Category: Features

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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WillieDean Bagels brings New York delicacy to SPI

By Gaige Davila At WillieDean Bagels, you can find a part of Broadway on Padre.  Ernie Lopez and his sister, Bella, own and operate WillieDean Bagels on South Padre Island. Since 2019, the shop has served bagels with made-in-house cream cheeses or into breakfast and lunch sandwiches. WillieDean Bages is one of only two bagel …

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Crew sailing from Miami to Boca Chica to propose Mars analog to SpaceX

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  A crew of sailors is leaving today for a two to three week journey across the Gulf of Mexico, bound for Boca Chica to tell SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk that they can train the first people on Mars.  Aboard the 70-foot sailboat Anne, the crew proposes they can train …

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ABI-SPI moves forward after vehicle destroys storefront

  By Gaige Davila  editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  The Art Business Incubator (ABI-SPI), like many in the Laguna Madre area, has had quite a year.  Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a new crop of resident artists and upcoming events, a car crashed into ABI-SPI’s building last week. The front door is destroyed, and a crack now runs along the …

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How Zachary Taylor helped get our Lighthouse

By RENE TORRES Special to the PRESS/NEWS The Rio Grande Valley occupies a unique and highly important position in the annals of American progress and development. When the dispute between the United States and Mexico became a noticeable conflict—it was in Point Isabel, as it was known then, that Fort Polk was born. Zachary Taylor …

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Part II: Depression Era Basketball: Junior Tarpons brought home the bacon at Cameron County Championship

By RENE TORRES Special to the PRESS Rio Grande Valley high school and junior high division basketball got a boast in the 1930s by the La Feria Lions Letterman’s club.  C. E. Vail, La Feria coach and Cameron Country director of sports was the leader in promoting athletics in the entire Rio Grande Valley. Beginning …

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A story never told: Podcast chronicles night of Causeway collapse

  By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  The Queen Isabella Causeway collapse is a story more recited than told. But a new podcast is seeking to tell the collapse’s story in more detail than ever before, from those who were there, nearly 20 years later.  “The True Story of the Queen Isabella Causeway Collapse” podcast first debuted …

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Part I: Depression Era Basketball: In the 1930s, Tarpons dominated the dirt courts

By RENE TORRES Special to the PRESS/NEWS With the 2020-21 edition of the Port Isabel Tarpon Basketball Team heating up the courts straight into the postseason, this writer thought it would an appropriate time to reissue an article compiled and published in 2015 detailing the Post-Depression-Era Tarpons and their historic run on the courts that …

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Rio Grande Distillery brings moonshine to the RGV

By Gaige Davila Los Fresnos, Texas, may be the last place anyone would expect to find moonshine, but it’s there, and it’s presence is becoming more known.  Jerrod Leon Henry, owner and master distiller of Rio Grande Distillery, makes Magic Valley Moonshine from his storefront on Highway 100 in between Laguna Vista and Los Fresnos …

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