Category: Features

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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Rio History: A Brief History of the Queen

  By Steve Hathcock Special to the PRESS The idea of connecting Padre Island to the mainland had been floated for over 25 years before the following notice appeared in the November 16, 1925 issue of The Galveston Daily News: D.E. Colp, member of the state park board, announced plans for a scenic beach drive …

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Life on the Boardwalk: July Scene on the Wetlands

  By Javier Gonzalez Naturalist Educator SPI Birding and Nature Center Special to the Parade The warm weather and waters are catalysts for an explosion of life along the boardwalk during the summer months. July is a remarkably interesting month in our wetlands. It brings a peak of productivity in the salt marsh, which is …

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Pineapple Ninjaz to be featured on The Texas Bucket List

  Special to the PRESS/NEWS A bright yellow food truck sits on the side of the road in South Padre, serving up island style treats to quite the crowd.  At Pineapple Ninjaz, all of their drinks and delicious dishes are doled out within whole or halved pineapple fruits. Some of their most popular creations include …

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