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News from the PIPOA - Marvin Jones, President
May 18, 2022
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As always, let me have your thoughts. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 469- 231-3485. You can also call the Padre Isles Property Owners Association (PIPOA) office with any questions you have at 361-949-7025.
Short-term Rentals (STRs)- On Monday, May 16, 2022, the City’s stakeholder committee held another meeting. The meeting was called on very short notice. The purpose of the meeting was to preview and discuss the City’s staff presentation for the City Council on Tuesday, May 17. The meeting degenerated into bashing the Island for opposing short-term rentals in the RS-6 zoning (single-family residential). The President and CEO of the Corpus Christi Board of Realtors were especially vehement in pushing her agenda to have unfettered short-term rentals in the RS-6 zoning. Ladies and Gentlemen, this is in contrast to what I have been told by local real estate brokers and agencies. It is all about the money!
Port Aransas is awash in short-term rentals. The problems Port A residents are having with STRs are becoming legendary. Port A recently had a City election in which large sums of money from outside the City poured in to support candidates in favor of STRs. The short-term rental industry has reached the point where big money outside the Corpus Christi area is now buying influence. The outside money is now pushing influence on our Island to promote short term rentals.
Tuesday, May 17, I watched the City Council meeting as the Council received a briefing from City Staff regarding the STRs. This was the same briefing I spoke of above. The briefing contained a City Staff provision for prohibiting short-term rentals in the RS-6 zoning for the Island. However, the City Council questioned at great length why the Island should be excluded from the broad-based inclusion of STRs. I found two issues several Councilpersons put forward to stand out. The Council clearly wants the hotel/motel tax that STRs would generate in the RS 6. The second issue that stood out was the concern by the Council regarding tourists having a positive experience on the Island in STRs. That is, the Council wants to make sure the tourist’s experience on the Island is as positive as possible. Noticeably lacking in the Council’s discussions was concern about the property owners, taxpayers, and voters’ experience on the Island. It seems the Council has less concern for Island residents than it does for the transient tourists.
The City has, according to City Manager Peter Zanoni, suspended enforcement of the RS-6 prohibition against STRs in the City of Corpus Christi. I specifically asked Mr. Zanoni if this included suspending the enforcement of the new registration ordinance. He did not answer this question. Instead, he moved on to another topic.
The Council and City Staff are well aware of Islanders’ objection to STRs in the RS-6 zoning. The thousands of property owners that are opposed to STRs must unite and present a unified, aggressive voice to the City Council. If Islanders are apathetic and fail to present their position to the Council, there is no doubt that many Islanders will have the opportunity to live next door to STR party houses.
Whitecap Development- At the City Council meeting, the funding for the development was discussed. The developer’s request for a PID (Public Improvement District) is moving along. The development is not a gated community; it is open to the public. One issue that seems to be overlooked in the funding is, City money may be used for improvements such as parkland, sidewalks, and so on because these are open to the public.
Board Meeting- The next PIPOA Board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 24, 2022, at 5:30 PM at the Padre Island Baptist Church located across from Whataburger.
Memorial Day- The PIPOA office will be closed in observance of Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, 2022.
Marvin Jones, PIPOA President