By CRAIG ALANIZ
On Tuesday, the Port Isabel City Commission approved Resolution 02-26-2013-02, a unanimous resolution expressing concern and objection to the City of Brownsville’s strip annexations in the Laguna Madre area.
In 2009, the cities agreed on a map where the Brownsville ETJ would extend to the north edge of the ship channel. Brownsville relinquished some of the area back to Port Isabel at the time. Brownsville passed the resolution in its first reading, but failed to pass the second reading in time for the legislative session.
In 2010, a packet was submitted to Texas State Senator Eddie Lucio Jr. to help settle the ETJ conflicts between the municipalities.
The cities are once again disputing the boundaries. The ETJ lines for the cities overlap in the ship channel. Another area being disputed is a tract west of Laguna Heights.
Bills are being drafted by Representative Rene Oliveira and Senator Eddie Lucio Jr. to help settle the dispute in the legislative session.
Mayor Joe Vega said he would like for Brownsville to relinquish the ETJ in both areas because it is a hindrance on the growth of Port Isabel.
“We are left with no choice but to take this to legislation,” Vega said.
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