SPI environmental health director receives award

South Padre Island Environmental Health Director, J. Victor Baldovinos

City of South Padre Island Environmental Health Director, J. Victor Baldovinos received the prestigious I. E. Scott Award at the Texas Environmental Health Association’s 65th Annual Educational Conference held in Round Rock, Texas.

The award was established in 1977 in honor of I.E Scott, who was the founding leader in environmental health in Texas and was instrumental in the passage of the Registered Sanitarian Act in 1965.

The purpose of the award is to recognize individuals for superior achievement and attainment of the highest standards in the environmental health profession.

City officials said Baldovinos’ hard work and dedication make South Padre Island proud.

As environmental health director, Baldovinos oversees all aspects of environmental health in the City of South Padre Island, as well as foodborne disease and environmental quality.

According to Baldovinos, tourists from all over the world visit South Padre Island to enjoy its pristine beaches and savor the culinary arts.

“Together with local restaurants, we have set high standards to deliver an exceptional and safe dining experience with their delicious foods,” Baldovinos said. “It is a great honor to be recognized by our peers, and I am blessed to have an amazing staff that makes these awards possible.”

In addition to being the City of South Padre Island’s environmental health director, Baldovinos serves as vice-president of the Valley Environmental Coalition, which aims to engage communities in working together to improve their environment and quality of life.

The coalition was created by local and state leaders in partnership with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to identify environmental issues, potential solutions, and promote a synergy between the community and elected officials.