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Lighthouse renovations harms Port Isabel city revenue

The city of Port Isabel says they've seen a decrease in foot traffic, and even city revenue, since renovations to the city's lighthouse began more than a year ago.

Just before heading over the Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway to South Padre Island, drivers pass by the Port Isabel lighthouse.

Due to a year-long process of renovations to the city landmark, the city says people are avoiding the area.

"We're very frustrated and upset with the progress of this project," said Port Isabel City Manager Jared Hockema.

Since the renovation process began in October 2016, delays have caused the city's pocketbook to take a hit.

“It harmed our businesses so much, harmed the city. It's our number one attraction, really the symbol of our city," said Hockema.

Lucy Cavoly co-owns Will and Jack's Burger Shack and has felt foot traffic slow so much, that they close much earlier than usual.

“We used to be open until 2, 3 in the morning. Now we're closing 7, 8," Cavoly said.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department said the Port Isabel lighthouse will reopen by the end of this year.

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