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Save Our Island 2017

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We believe that this Petition is necessary due to many events which occurred during “Texas Week” (roughly, March 13 through March 18 of 2017) of 2017’s “Spring Break.” These events – and their “out of control” nature – led to residents, visitors and citizens of the City of South Padre Island being fearful for their personal safety and the safety of their loved ones. Further, we, the undersigned, believe that the regional and national image of the City of South Padre Island has been tarnished and that many years of goodwill were significantly damaged in a single week.

The Petition is sponsored by Shane Wilson and others who have agreed to act as sponsors of this petition, including: George Block, Mike Gonzalez, Karen Kennett, Dan Goad, and Eleana Jones.

This Petition is to be presented to the City Council of the City of South Padre Island, consisting of the Mayor (Barry Patel); the Mayor Pro Tem (Dennis Stahl); and Council Members Alita Bagley, Theresa Metty, Paul Munarriz and Ron Pitcock.

The Petition’s purpose is to strongly request that the City Council very quickly enact new regulations, ordinances and new processes for granting City permits for Mass Gatherings and/or Events.  The purpose(s) of these new rules, regulations and permitting procedures would include the following:

A.    To insure that the costs of additional personnel and activities incurred by the City of South Padre Island associated with Mass Gatherings and Events – especially during Spring Break – (e.g., security, parking, health and sanitation, noise control, cleanup, etc.) are not paid for by the City of South Padre Island.  Rather, we feel that these costs and expenses should be borne by the venue owner(s) and the promoter(s) of the Mass Gatherings and Events.

 

B.     To insure that the venue owner(s) and the promoter(s) – not the City – should be responsible for the management, control and conduct of any Mass Gathering and/or Event. 

 

C.     To insure that, if a Mass Gathering and/or Event approved by the City has been previously shown to attract attendees other than college students (specifically those with criminal records, or individuals associated with acts of violence, the trafficking of drugs, etc.), the City would impose additional requirements on the venue owner(s) and the promoter(s) of such Mass Gatherings and/or Events and, in certain cases, require that the venue owner(s) and the promoter(s) post a bond before a permit is issued by the City.

 

D.    To insure that during the period known as “Spring Break” the Police and Fire Departments of South Padre Island have sufficient financial, logistical and human resources to strictly enforce all local ordinances pertaining to traffic, parking, alcohol consumption, drugs, indecent exposure, public lewdness, noise levels, disorderly conduct and other actions relating to personal safety.  Further, to insure that the funds necessary to pay for these resources are provided by the venue owner(s) and the promoter(s) of a Mass Gathering and/or Event in advance of the Mass Gathering or Event occurring.

 

E.     To insure the implementation of any other ordinances, regulations and permitting procedures that the City Council may determine are in the best interests of the reputation and public image of the City of South Padre Island, and the safety and well-being of its citizens and visitors.

We, the undersigned, believe that this Petition is necessary due to many events which occurred during “Texas Week” (roughly, March 13 through March 18 of 2017) of 2017’s “Spring Break.”   These events – and their “out of control” nature – led to residents, visitors and citizens of the City of South Padre Island being fearful for their personal safety and the safety of their loved ones.  Further, we, the undersigned, believe that the regional and national image of the City of South Padre Island has been tarnished and that many years of goodwill were significantly damaged in a single week. 

Such events have set back the City’s goal of being perceived as a family-friendly and safe destination for year-round visitation and vacationing.   Property values have been, and will continue to be, negatively impacted by a continuation of these activities – as visitors who might otherwise be considering coming to our City will begin to question (if they are not already doing so) whether South Padre Island is a safe destination for them and their families.  

THE TIME FOR ACTION IS NOW – and the events of “Texas Week” 2017 should never be allowed to reoccur.

 



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