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Tropical storm warning issued for lower Texas coast

From City of South Padre Island  A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for the Lower Texas Coast.  Currently, there are a few models that continue to show Tropical Storm Hanna heading towards south Texas. At this point, South Padre Island is expecting wind gusts up to 39 – 50 miles per hour and 4 …

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Beach park closures, facial covering mandate extended to August

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Cameron County residents will not be able to drive to county beach parks and accesses for a couple more weeks. Cameron County Judge Eddie Trevino, Jr., has extended an emergency management order issued on June 29, which closed county beach accesses and mandated facial coverings in public county-wide. The order is …

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Where to get sandbags as Tropical Storm Hanna nears

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Municipal offices across the Rio Grande Valley are distributing sandbags as Tropical Storm Hanna nears the South Texas coast.  Cameron County residents can pick up sandbags until 6:00 p.m. today, July 24, and tomorrow July 25, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at 7092 Old Alice Road, Brownsville, Texas, 78521.  South …

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Opinion: At the mercy of waves

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com There is an obvious relationship between Cameron County’s COVID-19 cases and Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño’s tone at his press conferences: as the wave rises, so, too, does the urgency of the captain’s voice of this ship we’re all aboard, looking down as the crest refuses to roll back, hoping for …

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State of sports: UIL announces fall schedule

By DAVID LOPEZ & GAIGE DAVILA editor@sbnewspaper.com editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com After several weeks of will they or won’t they, football, volleyball, tennis, and cross country practices and games are slated to begin in August for 1A-4A conferences. This includes Point Isabel ISD and Rio Hondo ISD.  However, for San Benito CISD, a 32-6A district,  volleyball and football …

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In Memoriam: SPI resident loses battle with COVID-19

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com When COVID-19 hit the Rio Grande Valley, Doug Atwell, a South Padre Island resident, became a cautious man, advocating to his family and friends to stay inside, wear masks and practice social distancing.  Even after the state reopened with a slew of orders issued by Governor Greg Abbott, Doug Atwell kept …

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SPI opens ballot applications

Staff report The City of South Padre Island is holding a General Election on November 3, 2020 for Mayor and Council Member Place 4.  Filing dates to submit an general ballot application for the office of Mayor or Place 4 are from July 20, 2020 through August 17, 2020.  Applications must be received by 5:00 …

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Ladies Kingfish Tournament called off

Staff report  The South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce has cancelled its 39th Annual Ladies Kingfish Tournament.  “While we had worked hard to adapt and adjust, and feel we had pulled together a tournament that followed CDC guidelines and all government mandates to ensure the safety of our staff, volunteers, anglers, captains and crew, circumstances …

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Judge criticizes SPI party boat

 By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com A local charter boat company was criticized by the Cameron County Judge, after a video filmed over the weekend showed a boat with several people on it not wearing face coverings.  During a press conference on July 20, Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño showed a Facebook video from Friday, July 17, …

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Del Abra continues string of animal rescues

Special from the City of Port Isabel  On Thursday, July 16, Port Isabel Police Department got a call about a cat on the Queen Isabella Causeway.  Port Isabel Animal Control Supervisor Oscar Del Abra got the early morning notification and headed to the scene, assisted by Port Isabel Police Department officer Samuel Sauceda. Del Abra …

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