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After a year, Laguna Madre Youth Center reopens

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The Laguna Madre Youth Center (LMYC) reopened to eager Point Isabel ISD students this past Monday, after over a year closed from the COVID-19 pandemic. “After much careful thought, our board members and staff decided it was safe to reopen the (Laguna Madre) Youth Center and here we are today, doing …

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Dune Daze: SPI condo tenants restoring dunes on their own

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The rain from last season’s hurricane season took some of South Padre Island’s sand dunes with it. Residents from two beach-facing condominiums are rebuilding the sand dunes lost from hurricanes and heavy rainstorms from the last year or so. Laurie Ortel, who owns a condo at The Florence at 5550 Gulf …

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EPA, FWS says SpaceX expansion will adversely affect environment

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Though increasing its test activity, SpaceX has no ground control. Federal agencies are saying SpaceX’s plans to expand its Boca Chica facility will “adversely affect” the surrounding environment, documents show. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), in response to a U.S. Army Corps …

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End of an era: Manuel’s Restaurant closes permanently after 38 years

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com   After 38 years, Jose “Manuel” Barroso is ending his namesake.  Manuel’s Restaurant, at 313 E Maxan St in Port Isabel, abruptly closed on Easter Sunday, to the shock of locals and customers from all over the country.  Barroso said the decision was hard but necessary, with the restaurant affecting his health, …

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Local restaurateur lobbies for law protecting educators from bullying

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  Jennifer Overpeck, co-owner and operator of Overpeck B-B-Q food truck on South Padre Island, will soon head to the state capitol for a new bill aimed at protecting teachers from workplace bullying. The bill, House Bill 256, would require school districts to adopt “anti-bullying measures to address bullying in the workplace, …

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Increased SpaceX activity, debris, concerning activists, officials

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  The remnants of SpaceX’s SN11 rocket test from Mar. 30 are strewn through Boca Chica and the surrounding wetlands, as recovery efforts are underway to recover debris.  Right now, SpaceX, Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPWD), the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the National Park Service are recovering debris from …

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Wise’s “Fishing for Photographs” gives a new lens to South Texas angling

    By Gaige Davila “I never wanted to be a photographer,” Capt. Danno Wise said, during a signing event for his book, “Fishing for Photographs” at Laguna Bobs on the Island. But with the success of this book, the captain, Port Isabel High School history teacher, and freelance writer is, inadvertently, now a photographer.   …

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WillieDean Bagels brings New York delicacy to SPI

By Gaige Davila At WillieDean Bagels, you can find a part of Broadway on Padre.  Ernie Lopez and his sister, Bella, own and operate WillieDean Bagels on South Padre Island. Since 2019, the shop has served bagels with made-in-house cream cheeses or into breakfast and lunch sandwiches. WillieDean Bages is one of only two bagel …

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Lopez, Hernandez Medal at State Meet

By Larry Gage Special to the PRESS Port Isabel High students Jaden Lopez and David Hernandez both brought home medals from the Men’s State Powerlifting Meet in Abilene last Saturday.  Lopez took third-place in the 123-pound weight division and Hernandez was fourth in the 132-pound class.  A lifter’s best lift in each of the three …

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Three Lady Tarpons Medal at State Meet

By Larry Gage Special to the PRESS Four Port Isabel Lady Tarpons competed at the Women’s State High School Powerlifting Meet in Corpus Christi two weeks ago, and three of them came home with medals.  The Press spoke with assistant lifting coach Jessica Hedrick and she shared her thoughts about it all. “They did amazingly …

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