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Texas Supreme Court denies PI motion in Meza case

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The Texas Supreme Court has denied to hear the City of Port Isabel’s case in an ongoing lawsuit with former city manager Edward Meza. Meza, who is now the city manager of neighboring Laguna Vista, sued the City of Port Isabel in 2015 after not receiving a severance package when he …

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Giving back, PI-ISD style: School district gives away 1,100 meals

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  Hundreds of cars lined Port Isabel’s schools last Friday to receive much-needed help for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.  Point Isabel ISD gave 1,100 meal bundles for the Thanksgiving holiday break, to feed students each day they are not on campus, spanning from Monday Nov. 23 to Friday Nov. 27. The meals …

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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

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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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