Causeway warning system trips from possible power outage, high winds

Safety barrier comes down, bridge access halted, reopened after nearly two hours By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com     UPDATE: Eastbound and Westbound lanes have been reopened as of 10:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. The Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway shut down on Wednesday morning just before 9:00 a.m. on February 26, Wednesday. The initial cause was …

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Tarpons Take No. 2 Seed into Playoffs

  By Larry Gage Special to the PRESS The Port Isabel Tarpons basketball team takes the No. 2 seed and an eight-game winning streak into this year’s playoffs.  The Tarpons closed out the district season with wins over Zapata, 70-65 at home last Friday, and 51-48, at Progreso this past Monday, February 17.   It’s now …

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Meza appointed LV city manager

By MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS Former Port Isabel City Manager Ed Meza was appointed Tuesday to serve as the Town of Laguna Vista’s city manager.  The action was taken following an executive session in a specially called meeting where the Council deliberated the matter before returning to open session for a unanimous vote …

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Movie Review: Sonic the Hedgehog

By David Lee Zamora Special to the Parade Sonic the Hedgehog, a blue hedgehog who can run at supersonic speed, hence the name, first appeared in 1991, in the video game Sonic the Hedgehog. Sonic is the main protagonist in almost all of the games in the series, spanning well over 90 games and many …

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Rio History: Metal Detecting Tips

By Steve Hathcock Special to the PARADE To me, Spring Break is the unofficial opening day of a new metal detecting season. Thousands of college kids partying on the beach, losing coins, jewelry and sunglasses. Ahh yes, just beneath the warm sands of South Padre Island, lies a veritable treasure trove awaiting discovery. When surf …

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“We are ready”: SPI outlines spring break preparations

Angie Gamez Special to the PRESS The month of March on South Padre Island doesn’t conjure up thoughts of the start of spring, spring cleaning, or the time to plant annuals. Rather, it’s the anticipation of a flock of spring breakers, endless traffic, patrol cars, sirens, a crowded beach, and rowdy partying during most of …

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Lady Tarpons Bow Out in Bi-district

By Larry Gage Special to the PRESS The Port Isabel Lady Tarpons’ postseason run has ended after one game.  The Lady Tarpons lost their first-round basketball playoff game to Sinton, 55-26, at Alice High School, in Alice, Texas, on Tuesday, February 18, night.  “We trailed 8-0 in the first quarter and we called timeout,” head …

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Reagan selected director of CAC

By ALAN RAMIREZ Special to the PRESS The Children’s Advocacy Center of Cameron and Willacy Counties have announced Rio Grande Valley native Laura Lyles Regan as the new Executive Director of their organization. Reagan has been a contributor to the PRESS since last summer, where she’s written parenting columns and reported on South Padre Island.  …

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SPI council selects Soto as new city secretary, makes changes to Padre Blvd median project

By Pamela Cody Special to the PRESS      The SPI City Council held its regular meeting Wednesday, February 19, to discuss items of business including naming a new city secretary and amending the landscaping plans currently underway on the Island’s medians.      After an impressive 35-year career as city secretary, Susan Manning is retiring on March 31, …

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Tiger shrimp caught on Port Isabel shrimp boat

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Two eleven-inch tiger shrimp, or giant tiger prawns (penaeus monodon) were caught off the Louisiana coast by a shrimp boat captained by Frankie Perez, operating out of Twin City Shrimp Company in Port Isabel. The shrimp were caught in 28 fathoms of water (168 feet).  Tiger shrimp have a distinctive black …

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