He was talking about the Sept. 20 professional boxing and mixed martial arts event scheduled at the Bee County Exposition Center.
The chief was requesting a $20,000 stipend from the city’s 4B sales tax funds for economic development to pay for advertising of the two-day event.
The council voted to approve the request after being told that the promoters, Moses Vasquez and Eddie Aguilera of Solid Knockout Promotions of Corpus Christi and Kingsville, had already turned in an application for the funds.
Treviño said one-half of the proceeds of the event will go to the BPD, and the money will be used to purchase equipment for city officers.
Part of the funds raised also will be donated to a local boxing club for teens.
The chief said the event will keep Beeville humming for two days with a press conference scheduled at the Dog and Bee Public House and 10 fights at the Expo Center that Friday night.
Treviño said at least one local boxer may be making his professional debut during the event.
There will be a weigh-in the Thursday before the event at the Stone Creek Restaurant, the chief said.
Several local businesses are helping to sponsor the competition, including Scores Sports Bar, L&F Distributing and Aztec Chevrolet.
“We’re excited,” said Vasquez. He said it is the first time that his company has promoted an event in a venue the size of Beeville. He said the company has been promoting events at the Richard Borchard Nueces County Fairground in Robstown for 10 or 11 years, bringing boxing, MMA and musical entertainment to South Texas.
Aguilera said participants in the event are expected to pack at least 40 local motel rooms, and numerous sports writers and media personnel also would be renting motel rooms here.
Aguilera assured the council that the promoters would work with local businesses for the event. For instance, Total Graphics will provide T-shirts that will be sold during the competition.
Councilman John Fulghum made the motion to approve the request for funds after being told that City Attorney Frank Warner had looked at the application and approved it.
Councilman Santiago “Jimbo” Martinez offered the second, and the motion passed without opposition.
“It’s gonna be great,” Treviño said.
The promoters said they hope to have more of these events here.
In other business, the council voted to:
— Approve spending $219,288 from the city’s street maintenance fund for supplies needed for this year’s seal coating project.
— Authorized the staff to seek proposals from accounting firms to conduct this year’s independent audit of city finances.
— Approve a request to allow the staff to seek bids on developing a water well and testing of the water on the city’s property on Cook Road.
— Approve a zone change for property at 310 W. Jones St. The owners wanted to change the zoning from its current R-2 second one family dwelling district to an R-3 duplex and apartment district.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.