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Shooting leaves one dead

Suspect apprehended, charged with murder By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com A Port Isabel resident has been charged with first degree murder after allegedly shooting a man after an argument. Guadalupe Roman Fonseca Garcia was arraigned in Port Isabel Municipal Court last Wednesday. Judge Luis Hernandez set Garcia’s bond at $500,000. The bond amount was recommended by …

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Resort development proposed north of SPI city limits

    By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com South Padre Island’s skyline is closer to changing on the north end, if the city successfully annexes a portion of beach currently within Cameron County.  South Padre Island City Council members voted to sign a letter of intent to annex the property for the Playa del Rey development, a …

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County: COVID-19 cases decreasing, threat not over

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com Although overall cases and hospitalizations from COVID-19 are seeing a steady decline across Cameron County, officials warn the public against complacency. Cameron County Judge Eddie Trevino and other health officials held a press conference last Friday, September 18, updating residents on COVID-19, the storm on the Gulf of Mexico, the return …

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Beta causes flooding, beach erosion on SPI

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  After some heavy rainfall and churning tides from Hurricane Beta, South Padre Island became inundated with flood water and severe beach erosion.   A Coastal Flood Advisory issued by the National Weather Service lasted until Sept. 24, as high tides swallowed the road leading to county beach accesses and pooled on the …

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Suspect arrested in fatal PI shooting

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Port Isabel Police Department (PIPD) has arrested the lone suspect in a fatal shooting at a trailer park in Port Isabel. Guadalupe Roman Fonseca Garcia was arrested around 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday in the Beacon Bay Town Homes neighborhood for allegedly shooting Ernesto Toral Norton, according to PIPD Chief Robert Lopez. …

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After bomb threat, Causeway collapse memories resurface

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The City of Port Isabel hosted this year’s memorial ceremony for the 19th anniversary of the Queen Isabella Causeway Collapse, the morning after a bomb threat closed the bridge for more than eight hours. City leaders both South Padre Island and Port Isabel, some of them having spent the entire night …

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Man accused of stabbing wife at Wingstop

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  A man has been charged with first degree aggravated assault after allegedly stabbing his wife at Wingstop in Port Isabel.  Port Isabel Police Chief Robert Lopez told the PRESS that Abner Daniel Cruz Garcia was arrested around 7 p.m. on Sept. 13 after turning himself in to South Padre Island Police …

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LV bowl in future council agenda

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  The future of the Gwen Bowl, a pool-style skatepark in Laguna Vista on Broadway Boulevard, could depend on Laguna Vista’s Oct. 8 town council meeting.  Rob Nixon, chairman of the South Texas chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, drafted a proposal asking the Town of Laguna Vista to enter into “negotiations” with …

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Cities, county providing sandbags before Tropical Storm Beta landfall

Staff report  Local municipalities and Cameron County are handing out sandbags, preparing for Tropical Storm Beta’s landfall of the South coast of Texas. On South Padre Island, sandbags are available at the Public Works Workshop located at the corner of West Venus and Laguna Boulevard, beginning today until 4 p.m. and tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 4 …

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LMWD lifts boil notice

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The Laguna Madre Water District (LMWD) has lifted a boil notice issued yesterday for all of its customers. After receiving lab results from water samples sent the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, LMWD has determined that water no longer needs to be boiled before washing hands, cooking or cleaning. LMWD issued …

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