• 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.


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.


Mayor Michael Carter

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, 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.

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.

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Town of Laguna Vista Values Statement

We have a special role as stewards of a remarkable resource, a town with the gateway to the Laguna Madre Bay, a community of growing cultural and physical diversity. In the 21st century, Laguna Vista must continue to evolve in harmony with its exceptional natural environment, always treasuring the unique character of its neighborhoods, striving for equity, equality and celebrating the rich mosaic that is Laguna Vista. Through our vision and core values we strive to balance the needs of a growing town while enhancing quality of life for current and future citizens. We are ever exploring new ideas, technologies, strategies and approaches to further this vision.

Core Values

Our Environment

We value:

  • The Town’s extraordinary setting, defined by its open spaces, natural habitat and unique topography.
  • A future that meets today’s needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.
  • The conservation, preservation, and environmental quality of natural resources.
  • Parks and public spaces, accessible by foot, transit, bicycle, and car, as areas for neighborhood, community and regional interaction and convenient recreation.
  • The availability of public facilities, infrastructure, transit, information infrastructure, and services as essential to neighborhood quality and as necessary companions to density increases.
  • A compact, efficient, and environmentally sensitive pattern of development.
  • Walkable communities with tree-lined streets.
  • A convenient, efficient, aesthetically pleasing, and multi-modal transportation system.

Our Economy

We value:

  • The health, economic prosperity, and well-being of our citizens.
  • A diverse economy to achieve a rising standard of living for all residents.
  • Regional coordination to resolve growth issues, and regional collaboration to meet economic prosperity goals.

Our Culture and Society

We value:

  • Social equity.
  • Safe and secure neighborhoods.
  • The physical, social and cultural diversity of our Town and its neighborhoods.
  • Housing affordability throughout the city and an overall diversity of housing types and costs.
  • The Town’s growing multiplicity of arts, cultural, and historical assets.