Wind and Water Sports Park: Public comment period open for SPI’s project

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SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — Plans are in the works for improving this Laguna Madre area that’s frequently visited by paddleboarders, kayakers and windsurfers.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is accepting comments from the public on the City of South Padre Island’s Wind and Water Sports Venue Project.

The design of the venue will include permeable parking spaces and a driveway. Additionally, there will be a laydown area for athletes to stage and set up their equipment before entering the water.

According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District public notice, the venue’s four permeable parking areas would provide parking for up to 309 vehicles both within and outside of jurisdictional waters. Additionally, a “Green Flush” restroom facility would be constructed in an upland area to avoid direct impacts.

The project site is located on a 107-acre parcel of land, wind tidal flats and marsh that neighbors the Laguna Madre nearly half a mile north of Beach Access Road 4, along Park Road 100.

According to a press release, the city signed a lease agreement with a property owner and has been working toward developing the park.

The public notice states that the location of the project was selected because its proximity to ideal wind sport physical characteristics, such as water depth and prevailing winds resulted in the greatest historic use and resulted in the greatest habitat degradation.

“The park will increase access to the Laguna Madre while also reducing damages to the wetland habitat,” the press release states. “These habitats act as a crucial ecosystem to buffer the structures and Island from high tides and any major storm surge.”

The commenting period will end Aug. 31.

Comments can be emailed to swg_public_notice@usace.army.mil. Comments can also be mailed to the Corpus Christi Field Office Regulatory Division. If no comments are received by that date, it will be considered that there are no objections.

“The community is encouraged to participate in this public comment period,” SPI Shoreline director Kristina Boburka stated. “This is a great opportunity for the community to demonstrate the need for the project as it will provide a dedicated bay access for wind and water sports.”

For more information about the project, visit https://tinurl.com/yxqssetj.