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Opposition to flats development grows

By PAMELA CODY Special to the Press The Cameron County Commissioners Court was met with a contingency of local residents and environmental activists, all save for one opposing the commission’s decision to pursue private development of the Andy Bowie flats on South Padre Island. The County Commission began soliciting bids for private development for a …

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Changing of the guard: New school board members sworn in, outgoing recognized

By PAMELA CODY Special to the Press   The Point Isabel I ndependent School District held a special school board meeting on May 13, to canvas the school board elections as well as approve newly elected members and recognize outgoing members. After election officials reviewed and displayed the school board election results, the present board …

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New recruit: Arson K-9 joins fire department

By FREDDY JIMENEZ Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com This week, the South Padre Island Fire Department announced the addition of a new and four-legged member to the fire rescue team: Liberty. On Wednesday May 15, city and fire department officials congregated at the fire station to officially welcome Liberty, the one-and-half-year-old male Labrador retriever, and …

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Huerta pleads guilty to manslaughter, Penalty phase slated for May 28

By PAMELA CODY Special to the Press A new court date has been set in the legal case against the man accused of taking the life of a former Port Isabel-South Padre Press reporter. Ronnie Huerta, of Mercedes, was charged with intoxicated manslaughter and manslaughter in causing the death of long-time Port Isabel resident Elizabeth …

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Vasquez prepares for volleyball season

By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS   The 2018-2019 school year is not over yet but preparations are already ongoing for the 2019 high school volleyball season. Players and coaches can, by UIL rule, report for practice on August 1, four days sooner than in football. Matches will begin even before the first day …

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Rinza looks forward to senior year

By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS   Tarpon basketball player Daniel Rinza is already looking forward to his senior year of high school, and high on his list of priorities of things to look forward to is the 2019-’20 basketball season. The Press sat down in Tarpon Gym with Rinza this week, where he …

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Mayoral race headed for runoff election

By PAMELA CODY Special to the PRESS After all ballots were counted, two of the three mayoral candidates running for the unexpired term of mayor of South Padre Island will face each other in a June runoff election. The special election was necessary due to Mayor Dennis Stahl stepping down from office for personal reasons …

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Laguna Vista’s Zimmerman passes away

By ANAMARIA RAMIREZ Special to the PRESS The comm u n i t y mourns the loss of Jeffrey Zimmerman, a leader to the Laguna Madre area and a friend to all. After years of battling cancer, Zimmerman passed away peacefully on May 3 in San Benito at the age of 61. Zimmerman was born …

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Escaping Berlin: Returning to the post-war city and aftermath

Part II of II By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS On October 20, 1945, Brunhild and Gitta arrived back in Berlin by train. Brunhild found her grandparents living in a cramped apartment in the French sector of the city. “They lost their home because my grandfather belonged to the party.” From her grandparents Brunhild …

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Martinez graduates with many memories

By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS   Sebastian Martinez graduates this month with many memories of his time at Port Isabel High School. He sat down with the Press this week and shared some of those memories and his thoughts on what the future holds for him. “I remember everything, the two-a-days, every practice …

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