South Padre Island, Texas

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South Padre Island is a town in Cameron County, Texas, United States.[3] It is part of the BrownsvilleHarlingen Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 2,422 at the 2000 census. The town is located on South Padre Island, a barrier island along the Texas Gulf Coast accessible via a causeway from the town of Port Isabel. South Padre Island is named after José Nicolás Ballí (Padre Ballí), a Catholic priest and settler.[4]

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History

In September 1967, Hurricane Beulah caused extensive damage to much of the town of South Padre Island.[5][6] On 23 July 2008, Hurricane Dolly made landfall on the island as a category 2 storm, also causing extensive damage to the town. In July 2010, the island received heavy rains from Hurricane Alex however the storm left the island generally unscathed.[7]

On December 13, 2009, an unfinished 31-story condominium, known locally as Ocean Tower, was brought down by a controlled implosion. Work had began in 2006 but construction was halted in 2008 due to uneven settlement. As the problem could not be rectified, the incomplete reinforced concrete structures was demolished. It is believed to one of the largest buildings to ever be imploded.[8][9]

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