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Posted on: March 17, 2020

Port Isabel Announces Park Closures

City of Port IsabelThe City of Port Isabel continues to take strong action against COVID-19, and it spread. As part of these efforts, the city has expanded its social distancing protocols to include all city parks, with the exception of Pompano Park Boat Ramp. This includes Lighthouse Park, Washington Park, Galvan Park (currently closed for construction), Laguna Madre Park, City Swimming Pool, Veterans Park and Berrel Mock Park. Residents are further asked not to congregate on sidewalks, streets or parking lots.

Residents and visitors are urged to implement social distancing. Cancel planned gatherings. Stay home, if possible. Avoid large crowds, and unnecessary trips. 

Continue to practice good personal hygiene by vigorously washing your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer.

Restaurants and businesses are encouraged to adopt best practices for sanitation, and strongly urged to provide take-out or remote services where possible. The city salutes our local grocers who have taken important steps to keep Laguna Madre-area residents and visitors supplied. We urge all residents to avoid hoarding or excessive purchases of staple items. Finally, the city urges its residents to call or check-in on friends and neighbors who may be vulnerable.

WHAT WILL BE IMPACTED-

ANIMAL SHELTER / CODE ENFORCEMENT
Closed, but animal control services will continue. 956/943-3888.

BUILDING DEPARTMENT
The lobby will remain open during regular business hours. The office is closed to public. Drop box open, phones and e-mail available for permits. Inspections will be done by appointment only. 956/943-0714 or building@copitx.com.

CITY EVENTS
The following events will be canceled: Museums’ of Port Isabel Telling Our Stories, Port Isabel Antique & Flea Market, Queen Isabella Market Day. 956/943-7602 or museumdirector@copitx.com.

CITY HALL & FINANCE DEPARTMENT
The offices are closed to the public. Drop box is open 24 hours a day. Available by phone and e-mail. Late payment fees for garbage will be waived through April 15. 956/943-2682 or salcocer@copitx.com.

COMMUNITY CENTER
Closed (including Tu Salud Si Cuenta and Amigos del Valle); home delivery of meals will continue. Available by phone and e-mail. 956/943-1822 or librarydirector@copitx.com.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION
The lobby will remain open during regular business hours. The office is closed to public. Phone and e-mail available. 956/943-2682 or salcocer@copitx.com.

EMS
Open. Please advise dispatch if you have respiratory symptoms, a fever that has persisted or significant recent travel.

EVENT & CULTURAL CENTER
Closed. Available by phone and email. 956-943-0719 or ecdirector@copitx.com.

FIRE DEPARTMENT
Open.

GARBAGE COLLECTION
Will continue on a normal schedule. Call Finance Department for more information. 956/943-0701.

ISLAND METRO (The Wave)
Will continue operations.

KEEPER’S COTTAGE / CHAMBER OF COMMERCE / VISITORS CENTER
Closed to public. Available by phone and e-mail. 956/943-2262 or director@portisabel.org.

LAGUNA MADRE YOUTH CENTER
Closed until April 6. Available by phone. 956/943-6310.

LIBRARY
Closed to public. Available by phone and e-mail. 956/943-1822 or librarydirector@copitx.com.

LIGHTHOUSE
Closed to public. Available by phone and e-mail. 956/943-7602 or museumdirector@copitx.com.

MUNICIPAL COURT
Lobby, office and courtroom closed to public. Drop box open, phones and e-mail available. Failure to appear will be waived through April 15. 956/943-1281 or icantu@copitx.com. 

MUSEUMS OF PORT ISABEL [Treasures of the Gulf & Port Isabel Historical Museum]
Closed to public. 956/943-7602 or museumdirector@copitx.com.

PARKS & RECREATION
The following parks are closed:  Lighthouse Park, Washington Park, Galvan Park (currently closed for construction), Laguna Madre Park, City Swimming Pool, Veterans Park and Berrel Mock Park

POLICE DEPARTMENT
Open. Non-emergency number 956/943-2727.

RECYCLING CENTER
Closed to public. 956/943-6631