By WENDY VAN DEN BOOGERD
Special to the PRESS
During a Regional Small Cities Coalition Committee (RSCCC) meeting last Thursday, August 8, hosted by the Town of Laguna Vista, the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) awarded a $700,000 grant to the South Texas Eco-Tourism Center project. Laguna Vista gave $300,000 for the project, totaling $1 million towards the $10$12 million project.
The rest of that money, according to Laguna Vista City Manager Rolando Vela, will come from the Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT), a tax collected on any short-term rental within Cameron County. Vela said the project will take two years or less to construct. Laguna Vista donated the land for the project:10 acres off of FM 510.
“It’s important for the people of LV, where we have very little retail development,” Vela said.
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