In Training: Cameron County Beach Patrol readies lifeguard recruits

Cameron County Beach Patrol readies lifeguard recruits By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com A trio of would-be ocean lifeguards raced towards the surf near the jetties at Isla Blanca Park Tuesday, their heels kicking up sand and sprays of saltwater as they went. Their eyes focused keenly on the distance where the largest waves …

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LV okays MOU for Ecotourism Center

Laguna Vista

By MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS Laguna Vista officials Tuesday approved a Memorandum of Understanding with Cameron County for use of 10 acres of land for construction of the South Texas Ecotourism Visitor Center on a Town-owned 23-acre tract on Hwy. 100. The action further commits the Town and County to a partnership in building …

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Lafitte’s Well to receive upgrade

By MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS Laguna Vista’s Town Council Tuesday approved the recommendation of their Community Development Corporation to fund up to $3,290 in improvements to Lafitte’s Well. The local landmark is named for the notorious pirate Jean Lafitte, who legend says, obtained his fresh water supply from this well. Lafitte is said to …

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Council commits $50,000 to reef project

By KEVIN RICH Special to the PRESS Funding for the RGV Reef project, fleet maintenance, shoreline master planning, and updating storm drainage plans highlighted the South Padre Island City Council meeting held on June 6. Council considered a proposed $50,000 budget amendment from Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) excess reserves for Friends of the RGV Reef …

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Hill discusses ‘emergency dredging’

By PAMELA CODY Special to the PRESS City of South Padre Island Shoreline Director Brandon Hill gave a presentation Tuesday evening at the South Padre Island Birding & Nature Center, speaking to a group of Texas Master Naturalists and other concerned citizens about the city’s latest plan to renourish Island beaches. The Nearshore Berm Nourishment …

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Beach renourishment project surpasses halfway mark

By KEVIN RICH Special to the PRESS Presentations on Shoreline Department projects, consideration of beach and dune permits, and discussions on beach-side restroom facility solutions highlighted the June 11 meeting of the South Padre Island Shoreline Taskforce. Shoreline Management Director Brandon Hill provided Task Force members with a review of shoreline related projects, including an update …

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Talent abounds in Silver Tarpon percussion

By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS There will be no shortage of talent in the percussion section of this year’s Silver Tarpon Marching Band.  That’s partly because almost everybody from last year’s drum section is returning for the 2018 marching season. Just as any football coach is happy to have almost all of his …

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Maldonado working hard to get ready

By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS Senior linebacker Robert Maldonado has been hard at work getting ready for the 2018 football season.  The Press found him in the weight room at the Port Isabel High athletic department this week and he talked about what he’s been doing in and out of the weight room …

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Letter to the Editor for June 14, 2018

Special to the PRESS Editor, In America’s Name This Administration violates the Constitution at the southern border by forcibly separating children from parents, not communicating where the other is and unable to contact them. Unfortunately most Americans are unaware the 5th Amendment’s “Due Process” clause applies to ALL persons on our soil. We’re also unaware …

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Writer’s Block: Lawns as a Metaphor for Life

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com A few months ago, my dad bought a small, rectangular foam pad. I asked him what it was for and he said it was for his knees. “Have you seen the grass?” he asked before I could say anything further. Outside, in the front yard, the tiniest spears …

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