Want to Help Support the 2nd Access Project for South Padre Island?

Please HELP. Below is a form letter that you are welcome to use to voice your opinion about the SPI 2nd Access. We need all the help we can get to show support of this project.  Please use this or anything similar to write to TXDOT. If you have any questions, please feel free to call or email us. Be sure to mark July 17th on your calendar to attend the meeting on SPI to discuss this project.

June XX, 2012
Texas Department of Transportation
Attention: SPI 2nd Access Project Manager
600 W. US Expressway 83
Pharr, Texas 78577-1231
My name is _____________ and I am pleased to submit this letter in support of the
proposal to construct a new South Padre Island 2nd Access, a project that has been in the
planning stages for many years and is critical to the long term economic vitality of our
South Texas region.
In the early morning hours of September 15, 2001, a barge struck the Queen Isabella
Causeway tragically ending the lives of several residents. This tragedy simultaneously
paralyzed the entire Laguna Madre area, first by stranding many visitors on the island for
days and secondly by damaging the economic lifeline to the entire area. It was a trying
time for many families, businesses and local governments.
More than ten years later, South Padre Island, Port Isabel and the entire Laguna Madre
area is thriving. Millions of visitors flock to this part of deep South Texas throughout
the year. There are winter Texans, spring breakers, Mexican nationals, locals and many
others that come for rest and relaxation. Because of the amounts of people coming to
the area, the traffic and congestion has increased dramatically and on busy weekends
and holidays one can spend hours upon hours to get on and off the island. It is truly an
emergency response and public safety concern which has made this infrastructure project
critically important to support the future economic growth on the mainland and the
South Padre Island if planned accordingly has the ability to double and triple in size
over the next twenty to thirty years. Comparably the Laguna Madre area and North-
Eastern Cameron County also will see sizeable growth. A connection to the northern
end of the island will undoubtedly benefit the community in many ways. A project of
this magnitude will help stimulate the economy and provide short term and long term
sustainable jobs for the local residents in our region.
Finally, there can be no dispute that South Padre Island is the jewel of South Texas. It has
become a world-wide destination for many and it will continue to grow and prosper if we
improve the transportation infrastructure in the area. The South Padre Island 2nd Access
will improve economic development, increase tourism and make the trip for many much
safer and enjoyable.
For all of these reasons I am in full support of this project and look forward to timely
review process moving forward.
Sincerest regards,
Title (if necessary)

About padreeliteteam

Alta Monroe, Gayle Hood, Jules Wilk & Laurie Howell are a full-time professional and dynamic team known as the Padre Elite Team with RE/MAX 1st Choice in South Padre Island. Quality service for their clients is their number one priority. To them, it is about the client's needs and protecting their interests. Finding just the right property for their buyers or helping their sellers get their property SOLD is their goal. Helping clients step through the complicated process of buying or selling a property to a smooth closing is essential to them. A personal Bio on each of the team agents is posted on their website at www.PadreEliteTeam.com. The South Padre Island real estate industry is changing faster than ever these days. With the changes in the economy, there are new challenges with buyers, sellers, foreclosures, short sales, Internet marketing, our education, increases in inventories, changes in comparable sales, and frustrating politics. Alta, Gayle, Laurie, and Jules strive to stay on top of all of these changes and to keep in touch with their clients. Alta, Gayle, Jules & Laurie all hold designations they have acquired through eduction. These designations include CLHMS, CRS, GRI, RSPS, CPN, ePRO, SFR and RSPS. Gayle and Jules both hold the CLHMS (Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist) designation and they are the ONLY agents in the entire Rio Grande Valley that are members of the Institute of Luxury Home Marketing. This better qualifies them to share their specialized expertise with a luxury home seller or buyer. Making sure the buyer and the seller are represented correctly is a priority for this team. Investing in TREPAC (Texas Real Estate Political Action Committee) is important to this team since TREPAC has proven to be a major force in Texas by lobbying for Realtors and property rights for the consumer. For many years, the Padre Elite Team has been a major investor in TREPAC. Alta and Gayle have attended the National Association of Realtors Mid-Year Conference in Washington, D.C. often. The conference is primarily for Realtors that are Board directors or executives. It is a great way to stay on top of the current issues facing Realtors and homeowners in our country. They get to meet with their Senators and Congressmen to express their concerns. Last year they were invited to attend the Realtor PAC President’s Circle Conference in New York where they heard many famous guest speakers regarding current real estate issues. The Padre Elite Team also attends the RE/MAX International Conference each year to acquire more education and to keep up with the latest technology available to Realtors in the Marketplace. They have received numerous awards for being Top Producers in the real estate industry. Education is a priority for this entire team including their assistant, Grace. The GOOD news is that 2012, 2013, 2014 and now 2015 proved to be better each year for real estate sales in South Padre Island and the surrounding areas of Port Isabel, Laguna Vista/South Padre Island Golf Community, and Bayview. The real estate market is showing an increase in the number of sales and a leveling of values. Now that the market has hit the bottom, investors are finding that real estate is a great place to invest their money. It is still a buyer's market and a great time to buy. Alta, Gayle, Jules & Laurie all agree that it has been such a pleasure to live & work in a resort area such as South Padre Island. A hundred of your closest friends and family will visit when you live near the beach! Clients are always encouraged to contact them. For more information about this team and to view their blog, visit www.PadreEliteTeam.com.
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