By DINA ARÉVALO
Port Isabel-South Padre Press
The Port Isabel Economic Development Corporation (EDC) held a regular meeting Wednesday to discuss the City’s museums, its budget, the Revolving Loan Program and more.
The board unanimously approved several items on the agenda regarding the EDC’s continued relationships with the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce, the Port Isabel Museums, and the City’s marketing director, Valerie Bates. Discussion of the items led to some brainstorming about the status and future of the museum facilities, as well as potential marketing strategies not only for them, but for the City in general.
The Chamber of Commerce recently relocated their offices inside the Keeper’s Cottage adjacent to the Lighthouse. Chamber Director Betty Wells provided the EDC with an update. “From June 27th through today, we’ve had almost 4,000 visitors to the Cottage. We’ve generated almost $6,000 in sales,” she said.
The news was well received by the board, but questions were soon raised about the hours of operation at the Lighthouse. Wells responded that the historic structure, where visitors are allowed to ascend to the lantern room, was often closed during the lunch hours, from noon until 2 p.m.
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