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The purpose of Island Matters is to provide information to its subscribers.  Island Matters‘ objective is for its subscribers to be the best-informed individuals on matters of importance to the Island we love – whether our subscribers live on the Island or have second homes here.  Island Matters‘ purpose is to present 100% fact-based and unbiased knowledge of both Island issues and opportunities. 

Island Matters‘ overarching vision for the City of South Padre Island is to have (1) 100% transparency in government and (2) a family-friendly environment for the Island.  

When one looks around the world, except for the Disney cities, every great tourist destination was first a great place to live for its residents.  Island Matters supports the City of South Padre Island attracting young families and building a strong economy for the Island that is robust all 12 months of the year.

Island Matters, a facts-only, non-profit source of news for the Island

Island Matters wants everyone who cares about our island, especially accountability on our island, to be a reader.  Island Matters will be what SPI residents and non-residents alike will see three days a week.  

As with any news organization, but especially with a non-profit news organization, there is a clear firewall between the organization's publishing (fundraising) side and the editorial side.  Island Matters will continue to be a facts-only source of accountability in local government with all editorial decisions made by island residents.

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As a non-profit, our Members are our primary donors.  Like any island non-profit, Island Matters depends on island residents and property owners to support government transparency and a family-friendly environment, by supporting hyper-local, fact-based, non-profit news.

All our coverage is determined by island residents and property owners.  Please support our efforts by being BOTH a subscriber (free) and a Member (donor).

Recent News

Island Matters

September 17, 2021
FAULTY CHEMICAL CAUSES LABOR DAY BOIL NOTICE - What happened: During the Labor Day holiday, the Laguna Madre Water District (LMWD) issued a boil and a low-pressure notice to the residents of South Padre Island. "The two things that happened go hand-in-hand because when the pressure goes below 20 PSI (pounds per square inch), we are supposed to give a boil notice to all the customers," said LMWD's General Manager Carlos Galvan. The only affected area was customers on the no...

Island Matters

September 16, 2021
Thursday Parks & Keep SPI Beautiful Committee Special Meeting Starting at 9 AM the Parks Committee will be meeting on the second floor of City Hall. Click here to access the agenda. Planning and Zoning Commission Starting at 3 PM the P & Z board will meet on the second floor of City Hall. Click here to access the agenda. Friday

Island Matters

September 13, 2021
Current Forecast and a Message from South Padre Island - Updated path of Tropical Storm Nicholas Photo courtesy of The Weather Channel As of now, South Padre Island has not encountered flooding, and is only seeing high winds, and cloudy skies. South Padre Island Announces Tropical Storm Warning Tropical storm warning issued for SPI Tropical Storm Nicholas will affect the Lower Texas Coast. Currently, the models continue to show this system increasing in strength and is expected to br...



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