By ABBEY KUNKLE
Special to the PRESS
With so much progress in South Padre Island over the past few months, City Council and community members were sad to accept the resignation of Councilwoman Julee LaMure at the regular City Council Meeting on Wednesday evening.
During public comments, Councilwoman LaMure regrettably announced her resignation effective Thursday, August 6. Although she did not intend to cut short her three year commitment to the City, LaMure shared that were it not for the deeper commitment to her family she would not dream of doing so. Due to an opportunity that commanded their attention, the LaMure family decided to make an unexpected move to Taos, New Mexico, and LaMure resigned with a hopeful look towards her family’s future and the future of the Island. She added that she never imagined they would leave this paradise and said she wished she could see the development and growth that is coming. In addition, the councilwoman thanked her fellow council members as well as the community for supporting many visionary projects. LaMure said, “The sentiment around town is that things are changing, they have changed for the better, and that anything is possible.”
Some projects that LaMure has championed include opportunities for infrastructure development related to the coming of SpaceX, participation in the Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) agreement that will return money from Cameron County to the island, and the expansion of bicycle tourism on the Island to create a more walkable, pedestrian friendly city.
LaMure has been a major advocate for increasing bicycle tourism and has been in the beginning stages of the establishment of a hike and bike trail network throughout Cameron County. She expressed concern that in her absence the bicycle tourism efforts might fall to the wayside, specifically in reference to the Cyclovia event, where a portion of the road is closed, giving way to pedestrian traffic with a celebration promoting health and enjoyment of the outdoors. The councilwoman worked with the City of Brownsville, who has held multiple Cyclovia events, and the first event in May on the Island was a success. The next Cyclovia had been scheduled for October, however, due to LaMure’s absence in addition to a conflict with Sandcastle Days, the council decided to postpone the event and directed new Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) Director Keith Arnold to contact other bicycle groups for support in taking over the event.
LaMure reminded constituents to set the bar high and to accept nothing but the best from their officials. Mayor Patel presented the councilwoman with a plaque and thanked her for her service.
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