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An introduction

By GAIGE DAVILA editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The Port Isabel-South Padre Press is where my first bylines appeared, in 2013, when I was a senior in high school. I replied to a help-wanted ad in the PRESS for a photographer who could write captions, with only a then-vague declaration that I wanted to write for a living. Sasha …

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Business Highlight: Real Time Fitness

By WENDY VAN DEN BOOGERD Special to the PRESS Located in the South Shore Center at 110 W South Shore Dr., Margaret Rivera and her son Armando own Real Time Fitness and Juice Bar, or “Ditto,” as the locals call him. Armando started eating better and exercising to lose weight around five years ago, becoming …

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Up close and personal: Coastal studies lab holds shark dissections

By ANGIE GAMEZ Special to the PRESS                       The Coastal Studies Lab, located at 100 Marine Lab Drive in South Padre Island hosted three public shark dissection sessions between July 22 and July 23. Approximately 56 people attended the sessions, which included a presentation about …

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PI council moves ahead on items as lawsuit against city is dropped

By PAMELA CODY Special to the PRESS The City Commission special meeting Tuesday evening opened with City Manager Jared Hockema sharing the outcome of a lawsuit lodged against the City of Port Isabel. In 2017, the Cameron County Housing Authority and Community Housing and Economic Development Corporation sued Port Isabel, accusing the city of rejecting …

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Funds allocated: SPI Council votes on 2019-2020 budget

By PAMELA CODY Special to the PRESS   The South Padre Island City Council held a special meeting Tuesday morning to formally accept a few key pieces of municipal business. With the exception of media and a few city officials present, the sparsely attended meeting was brief, with no one stepping forward to make any …

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Sanchez totally into the trombone

By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS Jerry Sanchez plays the trombone in the Silver Tarpon Marching Band and does not mind at all that it takes up so much of his time in the summer. Summertime is traditionally that time of year when students have time to relax, sleep late, and engage in all …

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Nieto recalls Tarpon football career

By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS He was known as the “Nitro Man” or, simply, “Nitro.” He is Port Isabel Junior High, and part-time Varsity, football coach Johnny Nieto. He recently met with the Press at a local burger place and shared the memories of his playing days as a Port Isabel Tarpon. Nieto …

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Drum major Morales ready to go

By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS Elizabeth Morales is a clarinet player when she’s in the ranks of the Port Isabel Silver Tarpon Marching Band. However, she will not be down in the ranks for the 2019 marching season. She will be one of two drum majors fronting the band this year for the …

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Hobby Lobby’s Steve Green visits Port Isabel

By PAMELA CODY Special to the PRESS Evangelical Christian and president of Hobby Lobby, Steve Green, visited the Port Isabel Event and Cultural Center on July 18 to promote his family’s Museum of the Bible to area residents. The Green family, led by Steve’s father, David, founder and CEO of Hobby Lobby, gained notoriety in …

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Council member election announced

By FREDDY JIMENEZ editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com After months of political dissidence and the election of a new mayor, the City of South Padre Island announced a general election for Council Member Place 1 and 2. In a press release, South Padre Island’s public information officer Nikki Soto said. A general election will be held in the City …

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