Author's posts

Last cold-stunned Cape Cod sea turtles released

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  Three sea turtles from Cape Cod, sent to Sea Turtle, Inc. from Cape Cod, Massachusetts, after they were cold-stunned last winter, were released into the Gulf of Mexico this past Monday, in Sea Turtle, Inc’s first public turtle release since the COVID-19 pandemic. The turtles were the last of 20 turtles …

Continue reading

Permanent link to this article: https://www.portisabelsouthpadre.com/2021/06/11/last-cold-stunned-cape-cod-sea-turtles-released/

PI-ISD receiving grant to recoup losses from COVID

PIISD

School district asks for community input By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Point Isabel ISD is applying for a federal grant to help recoup losses across its campuses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The grant, the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER), is in its third iteration, after Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid Relief, and …

Continue reading

Permanent link to this article: https://www.portisabelsouthpadre.com/2021/06/11/pi-isd-receiving-grant-to-recoup-losses-from-covid/

Tarpons’ basketball standout signs letter of Intent with OLLU

By Constancio Martinez Jr Special to the PRESS This past Thursday, June 3, Port Isabel High School (PIHS) held a signing day event for basketball player Cole Pinkerton. His hard work and determination were awarded with a scholarship to Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) in San Antonio, Texas. The OLLU Saints is a …

Continue reading

Permanent link to this article: https://www.portisabelsouthpadre.com/2021/06/11/tarpons-basketball-standout-signs-letter-of-intent-with-ollu/

County tables helicopter services at Andy Bowie

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  A potential resort development’s expansion at the Andy Bowie Park flats on South Padre Island has been delayed again after a Cameron County Commissioners Court meeting this past Tuesday.  Commissioners tabled a vote on helicopter services managed by Michael Rocks-Macqueen, operating as Air Veritas, without discussion during their bi-weekly meeting on …

Continue reading

Permanent link to this article: https://www.portisabelsouthpadre.com/2021/06/11/county-tables-helicopter-services-at-andy-bowie/

Longtime PI coach accepts new job at Crockett HS

By Constancio Martinez Jr Special to the PRESS Port Isabel’s Football Defensive Coordinator, Gualberto “Gually” Gonzalez Jr will be joining Crockett ISD as a Co-Defensive Coordinator and Head Baseball coach. Crockett is a 7 ½ hour drive from Port Isabel and is located about 116 miles north of Houston. The Crockett Bulldogs football went 7-5 …

Continue reading

Permanent link to this article: https://www.portisabelsouthpadre.com/2021/06/04/longtime-pi-coach-accepts-new-job-at-crockett-hs/

Port Isabel: Aguadores and their “Burros”

By Rene Torres Special to the PRESS Don Chencho and Don Quirino were the first to sell freshwater, door to door, in Port Isabel. They supplied water to Port Isabel before 1928. Both were youngsters at the time and toiled until they were over 100 years old.  Chencho was said to have lived to the …

Continue reading

Permanent link to this article: https://www.portisabelsouthpadre.com/2021/06/04/port-isabel-aguadores-and-their-burros/

PIHS’ Class of 2021 graduates

Photos and words by Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  Port Isabel’s second class of students, 149 in total, attending their senior year of high school during the COVID-19 pandemic have graduated, amid a more joyous, hopeful ceremony than last year when there seemed no end to the virus’ grip on the world. With more people in the …

Continue reading

Permanent link to this article: https://www.portisabelsouthpadre.com/2021/06/04/pihs-class-of-2021-graduates/

Texas Supreme Court to rule on SPI food truck ordinance

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The Texas Supreme Court will now decide the fate of South Padre Island’s food truck ordinance and whether more food trucks can operate there.  On May 17, the City of South Padre Island responded to a Texas Supreme Court petition filed by SurfVive (a South Padre Island-based nonprofit operating a food …

Continue reading

Permanent link to this article: https://www.portisabelsouthpadre.com/2021/06/04/texas-supreme-court-to-rule-on-spi-food-truck-ordinance/

Rivard talks news, Island Matters at Convention Centre

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The media ecosystem in the Laguna Madre area, specifically South Padre Island, may be growing soon, in the form of a nonprofit newsroom akin to the San Antonio Report. Robert Rivard, editor of the San Antonio Report, has seen this firsthand, starting the then-named Rivard Report from a blog he wrote …

Continue reading

Permanent link to this article: https://www.portisabelsouthpadre.com/2021/05/28/rivard-talks-news-island-matters-at-convention-centre/

Port Isabel’s Class of 2021 graduates today

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  Tarpon Stadium will once again serve as the Port Isabel High School (PIHS) graduation venue this year, as the second COVID-19 class of Tarpons graduates. On Friday, May 28, 140 seniors will graduate into a world that is becoming more recognizable, as more people get vaccinated for COVID-19, in-person services resume …

Continue reading

Permanent link to this article: https://www.portisabelsouthpadre.com/2021/05/28/port-isabels-class-of-2021-graduates-today/