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The Alba White Truffle makes its South Texas debut

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  An Alba white truffle has unexpectedly made its South Texas debut, traveling more than 5,000 miles between Alba, Italy, and South Padre Island because of a now-familiar set of coronavirus circumstances.  The truffle, scientific name tuber magnatum pico, arrived at F&B (Food & Beverage), the restaurant of Executive Chef and Co-Owner …

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PIPD, Constables hosting toy drive

Staff report  The Port Isabel Police Department and the Cameron County Constable Pct. 1 Office are hosting a toy drive in preparation for the holidays. The toys are for children in the Laguna Madre area. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 18, toys can be donated at Lobo Del Mar Café at 204 …

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PIJH band students selected for All Region chairs

Special to the PRESS On Dec. 6, the Texas Music Educators Association announced the results of the TMEA Middle School All Region Band Audition. Port Isabel Jr. High had four students electronically submit their recorded audition for consideration to the All Region Band. All four of our Port Isabel Jr. High students earned a chair …

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Starbound: SpaceX Starship prototype successfully launches

Words by Gaige Davila Photos b Patricia M. McGrath editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Seven minutes have changed the course of space travel forever.  SpaceX’s Starship SN8 prototype spacecraft successfully launched from the aerospace firm’s Boca Chica facility on Wednesday afternoon, with a total flight time of six minutes and forty-two seconds. After climbing to an altitude of 8 …

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Court rules SPI food truck laws unconstitutional

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  After more than a year of litigation, a district court judge has declared South Padre Island’s food truck laws unconstitutional. Cameron County 138th District Court Judge Arturo Nelson made the ruling on Dec. 8, in response to a motion for summary judgement filed on Sept. 22. Nelson ruled that parts of …

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PI-ISD ramps up COVID response amid rising cases

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com After Port Isabel’s school district (PI-ISD) confirmed COVID-19 cases every day last week, administrators and staff are increasing their cleaning, sanitizing, disinfecting and sterilizing efforts throughout the campuses.  This past Tuesday, PI-ISD’s custodial staff learned to use ultraviolet (UV) light technology to sterilize high-touch surfaces, like door handles and desks. UV …

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South Padre Island’s journey to National Seashore

By Rene Torres Special to the PRESS South Padre Island, which is 113 miles in length, is the jewel of South Texas.  It was originally granted to Nicolas Balli in 1759 by King Carlos III of Spain.  The land was passed on to his grandson, Padre Jose Nicolas Balli, of which the island is named …

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Brownsville airport unveiling new terminal

Special to the PRESS After over 5 years of planning, funding, and construction, the new terminal at the Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport is ready to debut.  The unveiling ceremony is open to the public online and will begin at 6 pm December 11, streaming live at www.flybrownsville.com, rain or shine. Also, Brownsville South …

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PI’s Christmas Holiday Parade scheduled next week

Special to the PRESS The City of Port Isabel will kick off the 2020 holiday season with their 13th Annual Hometown Christmas Holiday Parade on Saturday, Dec. 12 starting at 6 p.m. Participants and spectators will be asked to follow all COVID-19 safety precautions for this event. Attendees should be socially distancing themselves. Float participants …

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LV mural, Christmas tree unveiling this Friday

    Staff report  Laguna Vista will embrace the new and old this Friday, Dec. 4,  during their annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony.  Visitors will notice that Roloff Park has gotten more colorful than last year, thanks to a mural painted by Christina Salazar. The mural, featuring a green jay and humming bird surrounded by …

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