Business owner files lawsuit against city of Port Isabel, Commissioner Martin Cantu


    Business owner files lawsuit against city of Port Isabel, Commissioner Martin Cantu. (Source CBS 4 News)

    Eduardo Pena, owner of A-Pro Towing and Recovery wanted to expand his business from South Padre Island into Port Isabel.

    He gets a lot of business on the Island, but in Port Isabel it's a struggle.

    In February Pena filed a lawsuit against Port Isabel and City Commissioner Martin Cantu Sr.

    The lawsuit states he was denied a permit multiple times to operate his wrecker services.

    The lawsuit also claims the city and Cantu worked together to keep A-Pro Towing and Recovery from receiving business.

    Daniel Goldburg, Pena’s attorney called the move an unsurprising continuation of corrupt behavior.

    It started with the Port Isabel police towing rotation list, he said.

    Court documents state that Cantu owns five towing companies.

    "It just so happens that, nearly every day of the week, the company in rotation is the company owned by Commissioner Cantu or someone within his family," Goldberg said.

    As the lawsuit read, Cantu ordered Police Chief Robert Lopez, "who then ordered his officers and dispatchers, not to announce the need for a tow on A-Pro's day."

    "The local city ordinance is being violated itself. Their own system in play for the rotation was first violated," Goldberg said and continued, “commissioner Cantu used his public office for private gain.”

    City commissioner Cantu did not return calls on Wednesday, and Port Isabel City Manager Jared Hockema said the city doesn't comment on pending litigation.


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