3/20 Proclamation Declared: “Public consumption of food & drink, food service prohibited; see more…

Port Isabel stands with her community. City of Port Isabel.PROCLAMATION AT A GLANCE
Effective 3/21 6 a.m. 
• All bars, adult day cares, public fishing piers, excursion boats are prohibited from serving the public. All building permits are suspended, subject to exemptions by the building inspector for essential work.
• Public consumption of food and drink is prohibited
Effective 3/20 6 a.m. 
• Food service establishments are prohibited from offering dining room service.

Are there any changes in openings/closing of Public buildings and City parks?
• No. The City Hall (956-943-2682) and Municipal Courts (956-943-1281) are all operating during normal business hours, but offices and lobbies are closed.
Will garbage collection continue?
•  At this time garbage collection will continue on its regular schedule.
How do I get school lunches for my children since schools are closed until 4/3?
• Food Distribution – Breakfast and lunch will be provided daily as follows: Pick-Up Locations: Port Isabel High School, Derry Elementary, Garriga Elementary. Time: 11:30 a.m – 1:00 p.m.
Are the City Parks open?
• City Parks are closed until further notice. Gatherings of 10 or more are prohibited.
Are restaurants open?
• They are only open for drive thru, delivery and carry out. Dining rooms are closed. The self serve fountains in convenience stores are not allowed to operate.

City of Port IsabelSTATE OF TEXAS

Proclamation 2020-3-20-1 [pdf]

BE IT KNOWN that on this, the 20th day of March, 2020, the Mayor of the City of Port Isabel, the Honorable Juan Jose “JJ” Zamora, has issued the following proclamation, and caused his hand and the seal of the city to be affixed to the same:

“An order implementing precautions related to COVID-19 (coronavirus).”

WHEREAS,  A state of emergency currently exists in the City of Port Isabel, and such emergency has been declared by the Mayor on March 13, 2020 and affirmed by the City Commission on March 17, 2020; and

WHEREAS,  Under ordinance 703, passed by the City Commission on March 17, 2020, and under the provisions of the Texas Disaster Act, the mayor is empowered to act as the city’s Emergency Management Director, and as executive officer of the governor, in enacting such regulations as may be necessary to preserve life and property; and

WHEREAS, I, Mayor Juan Jose “JJ” Zamora have found good cause due to the COVID-19 outbreak to issue the following order, which shall remain in effect for a period of 60 days, or until terminated, whichever is sooner.

THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER PROCLAIMED, that the following regulations are hereby enacted, or re-issued, effective at 6:00 am on March 21, 2020. To the extent regulation previously-issued is in conflict with these regulations, this regulation shall control.

-All bars, adult day cares, public fishing piers, excursion boats are prohibited from serving the public. All building permits are suspended, subject to exemptions by the building inspector for essential work.

-Public consumption of food and drink is prohibited.

BE IT FURTHER PROCLAIMED, that the following regulations are hereby enacted, or re-issued, effective at 6:00 am on March 20, 2020. To the extent  regulation previously-issued is in conflict with these regulations, this regulation shall control.

-Food service establishments are prohibited from offering dining room service.

BE IT FURTHER PROCLAIMED, that the following regulations are hereby enacted, or re-issued, effective at 5:00 pm on March 19, 2020. To the extent regulation previously-issued is in conflict with these regulations, this regulation shall control.

-Food service establishments and bars will limit their seating by 50% of their current configuration, with a maximum of 50 patrons per establishment. This regulation shall be construed to limit both the maximum number of persons who may be served in the establishment and the maximum seating capacity of any table, booth or bar counter.

-Food service establishments and bars will have a minimum distance of 8 feet between tables, or a minimum distance of 6 feet between patrons seated at the bar.

-Dining rooms of food service establishments and all bars must close by 10:00 pm until 6:00 am. Last Call is 9:45 pm.

Drive-through and take-out will be allowed to remain open, so long as no more than 10 people congregate in the take-out area. Drive-through and take-out patrons are to be instructed to remain in their vehicles. If take-out patrons are on foot, they must be seated at last 6 feet from each other.

Restaurants are encouraged to implement procedures whereby take-out patrons pay via telephone or electronic means, and the order is placed in the open tailgate or trunk of the vehicle, to minimize contact between patrons and employees of the establishment.

-Business establishments will be allowed to designate one or more parking spaces for take-out; parking requirement based on occupancy are hereby waived to the extent they are affected by the designation of take out service. Take-out and drive-through food service is strongly encouraged and recommended, as is take out service for retail establishments.

-All dance floors, in bars and restaurants are closed. Live music and all DJ entertainment are prohibited.

-All buffet food service or self-serve service is prohibited.

-Hotels, motels and rental housing properties are required to completely sanitize all touch surfaces within a dwelling unit before it may be rented to the public.

-All public and private gatherings of more than 10 people for any other purpose are prohibited. Immediate family members, banks, medical, veterinary, food service, grocery stores, pharmacies, shipping stores and depots, as well as units of government, are exempt from this requirement. All establishments not subject to this exemption, including bars that do not offer food service and laundromats, shall enforce the limit of 10 persons, provide frequent sanitation of all frequently-touched hard surfaces (including counters, knobs, rails, faucets and point of sale systems) and provide hand sanitizer and hand washing facilities to patrons and staff.

Exempt facilities shall ensure that there is adequate separation between staff and patrons, and that the number of persons within the establishment at any time is no greater than 50 percent of approved capacity of the facility. Staff and patrons shall be provided with access to hand sanitizer and hand washing facilities, and shall periodically sanitize all hard surfaces subject to frequent contact by employees and patrons, including faucets, counters, rails, knobs, drive through canisters, point of sale terminals and switches.

Grocery stores and pharmacies shall sanitize the handles of shopping carts and baskets between each use, and shall frequently sanitize conveyors, point of sale terminals, and other surfaces exposed to customers. Such sanitation practices shall be subject to monitoring by the City of Port Isabel. The City of Port Isabel Health Inspector shall be empowered to close any establishment that does not comply with these regulations, or the operation of which poses a threat to public health and safety.

Childcare facilities may apply for an exemption to this requirement to the extent that children of medical personnel, teachers, foodservice workers, police offices, ambulance attendants, firefighters, other essential government personnel, pharmacy workers, transportation workers, sanitation worker or grocery store employees under the care of the facility cause the number of persons at the facility to exceed 10, provided that other measures are enacted to ensure health and safety under the approval of the City of Port Isabel Health Inspector.

Public, private and parochial schools shall be exempt from this order to the extent they are operating under the regulations of their governing authority.

The Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce and the Laguna Madre Youth Center are exempt from this order to the extent they are operating under the regulations of their governing authority and the City of Port Isabel.

-Nail salons, manicurists, pedicurists, barber shops, beauty parlors, estheticians, massage parlors, tattoo parlors, social clubs, gambling houses, reducing studios, gymnasiums, dance/exercise studios, martial arts/wrestling studios, and other establishments in which the City of Port Isabel Health Inspector determines that patrons come into frequent close or physical contact with staff and one another, are ordered to cease operation.

-Disposable cups, napkins, plates and utensils must be used for all service to food service and bar customers.

Cups shall not be refilled. Customers may also be served single-serving bottles or cans.

-Self-service soda fountains, bars, jugs and tureens; garnishes, fruit and straws for beverages; and, self-service trays, dispensers and containers for condiments, are prohibited in all food service and bar establishments.

Fuel service stations must sanitize fuel pumps every hour, preferably after each use.(Rescinded 3/20/2020)

Sanitizer must be available at the pumps. Stores attached to fuel service stations must adhere to the requirements in this order for grocery stores.

BE IT FURTHER PROCLAIMED, that the City Commission of the City of Port Isabel has by Ordinance 703 prohibited any person from charging more than the price prevailing on March 13, 2020 for the following items:

(a)    groceries, beverages, toilet articles, ice and cleaning supplies

(b)    construction and building materials and supplies, and earthmoving equipment and machinery

(c)    electrical and gas generating and transmission equipment, parts and accessories

(d)    charcoal briquettes, matches, candles, lamp illumination and heat unit carbides, dry batteries, light bulbs, flashlights, and hand lanterns

(e)    hand tools (manual and power), hardware and household supplies, and equipment rental

(f)     automotive parts, supplies, and accessories

(g)    plumbing and electrical tools and supplies

(h)    apartment, duplex, multi-family dwelling, rooming house, hotel and motel rental

(i)     gasoline, diesel oil, motor oil, kerosene, grease, and automotive lubricants

(j)     restaurant, cafeteria, and boarding-house meals

(k)    services of roofing and building contractors, plumbers, electricians, mechanics, tree surgeons, and automobile wrecker companies

(l)     medicine, pharmaceutical, and medical equipment and supplies

(m)   blankets, quilts, bedspreads, bed linens, mattresses, bedsprings, bedsteads, towels, and toilet paper

(n)    furniture and clothing

BE IT FURTHER PROCLAIMED, that the following definitions are hereby adopted for the purposes of the enforcement of this order:

-Food service establishment: a place that serves items for human consumption to the public. Includes “nutrition” and “wellness” establishments and clubs. May also serve liquor, beer or wine for consumption in conjunction with food service. Does not include kitchen or delivery of a public school, or of a government agency or instrumentality.

-Bar: a place that serves beer, liquor or wine to the public for consumption on the premises.

-Grocery store: a place that sells items for human consumption and staples of daily living to the public.

-Childcare facility: a place registered with the appropriate departments of the State of Texas for the care of children, but which is not a public, private or parochial school.

-School: an educational institution subject to the requirements of the Texas Education Agency, the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the US Department of Education, the US Department of Health and Human Services in which an organized curriculum is presented in requirement of federal or state law.

-Take-out: the provision of goods for consumption at a location other than the business premises.

-Dining room: a facility on or adjacent to the premises of a food service establishment for the consumption of food and drink.

-Public consumption: the consumption of food and drink in a public place, including streets, sidewalks, parks, parking lots or any other open space accessible to the public.

-Drive-through: the provision of goods to motor vehicle drivers for consumption at a location other than the business premises.

-Buffet: the style of serving in which pre-prepared dishes are presented to customers on a counter, table or rail.

-Self-Serve: served by the customer to him or herself from a common fixture, fountain or container.

-Frequent close or physical contact: touching, rubbing of clothed or unclothed body parts, or persistent, manual operation conducted less than arm’s length. Does not include activities conducted in a medical facility.

-Medical facility: a facility operated by or under the authority of a physician, psychologist, physical therapist, professional counselor (rescinded 3/20/2020), orthodontist or dentist licensed in the State of Texas.

-House of Worship: a place of religious observance.

-Governing authority: the Texas Education Agency, Texas Department of Agriculture, the US Health and Human Services Department, a school board, a board of directors, parish council, priest, minister, bishop or other similarly-recognized authority.

BE IT FURTHER PROCLAIMED, that the City Commission has fixed a criminal penalty of $500 for any person who violates a provision of this order, or of Ordinance 703. Any officer of the City of Port Isabel, including health inspectors, police officers, fire marshalls, code enforcement officers and building inspectors, is authorized to enforce this ordinance.

DONE, this the 20th day of March 2020.

Hon. Juan Jose “JJ” Zamora, Mayor


Susie Alcocer, City Secretary

H.E.B. Awards $35,000 Grant to the City of Port Isabel

April 12, 2010–

H.E.B. presented a check to the City of Port Isabel on Monday, as a continued investment in the quality of life in the Laguna Madre area. The funds were accepted by Mayor Joe E. Vega who stated that the $35,000 would be used as seed money to increase funding for improvements for Washington Park and Laguna Madre Park. On hand with Mayor Joe E. Vega to accept the check from Virginia Perez, H.E.B. representative, were City Commissioner Memo Torres, Port Isabel City Manager Edward Meza and Park Advisers Mark Guillot and Raul Loera. Store Director Bea Lopez, Virginia Lopez and Mayor Joe E. Vega all stressed the importance of this partnership in furthering the efforts to make Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre a better place to live, work and play.

Pictured from left to right: Espi Hernandez, Arnold Galvan, Belinda Garza, Mayor Joe Vega, Mark Guillot, Store Director Bea Lopez; City Manager Ed Meza, Virginia Perez, Raul Loera, Emmanuel Chavez, Commissioner Memo Torres, Rey Ysaguirre, Alma Ceballos.
Photo credit: Valerie D. Bates

City of Port Isabel Employees Recognized l Years of Service

City of Port Isabel employees were recognized on December 23rd for their years of service. Among those pictured below are:

20 or more years: Eddie Holland 12/31/81 (28 years); Cayetano Gonzalez 10/1/79 (30 years); Diodoro Diaz 12/3/87 (22 years); Raul Fernandez 3/19/84 (25 years); Esteban Nava 7/9/74 (35 years); Joe Salinas 11/3/88 (21 years); Ida Tellez 12/4/847 (25 years); Charlie Wood 1/24/89 (20 years).

15 or more years: Joe Delgadillo 3/18/93 (16 years); and Daniel Marchan 3/1/94 (15 years).

10 or more years: Jose Angel Martinez 12/1/99 (10 years); Edward Meza 12/6/96 (13 years); Lourdes Nunez 1/8/99 (10 years); Baldemar Alaniz 3/30/98 (11 years); Omar Olguin 6/12/95 (14 years); and Geraldo Saldivar 10/21/96 (13 years).

Also pictured are Commissioners M.J. Garza and Memo Torres and Mayor Joe E. Vega.

Port Isabel Celebrates Veterans Day

Event photos: www.portisabel-texas.com/20091111_veteransday

Indalecio Lopez, American Legion Post 498 together with Port Isabel VFW Post 8791 presented a Veterans Day Program this morning at the Veterans\’ Park Walls of Honor.
Located on South Shore Drive, the new Veterans Park and great weather made for a perfect backdrop to the ceremony. The Port Isabel High School Band under the direction of Mr. Heartfield punctuated the presentation with several well executed patriotic songs. Kimberly Valdez sang \”The Star Spangled Banner\” and a POW poem written by Rudy H. Garcia was recited by the author.
Speakers included: Mayor Joe E. Vega, Port Isabel; Mayor Robert N. Pinkerton, South Padre Island; VFW Post 8791 Senior Vice Rafael Hinojosa and VFW Post 2035 Member Al Senteno. A presentation of one year membership with VFW Post 8791 by Commander Robert Vela recognized those new members including WWII veteran Cristin Martinez.
At 11:00 a.m. the flag was raised from half mast in honor of the live lost and sacrifices made at Ft. Hood last week. The program also featured a welcome address by Commander John Seymour, American Legion Pos\"\"t 498 and Commander Robert Vela VFW Post 8791, an invocation by Isaac Camacho, Post 498, the Pledge of Allegiance by Commander Robert Vela, Post 8791 and a P.O.W. and M.I.A. presentation by Kay MacMath and Rosa Chavez, American Legion Post 498 Ladies Auxiliary.
A 21 gun salute by the Port Isabel Police Department and an introduction of all those in attendance who served their country, the benediction by Isaac Camacho and a lunch invitation by Commander John Seymour, American Legion Post 498 closed out the ceremony.
Special Thanks:
Mayor Joe E. Vega
Commissioner Juan Jose \”JJ\” Zamora
Commissioner Maria de Jesus \”MJ\” Garza
Commissioner Martin C. Cantu
Commissioner Guillermo \”Memo\” Torres
City Manager Edward P. Meza
City Secretary Susie Alcocer
Assistant City Secretary Janie Villarreal
Veterans\’ Memorial Committee
Port Isabel Volunteer Fire Department
Baldemar Alaniz, Public Works Director and Public Works Crew
Danny Delgado, Whites Lumber
For more information, contact the Port Isabel City Hall at 956/943-2682 or email citysecretaryofpi@yahoo.com.