Tag Archives: South Padre Island

Boat Tours Offer Eye-Opening Look At Port

Shrimp boats make up a formidable fleet in the channel leading to Port of Brownsville.

Want to learn about the history of one of the Rio Grande Valley’s best-known enterprises and the geography of the Laguna Madre? If the answer is yes, hop on one of several charter boat companies based in the South Padre Island-Port Isabel area for a tour of the Port of Brownsville and the surrounding Laguna. The deep-water facility can be seen off State Highway 48, but an up close look…

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Trick Art Treat 2020

Trick Art Treat

Kids ages 15 and under who wear a costume to Art Business Incubator South Padre Island on Halloween will get a free bag of treats along with a free small canvas to paint at a workshop table. In the spirit of Halloween and in support of those kiddos and parents working hard to make it through the 2020 school year, ABISPI is handing out small goodie bags with art supplies…

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ServSafe Food Managers Certification Class

ServSafe Food Managers Certification provides the training needed to meet South Padre Island City Ordinances from Oct. 12-13. Certification classes take place once per year with certification good for five years.  This is a two-day class with the test administered on the second day. The class is offered in English and Spanish. Registration is $175 for South Padre Island Chamber members, $200 for prospective members. The fee covers two days…

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SPI City Council Candidate Forum

A candidate forum on Oct. 6 hosts City of South Padre Island City Council candidates. Mayoral candidates Brandy Buntin and Patrick McNulty will attend, as well as Place 4 candidates Alita Bagley, Thomas Bainter and Lydia Caballero. Questions will come from public submissions sent in advance through Sept. 29 to the chamber. An announcement will come closer to the forum on if it will be face to face or via…

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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.