Island details vision for tax dollars

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — The city of South Padre Island plans to use its tax increment reinvestment zone funding to do some much needed quality of life improvements to infrastructure in the city.

By 2026, the TIRZ will raise about $8.2 million. Although things can quickly change, the city has three items they would like to use the money on: ADA-compliant sidewalks, general improvements to the entertainment district, and infrastructure for two ecotourism campuses, should the grant money come through.

“We don’t have anything broken out per project yet. We’re basing the future on projections we have now, and it could be that the TIRZ money isn’t needed for the ecotourism campus infrastructure if we’re not successful with the grant,” said Darla Jones, assistant city manager for South Padre Island.

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