South Padre Island is home to world class
Beaches, Beautiful Sunrises and Sunsets
Fish & Wildlife, Birds, Sea Turtles, Pla...
Our economy is dependent on natural coastal resources
Visitors are drawn by the beach, fishing, birding, water and
wind sp...
Nature tourism brings $4 million into RGV annually
Existing nature venues on SPI generate revenue, provide
visitor activit...
How: Through Collaboration/Partnership Development
1. Identifyeco-tourism,education,research,restorationanddevelopmentpart...
Proposed Program Elements for Discussion
• Cameron County Bay Access Park & Andy Bowie Park
• SPI CVB Convention Centre Fa...
Our Goal:
Establish South Padre island as a nature center, eco-
tourism destination and educational/research
leadership ce...
Gulf of Mexico Nature Center
Gulf of Mexico Nature Center
Gulf of Mexico Nature Center
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Gulf of Mexico Nature Center

  1. 1. South Padre Island is home to world class Beaches, Beautiful Sunrises and Sunsets Fish & Wildlife, Birds, Sea Turtles, Plant Life Sport Fishing Center (Shallow-water & Gulf) Leading Port for Shrimp, Maritime & Energy 3rd Largest Hyper-saline Marine Ecosystem Diverse Marine & Coastal Plant Ecosystems Coastal Resources: Wind, Sand & Surf Tourism Economy Linked Nature & RGV
  2. 2. Our economy is dependent on natural coastal resources Visitors are drawn by the beach, fishing, birding, water and wind sports, and coastal living Birds and fish that attract visitors and support sports/commercial fisheries rely on wetland and submerged aquatic plant habitat Plants also protect & stabilize our dunes, beaches and coastlines These natural resources support jobs and the economic well-being of SPI & neighboring communities that service the tourism and hospitality trade. Our coastal resources also provide unique educational and research opportunities on wetland, lagoon and offshore ecosystems.
  3. 3. Nature tourism brings $4 million into RGV annually Existing nature venues on SPI generate revenue, provide visitor activities, and support conservation initiatives By expanding those visitor activities through the growth of existing venues and construction of new nature centers we provide a reason for tourists to extend their stay and dollar expenditures on SPI More importantly, the co-location of nature centers provides an opportunity to market & promote SPI as a nature tourism destination Look at the current venues and what could be developed through collaboration into an eco-destination and center for coastal resources
  4. 4. How: Through Collaboration/Partnership Development 1. Identifyeco-tourism,education,research,restorationanddevelopmentpartners 2. Evaluatethefeasibilityofestablishinganatureeducationandresearchcentercomplex 3. Evaluatethepotentialeconomicbenefittovenues,theislandandregionintermsof tourism,housing,employment,revenue,etc. 4. Preparecostestimateandpotentialpartnershipstructurefordevelopment 5. Preparemasterdevelopmentplanwithcommunityparticipation 6. Preparedevelopmentandfundingstrategies
  5. 5. Proposed Program Elements for Discussion • Cameron County Bay Access Park & Andy Bowie Park • SPI CVB Convention Centre Facilities • SPI City Coastal Resource Program • Ocean Trust Native Plant Center & Garden • EDC/BNC Birding Nature Center • EDC Fish & Wildlife Center (Proposed) • Wetlands Education Research Center (Proposed) • Other Potential Partners: Academic, State/Federal Agencies…
  6. 6. Our Goal: Establish South Padre island as a nature center, eco- tourism destination and educational/research leadership center for coastal resources. Next Step: Feasibility & Development Proposal Please join us. For more information visit: www.gomnaturecenter.org

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