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Running for a cause: Rotary hosts 5K/10K to benefit first responders

By ALEXA RAY Special to the PRESS On Saturday, Sept. 8, the Rotary Club of Port Isabel hosted a Run/Walk event honoring and benefiting the first responders of the Laguna Madre area. The run/walk began and ended on the beach outside of Clayton’s Beach Bar and Grill on South Padre Island. This year, the Rotary …

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Yacht Club suit alleges conspiracy, fraud, negligence

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The City of Port Isabel has filed a lawsuit against several defendants in connection with the Port Isabel Yacht Club and a failed plan to renovate or restore the beloved structure. In what Port Isabel City Manager Jared Hockema has since characterized as a “boondoggle,” the plan, which …

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Island pay to park plan gets go-ahead

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By KEVIN RICH Special to the PRESS The South Padre Island City Council debated a proposed amendment to their Beach User Fee Plan to begin charging for parking near the beach. Shoreline Management Director Brandon Hill provided the background information regarding the proposal. Hill reviewed the requirement set forth by the Texas General Land Office (GLO) …

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Cities to mark 17th year since Causeway collapse

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The cities of Port Isabel and South Padre Island will be marking the 17th anniversary of the collapse of the Queen Isabella Causeway with a ceremony to be held at the base of the Causeway in Port Isabel. The event will be held Saturday, Sept. 15 and will …

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10 acres donated for eco center

By MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS Laguna Vista officials Tuesday donated 10 acres of land to Cameron County for development and operation of the planned South Texas Ecotourism Center. The governing bodies of the Town of Laguna Vista and the County of Cameron have engaged in the discussion and planning of creating a South Texas …

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Gulf system sparks local preps

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The Laguna Madre communities are making preparations for any potential effects of Tropical Disturbance No. 37 currently brewing in the Gulf of Mexico. The weather system is not expected to make a direct impact to the Rio Grande Valley, Port Isabel City Manager Jared Hockema said during a …

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Beach bathroom business brews again

By KEVIN RICH Special to the PRESS “We’re here to talk about toilets,” announced Mayor Dennis Stahl at a joint meeting of the South Padre Island City Council and the Shoreline Taskforce held on Wednesday, Sept. 5. Wednesday’s talks were a continuation of a discussion from an Aug. 15 city council meeting, where Council opted not …

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Gulf Boulevard speed limit to be reduced

By KEVIN RICH Special to the PRESS Reducing the speed limit on Gulf Boulevard, consideration of a marketing agreement, and approval of the City budget highlighted the Wednesday, Sept. 5 meeting of the SPI City Council. Council member Theresa Metty brought forward a proposed ordinance to lower the speed limit on Gulf Boulevard to 25 mph. …

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Birding Center celebrates World Shorebirds Day

By ALEXA RAY Special to the PRESS The state-of-the-art South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center (BNC) kicked off a celebration of “World Shorebirds Day” this past Saturday. World Shorebirds Day is an annual event that is recognized by researchers, naturalists and bird lovers around the world. Locally, the celebrated the event with a fun-filled …

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PIEDC approves budget, expenditures

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The Port Isabel Economic Development Corporation (EDC) approved a budget for the upcoming 2018-19 fiscal year, as well as several major expenditures during a meeting held at Port Isabel City Hall Tuesday afternoon. Not much is slated to change in the coming fiscal year, at least as far …

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