South Padre Island aspires to attract cruise ships
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, RGV – A news story in Seatrade Cruise News says SPI Cruise Group – composed of four companies experienced in the port development, cruise and maritime industries – is creating a plan to develop South Padre Island into a destination for western Caribbean cruises.
Anne Kalosh, U.S. editor of Seatrade Cruise Review and Seatrade Cruise News, wrote the story. “South Padre Island City Council recently approved the SPI Cruise Group’s proposal to create a plan to develop the destination for cruise calls,” Kalosh wrote.
Wildlife Expo kicks off with alligator presentation
Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge Manager Boyd Blihovde lifted up a young alligator for the crowd to see in the dimly lit auditorium at the South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center (BNC) Tuesday morning.
The small, thin creature, with its still-powerful jaws taped shut, issued a quiet chirp — the sort of call a baby gator makes when trying to get the attention of its mother. The gator was the star of a presentation the refuge manager was giving to a crowd of wildlife aficionados on the opening day of the Winter Outdoor Wildlife Expo.
Crossing the Second Causeway may be free
Progress on plans to construct a second causeway connecting South Padre Island to the mainland remains sluggish, but Pete Sepulveda, executive director of the Cameron County Regional Mobile Authority (CCRMA) provided some updates on the project during a recent meeting of the Cameron County Commissioners’ Court.
The biggest news from his update? Motorists who wish to cross the Second Causeway may not have to pay a toll to do so. “More than likely, we will proceed with this project as a non-toll bridge,” Sepulveda told the Commissioners at a Tuesday. Jan. 9 meeting.
Novel entertainment coming to the flats for Spring Break
Spring Breakers can look forward to a new entertainment experience this year after the Cameron County Commissioners’ Court approved the use of the bay flats north of the South Padre Island Convention Centre for a novel entertainment venue idea: concerts inside a fully enclosed inflatable dome.
William Pledge and Hector Ortiz of Hector Ortiz Promotions were on hand at a Commissioners’ Court meeting earlier this month to discuss the proposal to hold three days’ worth of concerts on the flats. The musical events will be held inside an inflatable dome with a capacity for 5,000 people, Pledge explained.
2017 Market Report
South Padre Island
2017 Market Report
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