Boca Chica Village, Texas

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Boca Chica Village
Cameron County, Texas
Coordinates: 25°59′29″N 97°11′1″W / 25.99139°N 97.18361°W / 25.99139; -97.18361Coordinates: 25°59′29″N 97°11′1″W / 25.99139°N 97.18361°W / 25.99139; -97.18361
Country United States of America
StateTexas Texas
County Cameron
Kennedy Shores1967
Kopernik Shores1975
1 m (3 [1] ft)
 • Total26
Time zoneUTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
BridgesVeterans Bridge, B&M Bridge

Boca Chica Village, formerly Kennedy Shores and later Kopernik Shores, is a small unincorporated community in Cameron County, Texas, United States. It lies 20 miles east of the City of Brownsville, Texas, and forms part of the Brownsville–Harlingen–Raymondville and the Matamoros–Brownsville metropolitan areas. It is situated on Texas State Highway 4, immediately south of the South Bay lagoon, and is a two miles northwest of the mouth of the Rio Grande.

The village rose to prominence after it was chosen as the location for the construction of the SpaceX South Texas Launch Site[2].


The town was founded as Kennedy Shores in 1967 by John Caputa, a Chicagoan property developer, and was initially aimed at working class Polish migrants.[3] Shortly after building a community of about 30 ranch-style houses, the settlement was devastated by Hurricane Beulah later that year, which destroyed the restaurant and public utility systems. Electricity was restored, but many of the homes did not have potable water even decades later.[4]

In 1975, local resident Stanley Piotrowicz was voted in as town mayor, who renamed the village Kopernik Shores after Nicolaus Copernicus, and attempted to have the village recognised as an incorporated community, but this was denied. In 1990 and 2000, the population was 26 people.[citation needed]

As of 2008, only six people were permanently living in the village,[5] and that number was down to 4 people in two homes by 2017, with an average of approximately 12 seasonal residents.

In 2012, private space exploration company SpaceX named Boca Chica as a possible location for the construction of their future private commercial launch site. In August 2014 SpaceX announced that they had selected the Texas Boca Chica location for the new spaceport, and construction began the same year.[6] As of 2018 the site is expected to be used exclusively for launches of their BFR rocket.[7]

Boca Chica Beach[edit]

Boca Chica beach is a sandy peninsula separated from Mexico by the Rio Grande River. The State of Texas owns land on Boca Chica which is designated Boca Chica State Park, although there are no park facilities on this land. [8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Kopernik Shores Populated Place Profile / Cameron County, Texas Data". Retrieved 2014-02-06.
  2. ^ Perez-Treviño, Emma (2014-02-19). "SpaceX continues local land purchases". Valley Morning Star. Retrieved 2014-02-19.
  3. ^ "KOPERNIK SHORES, TX | The Handbook of Texas Online| Texas State Historical Association (TSHA)". Retrieved 2014-02-06.
  4. ^ Martinez, Domingo (August 2016). "Countdown to Liftoff". Texas Monthly. Retrieved 2016-08-19.
  5. ^ "Boca Chica Village, formerly Kopernik Shores, Texas". 2008-02-09. Retrieved 2014-02-06.
  6. ^ "Aerospace Talent in Texas Lauded".
  7. ^ "Block 5 Phone Presser". Gist. Retrieved 2018-10-14.
  8. ^ Danno Wise, Visiting Boca Chica Beach. Retrieved 2014-02-20.

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