“We are still in shock”: Man murdered in Laguna Heights home

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Miguel Angel Aguilera Orduna, a resident of Laguna Heights, was found murdered in his home at 110 Garfield St, in the early morning hours of October 6.  Port Isabel Police Department officers found Aguilera’s body just before 4:00 a.m., after a neighbor called the police. Port Isabel Police Chief Robert Lopez …

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AEP holds ‘Open House’ on upcoming project

By Pamela Cody  Special to the PRESS AEP, American Electric Power, held an open house on South Padre Island, Wednesday, October 9, evening, to inform the public about their extensive construction project commencing this fall in the Port Isabel/SPI area. The South Padre Island and Port Isabel Transmission Improvement Project is an extensive enterprise, the …

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Cameron County Amphitheater opens at Dolphin Cove

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com   Isla Blanca Park received another upgrade from Cameron County, in the form of an open-air amphitheater overlooking the Brazos Santiago Ship Channel. The amphitheater site is in the Dolphin Cove area of Isla Blanca Park. Overall, the project cost $2.1 million, using money from the County Hotel-Motel Venue Tax approved …

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‘Walk for Women’ strides to South Padre Island for 16th year

By Gaige Davila  editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  With 67 women and families assisted and $300,000 raised, this year’s Walk For Women is expected to bring over 1,000 participants during its annual nearly-three-mile “Walk” from the South Padre Island Convention Center to Louie’s Backyard, according to the event’s director and co-founder, Christy Carassco.  Starting Friday, Walk for Women will …

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Tarpons fall short of comeback, lose to Gators 35-34

By Constancio Martinez, Jr. Special to the PRESS After being shutout in the first half, 14-0, the Port Isabel Tarpons came out for the second half with a renewed sense of determination. The Tarpons went on to outscore the La Grulla Gators 34-21 in the second half, but the rally was not enough, as the …

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Texas Rangers investigating suicide attempt in Port Isabel jail

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com    A suicide attempt by a man in Port Isabel Police Department (PIPD) holding cell occurred around two weeks ago, PIPD Chief Robert Lopez confirmed to the PRESS.  The Texas Rangers of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) have taken over the investigation, as per protocol, according to Lopez. Lopez …

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The ‘Carlos Santana of Harmonica’: Tim Gonzalez returns to the Island for two shows

By Angie Gamez Special to the Press Brownsville native and harmonica artist, Tim Gonzalez, from Nashville, Tennessee, will be performing at LongBoard Bar and Grill on South Padre Island Thursday, October 10, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Saturday, October 12, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.   His performances will cover original songs from his …

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Superintendent Says UTRGV Tuition Program Will Positively Change Our Area

Laura Lyles Reagan Special to the PRESS On September 16, 2019, serendipitously Mexican Independence Day, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) announced the UTRGV Tuition Advantage Program, which may foster financial independence for Port Isabel ISD students and families. It is the most expansive free-tuition program among public institutions in the state of …

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GRANTED: After repeated public, city opposition, Cameron County Commissioners grant Annova LNG tax abatement

By Gaige Davila  editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com    Cameron County Commissioners voted to grant Houston-based Annova LNG,a liquified natural gas (LNG) export facility planned for development in the Port of Brownsville area, a ten-year tax abatement, despite opposition from citizens and municipalities of the Laguna Madre area, during their Oct. 1 meeting. A tax abatement is an elimination …

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Point Isabel ISD Special Board Meeting for Selection of Insurance Consultant


By Laura Lyles Reagan Special to the PRESS The Point Isabel ISD School Board interviewed and discuss insurance consultant presentations and bids, then held a vote on which firm to hire. There were no public comments or persons in attendance other than board members and staff.  Last month, PI-ISD Superintendent Theresa Alarcon gave 30-day notice …

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