Council freezes event funding

Special to the PRESS

The South Padre Island City Council voted to freeze funds for special events pending a workshop of the newly established “special events committee” can be held to review the City’s funding process and the results that funding generates.

That discussion, along with a discussion regarding the expansion of the South Padre Island Convention Centre, and plans to reallocate funds earmarked for Visitor Center improvements highlighted the Wednesday, Feb. 6 meeting of the South Padre Island City Council.

Members of the newly formed Special Events Committee were approved by Council during the session. Stahl reported that a total of 12 citizens applied for the seven positions. Elected to the committee were Alexandra Brotzman, Lisa Gravel, Cody Pace, Tomas Saenz, Sean Slovisky, Sean Till and Doyle Wells.

Council then considered a related request to postpone all 2019 funding requests for special events until a workshop can be held with the newly elected Special Events Committee, the Convention and Visitors Advisory Board, and the City Council to discuss and review the funding process.

“Some of the events that we saw here by the previous committee, I’m just really concerned with,” said Council member Joe Ricco, who brought forward the agenda item.

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