SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — City leaders are planning for the future to attract more tourists with more fun for everyone.

The council is working on adding new amenities to the island to attract more visitors and to extend their stay.

Mayor Bharap R. Patel held the state of the city address Wednesday night before a regular city council meeting.

Patel’s talked about the financial condition of the city and a new city park that is in the works.

Planning also is in the works to improve the bay side of the island.

And there are plans for a large amphitheater to host concerts.

In his address Patel reported the city has received the highest from of recognition for governmental reporting of finances and has a 6-month reserve and a balanced budget.

Patel also said in his address hotel tax revenue is up $50,000.

The city has collected $420,000 in sales tax and $4.2 million in property tax collections.

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