Governor Abbott mandates face coverings in public statewide

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Texas Governor Greg Abbott has issued an executive order requiring all Texans to wear face coverings in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases. The executive order, which can be read in full here, goes into effect 12:01 p.m. Friday, July 3. “Wearing a face covering in public is proven …

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Rio History: A Brief History of the Queen

  By Steve Hathcock Special to the PRESS The idea of connecting Padre Island to the mainland had been floated for over 25 years before the following notice appeared in the November 16, 1925 issue of The Galveston Daily News: D.E. Colp, member of the state park board, announced plans for a scenic beach drive …

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SPIPD Reports: June 22 – June 29

Curated by Steve Hathcock Editor’s note: The following South Padre Island police reports have been edited for clarity and according to AP Style.  IDENTITY THEFT: FRAUDULENT USE OR POSS OF ID INFO (FEL) On June 24, 2020, an officer was dispatched to 4601 Padre Blvd (Police Lobby) in reference to theft of personal information. Upon …

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Cameron County closes county parks, beach accesses and issues curfew for 12 days

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño, Jr., has ordered the closure of Cameron County’s parks and beach accesses and has issued a curfew for 12 days, starting Tuesday. The orders, issued on June 29, will run from June 30 to July 13. The county’s beach parks and accesses will close at 7:00 …

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H-E-B confirms Port Isabel store employee tests positive for COVID-19

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com H-E-B has confirmed an employee at their Port Isabel store has tested positive for COVID-19. The employee was last in the store on June 19. A link to the announcement, posted on June 27, can be found here. “All directly affected Partners at the location have been notified and the store …

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H-E-B limits toilet paper, eggs, disinfectant purchasing

Staff report H-E-B is placing purchasing limits on more items as COVID-19 cases continue to increase in Texas. Some of the items with purchasing limits are unique to stores in the “Border Region” area, such as H-E-B stores in Port Isabel and San Benito. H-E-B is limiting the purchase of the following items per shopping …

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Residents organize in solidarity with #BlackLivesMatter movement

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Residents of Port Isabel have organized in solidarity with the #BlackLivesMatter movement, through protests at the Port Isabel Lighthouse and a future Facebook page dedicated to the movement coming soon.  On June 7, Mark Peabody and several others protested in front of the Port Isabel Lighthouse, waving signs advocating for stopping …

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SPI cancels Fourth of July fireworks show

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The City of South Padre Island has cancelled their Fourth of July firework show as COVID-19 cases increase across Cameron County. “The Fourth of July holiday will be different without the firework show this year,” South Padre Island Mayor Patrick McNulty said in a press release. “If we follow the protocols …

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PIDC detainee pleads for life after issued final deportation order

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com A Ugandan man detained in the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Port Isabel Detention Center (PIDC) is pleading for his life after receiving an imminent deportation order. Steven, 36, has been detained at Port Isabel Detention Center since December 2018, after presenting himself at the U.S. Port of Entry in …

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“We didn’t even have our first wave yet” Cameron County warns residents as COVID-19 cases increase

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  Texas continues to see its COVID-19 cases rise, with 13 consecutive days of record-high hospitalizations since June 12. Cameron County’s cases are rising right along with the rest of the state. Over the weekend, Cameron County Public Health confirmed 175 cases of COVID-19, with the county’s daily case rate rising. Then, …

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