Explore the Bay

A Community Bulletin Board for Residents and Visitors

Your Complete Guide to the Town of Laguna

Laguna Vista is a friendly and quiet residential community with an affordable cost-of-living and a wide range of recreational options including golf, bay and deep-sea fishing, birding, windsurfing, and kiteboarding. Laguna Vista is home to the South Padre Island Golf Club, an 1800-acre gated community of homes, townhomes, villas, and casitas, as well as an 18-hole championship golf course.

Bayfront living, gated communities, safe and family-oriented neighborhoods, and a moderate climate with an average year-round temperature of 72 degrees are only a few of the reasons Laguna Vista is the perfect place to visit for a long weekend, a month or two, or even a lifetime.

Mission of Laguna Vista

  • Serve the citizens of Laguna Vista by promoting a system of government through which our citizens and businesses prosper.
  • Ensure a safe, quality environment for residents and businesses.
  • Provide effective, reasonably priced municipal services and administration.
  • Establish and enforce reasonable standards pertinent to the city with all due respect for established State and Federal laws.
  • Control development to ensure opportunity for growth, retention of property values, and preservation of our rural heritage with an emphasis on city beautification.
  • Maintain a vision of the future and plan for services, which support that vision.
  • Execute these responsibilities in harmony with our neighbor communities, State and Federal government without discrimination based on race, color, creed, or national origin.

Town of Laguna Vista Vision

Professional citizen-servants leading a growing community by providing responsible public administration and reliable municipal services; enforcing reasonable standards of development and safety which protect property values and ensure a quality community atmosphere; dedicated to fiscal responsibility and stewardship based on honesty, integrity, fairness, and accountability with service above self and excellence in all we do.

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Mayor Nadine Smith Welcome Message

On behalf of the Town Council, I welcome you to the beautiful Town of Laguna Vista, Texas, a beautiful community to live, work, and play. I am thrilled that you have taken the time to view our official Website.

We have much to offer. We are considered a bedroom community located at the intersection of Highway 100 and FM 510. We're a 20-minute drive to South Padre Island and a 10-minute drive to Port Isabel. We're also a short drive to Brownsville and Harlingen with close proximity to top-notch medical facilities, hospitals, and services for veterans.

Laguna Vista is known for its scenic beauty, picturesque sunsets, and an "easy-paced" lifestyle. We are a quiet and friendly community with an affordable cost-of-living and an array of recreational opportunities that include playing golf, bay and deep-sea fishing, kayaking, windsurfing, and kite-boarding. We are actually located at the center and heart or "Corazon" of the entire Laguna Madre area.

In recent years, the Town has invested heavily in its local parks that are second-to-none and that are envied by many other communities. We have beautiful Roloff Park, Veterans Park, Sports Park, and a beautiful nature trail—all created for the enjoyment of all residents of all ages.

We are also home to the South Padre Island Golf Club, a 1,800 acre gated community of homes, townhomes, villas and casitas and includes an 18-hole championship golf course. The course offers a breathtaking view of the bay and of South Padre Island.

Again, thank you for viewing our Website. We hope that you consider making Laguna Vista your home for a day, a month, or a lifetime.

Sincerely,
Mayor Nadine Smith

HISTORY

History of Laguna Vista

Built on a proud history beginning in the 1500s when the Coahilitecan Indians inhabited the land, to the 1800s when Mexican salt traders explored the shores of the Laguna Madre ("Mother Bay") to find calm waters full of fish, to today's thriving coastal community, Laguna Vista is no longer one of South Texas' best-kept secrets.

In 1928, the Point Isabel Land Company purchased much of the area and established local hunting and fishing camps. Laguna Vista was incorporated in 1958, resulting in steady population growth over the past 50 years. Today, the town has over 5000 residents.

Town of Laguna Vista Values Statement

In conducting business with the citizens of Laguna Vista, our internal city employees, vendors, and other agencies that may interact with town personnel, we will be guided by The Golden Rule. We will treat others with the same level of respect and professionalism that we would expect to be given.

Internally (within the circle of Town of Laguna Vista personnel and its supporting agencies) our conduct with each other will be marked with high ethics, honesty, and integrity. We value character and display loyalty to the city and its citizens by focusing on what is best for Laguna Vista as a whole. We are a dedicated, team-oriented staff who shows mutual respect. We value competency and commitment to our jobs. We attempt to understand how to do our job best and how what we do affects others within the city.

We have a sense of duty to the Town of Laguna Vista and work with a passion for doing our jobs with excellence. We are dedicated to doing our jobs the right way for we know that what we do today lays a foundation for all those who will one day live in Laguna Vista and for those who will serve them.

We value the heritage given to us by those that preceded us and we realize that what we do today leaves our own heritage. We will leave a legacy of making a positive difference in the lives of the citizens of Laguna Vista and those they touch.

We know the citizens of Laguna Vista are our reason for being here. They set policy, vision, and procedures through their elected Board and Mayor. They are the greatest assets of Laguna Vista and we are dedicated to caring for those assets. The citizens of Laguna Vista and others that deal with the Town will, because of the way we treat them, have a positive impression of the Town government.

We will present ourselves as professionals who are accessible, considerate, helpful, caring, and reliable. The citizens are not distractions from our job. They are our job. We will rise to the highest levels of customer service. We will treat everyone equally and fairly regardless of any background considerations. We will focus on their concerns and making life better for them through our services to them.

In our efforts to be professional in conducting the business of the town, we must value flexibility and adaptability. The Town of Laguna Vista is growing at a rapid pace. We must be always learning and adapting. We are exploring new ideas, new technologies, new approaches, and new applications. We value growth, education, and training. We value confidence and our ability to stand behind our decisions because we base them upon:

  • The best information available at the time
  • Consideration for everyone involved
  • Concern for how it affects others
  • A focus on the best interests of the citizens of Laguna Vista