By ABBEY KUNKLE
Special to the PRESS
Port Director and General Manager Steve Bearden of the Port Isabel-San Benito Navigation District joined the SPI Chamber of Commerce for their monthly Coffee and Conversation last week to share what current and future projects are in the works at the local port.
Bearden has served in his current position for over five years, and has served on the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors for three years, with two as Chairman.
Formed in 1929, the local port is one of 12 deep water ports in Texas. According to the district’s website, a collaboration between cities was created to lower transportation costs of the agricultural interests of San Benito and the marine interests of Port Isabel. Today, it has broadened its scope to serve as the home base for more than 17 businesses employing more than 500 people.
According to Bearden, the port has about 100 acres leased out to tenants and subtenants of several varieties of businesses. Texas Pack, Inc., which has approximately 350 employees, has been the longest tenant at the port, packing not only shrimp, but also millions of pounds of spinach during the summer and okra during winter months.
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