More Texas businesses allowed to reopen this week

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Bars, bowling alleys, bingo halls, zoos, skating rinks, aquariums, rodeos and natural caverns can reopen this Friday, May 22, per order from Texas Governor Greg Abbott, at 25 percent capacity. Also starting Friday, restaurants can increase their occupancy limit to 50 percent. Child care facilities reopened this past Monday, May 18, …

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Gulfpoint prepares for rebuild after massive fire

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Gulfpoint Condominiums will rebuild its “B” building after a massive fire engulfed the 27-unit property this past Saturday.  The rebuild will take anywhere from 24 to 30 months, according to Carlos Chacon, owner of Chacon Realty, the entity who manages Gulfpoint Condominiums, said.  The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives …

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NOAA predicts “busy” Atlantic hurricane season

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The Atlantic Ocean, where the Gulf of Mexico lies, has a 60 percent chance to have an “above-normal” hurricane season, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), with a range of 13 to 19 named storms developing. Six to ten of these storms could become hurricanes, with 3 to …

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World’s largest mesquite carved turtle unveiled on SPI

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com A hand-carved, seven-foot and ten inch tall by eight-foot-long, six and half-foot wide wooden sea turtle sculpture is now displayed in front of Sea Ranch Restaurant, in what the City of South Padre Island calls a “record breaking tribute” to South Padre Island sea turtles. . The 400-pound, mesquite wood sculpture, …

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6th Annual Summer Causeway Run & Fitness Walk cancelled

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  This summer’s Causeway Run and Fitness Walk, hosted by the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce, has been cancelled. The Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce board cancelled the event on Wednesday morning, May 20, saying they were concerned for participants’ safety.  The run was scheduled for June 6, initially, before being rescheduled …

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Abbott: Bars, bowling alleys and bingo can reopen Friday

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Bars, bowling alleys, bingo halls, zoos, skating rinks, aquariums, rodeos and natural caverns can reopen this Friday, May 22, per order from Texas Governor Greg Abbott, at 25 percent capacity. Also starting Friday, restaurants can increase their occupancy limit to 50 percent. Child care facilities can reopen today, along with massage …

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Large fire engulfs Gulfpoint building on SPI

  By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com A South Padre Island condominium building has been destroyed by an early Saturday morning fire. A fire broke out at Gulfpoint Condominiums, on 200 Padre Boulevard next to the Sapphire Towers, at 7:36 a.m. on May 16, according to National Weather Service reports, after a lightning strike hit the building …

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Sandcastle Village becoming PIHS Class of 2020 tribute

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Sandcastle Village, outside of Gravity Park and Louie’s Backyard on South Padre Island, is going through another facelift, celebrating the graduation season, specifically for Port Isabel High School’s class of 2020.  Initially, the Sandcastle Village was undergoing a “spring breaker-friendly theme,” before the global COVID-19 pandemic made the sand sculptors stop …

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SPI says no restaurants cited for violating 25 percent occupancy rule

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com No Island restaurants have been cited for violating the state-mandated 25 percent occupancy rule, according to the City of South Padre Island. Code enforcement officers and health inspectors with the city have not given citations for other regulations related to Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s order to reopen Texas businesses either.  The …

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Salinas respond to PI’s partial motion to dismiss lawsuit

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Robert Salinas, former administrator for the Port Isabel Economic Development Corporation, has responded to the City of Port Isabel’s partial motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Salinas, via his lawyer.  Salinas’ lawyer, Mark A. Sanchez, writes in the response that Salinas has given sufficient evidence that his due process rights …

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