Abbott orders local governments, schools to end mask mandates

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  By this weekend, local governments cannot require face mask wearing within their buildings, according to a new executive order by Texas Governor Greg Abbott.  Issued on May 18, the order is going into effect on Friday, May 21. “The Lone Star State continues to defeat COVID-19 through the use of widely-available …

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Sea turtle hit by car survives

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  As sea turtles return to their nesting sites on South Padre Island, Sea Turtle Inc. is warning drivers to slow down, after a 70lb Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle was run over by a truck this past Sunday.  Around 2:30 p.m. on May 16, a Sea Turtle Inc. staff member was patrolling …

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Storm briefly floods Laguna Madre area

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  Flooding, debris and down traffic lights greeted Laguna Madre residents Wednesday afternoon as a large storm made a brief pass through the area.  The storm traveled from Hidalgo County to Cameron County during the early morning hours of May 19, moving up to Willacy County before moving down to the coast, …

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Island Matters hosting panel on local journalism

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com   An up-and-coming South Padre Island news source will host their first event this weekend, highlighting the importance of local journalism.  The online-only, nonprofit newspaper, Island Matters, funded and operated by the POWC (formerly Property Owners Who Care), is hoping to bring more awareness of its presence on South Padre Island. As …

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SPI skatepark opens

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  The unmistakable hum of polyurethane wheels gliding against concrete greeted excited spectators this past Saturday, with skateboarders already taking advantage of South Padre Island’s newly opened skatepark.  The City of South Padre Island officially opened the John L. Tompkins Skatepark on May 8, during a ribbon cutting ceremony that featured the …

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Laguna Madre housing market nearly sold out

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  Homes in the Laguna Madre area are few, but their prices are increasing, and being bought faster than before. According to the latest data from the Texas REALTOR Data Relevance Project, compiled by the South Padre Island Board of Realtors. The data is from the first quarter (Q1) of this year, …

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SPI expands number of food truck permits

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  More food trucks can operate on South Padre Island, if they can secure a permit. The City of South Padre Island has added 6 more food truck permits to the 12 previously issued, meaning 18 food trucks total can operate in the city.  City council members unanimously increased the available permits …

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Galvan sworn in to PI-ISD school board

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  Just shy of two weeks after Election Day, Emily Galvan has been sworn into Point Isabel ISD’s (PI-ISD) school board.  During a May 12 school board meeting, former Cameron County Justice of the Peace Pct. Benito Ochoa III swore in Galvan, surrounded by her family.  “Thank you for the opportunity, and …

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Laguna Madre Literature: Transcending time with “The Port of Drifting Men”

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The old adage of locals and returning tourists is that Port Isabel never changes. It is always the town between land and sea, where the high school sports teams are named after fish caught five miles away from the fields and courts they play on.  Maybe that’s true for the last …

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Mars-bound and down: Aboard the “Anne” with the Mars Ocean Analogs

  By Gaige Davila Special to the PRESS  Port Isabel is no stranger to sailors, but the depths of one group of sailors’ mission could not be more stranger. The schooner Anne and its crew–Andrew West, Gwen Whitney, John Wolfe, Reid Stowe, Kate Wicks, Oliver Parody, and Eric Goss–sailed from Miami, Florida, to Port Isabel …

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