPI Coffee and Conversation

Join the SPI Chamber of Commerce as it welcomes Police Chief Claudine O’Carroll and Fire Chief Jim Pigg. Both will give attendees a spring break update. Coffee and Conversation is open to all chamber members and prospective members. Coffee will be served.

SPI Entertainment Tides Coming In

Party goers dance the night away at Laguna BOB.

Many of the country’s beach resorts have a place where the locals and visitors alike like to hang out. South Padre Island has its Entertainment District as well. It’s a place with about a dozen businesses that cater to families and to those who enjoy dancing, dining, fishing or who simply like to watch the many beautiful sunsets over the usually tranquil waters of the Laguna Madre. There are also rides for…

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SPI Coffee and Conversation

Join the SPI Chamber of Commerce as it welcomes guest speaker Carlos Galvan from the Laguna Madre Water District. Galvan will give updates on upcoming projects. Coffee and Conversation is open to all chamber members and prospective members. Coffee will be served.

SPI Quarterly Public Affairs Luncheon

Patrick McNulty

The South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce Business Services Education and Training Committee welcomes City of South Padre Island Mayor Patrick McNulty. McNulty will present the annual “State of the Island Address.” Registration is $20 for chamber members and $25 for future members through Jan. 17; $25 for chamber members and $30 for future members after. Reservations made on the day of the luncheon or walk-ins will be $30 for…

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