Category: Features

ABI continues creating amid pandemic

By Gaige Davila Editor’s note: This feature appeared in the November 2020 issue of the Parade magazine. All photos are courtesy of ABISPI.  A global, viral pandemic did nothing to stop South Padre Island’s art scene from flourishing, almost a year after South Padre Island’s Art Business Incubator (ABI-SPI, pronounced “abbey”) opened its doors. The …

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Sea Turtle Inc. looks towards future

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Sea Turtle Inc. has new leadership, but its mission remains the same, even as the facility expands perpetually, with further development planned at the 43-year-old nonprofit. Jeff George has retired from Sea Turtle Inc., after working there for 28 years. He told the PRESS he came to the decision while he …

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At Reyes Bakery, PI’s collective memory regains its space

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  Reyes Bakery’s regulars know the familiar force of warm, sweet smelling air will greet them each time they pull open the bakery’s small wooden door. For some time, there was a quiet wonder if that unique, unreplicable salutation would ever return. Thankfully, it has, viral pandemic or not. On Sept. 24, …

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Life on the Boardwalk: Big Padre’s Last Meals of the Year

By Javier Gonzalez Naturalist Educator SPI Birding and Nature Center Special to the Parade The fall season is here, the weather is getting cooler, and Big Padre, our captive 12.6 foot rescued nuisance gator, will likely be having his last brisket meals (no BBQ sauce) of the year this month as he goes into brumation …

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Perfect planting season is upon us

R. Lewis J&R Landscaping Special to the Parade October is one of my favorite gardening months of the year.   The “To-Do” list of gardening activities for October is a long list of fun things to do outside in the garden, and the weather is a little more comfortable as well. September rains have helped our …

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Fifth Barrientez sibling reaches 100

Special to the PRESS Longtime Port Isabel resident Isabel Barrientez Perez celebrated her 100th birthday on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, with her children, grandchildren, great-great grandchildren and great-great-great grandchildren.  Barrientez was born to Romana Valent and Pedro Barrientez in Port Isabel, one of 14 children of 14 children, including 3 sets of twins. Barrientez is …

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LV skate bowl’s future questioned after church prohibits use

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com A skating pool located behind the former site of Christ Harbor Church in Laguna Vista, now San Benito-based Cross Church’s Bay Area campus, has been an alt-culture staple in an otherwise quiet bayside community.  Sometime between Cross Church’s launch of their Bay Area campus on Easter Sunday of this year and …

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Rockin Restaurant Review: Causeway, now a Bar & Grill

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Causeway Cafe returned after several weeks of closure, with a name, menu and design change.  In the downtime, after Texas Governor Greg Abbott closed in-room dining at restaurants for several weeks, Causeway’s owners and staff remodeled the space nestled just to the right of the Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway, enclosed their …

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Life on the Boardwalk: Shorebirds Coming Through!

  By Javier Gonzalez Naturalist Educator SPI Birding and Nature Center Special to the Parade The month of August brings the official start of fall migration through our wetlands. Although most of the colorful songbirds that are favorites among birders will not be migrating through in number until September and October, shorebird species like sandpipers …

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In Memoriam: SPI resident loses battle with COVID-19

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com When COVID-19 hit the Rio Grande Valley, Doug Atwell, a South Padre Island resident, became a cautious man, advocating to his family and friends to stay inside, wear masks and practice social distancing.  Even after the state reopened with a slew of orders issued by Governor Greg Abbott, Doug Atwell kept …

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