Leaders take closer look at seaweed policy

Port Isabel-South Padre PRESS

South Padre IslandTwo topics involving the future care of South Padre Island beaches were discussed during a workshop and subsequent commission meeting here Wednesday.

At the afternoon workshop, consultant Peter Ravella said there is no debate about it, the beaches are eroding and beach re-nourishment and maintenance strategies need to continue to keep the South Padre beaches healthy.

It will likely cost the taxpaying public to maintain and fix the South Padre Island beaches, Ravella said.

Citing a presentation by the city’s Coastal Resources Manager Reuben Treviño, which showed SPI erosion data compiled by the Hart Foundation, Ravella said that local, county and state leaders and taxing entities have to rethink taxing priorities and how much of the tax monies come back to the beaches. Ravella explained that the economic numbers will prove that beaches generate as much revenue for the local and state economies as pro football teams do, so the state should be convinced and obligated to help maintain those beaches by relinquish locally generated tax funds.

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