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Beachgoers recline in the shade of umbrellas and canopies Monday along a beach on South Padre Island. Over the weekend beaches on the island were filled with people following the relaxation of Gov. Greg Abbott's shelter-in-place order and business restrictions on May 1. Denise Cathey / The Brownsville Herald

TX - SPI to Submit Project Applications for Coastal Management

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — From data collection and public access enhancement to coastal hazard and resiliency planning, this program annually seeks coastal project applications.

Managed by the Texas General Land Office, the Coastal Management Program (CMP) aims to help ensure the long-term environmental and economic health of the Texas coast. Since 1997, the CMP has awarded more than $43 million in grant funds for projects.

Currently, the CMP is accepting applications for up to $1.8 million in grant funding for coastal projects, as part of its CMP Cycle No. 26.

During a meeting held Wednesday, South Padre Island City Council ranked and approved SPI’s project applications for the CMP Cycle 26.

According to Shoreline Director Kristina Boburka, the City of SPI originally submitted five pre-proposal applications to the program and was selected to apply for three projects for the final CMP application.

The three projects include — Sea Island Circle Beach Access Improvements, Lifeguard Observation Towers Coastal Hazard Preventative and Sapphire Circle Beach Access Improvements.

According to Boburka, project funding is 60 percent grant funds through the CMP. The city is responsible for the remaining 40 percent.

“That match does come from our beach maintenance fund, which is HOT tax, the hotel occupancy tax,” Boburka explained. “So that’s not any property or sales tax. That’s strictly the state HOT.”

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