Island re-examines shoreline management goals

Special to the PRESS

The South Padre Island Shoreline Task Force reviewed shoreline management plans as well as considered beach and dune permits and contract extensions during their Monday, Nov. 6 meeting.

First up, the task force discussed the Resilient Public Access and Education, Conservation, and Tourism Master Plan. “I’ve just been calling it the Shoreline Master Plan,” began Shoreline Management Director Brandon Hill, as he provided background information on the item.

He explained the City had received funding via a grant from the Gulf of Mexico Initiative which allowed the City to hire a consulting firm to complete a review of existing documents, as well an exam of the actions that take place on a daily basis on the Island.

“The purpose of this plan is to essentially take account of what we have on the books, what we’re doing currently, and what we hope to do in the future,” Hill said. Ultimately, the City hopes to produce a clear and concise set of goals for the City, he added.

Hill said the consulting firm, HDR, had already begun the document review process and that its next step would be to conduct a set of interviews, which will include the Shoreline Task Force and City Council. The firm also plans to gather input from Island residents during an upcoming planned public workshop. “They really want to understand the city as the unique place that it is before they go and try and give us any advice,” he added.

Hill explained that HDR had originally planned to begin the interview process during the November Shoreline Task Force meeting, but due to scheduling conflicts, the firm rescheduled for December.

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