Delagarza discusses SpaceX at Chamber hosted event


SPI ChamberThe South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce hosted Coffee and Conversation with Lizzy Delagarza, a representative from the Brownsville EDC.

Delagarza gave an update and presentation over the possible SpaceX Launch Site that would be located three miles away from the border of Mexico and five miles away from South Padre Island on Boca Chica Beach.

The environmental impact study has been completed, but has not gone public. Delagarza said she spoke to a representative from SpaceX who indicated to her things looked good for the proposed location.

The City of Brownsville and the State of Texas are currently working on incentive packages to make the site more attractive than the other two competing proposed launch sites located in Puerto Rico and Cape Canaveral, Florida, Delagarza said.

“We are working to make this project is beneficial for everyone involved,” Delagarza said.

Delagarza said getting the aerospace company to the Valley would provide 600 direct jobs to the area that offer very competitive pay. She said the students in the area would be also be afforded many more opportunities such as internships and partnerships if the company decided to bring their operation to Boca Chica Beach.

“It is a great way to keep bright minds here in the valley,” Delagarza said.

The launch site would also attract tourism to the area, Delagarza said. A launch could bring up to 10,000 people to the area. She said beach closures would be kept to a minimum and the company would provide maintenance and security to Boca Chica Beach.

Delagarza said at their first town hall meeting the idea to bring SpaceX to Brownsville was well received by the community with very few opposed.

“Even college students made time to attend and show their support of the project,” Delagarza said.

Another town hall meeting will be scheduled after the results of the environmental study are made public which is at the discretion of SpaceX Delagarza said everyone from the area will be invited to voice their opinion.

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