City receives food inspection award

SPI food inspection award

The City of South Padre Island Environmental Health Services Department was recently recognized by the Texas Environmental Health Association with an award of excellence. Seen accepting the award are SPI EHSD staff Cipriano Torres, Josh Garza, Victor Baldovinos, and Mayor Bob Pinkerton, Jr. (Courtesy photo)

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The South Padre Island Environmental Health Services Department garnered the top honor in Texas for its work in the area of food inspection and enforcement.

Mayor Robert N. Pinkerton, Jr. recognized the department at the October 17 council meeting for being the only small jurisdiction in the state to earn the Texas Environmental Health Association’s Award of Excellence.

The city’s EHS Director Victor Baldovinos and Code Enforcement Officers Cipriano Torres and Josh Garza attended TEHA’s 57th Annual Conference in Austin October 8-12 to receive the plaque honoring their achievement.

“We thank our partners, including the City of South Padre Island City Council and the all the local restaurateurs,” said Baldovinos.

“Without their support, this accomplishment could not have been achieved,” Baldovinos added.

TEHA is a state association that strives to protect and strengthen the status of the environmental health profession. The Award of Excellence recognizes entities throughout Texas that achieve a high degree of professionalism and commitment to the communities they serve.

Read this story in the Oct. 22 edition of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here.

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