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  • RGV Walk of Fame
    Doyle Wells

    Each year nominations are received from chambers of commerce and cities across the Rio Grande Valley for recognition in the Rio Grande Valley Walk of Fame at State Farm Arena, sponsored by the City of Hidalgo in conjunction with BorderFest.  Nominees are considered for induction based on their life achievements and significant civic contributions.

    The South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce nominated longtime chamber member and Island business owner Doyle Wells to the RGV Walk of Fame for 2019.  Wells was selected for this great honor and was recognized at the official induction ceremonies on February 27, 2019 at State Farm Arena.

    Doyle Wells is living proof that a person can grow up in the Valley, earn an education, serve in the military and become a successful family man and business entrepreneur. YOU DON’T HAVE TO LEAVE THE VALLEY TO BE SUCCESSFUL!!  In 1930, his family left Indiana and headed as far south as they could travel and ended their journey in Port Isabel, Texas.  Doyle was born 16 years later in Brownsville and was raised in Port Isabel/South Padre. He graduated from Port Isabel High School in 1964. 

    As a young man Wells acquired a strong work ethic working aside his family in a bait, tackle and fishing business. He earned his Captain’s license in 1965 and chartered at the Sea Ranch Marina. He came from humble beginnings saying “we had nothing, but we had everything” speaking of his supportive family and the vast opportunities the Valley provided.

    After four years in the U.S. Coast Guard, in 1970, Wells went to work for Solomar Lodge as a Charter Captain and Hunting Guide. In 1971, he became Ranch Operations Manager for the Harry Cullen Family for their holdings on South Padre Island.

    As a lifelong resident of the lower Rio Grande Valley, Doyle Wells has a strong pride in his South Texas heritage and is quick to promote the abundance of opportunities the Valley has available. Wells has contributed significantly to the development of our area’s tourism industry. He continues today to promote recreational and tourism development, leading by example to deliver “the best experience and the best service”. 

    1982 was the start of Wells Farm and Ranch Supply in Los Fresnos, and at the same time Wells opened Wells Stables. Then, in 1989, he opened Island Equestrian Center on South Padre Island. After moving his stables several times over the years, in 2012 Wells settled at his current location at the north end of the Island and expanded his services which now include horseback riding on the beach, zip lines, petting barn and beach events and activities limited only by your imagination. Recently Wells opened a second bayside location on Padre Blvd. where he offers go-cart racing and miniature golf.

    In the 1970’s Wells served on the volunteer fire departments for both Port Isabel and South Padre Island. Also, for much of the 1980’s Wells was a Director for the Texas International Fishing Tournament.   He was a founding Director for the South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce in 1989 and served until 2000 when he was elected as an Alderman for the Town of South Padre Island, serving two terms through 2004. While Wells was Alderman he led a group of local business leaders on a cultural exchange to establish a Sister City relationship with Catamaco, Mexico. Additionally, Wells was actively involved with South Padre Island recovery efforts following the collapse of the Queen Isabella Causeway.

    Wells was appointed in 1999 by Cameron County Commissioners to serve on the Cameron County Beach and Dunes Commission and served until 2017. Commissioners also appointed him, in 2006, to serve on the Cameron County Zoning Commission and the Board of Adjustments, where he continues to serve today.  Wells was elected to the Laguna Madre Water District where he served 2015 to 2018.

    Doyle and his wife Delores are active supporters of The Friends of Animal Rescue on South Padre Island and are loving pet owners. Doyle has served on the Regional Board for Equine Therapy, and over the years, has rescued many horses from slaughter, caring for them and returning them to a health.

    Wells also served on the Board of Directors for Sea Turtle Inc. about 1996-2000 where he worked closely with Founder Ila Loetscher to promote sea turtle conservation.

    Doyle is the son of Junior Wells and Bobby Wells. He is married to his beautiful wife Dolores Ferrentino Wells, and he has three adult children Doyle Wells IV, Brennan Wells and Kelsey Garcia.

  • MANY SPRING BREAK 2020- EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

    City of South Padre Island
    Job Description

    (TEMPORARY/PART-TIME)  MARCH/SUMMER ONLY

    • Code Enforcement Inspector: (Temporary/Part-Time)

    Pay Rate: $11.50/hour

    Applicants returning with 3-5 years of SPI consecutive experience will be paid a rate of $12.50/hour and those returning with 6+ years will be paid a rate of $13.50/hour.

    Applicants must possess a high school diploma or GED; bilingual preferred; must be willing to work evenings and weekends. This position is temporary and will work  more or less depending on the needs of the Island, only during the month of March for Spring Break. On the job training is provided.

     To apply for this position through Bamboo HR please click here.

     

    • Maintenance: Shoreline (Temporary/Part-Time)

    Pay Rate: $8.50/hour

    Applicants returning with 3-5 years of SPI consecutive experience will be paid a rate of $9.00/hour and those returning with 6+ years will be paid a rate of $9.50/hour.

    This position performs a variety of semi-skilled maintenance for the Shoreline (Beach) department. All work is performed in outside conditions under the close supervision of Foreman or designee.  This position is temporary and will work more or less depending on the needs of the Island, only during the month of March. 

    To apply for this position through Bamboo HR please click here.

     

    • Maintenance: Public Works (Temporary/Part-Time)

    Pay Rate: $8.50/hour

    Applicants returning with 3-5 years of SPI consecutive experience will be paid a rate of $9.00/hour and those returning with 6+ years will be paid a rate of $9.50/hour.

    This position performs a variety of semi-skilled maintenance for the Public Work department. All work is performed in outside conditions under the close supervision of Foreman or designee. This position is temporary and will work more or less depending on the needs of the Island, only during the month of March.

    To apply for this position through Bamboo HR please click here.

     

    • Beach Rescue Technician: (Temporary/Part-Time)

    Pay Rate: $11.50/hour

    Applicants returning with 3-5 years of SPI consecutive experience will be paid a rate of $12.50/hour and those returning with 6+ years will be paid a rate of $13.50/hour.

    Performs a variety of routine and complex work in the patrol of the designated beach area to ensure safety of beach visitors. Responds to emergencies as required; both in the water and within the assigned patrol area. Monitors all activities on the beach to enforce beach ordinances and maintain public safety. Applicants must possess a high school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent. Strong swimming skills are required along with a valid state driver’s license. This position works Spring Break and Summer. 

    To apply for this position through Bamboo HR please click here.

     

    • Police Officer: (Temporary/Part-Time)

    Pay Rate: $30.00/hour

    Applicants returning with 3-5 years of SPI consecutive experience will be paid a rate of $31.00/hour and those returning with 6+ years will be paid a rate of $32.00/hour.

    Applicants must be T.C.O.L.E. Certified, Commissioned by another agency, possess a high school diploma or GED, have two or more years of law enforcement experience, must be 21 years of age or older at the time of employment or any equivalent combination of education and experience. All applicants must be willing to work weekends and late nights. This position is temporary and will work only one or two weeks depending on the needs of the Island, only during the month of March for Spring Break. Applicants should have a professional police uniform. The City does not provide uniforms for temporary police assignments.

    To apply for this position through Bamboo HR please click here.

     

    • Jailer: (Temporary/Part-Time)

    Pay Rate: $11.50/hour

    Applicants returning with 3-5 years of SPI consecutive experience will be paid a rate of $12.50/hour and those returning with 6+ years will be paid a rate of $13.50/hour.

    Position will be assisting the SPI Police Department in transporting prisoners and assisting with Jail activities during Spring Break. This position is temporary and will work only one or two weeks depending on the needs of the Island, only during the month of March for Spring Break.  Knowledge or experience with jail procedures is preferred.

    To apply for this position through Bamboo HR please click here.

    • Traffic Control: (Temporary/Part-Time)

    Pay Rate: $11.50/hour

    Applicants returning with 3-5 years of SPI consecutive experience will be paid a rate of $12.50/hour and those returning with 6+ years will be paid a rate of $13.50/hour.

    Position will be assisting the SPI Police Department with traffic control on South Padre Island during Spring Break. This position is temporary and will work only one or two weeks depending on the needs of the Island, only during the month of March for Spring Break. Experience in traffic control is required.

     To apply for this position through Bamboo HR please click here.

     

     

    The deadline to submit an application for any of these positions are February 6, 2020 at 10:00am CST.

     

    Visit our Bamboo Career Page for a complete list of job openings with the City below. 

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