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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The Great Padre Island Coyote Hunt

By Steve Hathcock Special to the PARADE Editor’s note: This article appeared in the May 2021 edition of the South Padre Parade.  The time was 1931: Al Capone controlled Chicago and Will Rogers had yet to “meet a man (he) didn’t like.” Padre Island was a lonely, desolated place in the early 1930s, with only …

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TIFT opens registration for 81st year

Staff report  The Texas International Fishing Tournament (TIFT) has opened its online registration for its 81st year, giving anglers a chance to return to the Laguna Madre and the Gulf of Mexico after the tournament was cancelled last year due to COVID-19 concerns.  TIFT starts July 28 and ends Aug. 1.  Registration fees are as …

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SPI skatepark opens this Saturday

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  The City of South Padre Island will unveil its official skatepark this Saturday, May 8, after just over two months of construction and years worth of planning, pleading and advocacy.  The city broke ground on the park, located on 6100 Padre Blvd, on Feb. 9, after receiving several grants to build …

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Port Isabel: A brief view at its history

By Rene Torres Special to the PRESS Port Isabel for sale! The complete sale of the sea village occurred in the Spring of 1927.  The acquisition was announced in Brownsville and the following year, it was incorporated into an official town. On this historical day, the city began its march toward establishing a modern city …

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