From the desk of the Laguna Vista city manager

Special to the PRESS

LV Residents and Friends,

This is to provide you a brief update on the upcoming community events and to share information that may be of interest to you.

On Saturday, we will be having our first Movie Night By the Bay event at Roloff Park.  Please read below for more details and make plans to bring your children for this family-oriented event.  On Monday, the Town Council will be having  a joint workshop with the LVRA Board.   You are invited to attend these events.

We are also preparing for the upcoming Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony and the Laguna Vista CARES initiative that we will soon be launching…

On behalf of the Town Council and the Staff, we truly appreciate your interest in your community.

Please let me know if you have any questions.  I can be contacted at 943-1793 or at

Serving you, I remain

Rolando Vela

City Manager


Joint Workshop with LVRA

The Town Council will be having a joint workshop with the Laguna Vista Recreation (LVRA) Board on Monday, October 26 at 6pm at the basketball court at Roloff Park.  The LVRA, which presently manages and operates the Town-owned Marina, wishes to discuss with the Town Council an extension of the current lease that expires on Sept. 26, 2021. The Town would like to hear from the Laguna Vista citizens about this request.

Nuisance Abatement Ordinance

At the October 13 meeting, the Town Council adopted the second (and final) reading of the new nuisance abatement.   This new ordinance simplifies the abatement process.

Movie Night by The Bay

The Town will be having Movie Night By The Bay on Saturday, October 24 at Roloff Park.  The movie “Frozen” will start to show at 7pm.  This event is free of charge.  Please bring your folder chairs, your blankets, and enjoy this family oriented movie.

Book Sales

The Friends of the Library are having their book sales on Mondays from 10 to 12 noon.  You are urged to drop by the Public Library and purchase your books.

Halloween Night

As the children (and the parents) are preparing to go trick and treating on Halloween, we want to assure the community that our police officers will be out on full force that evening.  Officers will be on bike patrol and on the Polaris, handing out glow bracelets and necklaces along with candies.  One of our officers, in fact, will be dressing up as Batman that evening.

Below are some Halloween safety tips:

  • Walk Safely
  • Cross the street at corners.
  • Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.
  • Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
  • Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
  • Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.  Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
  • Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars
  • Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.
  • Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
  • Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
  • Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
  • When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.
  • Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
  • Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
  • Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
  • Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
  • Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.

Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

The Town has scheduled its Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony for Monday, November 30 at 5:30pm.  We are inviting all school, church and service groups to participate in this ceremony.  We are also inviting citizens from Port Isabel, South Padre Island, and the other surrounding communities to attend this event.  Local teacher Mr. Romeo Ruelas, who teaches construction at the high school, has been busy working on the Christmas decorations that will be unveiled at this ceremony.  Please make plans to attend.

Tree Decorating Contest

We are inviting citizens and school, church and service groups to “adopt” a tree at Roloff Park and decorate it.  Please contact the Town offices for additional information.

Laguna Vista CARES

The Town Staff has been busy working getting ready to launch the Laguna Vista CARES initiative during the month of December.  Please let us know if you or your organization want to get involved in this upcoming initiative.

Rolando Vela

City Manager

Town of Laguna Vista

122 Fernandez Street

Laguna Vista, Texas 78578

Phone:  (956) 943-1793

Fax:        (956) 943-3111


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