By ABBEY KUNKLE
Special to the PRESS
As per Section 5.09 of the South Padre Island City Charter, each year during budget season, staff has to update the City’s Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), which is a list of projects that have been submitted over the past few years by City Council members, City Staff, and anyone else with an interest in the Island. On April 20, staff posted the CIP on the City website for review and submittal of projects. The due date for the year has now lapsed with no ideas submitted this year.
Assistant City Manager Darla Jones has been updating the previous plan, which includes an introduction, goals, a definition describing how it is developed and amended, in addition to a calendar and finally the list of projects. Jones added recent projects the City has been working on, including the Multi-Modal facility and Visitors Center.
Other costs were added for recently approved projects like the addition of street lights to the south of the Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway. In addition, Jones updated the scope of the Convention Centre project as a renovation rather than an expansion as it was considered in the past. Finally, she transferred finished projects to the completed section at the end of the document to emphasize that it is not just a document sitting on a shelf, but that the City is making progress on its plans.
The City Council recently disbanded the subcommittee that was formed to rank the list of projects. Some projects on the list — like a boardwalk on the bay — have been submitted under past plans and have been determined to be unfeasible in the near future, while others like an amphitheater have come to the forefront with the coming of SpaceX rocket launches expected in the next few years.
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