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Port Isabel Lighthouse set to reopen

Staff report The Port Isabel Lighthouse will reopen at the end of this month. The Texas Historical Commission State Historic site is scheduled to reopen on Thursday, June 25. On March 17, the Port Isabel Lighthouse, along with all of the City of Port Isabel’s parks, closed, over concern for COVID-19’s spread.  Weather permitting, hours …

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SPI city council rejects e-scooter pilot program

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Members of the City of South Padre Island’s city council have denied e-scooters from the Island once again.  During a city council meeting on June 18, Glide Scooters, based in El Paso, Texas, presented a pilot program to council members and the thirty or so SPI residents in attendance.  Jonathan Lopez, …

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COVID-19 cases continue increasing at PIDC

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The Port Isabel Detention Center (PIDC) in Los Fresnos, Texas, saw another increase in COVID-19 cases this week, with 54 cases confirmed as of June 18.  Of those cases, 41 are active, as of June 18. The PIDC has seen a steady rise in cases for the last two weeks. Inside …

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New Ocelot spotted at Laguna Atascosa

Staff report A new male ocelot has been sighted at the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, captured by camera trap photos.  The young male, being identified as OM344, was first detected by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) remote cameras on March 29.  “Within a couple of months of the initial detection, he was captured …

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City of PI: continue safety measures amid growing COVID-19 cases

Special from the City of Port Isabel  As we enter the third month since the first City of Port Isabel Proclamation was declared by Mayor Juan Jose “J.J.” Zamora, it is still important that protective practices are adhered to. Particularly during a time when Cameron County is seeing an uptick in COVID-19 cases. Taking a …

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PI-ISD chief of police dies

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Point Isabel Independent School District Police Chief Jose Angel De Leon, Jr., died this past Friday. He was 46.  Obituary posts say De Leon died at Valley Regional Medical Center, in Brownsville. A funeral was held at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home in Brownsville on Monday, June 8.   “Chief De Leon, Jr. …

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PI-ISD begins summer meal distribution program

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  The Point Isabel Independent School District (PI-ISD) will continue distributing meals into the summer. Starting June 8, PI-ISD’s Summer Feeding Program is distributing free breakfast and lunch packages to anyone ages 1 to 18.  “The bottom line is we want our kids to be fed,” PI-ISD Superintendent Theresa Capistran told the …

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8th COVID-19 case confirmed in PI as cases in Cameron County rise

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Eight Port Isabel residents have tested positive for COVID-19, Cameron County Health Department data shows.  Last week, two Port Isabel residents tested positive: an employee from the Point Isabel Independent School District, becoming the fourth person to test positive in the city, and a 21-year-old male, becoming the fifth person. This …

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Complaint filed with Inspector General as COVID-19 cases spike at PI Detention Center

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com A representative from Angry Tias and Abuelas of the RGV has filed a complaint with the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for a detainee with severe diabetes at Port Isabel Detention Center (PIDC), fearing they are at risk of contracting COVID-19.  This week, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) …

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After uncertainty, PIHS Class of 2020 graduates at Tarpon Stadium

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The Port Isabel High School’s Class of 2020 commencement ceremony ended with a bang, several actually, in a fireworks ceremony that concluded an event that, for few months, was uncertain to ever happen. Senior-turned-graduates of PIHS, all wearing face masks, were able to move their tassels from right to left, the …

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