CVA holds off on reef project funding request

first_imgBy KEVIN RICHSpecial to the PRESSThe South Padre Island Convention and Visitors Advisory Board (CVA) considered a funding request for the Friends of the RGV Reef project during a meeting held on Tuesday, April 24. The SPI Economic Development Corporation (EDC) met on April 17, and approved a similar request for $26,000.As she did at the EDC meeting, Roxanne Ray, representing the South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce, read a letter from the Chamber as a matter of public record. The letter stated that after review of a report commissioned by the EDC regarding the economic impact of the artificial reef project, the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted to support the endeavor.“Following the review, Directors voted to support the reef by issuing a letter of support to the City of South Padre Island officials, encouraging financial support of the reef project,” read Ray. “The Chamber respectfully encourages the City of South Padre, the EDC, the Convention Centre Visitors Authority, to fund the RGV Reef to the fullest extent possible, now, and through the completion of the development.”“This near shore reef in state waters can make a huge difference for many of our businesses, not only the hotels,” emphasized Ray.Curtis Hayungs from the Friends of the RGV Reef provided Board members with a presentation on the project. He noted the size of the reef will be almost as large as the Island itself, and will make it the largest such site in the Gulf.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. Share RelatedEDC discusses artificial reef, boardwalksBy KEVIN RICH Special to the PRESS The South Padre Island Economic Development Corporation (EDC) discussed a request for funding for the RGV Reef, as well as considered the issue of boardwalk connectivity during its Tuesday, July 18 meeting. Members entertained a discussion regarding a request from the Friends of the…July 21, 2017In “News”Artificial reef, cruise ships top EDC talksBy KEVIN RICH Special to the PRESS During its Tuesday, Nov. 28 meeting, the South Padre Island Economic Development Corporation (EDC) discussed the economic impact of a proposed artificial reef project, as well as ways to make the Island a port of call for cruise ships. EDC members first considered a…December 1, 2017In “News”CVB funding, EDC projects discussedBy KEVIN RICH Special to the PRESS SPI City Council considered Conventions and Visitors Bureau funding requests, looked at guidelines for Economic Development Corporation projects, and created a water sport facility committee in its Sept. 7 meeting. Gary Glick, of Friends of RGV Reef, made a brief presentation to council during…September 16, 2016In “News”last_img