By DINA ARÉVALO
Port Isabel-South Padre Press
The Texas General Land Office (GLO) has provided preliminary feedback on the County’s proposed Coastal Erosion Response Plan (ERP) — a comprehensive guideline six months in the making — for the future development and conservation of South Padre Island’s coastline.
After meeting with members of the Cameron County Commissioners Court, PAR Consulting and the coastal engineering firm Applied Coastal Engineering, the GLO had three amendment requests for the County’s plan.
Among other things, the ERP will eventually serve as a guideline for future development on the north side of Island, combating coastal erosion and maintaining the Island’s protective dune barrier system. Potentially at stake are millions of dollars in future grant funding requests and eligibility for FEMA disaster relief.
Since it contains the largest stretch of undeveloped barrier island in the country, erosion response plans on South Padre Island present unique challenges not seen anywhere else, a fact reiterated by Peter Ravella of PAR Consulting, who was contracted by the County to research and draft the ERP.
“Coming out of the meeting, it was clear that there were issues that needed to be fleshed out further and that some of these areas are a little bit complicated,” Ravella told the Commissioners Court during a regular meeting on June 28.
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