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PI-ISD responds to state-issued school closure

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Port Isabel Independent School District (PI-ISD) students will not return to school until April 3, after Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a statewide school closure on March 19. Abbott’s executive order to suspend schools statewide was one of several issued today as novel coronavirus COVID-19 continues to spread across Texas. Some …

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Abbott: all Texas schools, bars, gyms and in-room dining suspended

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com In a series of Executive Orders slated to take effect tomorrow, Friday, March 20, at 11:59 p.m., Texas Governor Greg Abbott has ordered the closures of all Texas schools, bars, gyms and in-room dining in restaurants. The Executive Orders will remain in effect until 11:59 p.m. April 3. Restaurants can offer …

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Two SPI visitors test positive for COVID-19

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Two people who stayed on South Padre Island in the last three months have tested positive for COVID-19, a novel coronavirus declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization, sources familiar with the persons’ conditions told the PRESS.  The sources are affiliated with Sangria Condominiums. The sources requested the PRESS to …

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BREAKING: SPI outlines new restrictions amid COVID-19 pandemic

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The City of South Padre Island has released new mandatory restrictions as concern for the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic grows. The restriction are part of the City of South Padre Island’s latest efforts to limit gatherings of people on the Island, along with limiting the risk of viral spread. The restrictions …

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Port Isabel closes all city parks, except Pompano Park Boat Ramp

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The City of Port Isabel has closed all city parks in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, except Pompano Park Boat Ramp, at 1 Pompano Ave. The city parks closed include Lighthouse Park, Washington Park, Galvan Park (currently closed for construction), Laguna Madre Park, City Swimming Pool, Veterans Park and Berrel Mock …

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PI-ISD extends spring break another week amid COVID-19 concerns

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Port Isabel Independent School District is extending spring break another week for all Port Isabel public school campuses. The extension, from March 23 to March 27, was made out of concern for the novel coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, a March 17 media release from PI-ISD superintendent Theresa Alarcon stated.  PI-ISD is now …

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Port Isabel’s city buildings closed, city meeting still on schedule

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  By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Port Isabel’s lighthouse, museums and city buildings are closed as of March 15, as concern over novel coronavirus COVID-19 grows. These sites will be closed until April 6, according to the City of Port Isabel. The closures could be extended, Port Isabel City Manager Jared Hockema said, if needed. Tonight’s …

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South Padre Island rescinds all special events permits

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com All special events permits issued by the City of South Padre Island will be rescinded by 7:00 p.m. today, March 16. The special event permit rescinding is part of a local state of disaster declaration by South Padre Island, issued at 3:40 p.m. today. Gatherings of over 50 people are banned, …

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BREAKING: Judge Treviño orders all Cameron County beach accesses, parks to close

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com All Cameron County beach accesses and parks will close today, March 16, at 7:00 p.m. Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño, Jr., ordered the closure for all county beach accesses and parks “until further notice.” “The closure of the parks and beach accesses are being undertaken out of an abundance of caution …

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H-E-B, Walmart changing hours, limiting visitors after increased grocery demand

      By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Shopping carts lined the outside of Port Isabel’s H-E-B store at 6:30 a.m., Monday morning. Security guards stood outside the entrance and along the registers. When H-E-B opened at 8:00 a.m., two hours later than their usual 6:00 a.m. opening time, employees let 30 customers in. The rest …

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