Category: Features

“I needed to leave my mark”: Artist finishes mural in Laguna Heights

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  A new mural in Laguna Heights is impossible not to notice when driving from Highway 100 headed towards Port Isabel and South Padre Island.  The mural’s central subject, an Azteca woman, has been locking eyes with drivers and passersby for the last week, after local mononymous artist Serkit finished the work …

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Infante announces run for Pct. 1 Justice

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Midterm election season has already started in Port Isabel, after local business owner Andrew Infante announced his run for Cameron County Justice of the Peace (JP) Precinct (Pct.) 1. Infante, owner of Rip Current Athletics, a volunteer firefighter with Port Isabel Fire Department, a Rotary Club Member and board member of …

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It’s Your Business: New store offers Laguna Madre area different shopping experience

By RAY QUIROGA rayq@portisabelsouthpadre.com Area shoppers will be able to enjoy a different shopping experience beginning June 23 when an overstock liquidation retail store opens its doors in Port Isabel. Located at 1750 Hwy 100 in Port Isabel, within the Tarantino shopping center – at the same location where the former Bealls clothing store was …

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Narciso “Chicho” Martinez: The man and his music

By RENE TORRES Special to the NEWS/PRESS Narciso “Chicho” Martinez was born with a gift bestowed to few.  He was a musician who could not read a note, but his innate love for music made him one of the most popular musicians in Spanish-speaking nations and communities here in the states.   In the 1930s, his …

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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 …

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Laguna Madre Literature: Transcending time with “The Port of Drifting Men”

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The old adage of locals and returning tourists is that Port Isabel never changes. It is always the town between land and sea, where the high school sports teams are named after fish caught five miles away from the fields and courts they play on.  Maybe that’s true for the last …

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Mars-bound and down: Aboard the “Anne” with the Mars Ocean Analogs

  By Gaige Davila Special to the PRESS  Port Isabel is no stranger to sailors, but the depths of one group of sailors’ mission could not be more stranger. The schooner Anne and its crew–Andrew West, Gwen Whitney, John Wolfe, Reid Stowe, Kate Wicks, Oliver Parody, and Eric Goss–sailed from Miami, Florida, to Port Isabel …

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The Great Padre Island Coyote Hunt

By Steve Hathcock Special to the PARADE Editor’s note: This article appeared in the May 2021 edition of the South Padre Parade.  The time was 1931: Al Capone controlled Chicago and Will Rogers had yet to “meet a man (he) didn’t like.” Padre Island was a lonely, desolated place in the early 1930s, with only …

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Port Isabel: A brief view at its history

By Rene Torres Special to the PRESS Port Isabel for sale! The complete sale of the sea village occurred in the Spring of 1927.  The acquisition was announced in Brownsville and the following year, it was incorporated into an official town. On this historical day, the city began its march toward establishing a modern city …

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Wise’s “Fishing for Photographs” gives a new lens to South Texas angling

    By Gaige Davila “I never wanted to be a photographer,” Capt. Danno Wise said, during a signing event for his book, “Fishing for Photographs” at Laguna Bobs on the Island. But with the success of this book, the captain, Port Isabel High School history teacher, and freelance writer is, inadvertently, now a photographer.   …

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