ICE subpoenaing Port Isabel, Island businesses as agency conducts raids nationally

By GAIGE DAVILA Special to the PRESS Since Monday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents have been issuing subpoenas to Port Isabel and South Padre Island restaurants and hotels, seeking their employees’ records. According to local business owners, ICE is also seeking businesses’ records and employees’ personal information, such as addresses and phone numbers. The …

Continue reading

Permanent link to this article: https://www.portisabelsouthpadre.com/2019/07/18/ice-subpoenaing-port-isabel-island-businesses-as-agency-conducts-raids-nationally/

SPI city council address golf cart issues

By PAMELA CODY Special to the PRESS After swearing in newly minted Mayor Patrick McNulty and bidding adieu to outgoing Mayor Dennis Stahl, the SPI City Council spent the majority of its regular meeting on Wednesday night discussing how to regulate the burgeoning golf cart rental businesses on the Island. Before presenting the former mayor …

Continue reading

Permanent link to this article: https://www.portisabelsouthpadre.com/2019/07/18/spi-city-council-address-golf-cart-issues/

Pinkerton honored: Multimodal facility opens, dedicated to former mayor

By ANGIE GAMEZ Special to the PRESS The Island Metro MultiModal Grand Opening was on Friday, July 12, and it was a grand opening indeed. With a ceremony that included a full program – speakers (local officials and funding partners), Color Guard march, singer Leslie Blasing, dedication, ribbon cutting, refreshments, and a tour of the …

Continue reading

Permanent link to this article: https://www.portisabelsouthpadre.com/2019/07/18/pinkerton-honored-multimodal-facility-opens-dedicated-to-former-mayor/

Former Yacht Club Hotel land listed for sale, nearly $1M

By Gaige Davila Special to the PRESS As of July 6, the former site of the Yacht Club Hotel, now 1.7 acres of undeveloped land after the 92-year-old building was demolished in December 2018, is listed for sale for $899,000, according to a recent posting on real estate database company Zillow. Armando Martinez, owner of …

Continue reading

Permanent link to this article: https://www.portisabelsouthpadre.com/2019/07/18/former-yacht-club-hotel-land-listed-for-sale-nearly-1m/

Fischer excited for Color Guard

By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS   Layla Kate Fischer is an incoming senior at Port Isabel High and has been a member of the Silver Tarpon Marching Band since she was in the eighth grade. Previously, she played trumpet and was a part of the frontal ensemble for the Friday night halftime shows …

Continue reading

Permanent link to this article: https://www.portisabelsouthpadre.com/2019/07/18/fischer-excited-for-color-guard/

Martinez will balance band, athletics

By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS Port Isabel High junior Karina Martinez balances participation in band with athletics, and even plans to have time for the academic part of high school life. The Press sat with Martinez in the school cafeteria recently where she spoke about how she thinks she can get it all …

Continue reading

Permanent link to this article: https://www.portisabelsouthpadre.com/2019/07/18/martinez-will-balance-band-athletics/

Rio History: Colonel Sam’s Dream

By Steve Hathcock Special to the PARADE We “in the know” celebrated a colorful man who had a dream Colonel Sam was a man unafraid to dream. Born in DeWitt, Missouri, on July 10, 1867, Sam left home at fifteen to work on the railroad. A quick learner, young Sam moved up the ladder and …

Continue reading

Permanent link to this article: https://www.portisabelsouthpadre.com/2019/07/18/rio-history-colonel-sams-dream-2/

PI property owners protest power poles

By PAMELA CODY Special to the PRESS The City of Port Isabel held a special meeting on Wednesday evening, July 10, where several concerned Port Isabel property owners spoke during the public comment portion of the meeting to address concerns about power poles being placed in front of their properties. Don Miguel Escamilla owns several …

Continue reading

Permanent link to this article: https://www.portisabelsouthpadre.com/2019/07/12/pi-property-owners-protest-power-poles/

Blessing of the fleet: Shrimpers hope for bountiful season

By FREDDY JIMENEZ Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com With summer here and as the shrimping season will be initiating soon, the Texas Shrimp Association (TSA), per tradition, hosted the Blessing of the Fleet on Tuesday, July 9 at the Brownsville Shrimp Basin. Children, women, and men- shrimping families, TSA employees, and Reverent Mark Watters came …

Continue reading

Permanent link to this article: https://www.portisabelsouthpadre.com/2019/07/12/blessing-of-the-fleet-shrimpers-hope-for-bountiful-season/

Multi-modal facility opening

By ANGIE GAMEZ Special to the PRESS   After eight years in the making, the Island Metro Multi-Modal Facility is complete. The facility, located at 321 Padre Boulevard, opens on Friday, July and the public is invited to the dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony starting at 10:00 a.m. Nikki Soto, Public Information Officer, said, “the …

Continue reading

Permanent link to this article: https://www.portisabelsouthpadre.com/2019/07/12/multi-modal-facility-opening/