SPI holding runoff election

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The City of South Padre Island will host a runoff election for their council’s Place 4 seat. Alita Bagley, the incumbent, received 47% (549) of the total vote, just shy of the 50% needed to secure the election.  Bagley’s challengers, Thomas Bainter, President and Treasurer of nonprofit Costa Cleanups, and Lydia …

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ABISPI’s first art fest highlights local, regional artistry

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Though life has slowed or stopped for some, art continues to survive, and thrive, on South Padre Island.  The Art Business Incubator (ABISPI) hosted their first annual art fest and artisan market on Nov. 14, celebrating their one-year anniversary after opening last November before the COVID-19 pandemic made its way to …

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With football season over, Tarpon athletics continues


By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  Winter sports are on the way for the Tarpons.  Starting on Nov. 30, PI-ISD’s basketball, powerlifting, track and soccer seasons will start. Just as the Tarpons’ fall sports, the seasons will be abbreviated, if they happen at all.  According to PI-ISD Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Tony Villarreal, mock workouts …

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ABI continues creating amid pandemic

By Gaige Davila Editor’s note: This feature appeared in the November 2020 issue of the Parade magazine. All photos are courtesy of ABISPI.  A global, viral pandemic did nothing to stop South Padre Island’s art scene from flourishing, almost a year after South Padre Island’s Art Business Incubator (ABI-SPI, pronounced “abbey”) opened its doors. The …

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Judge extends emergency orders

Staff report  In his seventh extension, Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño Jr. ordered county residents to continue wearing face masks and obeying curfews.  The order went into effect on Tuesday, Nov. 10 and expires on Dec. 2.  A county wide curfew is in effect from 12 a.m. to 5 p.m. For those 17 or younger, …

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Port Isabel Lighthouse reopening Friday

Staff report The Port Isabel Lighthouse will reopen once more, after being closed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Starting Friday, Nov. 13, and after making a reservation, visitors can once again tour the historic Port Isabel Lighthouse, according to its website.  The lighthouse was initially closed on March 17, along with Lighthouse Park, which surrounds …

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Sea Turtle Inc. looks towards future

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Sea Turtle Inc. has new leadership, but its mission remains the same, even as the facility expands perpetually, with further development planned at the 43-year-old nonprofit. Jeff George has retired from Sea Turtle Inc., after working there for 28 years. He told the PRESS he came to the decision while he …

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Two arrested for Long Island Village burglaries

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Two men from Edinburg have been arrested in connection with a string of car burglaries at Long Island Village in Port Isabel.  Lauro Gonzalez Jr. and Everado Zadam Ledesma were charged with six counts of burglary of a vehicle, a Class A Misdemeanor.  Gonzalez and Ledesma allegedly committed the burglaries between …

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Laguna Heights residents arrested on child sexual assault charges

    By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com   Two men in Laguna Heights were arrested for separate child sexual assault cases.  Gerardo Zarate Galindo, 44, was arrested on Aug. 31 after the mother of a child allegedly assaulted by Galindo reported the incident to the Cameron County Constable Pct. 1 office. Galindo allegedly assaulted the victim …

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PI-ISD enters fourth back-to-school phase

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  Port Isabel students will continue phasing back into campuses as the school year continues. Starting Nov. 16, Point Isabel Independent School District (PI-ISD) will begin Phase 4 of their plan to physically reinstate students onto its campuses. In total, 647 students are enrolled at PI-ISD’s four campuses, all of which are …

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