By DINA ARÉVALO
Port Isabel-South Padre Press
The City of Port Isabel is preparing to ramp up efforts to maintain an existing agreement it has held for several years with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) regarding the operation and maintenance of the historic Port Isabel Lighthouse.
The agreement is under threat after two identical bills were filed in both the Texas House and Texas Senate last week which would transfer ownership, operations and any generated revenues of the monument to the Texas Historical Commission (THC) as early as Sept. 1 of this year.
“We’ve, of course, passed a resolution … in opposition to that,” Port Isabel City Manager Jared Hockema said during a status update at a meeting of the Port Isabel Economic Development Corporation (EDC) this Tuesday.
“We’re going to ramp up our efforts. We’re planning to go over there to Austin to start visiting with some of the committee staff,” Hockema said.
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