The New Event Center in Port Isabel is Now Accepting Reservations!!


The construction phase of the Port Isabel Event & Cultural Center is closing in on the last 15% of completion and staff has been busy implementing reservation and booking software and is NOW BOOKING RESERVATIONS. Those interested can contact the PIECC at 956/943-0719 or to discuss event plans and services and reserve dates. More information may also be found on, regarding rates and amenities.

On Thursday, January 16, 2014 – 9:00 a.m. at Café Kranzler, join Event Center Director Mari Galvan and City Manager Edward Meza at the South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee’s Coffee and Conversation. Galvan and Meza will present an update on what is on the horizon for this new facility.

The PIECC offers a variety of flexible meeting and event space with expert audio/visual capabilities and a 9,000 square feet capacity accommodating up to 1,200 people. The largest rentable open floor space, the Queen Isabella Ballroom, is 8,000 square feet and can accommodate between 400 to 850 people. The Queen Isabella Ballroom can also be divided into two rooms, the Reyna Isabella and the El Fronton, both nearly 4,000 square feet. The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is 1080 sq. ft. of space, with 12 ft. ceilings, that may be converted to a boardroom type of room layout when not in use as an EOC. The room is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and will be able to support a wide variety of multi media events. Outdoor space at the PIECC includes the Charles Champion Courtyard and a generous parking area suitable for open air events.

The service oriented PIECC is conveniently located within walking distance of downtown Port Isabel, accommodations, restaurants, museums, waterfront activities and shopping. The non-smoking PIECC will provide a list of suppliers, including caterers, florists, linens and audio/visual equipment.


The main entrance of the structure has been designed to reflect the area’s nautical theme and will feature a wall made up of back lit panels highlighting a bubble pattern.

The colonnade, to the right of the entrance feature, leads to the Queen Isabella Ballroom, 8000 square feet of open space with 19’ ceilings and an entrance each end. In the service area of the Queen Isabella Ballroom, an 8 ft. door has been installed to allow vehicle access. The Queen Isabella Ballroom is also divisible for events requiring a smaller space, breaking down to the Reyna Isabella and the El Fronton, each 3968 sq. ft.

The property also features a prep kitchen for catered events and will also office staff.


CALL for more INFORMATION: 956/943-0719



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 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
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