Mobility plan could make it easier to walk and golf cart around town

The city of Corpus Christi was presented with a plan to better connect the residential parts of the island to commercial and business areas.

PADRE ISLAND, Texas — The City of Corpus Christi held a meeting ahead of Tuesday’s regular council meeting to discuss a mobility plan to help residents and visitors get around Padre Island.

Planning Director Daniel McGinn presented the mobility plan to council on Tuesday morning. The plan aims to create more trails on the island for residents to get around.

“We’ve updated the area development plan for North Padre and Mustang Island,” McGinn said, “and the infrastructure and ability to walk, bike and golf cart in the community of the island were a high priority for them.”

According to McGinn, they will first conduct a study to identify pathways that would connect residential neighborhoods to commercial and retail areas, as well as the east and west sides of the island.

“Park Road 22 is a real hurdle,” McGinn said. “You know it works like a highway. There’s no bike or sidewalk infrastructure to help get around. This would hopefully lead to a design that would improve on that.”

Angry Marlin owner Ricky Dickles is one of many business owners who fully support the mobility plan.

“It’s great that we already have pretty good access here, but opening it up to other businesses on the island would be a great idea,” Dickles said.

However, the City will first have to obtain funding approval for the mobility plan.

“Today was just to get things going, and the TIRZ would be a way to fund this project,” McGinn said. “That was the start of this discussion with the TIRZ board to see if this is something they would like to consider.”

McGinn refers to a progressive tax refund zone in which taxes accrued in a specific area are reinvested directly into that area for improvements and other initiatives to stimulate the local economy.

3News will keep you posted as more information on this project becomes available.

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