Council hopefuls square off at candidate forum

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Issues regarding economic development, fiscal responsibility, attracting tourists, and sustaining both business and the environment highlighted the bulk the conversation during a candidate forum hosted by the South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce Tuesday evening. The forum, which was held at the South Padre Island Convention Centre, was …

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Body found near Andy Bowie Park

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The body of a man was found Monday on the beaches of South Padre Island not far from Andy Bowie Park, officials report. “When I got the call, he was … in the water on the beach,” said Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace Bennie Ochoa, III during …

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Sandcastle Days: Beachside event greeted with perfect weather

By PAMELA CODY Special to the PRESS One of South Padre Island’s longest running and most popular events took place last weekend, with the 31st Annual Sandcastle Days setting up shop once again on the shore at Clayton’s Beach Bar. The family friendly free attraction was graced with picture perfect weather, with minimal rain and …

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It’s Personal: Walk for Women attendees share how breast cancer has affected them

By PAMELA CODY Special to the PRESS They say it takes a village, but in this case, it takes an Island, to help those fighting breast cancer in the lower Rio Grande Valley. For 15 years now, a large contingent of dedicated volunteers on South Padre Island have worked tirelessly to provide financial aid and …

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High tides force beach closures

Update: All County beach accesses have been reopened as of Friday, Oct. 12. County officials urge swimmers to maintain caution as rip currents are still expected. By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com High tides and powerful surf prompted the closure of several Cameron County beach accesses this week. Boca Chica Beach, along with County …

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Island approves $400,000 to coax more flights to region

By KEVIN RICH Special to the PRESS “Welcome back American Airlines to the Harlingen airport,” declared South Padre Island Mayor Dennis Stahl at the opening of a City Council meeting last Wednesday. “We support both our Cameron County airports,” added Stahl. He also shared that the audience would be hearing more about that news during a …

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Church to hold two-day fall festival

By MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS A two-day fall festival featuring family fun and games for the Laguna Madre area is scheduled Oct. 13-14 by Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Port Isabel. Chalupa games with prizes, a country store, cake walks and children’s games will be conducted on the church grounds. …

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Ground assault dooms Gators

By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS The Port Isabel Tarpons got their rushing game going in a big way, the defense got the second-half shutout, and P.I. ended their non-district schedule on a winning note with a 48-21 victory over the Grulla Gators last Friday at Homecoming. Senior quarterback Cesar Aguilera ran wild for …

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Band gets first contest in

By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS After months of preparation and practices under the hot sun the Port Isabel Silver Tarpon Marching Band finally marched in its first contest last Saturday at Mercedes. The judges’ ratings were acceptable, for a first contest, and Port Isabel Head Director of Bands Scott Hartsfield was not too …

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Lady Tarpons fall at Hidalgo

By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS The Port Isabel Lady Tarpon volleyball team lost their match with the Hidalgo Lady Pirates in straight sets Tuesday night. Hidalgo won on their home court by the scores of 25-17, 25-6, 25-7.  The loss was the eighth straight in district play for Port Isabel.  Last Friday they …

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