By ABBEY KUNKLE
Special to the PRESS
The South Padre Island City Council met Wednesday after a short hiatus due to Spring Break activities. The council covered many topics, most notably discussion on a proposed ordinance to address noncompliance with payment of the Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) as well as the discussion with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) which has agreed to lower speed limits on North Padre Boulevard.
Before the meeting, Council members Alita Bagley, Julee Lamure, and Dennis Stahl met with members of TxDOT to discuss their recent speed study and the reduction of speed limits on the north end of Padre Boulevard. There has been much discussion regarding the issue of safety for bikers and pedestrians in that area, and TxDOT has finally agreed to reduce the speed limit from 45 to 40 mph and 40 to 35mph in their respective areas. Other positive topics that came from the meeting included discussion of resurfacing Padre Boulevard and improving bike lanes by adding rumble strips to remind drivers to keep out of the lanes. In addition, they will likely add three crosswalks to the North end of the road.
The council meeting opened with public comments with the council announcing a dune planting to take place Saturday, April 11 at 9 a.m. Cristin Howard, director of the SPI Birding Center, reported a successful first grade field trip at the center and requested donations of peanut butter and citrus for use on bird feeders and to attract different species
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