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Bountiful Blessings: Shrimp fleet receives annual benediction ahead of new season

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The Texas Shrimp Association (TSA) held its annual Blessing of the Fleet in advance of the opening of the 2018 commercial shrimping season on Sunday, July 15. For the 13th year, the Rev. Mark Watters presided over the ceremony, delivering a sermon of hope, both for bountiful harvests …

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Fighting Words: Lawyer calls for sanctions against Hinojosa, Port Isabel

Lawyer calls for sanctions against Hinojosa, Port Isabel City attorney responds: “He’s an embarrassment” By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The legal battle between the City of Port Isabel and a former employee has become more heated in recent weeks. Danny Goldberg, a Houston attorney representing former Port Isabel City Manager Ed Meza, has …

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30 Years: De la Lastra family remembers fallen fishermen

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com It’s been 30 years since the de la Lastra brothers went to sea and never returned. But, for their mother, their family and their friends, memories of their jovial attitudes and happy natures remain fresh. Jose Eduardo and Gustavo de la Lastra were career shrimpers, from a family …

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Golf course may see increased police presence

By MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS South Padre Island Golf Course residents will likely see a greater police presence in the near future. Laguna Vista Town Council members Tuesday instructed their attorney to draw-up an agreement that would spell out terms for the local police force to use the guard station at the entrance to …

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Committee prioritizes additional projects

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The Port Isabel Capital Projects Committee met again this week to continue discussions regarding the prioritization of several proposed capital improvement projects. The committee identified an additional six projects Tuesday, including several more street improvements, storm drain improvements, and improvements at City parks. First up for discussion was …

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Residents protest parking lot proposal

By KEVIN RICH Special to the PRESS The South Padre Island Shoreline Taskforce held public hearings on three proposed beach access improvement projects during their Monday, July 9 meeting.  The projects were proposed as a part of the Coastal Management Program (CMP) grant funding project. Shoreline Management Director Brandon Hill began the discussion with a presentation …

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Town approves noise regulations

By MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS A law regulating noise nuisances was approved in Laguna Vista this week. Town Council members Tuesday unanimously approved the ordinance that will control the volume of noise in the community. “Is it the policy of the Town of Laguna Vista to minimize the exposure of the citizens to excessive …

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PI 100th Texas city to go smoke free

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com On Tuesday, July 10, the City of Port Isabel joined 99 other Texas cities in adopting regulations that prohibit smoking. The news came after the Port Isabel City Commission unanimously passed the second and final reading of Ordinance 699. Commissioners Jeffery Martinez and Martin Cantu, Jr. were not …

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Proposed water rate increase draws reaction

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By MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS A proposed water rate increase in the Laguna Madre area drew opposition at Tuesday’s Laguna Vista Town meeting. Acknowledging that the Laguna Madre Water District had tabled action on the proposed increase last week, Town Councilman Michael Carter proposed sending a statement to their Board saying Laguna Vista opposes …

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The band’s back together

By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS This week, for the first time this summer, the entire membership of the Port Isabel High Silver Tarpon Marching Band assembled together for practice. Percussionists reported first two weeks ago and all band members took last week off for the Fourth of July. Head Director of Bands Scott …

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