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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.

  • Restaurant/Bar

    F&B SPI Restaurant
    F& B embraces the Island atmosphere - beautiful, relaxed and casual. The menu will change often, with seasonal fare. You can try something new each time you dine.
    3109 Padre Blvd.
    South Padre Island, Texas 78597
    Pearl South Padre Resort
    Premier Oceanfront Hotel and Condominiums on the island's southern tip. A full-service resort with one of the largest hotel swimming pools in South Texas.
    310 Padre Blvd.
    South Padre Island, TX 78597
    Wanna Wanna Inn
    Relaxing little beach bar Family and pet friendly Enjoy food, drink and live music on the beach
    5100 Gulf Blvd.
    South Padre Island, TX 78597
    Liam's Steakhouse & Oyster Bar
    202 W. Tarpon St.
    South Padre Island, TX 78597
    Beach Resort at South Padre Island
    100 Padre Blvd.
    South Padre Island, TX 78597
    South Padre Island Golf Club
    Prepare yourself for an unparalleled golfing experience. Our course is a pleasure for golfers of any skill level to play. The South Padre Island Golf Club will challenge you while providing a relaxing
    1 Golf House Rd.
    Off FM 510
    Laguna Vista, TX 78578
    Kelly's Pub
    Kelly's has been an island hangout for locals and visitors alike for many years. Kelly's has a family friendly welcome atmosphere where everyone can enjoy themselves whether it be a game of pool or d
    101 E. Morningside
    South Padre Island, TX 78597
    Blackbeards' Restaurant
    103 E. Saturn
    South Padre Island, TX 78597
    BurgerFi
    Serving delicious, all natural Angus burgers with a wide array of toppings, hand-cut French fries, craft beers and wine and natural frozen custards and concretes, in a modern urban setting, BurgerFi is defining what America thinks about burgers. BurgerFi picks up where the other ''better burger'' franchises leave off. First, BurgerFi focuses on all-natural, grass-fed beef. We do this because it tastes better, and it's better for you- with no chemicals, and no additives. Also, where others limit their menu to just the basic, no-frills options, BurgerFi has built a menu with specialty items like Kobe beef hot dogs, gourmet toppings, delectable desserts, craft beer & wine, and an overall focus on a healthier menu selection.
    5001 Padre Blvd.
    South Padre Island, TX 78597
    Mahi Nic
    33384 State Park Rd 100
    South Padre Island, TX 78597
    D' Pizza Joint
    South Padre's Classic! Pizza, pasta, sandwiches! Delivery, eat in, togo!!!
    2413 Padre Blvd.
    South Padre Island, TX 78597
    Tom & Jerry's Beach Club Bar & Grill
    Tom and Jerry’s Beach Club Bar & Grill is a Rio Grande Valley Original! We are the “Home of the Indoor Beach Party!” The most fun you’ll have off the beach is waiting for you here at Tom and Jerry’s.
    3212 Padre Blvd.
    South Padre Island, TX 78597
    Jake's Restaurant & Bar
    2001 Padre Blvd.
    South Padre Island, TX 78597
    Gabriella's Italian Grill and Pizzeria
    We are very proud of Gabriella’s and the staff that helps to make your visit a memorable experience. All of our staff is excited to serve you in our “family style” atmosphere. Many first time guests a
    700 Padre Blvd., Suite E
    South Padre Island, TX 78597
    Palms Resort & Cafe on the Beach
    Discover paradise on the beaches of South Padre Island -

    at the ..............Palms Resort On The Beach!
    3616 Gulf Blvd.
    South Padre Island, TX 78597
    Courtyard by Marriott
    Courtyard by Marriott Beachfront Hotel is a luxury addition to South Padre Island. with over . This South Padre Island hotel features 200 large guest rooms, suites, and condo rentals, vast common sp
    6700 Padre Blvd
    South Padre Island, Texas 78597
    Beach Park at Isla Blanca
    33261 State Park Rd. 100
    South Padre Island, TX 78597
    Coconut Jack's
    Come to Coconut Jack's and bring your friends, or meet new ones here. Come relax and enjoy the best view, live music, cold drinks, and great food. If relaxing is not your thing try parasailing or o
    2301 Laguna Blvd
    South Padre Island, TX 78597
    Pirate's Landing
    Lighthouse Square
    Port Isabel, TX 78578
    Marcello's Ocean Grille & Spirits
    The new Marcello's Ocean Grille & Spirits has a fresh, cheerful ambiance, perfect for a small romantic dinner or a large group gathering. We feature fresh Gulf coast cuisine, locally sourced produce
    110 N. Tarnava St.
    Port Isabel, TX 78578
    Senor Donkey
    Great Mexican and Seafood at great prices.

    Visit Senor Donkey today!!!
    4215 Padre Blvd.
    South Padre Island, TX 78597
    Clayton's Beach Bar & Grill
    From sunrise to midnight dancing.... Clayton’s Beach Bar and Grill will keep you and your friends entertained.
    6900 Padre Blvd.
    South Padre Island, TX 78597
    Pier 19
    Pier 19 is an experience you do not want to miss while on your South Padre Island visit. Great food, Great staff, Great people....
    1 Padre Blvd.
    South Padre Island, TX 78597
    Cap'n Roy's
    1313 Padre Blvd.
    South Padre Island, TX 78597
    Yummies Bistro
    Breakfast Lunch Coffee
    700 Padre Blvd. #K
    South Padre Island, TX 78597
    Laguna BOB's, LLC
    2401 Laguna
    South Padre Island, TX 78597
    Parrot Eyes Restaurant-Bar, Watersports & Marina
    5801 Padre Blvd.
    South Padre Island, TX 78597
    Longboard Bar & Grill
    Restaurant & entertainment hot spot in the South entertainment district here on South Padre Island. We are inviting you to a location that was once a pillar of this area. This old school favorite is
    205 W Palm St
    South Padre Island, TX 78597
    Padre Island Brewing Co., Inc.
    *Padre Island Brewing Company

    *Handcrafting Beer and Feeding Faces since 1995
    3400 Padre Blvd.
    South Padre Island, TX 78597
    Lobo Del Mar Cafe
    204 W Palm St.
    South Padre Island, TX 78597
    Surf Motel
    Surf Motel and Boomerang Billy’s Beach Bar Located ON the beach! The Surf Motel is your perfect choice. We have several room options. Enjoy relaxing on the beach or play beach volley ball, take it easy by our pool. Hang out at the Island's favorite beach bar Boomerang Billy's and enjoy live weekend music in the evenings. Good food and Cold Beverages. Everything you need is right here!
    2612 Gulf Blvd.
    South Padre Island, TX 78597
    Meatball Cafe
    Hand-made, fresh, steaming authentic homemade Italian meal.
    2412 Padre Blvd
    South Padre Island, TX 78597
    Hilton Garden Inn Beach Resort
    Hilton Garden Inn South Padre Island beachfront hotel. On-site Starbucks and free wifi internet. Located right on the beach next to Clayton's. In-house restaurant and meeting space.
    7010 Padre Blvd.
    South Padre Island, TX 78597
    Dirty Al's
    1 Padre Blvd.
    South Padre Island, TX 78597
    Rudy's ''Country Store'' Bar-B-Q
    A little about us... Just north of San Antonio, at the edge of the Texas Hill Country, sits the small community of Leon Springs. Founded in the 1800s by Max Aue, Leon Spring's cityscape changed when M
    2780 N. Expressway 77/83
    Brownsville, TX 78526
    Isla Grand Beach Resort
    500 Padre Blvd.
    South Padre Island, TX 78597
    Sea Ranch Restaurant
    1 Padre Blvd. at Sea Ranch Marina, SPI
    South Padre Island, TX 78578
    Louie's Backyard
    2305 Laguna Blvd.
    South Padre Island, TX 78597
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