South Padre Island Mayor Dennis Stahl

A conversation about governing a barrier island community

In this episode of the Local Control podcast, Peter A. Ravella is joined by Dennis Stahl, Mayor of the City of South Padre Island on the Texas coast. Dennis and his wife became permanent residents of South Padre Island shortly after Dennis stepped away from the day-to-day operations of his businesses. Needing something to occupy his time and mind, Dennis found local government, first serving on the City Council then running a successful campaign for mayor. Subjects discussed: the charms of South Padre Island; challenges of barrier island governance; the City's beach management program; working with a beach-tourism economy; SpaceX rocket launches; and, more.

Peter A. Ravella

Experienced business owner in coastal policy, land use, grants, permitting and financing with a demonstrated history of working in the environmental and coastal services industry. Skilled in Government, Community Engagement, Beach & Dune Restoration and Financial Planning, Natural Resource Management, Wetland Mitigation, and Environmental Education. Strong education professional with a BS in Marine Biology and a JD focused in Environmental Certificate from Northwestern School of Law, Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon.