Exploring chainmaille artistry at Alchemaille Exploratorium

Words and Photos by Gaige Davila The Port Isabel Lighthouse, though built in 1852, is not the oldest piece of history in Port Isabel’s Market Square. Down the hill of the lighthouse sits Alchemaille Exploratorium, the workspace and store of Michael DeVeny, Port Isabel’s only chainmaille artist.  “I saw a chainmaille shirt sitting over a …

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Rio History: January Moments in Time

Curated by Steve Hathcock Editor’s note: These articles appeared in the Port Isabel-South Padre Island PRESS on January 8, 1976.   Cable TV Comes to the Laguna Madre At a meeting of the South Padre Island town council, Tom Russell, a representative of the Laguna Madre Cable Company told the council about his companies’ proposal to …

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Nav. District closer to repairing Port Road

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  Port Road is close to receiving a full repaving. The Port Isabel-San Benito Navigation District (PISBND) will head a repair project on Port Road in Port Isabel, applying for a U.S. Economic Development Administration grant. The City of Port Isabel passed a resolution approving the grant application during a Jan. 12 …

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Help Wanted: Manuel’s crowdfunds to stay open

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com A local restaurant known around the country is using online crowdfunding to stay open, as COVID-19 continues to impact businesses in the Laguna Madre.  Manuel’s Restaurant, at 313 Maxan St. in Port Isabel, is now crowdfunding in an effort to stay open.  “Meeting new people from all over the world and …

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SPI Police Reports: Jan. 5 – Jan. 12

Curated by Steve Hathcock Editor’s note: The following police reports are edited for length and clarity.  DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATED On Jan. 6, 2021, at approximately 4:17 p.m. Officers were advised of a major vehicle accident at the intersection of the 2500 block of Padre Boulevard and 100 E. Amberjack Street. Upon arrival an officer made …

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Daiquiris to-go comes to South Padre

Photos and Words By Gaige Davila South Padre Parade Louisiana has made its mark on South Padre Island, in the form of a familiar drink served in an unfamiliar way, served to-go.  Island Daiquiris 2 Go is now serving frozen cocktails just off South Padre Island’s entertainment district, with old favorites and new flavors for …

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PI-ISD extends winter break


By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com In an unanimous vote, the Point Isabel ISD (PI-ISD) school board voted to extend winter break across campuses, as district employees and students test positive for, or were exposed to, COVID-19.  During an emergency school board meeting on Jan. 4, PI-ISD Superintendent Theresa Capistran says district employees have tested positive or …

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Houston reflects on 11 years as mayor

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  Late last year, Susie Houston sat on the Laguna Vista Town Council dais for the last time. In her post-mayoral life,  Houston told the PRESS at Laguna Vista’s Roloff Park last November, there’s a void, after serving as the Town of Laguna Vista’s mayor for 11 and a half years, from …

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Caballero sworn in to SPI council

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  South Padre Island’s city council has a new face, starting this week. Lydia Caballero assumed her Place 4 seat on South Padre Island’s city council during a meeting on Jan. 6, where she was sworn in.  Caballero and incumbent Alita Bagley went into a runoff election after Election Day on Nov. …

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Year in Review: 2020 in Retrospective


By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com So ends the year that felt like several. Going into 2021, the United States, Texas and the Laguna Madre area will continue to endure the COVID-19 pandemic. But with vaccines slowly making their arrival locally, there’s hope that the virus will be contained soon.  Outside of the pandemic, life carried on …

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