City Officials Approve 2 New Ordinances for Properties, Events at SPI
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND –South Padre Island city officials passed stricter ordinances for renters and event organizers.
Both ordinances will regulate properties and events held at the island.
South Padre Island Mayor Barry Patel said the the changes were in response to the growing number of people coming to the island for Spring Break.
Officials said in order for the ordinances to go into effect, they needed to be voted on twice. The first vote was made earlier in July, but Wednesday’s meeting approved the passage of the two.
The first ordinance is in regards to people looking to rent out properties like houses and condos. New regulations require property owners to have a local person of contact who is available 24/7 in case police need to enter the property.
If the person fails to show up, the property owner can be fined up to $500 per hour.
The second ordinance focuses on large events held at the island. Events that host more than 1,000 people will be subject to more regulations.
Organizers must have security, park and transportation plans. They must also have restrooms and water stations based on the number of attendees.
However, business owners argued the change may keep organizers away from the island.
The two new ordinances will go into effect within the next 30 days.