Island discusses storm resilient building recommendations

Special to the PRESS

The South Padre Island City Council and Shoreline Task Force held a joint workshop on Wednesday, Nov. 7 to review the City’s Shoreline Master Plan. Shoreline Management Director Brandon Hill led off the discussion regarding the document.

“What we’re looking for is input and thoughts from the Shoreline Task Force and the City Council Members here regarding this master plan as it acts both as a road map for us into the future as a Shoreline Department and as a city in regards to our shoreline, as well as a tool for us to use in future projects,” explained Hill. “So we want to ensure that the plan itself aligns with the vision that the community has.”

Hill reviewed the extent to which community input had been gathered, including online surveys, in person interviews, and a recently public open house regarding the matter held on Oct. 25. “We’ve done a great deal of questions and answers and really tried to open up this plan to be a community driven plan,” emphasized Hill.

A representative of HDR, the consulting firm that worked with the City on their latest version of the plan, was on hand to provide insight into the document. A question was raised by Patrick McNulty, local builder and member of the Comprehensive Plan steering committee who was also in attendance at the workshop, regarding a specification that would affect all future construction east of Padre Boulevard.

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