Plastic Free Padre Pilot Program Will Help Reduce Aquatic Litter from Single-Use Plastic and Polystyrene

February 1st, 2022
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND, TEXAS  (January 24, 2022) – Gulf Guardians, in partnership with Keep Texas Beautiful, is seeking local restaurants to join Plastic Free Padre, a pilot program helping to reduce single-use plastics and polystyrene use on South Padre Island. The program will kick off in the first half of 2022 and participating restaurants will shift to alternative materials for items like cutlery packets and takeout containers without raising prices for customers. Read More

South Padre Island continues making big waves

June 30th, 2021
South Padre Island, Friday, June 25, 2021 - According to the May 2021 Smith Travel Research (STR) the U.S. hotel industry showed its highest performance levels since the beginning of the pandemic, and the City of South Padre Island has not been the exception, this tropical Island continues making waves by setting record numbers, not only in comparison to 2020 but in the last three years preceding the pandemic. Read More

Main Street Lending Program Announced

May 11th, 2020
As a result of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief & Economic Security (CARES) Act, the Federal Reserve has created the Main Street Lending Program to provide a total of $600 billion in financing for small and medium-sized businesses. While the program’s start date has yet to be announced, here’s what you need to know to check eligibility and get ready to apply.   1. Am I eligible? In order to be eligible for a Main Street Lending Program loan, a business must: Read More

Coronavirus Emergency Loans Links

April 3rd, 2020
Below are some very helpful pages put out by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce regarding emergency loans, etc. Read More

$1 Million Grant Program to Aid Women’s Businesses Hurt by COVID-19

March 27th, 2020
Texas Woman's University announced a million dollar grant program for small business' owned by women in Texas. Read More

State of Texas Sales Tax Filing Help

March 25th, 2020
From the Texas Comptroller... These are challenging times for businesses all over the nation. The Texas Comptroller’s office knows that during periods of economic hardship, paying or remitting taxes and fees on time can feel like an extra burden when there’s so much uncertainty. We’re thankful to those businesses that were able to remit state and local sales taxes they collected from customers in February on the March 20, 2020, due date. Read More

Texas Department of Agriculture

March 23rd, 2020
The Texas Department of Agriculture has created a document to help with COVID-19 resources.    COVID-19 Resource Guide                                                  Business Federal: Read More


March 21st, 2020
The coronavirus epidemic is the greatest crisis our industry has ever faced.  Economic forecasts indicate that restaurants and the foodservice industry could sustain $225 billion in losses and eliminate 5-7 million jobs over the next three months. We need your help to confront the economic impact of the coronavirus head-on—as a united industry.  We need relief now! Read More