Tag Archives: South Padre Island

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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Valley Metro Is Moving Forward

The new Edinburg Valley Metro station is set to open later this month.

The Rio Grande Valley with its estimated population surging above 1.4 million is reflecting its new urban realities via Valley Metro. The regional bus system is adding transportation hubs and new routes with each passing year.  Later this month, Valley Metro will open a new hub in Edinburg between City Hall and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. The new hub will come off a year where Valley Metro…

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Building Some Holiday Fun

Artist Emerson Wierenga Schreiner creates Santa's workshop from a large block of sand. (Courtesy)

South Padre Island is no stranger to sandcastle building, but the Holiday Sandcastle Village steps up the festivity. The village brims with holiday sand sculptures from talented artists from all over the world.  It started last year as a joint effort between city leaders and local sand artist Lucinda Wierenga, also known as Sandy Feet. South Padre Island is the self-proclaimed Sandcastle Capital of the Universe. The city thus felt…

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Awarding Shoppers on the Island

Sisters Interiors is one of the many businesses holiday shoppers can shop and have a chance to win a $500 shopping spree from the SPI Chamber. (photo Sisters Interiors)

The South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce is encouraging holiday shoppers to hit up some of the Island’s businesses. In turn, shoppers can win a $500 shopping spree. People can shop any business on South Padre Island until Dec. 18 to enter to win. To be entered, original receipts must be brought to any of the following chamber member businesses: Cactus Flower, Paragraphs, S.O.S. Services, Ship Shape, Sisters Interiors; SPI…

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Let’s Go Fly a Kite

Bill Doan flies kites on the beach all year around.

Colorful objects flying above the sandy beaches often greet South Padre Island visitors and residents. Some look rather weird like a giant pink octopus with undulated tentacles. Others are of fish species, medusas, turtles, purple frogs and even patriotic themes. The potpourri of these flying objects are actually kites people enjoy and fly as a hobby practically all year around. Remember the boxed- or diamond-shaped kites of yesterday flown with…

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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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