Life Aquatic: Kemp’s ridley nesting explained

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com June is prime nesting season on South Padre Island for the critically endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtle, and the staff and volunteers at Sea Turtle Inc. are busy caring for both mother turtles and their offspring. The smallest of the seven sea turtle species, Kemp’s ridleys once nested …

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Former Port Isabel Mayor Leo ‘Speck’ Sanders dies

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Former Port Isabel Mayor Leo Floyd Sanders died Monday after battling a brief illness, his family said. Sanders was 90 years old. Known as “Speck” among family, friends and local residents, Sanders served two terms as mayor — 1966-1970 and 1972-1976 — as well as a stint as …

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Island crunches data at Spring Break debriefing session

By KEVIN RICH Special to the PRESS South Padre Island Mayor Dennis Stahl introduced the Spring Break public debriefing meeting held on Wednesday, June 13, stating that over the past two years, “the City has become much more strategic, analytical, and data driven.”  Stahl emphasized a commitment to transparency. “This evening you’re going to see the …

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Ironman: City manager honored for athletic achievement

By MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS Town of Laguna Vista officials surprised their city manager recently by proclaiming June 12 as Rolando Vela Day. The recognition comes from his dedication to fitness, commitment to the Town and continued efforts to the Texas Ironman marathon, according to Mayor Susie Houston. Vela participated in the competition three …

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City revisits smoking ban

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The City of Port Isabel is again considering a smoking ban. The City Commission passed the first reading of a proposed smoking ban ordinance during a special meeting held at City Hall Tuesday, June 19. “This ordinance is an ordinance that would stop smoking in businesses or public …

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Oblate Memorial Prayer Garden blessing slated

By MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church will host a blessing of the new Oblate Memorial Prayer Garden here on Monday, June 25 at 6:30 p.m. The event is open to the public. The new facility, at 705 S. Longoria Street, Port Isabel, commemorates the arrival of the …

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Sign of the times

By MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS Funds from the Community Development Corporation (CDC) were used to purchase the newly installed LED sign in Laguna Vista. The cost of the LED sign was $48,716. This new sign replaces the marquee that was in place for many years. This 4 x 8 LED sign will enable the …

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Woodwinds strong in 2018

By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS Woodwind players sometimes feel neglected and unappreciated.  Of the three main sections of the Silver Tarpon Marching Band people tend to think first of the brass and percussion, and woodwinds almost as an afterthought.  The winds deserve better, without a doubt. To gain a better understanding of the …

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Martinez looks forward to new season

By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS Two-year varsity veteran Daniel Martinez has his eyes on a more successful football season than last year’s turned out to be.  The Press found Martinez at the high school this week, and he took a break from his weight room workout to share his thoughts on the upcoming …

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Del Abra hitting weight room hard

By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS Aaron Del Abra has been hitting the weight room at the high school hard this summer, diligently working to prepare himself for the start of football practice in August.  The Press found Del Abra at the weight room this week and he talked about his workouts and the …

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