County, town to collaborate on Bahia Grande Visitors Center

Special to the PRESS

What could develop into a world renowned, ecology-oriented visitors’ center in Laguna Vista was proposed here Tuesday by Cameron County Commissioner David Garza.

Proposed under the RESTORE Act funding from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill grant program, Garza said he is working with Congressman Filemon Vela and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on the Bahia Grande project that would involve building a visitors’ center on the Town-owned 23 acre property located adjacent to the Stripes Convenience Store on Hwy. 100.

“This is the best place for this project, with acreage off of Hwy. 100. It backs-up to the Bahia Grande, the largest wetland restoration project in the United States,” Garza told Laguna Vista council members.

“The opportunity exists, and the Commissioners Court agreed. With cooperation, the center would include an auditorium for school children to dignitaries to watch prey, hear lecture series, incorporate a learning center and encourage responsibility for our environment,” the commissioner said.

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