By ABBEY KUNKLE
Special to the PRESS
The SPI Development Standards Review Task Force (DSRTF) met Tuesday morning to approve revisions to the City’s Form Based Code as well as to consider the approval of proposed art at Blue Bay Inn & Suites.
Development Director Dr. Sungman Kim came to the council with a presentation regarding proposed art in a public space for approval from the task force. The owner of Blue Bay Inn and Suites was requesting to display a sandcastle sculpture along the Sandcastle Trail in front of his business on Padre Boulevard. Originally, the request was made to place the sculpture in front of the business sign. However, city staff determined that this placement would block the existing access way to the building from the parking lot, which may cause the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation to determine the business to be out of compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Sculptor Andy Hancock acknowledged this issue and with Dr. Kim’s recommendation agreed that the sculpture should be placed in the parking lot, which currently has more than enough parking spaces based on the City’s requirement. The task force then approved the sandcastle as art in a public space. According to Hancock, the sandcastle in front of the SPI Visitors Center stops 100,000 cars each year. Chairman Gar Treharne said, “I think we all agree that the concept of sand sculpture is good for the town.” The new sculpture will provide an additional photo opportunity for visitors while also promoting business on the Island.
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