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Volume 1, Issue 1

Business News


November 2011

Holiday Gala “Jingle Bell Rock” You are invited to officially begin the holiday season with your friends and business associates at this year’s Holiday Gala at the beautiful Isla Grand Beach Resort. Mark your calendar for Friday, December 2, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. This is a wonderful, as well as important event for our community, and is open to both members and non-members of the Chamber. The annual event benefits the Laguna Madre Education Foundation and the South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce. The Foundation is a 501(c) 3, non-profit organization making contributions tax deductible. “The Agency” will be on hand to provide a variety of music for your dancing pleasure, and attendees will enjoy a wonderful sit-down dinner. Cocktails, dinner and dancing, as well as the silent auction will take place in the Grand Ball Room. A photographer will be on hand to capture the special evening for you and your guests. For more information please contact the SPI Chamber at 956.761.4412 or

Ribbon Cuttings & Mixers—Laguna BOB South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce Islanders and members joined together on October 18th to welcome Laguna BOB. Laguna BOB is a great place to enjoy the beautiful Laguna Madre. Take in a breathtaking sunset while enjoying a cocktail, or spend the afternoon watching the activity on the bay. Along with lunch or dinner, Laguna BOB offers drinks and great food along with a friendly atmosphere. Located bayside at 2401 Laguna Blvd., 956.433.5499

Namar Event Center SPI Chamber members, Islanders and Port Isabel Ambassadors gathered to celebrate the Grand Opening of the Namar Event Center. Namar Event Center is your premier event planning venue located at the Shores on the north end of South Padre Island. Namar Event Center has 3000 sq ft. of space for weddings, social gatherings, business or corporate meetings, quinceaneras, reunions and more. It features plenty of convenient parking and all the available amenities to make your event a success. Located at 8505 Padre Blvd., 956.761.2350

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S.O.S (Shipping’s Our Specialty) South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce Islanders and members joined together to welcome S.O.S at their new location. They are located at 3500 Padre Blvd., Ste. A. S.O.S. offers professional shipping and packaging services for Island businesses and residents as well as visitors. S.O.S. is a full service postal and shipping facility featuring personal mailbox rentals, FedEx, Lone Star and UPS shipping services. They also offer computer repair, gift wrapping, greeting cards, internet access, keys made, eBay listings and custom crating. Stop by today for all your shipping needs or call them at 956.772.9700. VOLUME 1, ISSUE 1

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Member Spotlight


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South Padre Island Chamber Hosts Annual Meeting The South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce held its Annual Meeting at the Sea Ranch Restaurant on October 20th, 2011. Attendees were welcomed and given an overview of the years’ activities. Darrell Mangham, Chairman of the Board, briefly reflected on the past year. Volunteers are the backbone of the Chamber and recognition was given to these very important members. Committee Chairs were recognized for their contributions and New Board Members were introduced. JoAnn Evans received the Directors’ Award for her many years of involvement with the Chamber and our community. The Chamber Kukui Award is presented to individuals who display strong leadership qualities and have provided guidance contributing to the Chamber. Tim O’Leary, American Diving, was awarded the Kukui for his commitment to the Chamber by being an advocate of business and his long time involvement in the business community. The Ambassadors’ Award went to Bobby Vanzant, Central Texas Concealed, who by word and action, promotes the benefits of Chamber membership throughout the business community and is a proponent for business growth and development. The Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport was awarded the Community Partner Award which is given to a business member for their extraordinary, sincere and long standing financial support of the Chamber. The RGV Walk of Fame nomination went to Dave Friedman. If you would like a copy of the 2010-2011 Annual Report, it is available at the Chamber office.

Michael Jones and Brownsville SPI Int’l. Airport Community Partner Award

Tim O’Leary Kukui Award

Darrell Mangham Outgoing Chairman of the Board

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Annual Meeting

Bob Friedman Awards Committee Chair

Cynthia Sellers Laguna Madre Education Foundation and Education Chair

Guy Blatnik Ladies Kingfish Tourn. Chair VOLUME 1, ISSUE 1

Courtney Hayden Business Services Committee Chair

Bob Fudge Government Affairs Committee Chair

Dan Quandt Bylaws Committee Chair

Jody Hughes Islanders Committee Chair

Jimmy Hawkinson Go Fish! Surf Fishing Contest Chair

Darrell Mangham Isl. Enhancement Committee Chair Pag

New Members Friendly Security Joby Gray 721 North Shore Dr. Port Isabel, TX 78578 956.943.8300

Island Native, Inc. Kerry Schwartz 700 Padre Blvd., #A SPI, TX 78597 956.772.7100

Friendly Security is a local full service security systems company offering the latest in technology, monitored burglar alarm systems, surveillance, and service. They have been in business for more than 18 years, so call today to learn more about securing your property.

Island Native Surf Shop supports the local surf scene and is an avid sponsor of up and coming talents. Whether buying or renting, Island Native takes great pride in customer service. Island Native is your one stop shop – from instruction and surfing equipment to skateboards and bikes. Island Native also carries an extensive line of clothing and shoes for your entire family.

Member Renewals Alliance Abroad Group


Saint Joseph Academy

Beach Weddings by Sammie Kaye, LLC

James Barrett

South Padre Island Board of Realtors

Jody Hughes

South Padre Motel, Inc.

Bert Whisenant Insurance

Kantack Alcantara Law Office,P.C.

Surfrider Foundation South Texas Chapter

Coastal Contractors Coastal Current Weekly/Island Breeze Danny B Fishing Charters

Mary Kumpe Motel 6

Tropical Realty & Rentals

Rental World, LLC

United States Coast Guard

“Coffee & Conversation” The South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce’s Government Affairs Committee hosted “Coffee and Conversation” with the SPI Economic Development Corporation Director, Darla Lapeyre. Lapeyre discussed the upcoming EDC Type B Election. The South Padre Island EDC is currently a Type A. Type A EDC’s are more traditional economic development organizations for manufacturing and industrial VOLUME 1, ISSUE 1

activity. At the time of the Island’s EDC inception, the population prevented it from qualifying for a Type B, but that is no longer the case. According to the recent survey, citizens would like to see more parks and recreational amenities on the Island. There will be an election on November 8, 2011 to give voters the option to change our EDC to a Type B.

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“Coffee & Conversation” The South Padre Island Govern-

fielded questions from Island busi-

ment Affairs Committee hosted the

ness owners and managers. You

City of SPI Environmental Health

can find a copy of the ordinance on

Services Dept. to discuss the Plas-

the city’s website: or

tic Bag Ban Ordinance which will go

the Chamber office can email you a

into effect on January 1, 2012.


Victor Baldovinos briefly outlined the details of the ordinance and

2011- 2012 Winter Coupon participants :

American Diving

Kantack Alcantara Law Office

Pirate’s Landing

Breakaway Cruises

Laguna BOB

Premier Laser & Aesthetics

Central Texas Concealed

Louie’s Backyard

Quik Stop

Clayton’s Resort/Beach Bar & Grill

Marcello’s Italian Restaurant & Lighthouse Pub

Shrimp Haus

Danny B Fishing Charters

K’s Jewelry and Beads

Dolphin Docks Fudge Consulting, PLLC

Osprey Fishing Trips/Black Dragon

Furcron Realtors


South Shore Automotive

Gladys Porter Zoo

Paradise Towing & Wrecker Service

Southern Wave Sailing Charters

Pier 19


Hilton Garden Inn - The Great American Grill

Sea Ranch Restaurant Ship Shape SPI Birding & Nature Center

The Lost Galleon

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