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    • alyhna diane torres on December 8, 2012 at 11:31 am
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    Dear Santa, my name is Alyhna Diane Torres…i am 5 years old…..i have been a good girl this year….for Christmas i want a tea party set, a microphone, a karaoke machine, a stage so my mommy and daddy to hear me sing, i want a art set so i can color and paint, stickers, a computer and a lot …a lot of toys….thank you i will leave you you cookies and milk next to my Christmas tree….thank you

    • Dhynnia Alexandria Picado on December 8, 2012 at 11:36 am
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    dear santa, my name is Dhynnia Alexandria Picado i am 3 years old…..i have been good girl….i want a microphone, dora guitar, dora piano, dora mermaid and cinderella toys…..thank you

    • Jose Alberto Torres on December 8, 2012 at 11:42 am
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    Dear Santa…my name is Jose Alberto Torres i am 6 years old….i have been a good boy…my grades are good and i behave….. for christmas i want WWE 13 game for ps3, Grand theft auto game for ps3, Lego star wars game for ps3, medal of honor for psp, indiana jones lego for ps3 and a lot of toys for me…thank you santa ps i will have some cookies and milk next to my christmas tree

    • Ruby O'Connor on January 22, 2013 at 11:06 am
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    I am a Winter Texan, and I would like to subscribe to your paper today. I would like to receive this week’s issue.

    • Nicholas Scott Laznovsky on January 23, 2013 at 12:17 am
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    Do you all need any paper routes to be done? I want to make some extra cash if there is.

    • Angie Reeves on March 8, 2013 at 4:22 pm
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    Could you please post pictures of academic all state basketball players and all state football players in your online edition? Also, the article about the honors received by the boys and girls basketball players “Tarps and Lady Tarps Score Honors”. Thanks

    1. Angie, our apologies for just getting back to you. The story and pictures you requested have been posted. Please scroll down to the earliest entries of March 14 after following this link:

    • Lee Bachar on September 20, 2013 at 10:43 am
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    For a journalism project,I would greatly appreciate if you can please send me a current sample printed copy of both the Sourh Padre Parade Magazine and the Port Isabel South Padre Press newspaper. Thank you. Please mail these to Lee Bachar 4961 Bonsai Circle#211 Palm Beach Gardens Florida 33418

  1. Hi Sasha,

    My name is Gayle Hood and I am a Realtor on the island with Padre Elite Team – RE/MAX 1st Choice. We write a blog for our website and I am always looking for news. Most of the time, I use the City and the Chamber’s information from their newsletters but I do find things in your newspaper also. Is it OK if I use your articles to blog if I say it is from you? When Matt was there, we got permission from him but we just want to be sure it is OK to use your info now.

    I am also on the South Padre Island Board of Realtors and if you want someone to help you with articles on real estate, we have sources from Texas Assoc of Realtors and National Assoc of Realtors that provide articles for us. Lindsey Martinez is our Association Executive and if you call her, she will probably provide them for you. 956-772-1940.

    My phone number is 956-459-9536 if you want to call or you can email at the address above. Thanks for improving our local paper. It is much improved these days since you came.

    Gayle Hood

    • Pat Rasmussen on November 17, 2013 at 8:32 pm
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    I’d like to get the paper newsletter. Please advise how I can subscribe.

    • James Goltz on January 30, 2014 at 11:31 am
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    Dear Editor, I am a Winter Texan. I have nothing but great things to say about the people who work so hard at making our visits to SPI a pleasure. I hope those same people have great experiences with my fellow temporary Texans. I have seldom witnessed any acts of bad behavior by either party. The people that assist us are mostly bilingual. They are trying hard to be the best at their job. Sometimes they were only hired in the past month to help cover the influx of people like ourselves. My experience here has taught me these people also have to deal with many dialects from outside the Rio Grande Valley. It must be tough.
    My fellow Winter Texans, you are the face of how we will be remembered by this community long after we are gone. Feel the island vibe, remain chill, treat those helping you with great respect, tip well, try and put a smile on the face of everyone you meet while here. Who knows, you may become an even better person than you already are.
    Viva Winter Texans.
    James K. Goltz

    • Deanna Gallion on March 11, 2014 at 4:43 pm
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    I am interested in publishing my Mother’s obit in the Port Isabel/South Padre Press. She was a 30 year resident on South Padre and had many friends and neighbors in the area. Your assistance will be appreciated. Thank you.
    Deanna Gallion, Edmond, OK

    • Terry Davis on June 26, 2014 at 11:26 am
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    I need some info. I am a subscriber to the paper version of the paper and have been for some time, somewhere in the first part of May of this year I realized I was no longer getting the current issue of the “Parade” magazine insert. At first I thought it was an accident, but then realized it is not coming at all! As long as I have been getting the newspaper the “Parade” has been a part of it, now it has stopped. I didn’t receive any notification of this nor did I see any story about the changes in the newspaper. Ray’s “Editor’s Note” column is now appearing in the newspaper and it had always been in the “Parade” before. In short, I really enjoy the “Parade” and all of its content (and not All of the columns, photos, and ads have been moved to the newspaper), I want it back and I feel that my present subscription should include it, at least until the subscription expires. I do see that the “Parade” is still alive and kicking once I got on line to send you this E-mail. I’m from a different generation, one that still enjoys getting and reading a “REAL” newspaper, the newspaper’s smell, and yes, even getting the ink smudges on my fingers. So let me know what’s up and how we can rectify this situation to our mutual satisfaction. Just for the record I feel that your present format of the paper and the “Parade”, the writers and editors, the columns and the reporting are all the BEST it has ever been, so please keep that up. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Terry Davis

    • Thor on August 21, 2014 at 5:45 pm
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    Do u accept guest editorials. Written one for What is word limit for paper vs. e-version

    1. Thor, my apologies for the delay in replying to your question. Yes we do accept guest editorials. You can email them to Please keep the word length at about 500 words. We may accept longer entries but prefer the 500 range. Thank you for reading.

    • sergio on September 30, 2015 at 5:48 pm
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    hello l am traveling weekend to padre island and saw in the news that there are red tide
    wanted to know if the beaches are open from not so nearby beach recomineda me to go that is not this phenomenon
    thank you

    • Joseph P Hamby on October 3, 2015 at 11:49 pm
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    Retired. Worked with Disney Training, Ritz Carlton, Southwest Airlines, etc as Consultant and Facilitator. I will be happy to assist some restaurants and businesses with training and some marketing and my charges will be retirement-type fees/reasonable.. contact me at

    • Larry Polsky on October 5, 2015 at 1:14 pm
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    can you please email the article on my stepdaughter celia garza written 2 weeks ago..she is a freshman volleybal lplayer at point isabel high school

    • Rae Lynn Merritt on December 2, 2015 at 6:01 pm
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    Looking for pictures and news article from the years of 1975-1980. How would I research those?

    • Rae Lynn Merritt on December 2, 2015 at 6:04 pm
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    Looking for pictures and news article dated from 1975-1980.

    • Michael Butler on February 14, 2019 at 7:19 pm
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    You need a place on this site to make a payment for the paper. Right now you MUST call, in this day and age; it should be a simple Click & Pay.

    • Jan Dodd on October 1, 2019 at 4:49 pm
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    I just wanted t o tell everyone that Gail Heinz, PA-C is BACK!!! She is now Tropical Health Care at 413 Railroad St between Garcia and Tarnava, Welcome back Gail!!

    • John Browne on March 12, 2020 at 2:56 pm
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    How come the large Spring Break gatherings on South Padre Island have not been cancelled? All such gatherings should be canceled due to the coronavirus.

    • Enriqueta Cisneros on April 24, 2020 at 6:33 pm
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    I want a place an add. Need to pay by debit card over the phone. Please contact me at 956 521 5123. Thank you

    • Hugo R Lira on May 29, 2020 at 7:50 pm
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    What can we do on Beach area…due to Cov19?
    Or if on pool on hotels ?
    What is permitted..
    Are you requiring Mask to walk on side walks? Or beaches?

    • Karma Ellermeier on August 17, 2020 at 6:38 pm
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    We would like to subscribe to the Port Isabel News.

    • Debo on August 19, 2020 at 10:39 am
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    Please call about placing a ad. Thanks 956-266-8570

    • Marilee Blake on August 27, 2020 at 1:53 pm
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    I paid for an obituary for Sandra Louise Sabin to appear in the paper today. I cannot find it. All the obits are from prior years. How do I find it??

    • Paula Sanders on August 30, 2020 at 10:27 am
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    This is Paula Sanders from Angry Tias and Abuelas. If you would send me a link to your story this past week about Steven Tendo, I would be glad to post it on our website and Facebook.

    Paula Sanders

    • Madeleine T Sandefur on August 31, 2020 at 10:27 am
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    Good morning – I am subscriber of the PI Press and receive a hard copy of your paper. I believe our subscription normally renews in August, but I have not yet received your renewal notice, as I normally do. Can I renew on-line? Also, I would like to add the e-edition….

    Please advise how I can accomplish this – thanks!

    • Madeleine Sandefur on August 31, 2020 at 10:34 am
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    Please disregard in part my previous e-mail; I found the way to subscribe to the e-edition, but I would still like the paper edition also – how can I renew that? Does it still have to be in person, like in past years?

    1. Hi, Madeleine.

      Yes, we can definitely help you with that! We can complete your renewal over email. Please email me at and we can go from there.

    • Leslie Frazier on September 9, 2020 at 4:48 am
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    How do I pay for a yearly subscription for this newspaper?

    1. Hi, Leslie.

      Call the PRESS office anytime Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at (956) 943-5545, or email me at to set up a subscription. Inside Cameron County, yearly subscriptions are $22 for a combined print and online subscription. Outside of Cameron County, it is $36 for a print subscription. If you live outside of Cameron County and would like just an e-edition, it’s $22.

      – Gaige Davila, Editor

    • Steve Scholl on October 1, 2020 at 2:45 pm
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    This newspaper has really gone downhill. Major changes, much shorter, no Parade, seems all about San Benito now. Perhaps you should re-name the paper. I certainly will not be renewing my subscription.

    1. Hi, Steve.

      We share the frustrations of not being able to deliver the paper in the way it used to be. Since COVID-19 made its presence here, we’ve taken a hard hit. In order to continue surviving, we share the issue content with the San Benito News, our parent company. San Benito News editions look similar, in that they have Port Isabel/South Padre Island-based content. Our Parade is now a monthly edition which you can find in most newsstands near the Press. We are hopeful that through the help of subscribers and advertisers we can return to having a solitary edition. Until then, this is how we must operate in order to continue printing.

      We appreciate your feedback and hope you consider still subscribing to us.

      Gaige Davila

    • MICHAEL GROOMER on October 8, 2020 at 11:14 am
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    How do we go about ordering a print copy of the Port Isabel Press….

    • Evelyn on October 26, 2020 at 5:18 pm
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    Thank you

    • jacqueline rios on November 16, 2020 at 2:33 pm
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    i wanted to know how much it cost to put in ad in you magazine

    • Mary on November 19, 2020 at 11:16 am
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    I would like to know what is happening in the the Laguna Madre Bay, two big rigs, all roped off.

  2. To whom it may concern,

    I’d like to get a few copies of you December 11 newspaper publication. I can
    arrange for someone to pick them up.

    I am from Florida and a big fan of SpaceX. Looking forward to visiting the island too!

    Thank you in advance.

    1. Hi, Steven.

      We currently have copies of the Dec. 11 edition at our newsstands in Port Isabel and South Padre Island (our office at 406 S. Garcia St in Port Isabel; Isabel’s Cafe, El Papas Cafe, Ted’s Restaurant, Walmart, Blue Marlin, any Stripes location, to name a few). They will be off stands by this Thursday. Dec. 11 copies will have to be picked up at our office at 406. S. Garcia Street in Port Isabel after this Thursday.

      – Gaige Davila

    • Jeannette Wilson on December 17, 2020 at 9:36 am
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    Can you tell me how much it is to post an obituary and the process? I have tried calling your number but it will instantly say call failed.

    Thank you.
    Jeannette Wilson

    • mike grunewald on December 31, 2020 at 7:50 am
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    any body know what these 2 antennas at both ends of the causeway are

    • Steve on January 4, 2021 at 8:38 pm
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    Is there a rotary fish fry this month? Because of COVID and all. Coming the week of January 25.
    Steve Morgan

    • Nancy Morain on January 7, 2021 at 8:44 am
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    I am a WinterTexan and have been using your public library for years and are really bummed that it isn’t open this year. Makes no sense to me. Everything else is, why not the library???

    Nancy Morain
    Padre South Hotel
    South Padre Island

    • Lee R Coffman on January 12, 2021 at 2:58 pm
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    We have a current subscription which we would like to renew. Can we do this on line? Lee Coffman 304-678-8450

    • KAY ROTH on January 19, 2021 at 7:14 am
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    3000 GULF BLVD, #708′ SPI, TX, 78597.



    • Mark on January 21, 2021 at 12:43 pm
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    Do you have a print edition that I can subscribe to? We live out of town and were wondering if you had a print edition we could receive.

    1. Hi, Mark.

      We do have a print edition that we send outside of Port Isabel.

      Feel free to call us at (956) 943-5545 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and we’ll get you started.


    • Linda Slycord on February 17, 2021 at 11:04 am
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    Can you post an update on the status of electricity and water on the island? Restaurants open?

    • John Payne on March 5, 2021 at 11:36 am
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    Now that the bookstore on South Padre Island (Paragraphs) is closed. Can I find another bookstore in your area to include Brownsville? Thank you.
    John Payne

      • Rene torres on May 22, 2021 at 8:14 pm
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      Editor… can u mail me a copy of the press each time u publish one of my articles

      Rene Torres
      2609 Los Portales Dr.
      Brownsville Tx 78526

    • Frank Hands on March 8, 2021 at 11:38 am
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    Where can we get COVID vaccines?

    • Penny Gautreau on March 19, 2021 at 3:01 pm
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    I am writing to tell you there will be a book signing for a Port Isabel resident, Danno WIse, Friday 26th at Laguna Bob on South Padre Island.
    He just published his first book, Fishing for Photographs, and it can be purchased on Amazon.
    Port Isabel & South Padre Island residents are proud of him.
    Would anyone like to contact him or cover the book signing for the Port Isabel press?
    Thank you.
    Penny Gautreau.

    • Bowdy on March 20, 2021 at 6:41 pm
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    Do you have a classified section in your paper?

    • Lilia Shari' Mesa on March 21, 2021 at 7:23 am
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    I would like to advertise my Trade Name Copy Notice
    Please send information and fees to the email mentioned below.

    Thank you

    • Julie Moore on March 22, 2021 at 6:50 pm
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    We would like to post an obituary for George Lee Roy Moore . Please let us know what steps we should take.

    Best regards,


    • Diana Pena on September 1, 2021 at 10:37 pm
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    This is gonna sound weird, but here goes. We stayed at an Air BNB in August, 2021. The address was 214 Bonnet Dr., Port Isabel. I fell asleep on the pull out bed next to my 9 yr. old son, and I heard a child’s voice at 1 AM as clear as day say, ” Hey, hey. Do you want to play? Hey, hey, do you want to play”? I was too afraid to turn around. I kick myself now for not doing so, but . . . Do you know of any child casualties in that area? I notified the agent, but I never rec’d a response, which leads me to believe that I am not crazy!! Just curious. I hope to hear back from you.

    • marlene Beasley on September 15, 2021 at 5:59 pm
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    in 2001 the Garriga students that rode the boat to school every day made a banner for the bridge and boat workers I am trying to find that photo I believe it was on the cover of the press around Thanksgiving of 2001 Any way you still have it

    • Kathleen Johnson on January 30, 2022 at 1:30 pm
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    OK, I get it. Nobody likes a outsider to start criticizing the locals. But even the locals can’t be happy about the amount of dog poop that is lying around in parks, vacant lots and even on the streets. I am a dog owner and I can’t remember the last time I didn’t pick up my dogs poo but it was at least 2 dogs ago and my dogs live to be 12-15 years old. I was astounded that dogs haven’t been banned from the local park due to all the piles lying around where people bring their kids to play. Those kids must have excellent eyes and be able to change direction on a dime. I must have cleaned poo off my shoes twice a week. There out to be some enforcement for owners who don’t clean up after their dogs. Fines of $250 for 1st offense, $500 for 2nd offense and confiscate the dog for the 3rd offense. It would probably pay a cops salary if it were enforced.

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