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Sandcastle Village becoming PIHS Class of 2020 tribute

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Sandcastle Village, outside of Gravity Park and Louie’s Backyard on South Padre Island, is going through another facelift, celebrating the graduation season, specifically for Port Isabel High School’s class of 2020.  Initially, the Sandcastle Village was undergoing a “spring breaker-friendly theme,” before the global COVID-19 pandemic made the sand sculptors stop …

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SPI says no restaurants cited for violating 25 percent occupancy rule

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com No Island restaurants have been cited for violating the state-mandated 25 percent occupancy rule, according to the City of South Padre Island. Code enforcement officers and health inspectors with the city have not given citations for other regulations related to Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s order to reopen Texas businesses either.  The …

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Salinas responds to PI’s partial motion to dismiss lawsuit

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Robert Salinas, former administrator for the Port Isabel Economic Development Corporation, has responded to the City of Port Isabel’s partial motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Salinas, via his lawyer.  Salinas’ lawyer, Mark A. Sanchez, writes in the response that Salinas has given sufficient evidence that his due process rights …

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Graduation set for PIHS’ Class of 2020

By Gaige Davila & David Lopez editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com editor@sbnewspaper.com After a seemingly-endless period of will-it-or-won’t-it happen, Port Isabel High School’s Class of 2020 will graduate in an in-person ceremony. The graduation will be held at Tarpon Stadium on June 4 at 7:00 p.m. Details on how Point Isabel Independent School District (PI-ISD) will conduct the graduation …

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Port Isabel Detention Center detainee contracts COVID-19

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Editor’s note: This article will be updated with more information.  One detainee at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Port Isabel Detention Center (PIDC) has tested positive for COVID-19, an ICE spokesperson confirmed to the PRESS. ICE would not confirm when the detainee tested positive for COVID-19 and is not …

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Villarreal returns to PI-ISD as new head coach, athletic director

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Editor’s note: This article will be updated as more information becomes available.  Tony Villarreal, who coached football at Port Isabel High School in the early 1990s, is returning to the school as the new athletic director and head football coach.  Villarreal was elected unanimously by the Port Isabel Independent School District …

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Texas doubles early voting period for July primary runoff elections

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By Alexa Ura, The Texas Tribune May 11, 2020 www.texastribune.org Ahead of the first statewide election during the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Greg Abbott has doubled the length of the early voting period for the upcoming July primary runoff elections. In a proclamation issued Monday, Abbott ordered early voting for the July 14 runoffs to begin …

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COVID-19 testing sites coming to Cameron County

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Eighteen COVID-19 testing sites are coming to Cameron County, including Port Isabel and South Padre Island later this month. On Tuesday, May 19, a COVID-19 testing site will be at the South Padre Island Convention Center from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. On Sunday, May 24, a COVID-19 testing site will …

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Pineapple Ninjaz to be featured on The Texas Bucket List

  Special to the PRESS/NEWS A bright yellow food truck sits on the side of the road in South Padre, serving up island style treats to quite the crowd.  At Pineapple Ninjaz, all of their drinks and delicious dishes are doled out within whole or halved pineapple fruits. Some of their most popular creations include …

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Thousands visit SPI after state COVID-19 restrictions lifted

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  Thousands of cars drove to South Padre Island last weekend, after Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an executive order allowing some businesses to reopen at 25 percent capacity, starting Friday, May 1.  On Friday, May 1, 8,977 cars drove to the Island; on Saturday, May 2, 10,866; and on Sunday, May …

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