San Benito to honor Valley lawmakers

HARLINGEN — The City of San Benito will host a tribute to state Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. and state Rep. Eddie Lucio III this evening.

The city’s evening of appreciation for the Valley lawmakers, which will be held at the San Benito Cultural Heritage Museum beginning at 6 p.m. and is open to the public, is due to their efforts to pass two legislative bills in the last session tailored to allow San Benito to use its motel-hotel occupancy tax funds for economic development.

The city is working with developers on what they say is a multi-hundred million dollar project to build a convention center and hotel and a minor league stadium.

City officials have not divulged the name of the developer, but they have had several meetings with the builder.

The legislation did not specifically say San Benito. Instead, the parameters of the legislation listed a city had to be in a county which bordered the Gulf of Mexico, had to be in a county which bordered Mexico, be a city with under 25,000 population and have a cultural heritage museum.

Only San Benito qualifies under those restrictions.

Gov. Greg Abbott signed House Bill 4347 last month. House Bill 2199 was allowed to proceed into law without his signature. Both pieces of legislation go into effect Sept. 1.

Admission is free and light refreshments will be served at the reception.

If you go

WHAT: Reception in honor of Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. and state Rep. Eddie Lucio III

WHEN: Today from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: San Benito Cultural Heritage Museum, 250 E. Heywood St.

COST: Free and open to the public, with light refreshments served