Council approves amusement park permit – Port Isabel-South Padre Press

Special to the PRESS

Mayor of South Padre Island Patrick McNulty announced in the upcoming weeks committee applications would be open for all who want to serve on a committee for the city, during the City’s regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 6.

Councilor Ken Medders Jr. then congratulated the organizers of the Tacos and Tequila event that had been held over the previous weekend. Debbie Huffman, Parks and Recreation Manager for SPI, then showed a graphic to let everyone know that the Causeway Memorial Service would be held on Sept. 15 at ten a.m. at the medians near the causeway on South Padre Island.

The first item on the agenda was a public hearing regarding a specific use permit for the use of an outdoor amusement or theme park at 2311 Laguna Boulevard. Public Works Director Carlos Sanchez told the council that the area is zoned for this already and that the proposal includes a small roller coaster and a tower. There were no comments from the public regarding this proposal. The proposed location is between Ling Street and Marlin Street. From the designs shown at the meeting, the roller coaster appears to be planned to be a short figure eight pattern. The location would also include a roughly 500 square foot building for a restroom and ticket sales booth. The council voted to approve the permit, with one councilor abstaining.

The next item on the council’s agenda was discussion and action regarding recommendations from the Adhoc Committee, Planning and Zoning Commission and the Design Standards Review Board related to the draft of chapter 15 of the City of South Padre Island Code of Ordinances. Language was added related to digital signs which defined the usages of digital signs. The council approved this draft unanimously.

The council then heard an update on the pickleball court project. The courts have been seeing daily usage since they were completed. Since the completion, shade and water irrigation has been added as well as sod and grass being transplanted to the courts area. The third court is in its final phase of construction, with its concrete having been poured Monday, Sept. 11.

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