Stahl announces resignation as Island mayor

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com South Padre Island Mayor Dennis Stahl has announced his resignation, effective May of this year. Stahl announced his departure in an email sent to the PRESS Wednesday evening, writing that he had submitted a letter of resignation with City Secretary Susan Hill earlier in the day. Stahl cited …

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In his memory: PIPD rededicates newly renovated shooting range to fallen officer

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Representatives from local, state and federal law enforcement agencies were all on hand Tuesday afternoon as the Port Isabel Police Department hosted a rededication ceremony for their newly renovated shooting range. The facility was named after Cpl. George Dorsett, who died while on duty in 1986. Members of …

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Council freezes event funding

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By KEVIN RICH Special to the PRESS The South Padre Island City Council voted to freeze funds for special events pending a workshop of the newly established “special events committee” can be held to review the City’s funding process and the results that funding generates. That discussion, along with a discussion regarding the expansion of the …

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LV considering new city hall

By MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS Laguna Vista officials will enter discussions to purchase a building to serve as a new city hall. Town Council members Tuesday directed City Manager Rolando Vela to begin talks for the lease or purchase of a 4,784 square-foot building on Santa Isabel Blvd. Property owner Jerry Harbin addressed the …

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Second causeway access still on hold

By MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS The Cameron County Regional Mobile Authority did not have good news for Laguna Vista leaders Tuesday in addressing the status of the access project required for a second causeway locally. Pete Sepulveda, executive director of the CCRMA, said the project remains “on hold.” “It’s been on hold since December …

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Port Isabel preps for Lighthouse fight

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The City of Port Isabel is preparing to ramp up efforts to maintain an existing agreement it has held for several years with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) regarding the operation and maintenance of the historic Port Isabel Lighthouse. The agreement is under threat after two …

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Council mulls temporary scooter ban

By KEVIN RICH Special to the PRESS Placing a temporary ban on motorized scooters, and providing reserved parking for veterans were items for discussion and action during the Wednesday, Feb. 6 meeting of the South Padre Island City Council. Council member Joe Rico brought forward an item regarding the regulation of motor-assisted scooters. Ricco’s concerns were …

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Chilly weather no problem for chili cook-off

By PAMELA CODY Special to the PRESS Dressed in cold weather gear, master of ceremonies Blain McCulloch surveyed the crowd at the 2019 South Padre Island Chili Expo (SPICE) chili and bean cook-off last Saturday at Louie’s Backyard. Putting a positive spin on the frigid, damp weather, McCulloch mused “The weather could be better, but …

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Council mulls Laguna Boulevard improvements

By KEVIN RICH Special to the PRESS Discussions on the condition of Laguna Boulevard, recognition of the finance department, and an announcement of an award to purchase lifesaving equipment highlighted the Wednesday, Feb. 6 meeting of the South Padre Island City Council. Council member Ken Medders brought forth an agenda item regarding improvements to Laguna Boulevard. …

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Laguna Vista, Island to partake in warrant roundup

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By MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS Some 535 letters are being sent this month to people with unpaid tickets issued by the Town of Laguna Vista to pay up or face the prospect of going to jail. “The Town is partnering with its delinquent tax attorneys in participating on ‘The Sweep’ Warrant Roundup, and is …

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