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Brownsville airport unveiling new terminal

Special to the PRESS After over 5 years of planning, funding, and construction, the new terminal at the Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport is ready to debut.  The unveiling ceremony is open to the public online and will begin at 6 pm December 11, streaming live at www.flybrownsville.com, rain or shine. Also, Brownsville South …

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PI’s Christmas Holiday Parade scheduled next week

Special to the PRESS The City of Port Isabel will kick off the 2020 holiday season with their 13th Annual Hometown Christmas Holiday Parade on Saturday, Dec. 12 starting at 6 p.m. Participants and spectators will be asked to follow all COVID-19 safety precautions for this event. Attendees should be socially distancing themselves. Float participants …

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LV mural, Christmas tree unveiling this Friday

    Staff report  Laguna Vista will embrace the new and old this Friday, Dec. 4,  during their annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony.  Visitors will notice that Roloff Park has gotten more colorful than last year, thanks to a mural painted by Christina Salazar. The mural, featuring a green jay and humming bird surrounded by …

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Texas Supreme Court denies PI motion in Meza case

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The Texas Supreme Court has denied to hear the City of Port Isabel’s case in an ongoing lawsuit with former city manager Edward Meza. Meza, who is now the city manager of neighboring Laguna Vista, sued the City of Port Isabel in 2015 after not receiving a severance package when he …

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Giving back, PI-ISD style: School district gives away 1,100 meals

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  Hundreds of cars lined Port Isabel’s schools last Friday to receive much-needed help for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.  Point Isabel ISD gave 1,100 meal bundles for the Thanksgiving holiday break, to feed students each day they are not on campus, spanning from Monday Nov. 23 to Friday Nov. 27. The meals …

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SPI holding runoff election

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The City of South Padre Island will host a runoff election for their council’s Place 4 seat. Alita Bagley, the incumbent, received 47% (549) of the total vote, just shy of the 50% needed to secure the election.  Bagley’s challengers, Thomas Bainter, President and Treasurer of nonprofit Costa Cleanups, and Lydia …

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ABISPI’s first art fest highlights local, regional artistry

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Though life has slowed or stopped for some, art continues to survive, and thrive, on South Padre Island.  The Art Business Incubator (ABISPI) hosted their first annual art fest and artisan market on Nov. 14, celebrating their one-year anniversary after opening last November before the COVID-19 pandemic made its way to …

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With football season over, Tarpon athletics continues

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By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  Winter sports are on the way for the Tarpons.  Starting on Nov. 30, PI-ISD’s basketball, powerlifting, track and soccer seasons will start. Just as the Tarpons’ fall sports, the seasons will be abbreviated, if they happen at all.  According to PI-ISD Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Tony Villarreal, mock workouts …

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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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Judge extends emergency orders

Staff report  In his seventh extension, Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño Jr. ordered county residents to continue wearing face masks and obeying curfews.  The order went into effect on Tuesday, Nov. 10 and expires on Dec. 2.  A county wide curfew is in effect from 12 a.m. to 5 p.m. For those 17 or younger, …

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