Tensions high in final meeting before elections

Port Isabel-South Padre Press

Two special meetings were scheduled for the Port Isabel City Commission Wednesday — the last meetings to be held before elections will bring changes to three of its five seats, including the office of mayor and the Place 1 and Place 2 seats.

Things went fairly smoothly at the first meeting, which was set for 11:45 a.m. and attended by Mayor Pro tem Martin C. Cantu, and Commissioners Jeffery Martinez and Juan Jose “J.J.” Zamora.

The Commission voted to approve a lane closure of the Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway on June 4 for the 2nd Annual Summer Longest Causeway Run and Fitness Walk. Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce President Betty Wells informed the commissioners that the race’s start time has been moved up from 8 a.m. to 7 a.m. Also, day-of late registration will no longer be accepted due to the earlier start time.

The Commission also voted to approve the submission of a request to intervene with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) in the matter of Texas LNG’s proposal to build a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal along the Brownsville Ship Channel. Finally, they approved a motion to approve the bills.

At 2:10 p.m., the Commission met again, with Mayor Joe E. Vega and Commissioner Maria de Jesus “M.J.” Garza also in attendance. After calling the meeting to order, Vega began by explaining there had been several items he had hoped to address sooner. “As you know, we’ve been cancelling meetings because of a lack of a quorum,” he said. Three members of the Commission are needed to establish a quorum.

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