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.