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PI Rotary Club donates benches to the community

Special to the PRESS Last Thursday, Sept. 23, several members of the local Port Isabel Rotary Club gathered to complete an important local community project they began several months ago.  Using matching Rotary grant monies and club funds raised locally, they purchased 10 new benches, placing them throughout Port Isabel and Laguna Heights.  Thursday, the …

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Motorcycle Cannonball Run ends trek on SPI

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The 10th annual Motorcycle Cannonball Run ended on South Padre Island this past weekend, with nearly a hundred riders cruising their 100-year-old machines through the Queen Isabella Causeway to victory.  Starting in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan, on the Canadian border, 88 riders, some dressed in early 1900s garb, departed to Texas …

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PI to address SpaceX FAA analysis

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  The City of Port Isabel is now weighing its options in responding to a Federal Aviation Administration analysis of SpaceX’s orbital launch.  The FAA released its highly anticipated draft environmental review of SpaceX’s planned orbital launches two weeks ago, saying the launches would have little impact on Boca Chica and the …

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Beach Bar Beat feat. Will Abete, The Meatball Cafe

Photos and words by Gaige Davila The PARADE sat with Will Abete as he started his shift at The Meatball Cafe, preparing to special a piña colada using fresh squeezed pineapple juice.  Abete, 25, has worked at The Meatball Cafe for two months. Before, he bartended just across Padre Boulevard at Tequila Sunset. He’s lived …

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Across The Causeway bridges the gap between style and craft

Photos and words by Gaige Davila These days, Samantha Jo Finney is constantly baking. Baking clay, that is. Finney is the mind and hands behind Across The Causeway, a jewelry brand selling handmade, polymer clay earrings and necklaces.  Finney started Across The Causeway in 2017, initially making anklets. During the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, …

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Tarpons to take on Bearkats for Homecoming

By Constancio Martinez Jr This Friday night pits the (4-0) Port Isabel Tarpons vs (2-2) Raymondville Bearkats. The last time the Tarpons beat the Bearkats was back in 2016. Since then, Raymondville has won the last three meetings, but this could be the year PI ends their losing streak to its district rival. The Tarpons …

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Noe and Amelia: A hometown hero and his wartime sweetheart

By RENE TORRES Special to the PRESS/NEWS After Pearl Harbor, many of our local boys did not hesitate at the opportunity to join the war effort.  In fact, according to Valley-wide selective service records—Cameron and Hidalgo counties revealed that over 27,000 of our boys were registered to serve.  That did not include the numbers from …

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Welcome home, Poppy: Sea Turtle Inc. adopts non-releasable sea turtle from Florida Organization

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  A new Loggerhead sea turtle has just arrived at South Padre Island’s Sea Turtle, Inc. Poppy, a non-releasable Loggerhead, hails from The Turtle Hospital in Marathon, Florida, where she arrived in May 2020, according to the South Florida Reporter. Poppy was struck by a boat propeller in the Florida Keys, severing …

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Editorial | The Cisco Kid takes a final ride

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  You’re reading my last issue of the PRESS as Editor. Allow me to wax poetic on my time here, as briefly as I can.  I’m happy to say I’ve finally made peace with the community I first called home. Doing so in two years is, compared to people who have run …

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Returning Wahoo Classic tournament cashes out big

Staff report The Wahoo Classic fishing tournament returned this year, handing out big cash prizes.  The offshore-only tournament, held this past weekend from Sept. 17-19, concluded at Jim’s Pier on South Padre Island, where anglers were awarded cash, prizes and bragging rights.  The tournament had three categories: its namesake wahoo, dorado and blackfin tuna. At …

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