South Padre Briefs

• Parents, make plans to bring your children to the Fourth Annual Easter Egg Hunt at the South Padre Island Farmers Market on Sunday, March 31. The egg hunt begins at 12:15 p.m. and some lucky participants will walk away with special Easter eggs that contain prizes. The public is also invited to enjoy fresh local produce, eggs, grass-fed meats, and more available every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Farmers Market by The Shores, 8605 Padre Blvd.

• To minimize the growth of larvae and mosquitoes, larval briquettes were applied to areas of South Padre Island where stagnant water was present due to high tides and recent rain. Staff will continue to monitor both weather conditions and mosquito activity to target efforts in areas of need.

• Over the Spring Break period, South Padre Island Fire Department responded to over 300 emergency calls, transported over 150 patients to local hospitals and evaluated almost 400 patients in the triage tent erected in the vicinity of Coca-Cola Beach.

• Review of patrol, CID, jail and dispatch indicate all divisions within the agency appear to be running smoothly. Throughout the course of the past two weeks they received 2,457 calls for service, generated 634 incident reports, worked 59 traffic accidents and the jail housed 445 prisoners, with all defendants having bonded out without incident.

• Staff will present the proposed Speed Hump Policy to South Padre Island City Council in April to establish policies and procedures for evaluating requests for the installation of speed humps within the City limits. City staff researched policies in other beach, Island, and resort communities in Texas and around the nation to identify best practices and recommendations.

• Staff met with TxDOT to discuss ways to partner on projects for Padre Boulevard, sidewalk projects, and sand removal along PR 100 north. We strategized on ways to accelerate the completion of construction work on the Queen Isabella Causeway and an upcoming seal coat project from the Convention Center to the north end of PR 100 prior to the Memorial Day weekend. We noted the need to begin coordinating Public Works, Police, EMS, and Fire responses with TxDOT and DPS for hurricane preparations as hurricane season nears.

• Mark your calendars for the City of South Padre Island’s 40th birthday celebration from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10th in front of City Hall with entertainment being provided by local songstress, Leslie Blasing.

• A Gulf Boulevard focus group met to discuss issues, priorities and brainstorm solutions for Gulf Boulevard. Good input was received from residents, staff and business owners on how to improve pedestrian, bicycle and parking needs along Gulf Boulevard.

• 1,616 pounds of recyclable material were turned in this past week in an effort to keep South Padre Island beautiful.

• The City of South Padre Island City Council approved a new ordinance that regulates when brush and bulky items may be placed on the right-of-way for removal by Allied Waste. South Padre Island residents that have an active residential account with Allied Waste may now place items on the right-of-way beginning the 25th of each month, to be collected on the first three workdays of each month. Depending on the month, residents have four to seven days to place all their items for collection. The Environmental Health Services Department will proactively educate the public with door hangers advising of the new ordinance. The informational door hangers will be disseminated to the residents to assist in complying with the new ordinance. Please contact the Environmental Health Services Department with any questions at (956) 761-3226.

• IT Consultant, Paul Holthusen, has been in contact with a premier CVB and destination marketing company with hopes of developing an online Booking Engine for the CVB. This feature will allow Island visitors to book their entire vacation by telephone or via the web at,, The Island visitor would book their flight, rental car, hotel / condo, and local attractions such as horses on the beach, deep sea fishing, Schlitterbahn Water Park, etc.

• Beach-N-Biker Fest 10th Anniversary Rally is slated for April 19-21 at the South Padre Convention Centre. Hosted by the Magic Valley Riders Motorcycle Club, Inc., this annual return will be brimming with events, live music, venders and more. And with the $35 full rally package and the ‘at the door’ Rally Pass for $20, it’s a bargain for a weekend full of fun. Full Rally Package is $35 and Daily Rally Entry is $20. For full information, go to

• Jammie Barnhill, Cameron County Beach Safety Program Coordinator, is currently searching for summer lifeguards and lifeguard supervisors for the new Cameron County Beach Safety Program. Pay ranges from $10-$16 per hour. Candidates must be strong swimmers and at least 16 years of age. Barnhill will provide all training and certifications that are required. For more information, call (956) 455-8727.

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