County mulls SPI resort; Membership objects to growth of flats



An official “request for proposals” issued by Cameron County, considering personal growth of an leisure resort on the north flats adjoining to the South Padre Island Conference Heart, resulted in just one submission by the Tuesday deadline, in line with Precinct 1 County Commissioner Sofia C. Benavides.

The county had solicited proposals for a household leisure resort to be constructed on some or all of 40-plus acres of county land inside Andy Bowie Park, with instant frontage on Park Street 100 and Laguna Madre Bay.

The RFP stipulated that the event would characteristic retail and eating places, with potential facilities together with landscaping, boardwalks, water-based actions and water-sport leases, floating transient docks and boat slips, music venues, shaded constructions, restrooms and household leisure services.

Relying on proposal specifics, the county was prepared to contemplate a long-term concession lease settlement for all or a part of the tract, in line with the RFP, which additional stipulated that the “proposer” can be chargeable for all enhancements, “together with however not restricted to supplying utilities to the location, offering parking areas, buying all permits and environmental clearances for the proposed concession enterprise.”

Benavides stated it’s only one concept commissioners are mulling as a solution to lure extra guests to the Island all year long.

“They’re simply issues that we’re speaking out loud about that will assist preserve tourism preserve going all 12 months round,” she stated.

It’s particularly necessary in gentle of the hundreds of thousands of the county is spending for enhancements to Isla Blanca Park, E.Ok. Atwood Park and different county-owned services on the Island, she stated.

“We have now spring break, summer season, Semana Santa and Labor Day, after which every part dies down,” Benavides stated. “We would like these for use 12 months spherical.”

Because the flats flood frequently at excessive tide, although, a developer must construct up the elevation earlier than placing something on it, she stated.

Patrick Anderson, chairman of the Decrease Rio Grande Valley Sierra Membership, stated the flats in query are the Island’s solely public entry to the bay, one which’s closely used, particularly in the course of the summer season months. He accused commissioners of shortsightedness for proposing that the flats be developed, noting that the realm additionally helps assist native companies that present fishing, kayaking, kite boarding and different forms of providers.

Anderson stated a gathering is scheduled for March 20 at 6 p.m. at Cafe Karma, 5200 Padre Blvd. on the Island, to debate the venture and strategize methods to cease it.

“Our place is that the county commissioners have to preserve our public areas public,” he stated. “Simply because there’s nothing there doesn’t imply it’s not offering financial incentives and financial benefits to the Island.”

Benavides stated it will as much as the developer to do a feasibility research, which the county has not executed for the venture. Contemplating that the realm incorporates wetlands, the Texas Basic Land Workplace would have a giant say within the matter, she stated.

“ We definitely need to shield our ecosystems,” Benavides stated.

She stated it will be as much as the commissioners court docket whether or not to challenge one other RFP for the venture, which Benavides characterised as not a “executed deal.”

“We’re simply feeling issues out to see what’s on the market, see if there’s anyone ,” she stated.

sclark@brownsvilleherald.com

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