Come to the San Benito Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, June 7 at 9:30 am for the weekly "Coffee With". This week features our Museum Coordinator, Luis Contreras.
Mr. Luis Contreras has accepted the position of Musuem Coordinator. He will be working with the City of San Benito and the Museum groups to cultivate and promote the San Benito Cultural & Heritage Museum. Mr. Bernard Rodriguez has accepted the position of Main Street Coordinator. He will be working with the City of San Benito using the Downtown Development Plan to bring business back to the downtown area of the City.
San Benito Market Days is back starting Saturday October 8, 2016 from 9 am - 1 pm at Heavin Memorial Park. Vendor spaces available until Wednesday October 5, 2016. Visit the Events tab for more information.
Posted: Thursday, June 18, 2015 10:43 pm
By KAYLEIGH SOMMER
Staff Writer Valley Morning Star
SAN BENITO — Seven music legends will join the Texas Conjunto Music Hall of Fame tomorrow.
This year’s annual induction ceremony, sponsored by the Texas Conjunto Music Hall of Fame and Museum, will honor Carlos Guzman, Manuel Gonzales Davila, Sr., Bernardo Martinez, Jr., Juan Antonio Tapia, Manuel Solis, Amado Banda and Arturo Nino.
Nino, also known as “El Kromatiko” for his mastery of the accordion, distinguished himself on the chromatic button accordion in the conjunto circuit where most button accordionists favored the diatonic models.
He has played bajo sexto with Los Dos Gilbertos, Los Cautitos Cantu, Ruben Vela and Gilbert Perez. His own group is called Arturo Nino y sus Kromatikos, and features Nino on accordion.
After the band broke up, Nino returned to the dancehall circuit in 2000.
After a career spanning more than 50 years, Guzman has recorded more than 40 albums and singles. He became famous as the lead singer of Carlos Guzman y los Fabulosos Cuatro.
Read more at The Valley Morning Star
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 12:29 pm
By Kayleigh Sommer, Staff writer Valley Morning Star
A new $19 million dollar hotel and conference center is going to be built in San Benito.
The new project was unveiled this morning by the San Benito City Commission and Economic Development Corporation.
The new development will be located at 2550 W. Expressway 77/83 on a three-acre site owned by the EDC.
Developers say they will break ground on the new Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott in six months and it should be completed by next year.
Friday, March 13, 2015 - 3:32pm
SAN BENITO, TX — The sixth annual Texas Independence Day Celebration and Sanctioned BBQ Cook-Off is scheduled here March 13-14 at the San Benito Fairgrounds from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Events begin Friday at 7 p.m. with a parade of horseback riders, wagons and other vehicles in downtown San Benito near the railroad tracks.
The celebration is held in conjunction with the 3nd Annual IBCA Sanctioned BBQ Cook-off, which gets underway Saturday, March 13. Prize money of $10,000 will be awarded, with trophies, to top cookers.
A “Best Chili in Town” Cook-off is being added to Saturday’s events this year under the direction of San Benito Elks. Cash prizes and a People’s Choice Award will be awarded. Call (03)201-8945 for more information or to register.
On-site events Saturday are scheduled for 9 a.m. Events include demonstrations by the Bear Clan Indian Tribe in a 30-foot teepee with Native American artifacts, bows and arrows and other related items. A market day featuring arts/crafts and food will also be held at the site.
By STEVE TAYLOR | Posted: Friday, December 26, 2014 5:32 pm
SAN BENITO, RGV – The Los Indios Free Trade Bridge south of San Benito has great potential as a crossing point for imported fresh produce – if security can be improved on the Mexican side.
To this end, Cameron County and the cities of Harlingen and San Benito, who jointly own the bridge, are working directly with an official within the state government of Tamaulipas to try to get improved public safety measures installed.
“There are two main segments that need improving,” said Salomon Torres, executive director of San Benito Economic Development Corporation. “There is a very short three-and-a-half mile segment from the bridge to the interstate on the Mexican side. And there is the interstate segment between Rio Bravo and Matamoros. All of that area is very rural and unprotected as far as public safety patrols are concerned.”
Pictured at the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit are Ramiro Aleman of Harlingen EDC, Tony Rodriguez of the Port of Brownsville, and Salomon Torres of San Benito EDC.
Torres believes Tamaulipas state officials will make public safety leading to Los Indios Free Trade Bridge a greater priority as international trade increases in South Texas. He bases his optimism on the participation of Raúl Sepúlveda, the Tamaulipas secretary of economic development and tourism, at a three-day gathering of Cameron County and Mazatlán officials in September. The state of Sinaloa is considered the bread basket of Mexico and a new superhighway linking Mazatlán to Matamoros is becoming a popular route for trucking firms that bring fresh produce from Sinaloa destined for the east coast of the United States.
Torres said it was clear from the visit of the Mazatlán officials and from a big fresh produce trade show held in Anaheim, California, held in October, that produce companies and distributors are interested in the crossing points Cameron County has to offer.
“The Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh summit in Anaheim was a real eye-opener for all of us who want to expand trade with Mexico and import more produce. It was massive,” Torres said.
By KAYLEIGH SOMMER Staff Writer | Posted: Friday, June 20, 2014 10:49 pm
SAN BENITO — The city’s Economic Development Corporation conducted its second open house meeting this week at the City Annex Building to discuss plans for the Resaca Walk.
Five alternative designs for the Resaca Walk’s conceptual master plan were blown up and on display for the public.
“It will be one of these five,” EDC Board Member Rene Garcia said of the final master plan.
The EDC Board and City Commission selected Gignac & Associates of Corpus Christi and Harlingen to develop the master plan.
Gignac is the same firm that planned the McAllen Convention Center and retail development site.
At a town hall meeting last week, Todd Meyer, Gignac director of planning, presented the vision for the Resaca Walk with the five alternatives and the various layouts of future buildings.
“SWA Group is delighted to be working with the San Benito Economic Development Corporation and Gignac Architects to create a master plan for the Resaca Walk site,” Meyer said. “We recognize the importance of this exciting project, which we anticipate will become a regional destination that will feature the new museum and other entertainment and leisure opportunities. As designers, our goal is to create a place that reflects the local culture, is fun for people of all ages to visit often, encourages social interaction, drives economic development, enhances the local ecology and becomes a symbol of local pride.”