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TIFT cancelled

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The Texas International Fishing Tournament (TIFT), a staple of the Laguna Madre area’s annual summer events, is cancelled this year.  “The T.I.F.T. Executive Board did not come to this decision lightly,” a press release announcing the tournament’s cancellation states. No specific reason was given for the tournament’s cancellation.  TIFT Tournament Director …

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Chaos building to become entertainment center

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The former site of Chaos nightclub is slated to become an entertainment center, with a restaurant and shopping center, after the city gave the building’s owner a notice to demolish the vacant structure.  The City of South Padre Island’s Substandard Review Board found the long-empty building to violate two of the …

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PI-ISD opts for online classes all year as COVID-19 cases rise

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Point-Isabel Independent School District (PI-ISD) will hold classes online for the upcoming school year, as COVID-19 cases continue rising in the Laguna Madre area, Cameron County and across the state.  In a unanimous decision, the PI-ISD School Board Trustees voted to delay on-campus instruction for the 2020-2021 school year, during an …

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Laguna Blvd project enters design phase

  By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com A redesigning of Laguna Boulevard on South Padre Island is in the works, with an expected finish date to the design by the end of this year or the beginning of next.  Four design options were discussed during a city council workshop on July 15, with the favored design being …

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SPI extends beach restrictions through July

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The City of South Padre Island will continue restricting the space between umbrellas on the beach through July, as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Cameron County.  In the order’s extension, a new rule has been added: no setups in the 15 feet of space between umbrellas.  South Padre Island Councilperson …

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PI appeal denied in Meza case

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com A state appeals court panel has unanimously denied the City of Port Isabel’s interlocutor appeal in a lawsuit between the city and former city manager Edward Meza.  The state’s Thirteenth Court of Appeals, which serves Cameron County and several other South Texas counties, in a July 2 memorandum opinion by Justice …

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Sheriff’s Office still investigating ‘Jane Doe’ found on SPI

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Eight years since a woman was found dead on the northern end of South Padre Island, the Cameron County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating who she was and how she got there.  On July 3, the Cameron County Sheriff’s Office said, in a Facebook post, they were still investigating the discovery …

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County COVID-19 situation worsens

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Hundreds of people are hospitalized inside the Valley Baptist Health System with COVID-19, tens of which are on ventilators, in what Chief Executive Officer Leslie Bingham says has been a “surge response” inside the hospitals.  Healthcare workers responding to COVID-19 patients in Cameron County hospitals are “exhausted,” according to Bingham.  “The …

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City offers Facebook Live program to businesses

  Special to the PRESS On April 24, businesses across Texas were allowed to reopen with “Retail To Go” parameters. The City of Port Isabel used Facebook Live to broadcast local businesses’ products to the facebook.com/portisabeltx audience. With somewhat over 20,000 followers, the idea was to give those followers a peek into stores they could …

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Early voting begins across state

Elections

By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com Early voting for the Texas primary runoff election began this past Monday. Early voting for the state’s Democratic and Republican elections was initially scheduled for May 26 but was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Early voting will run until July 10, with primary election day on July 14. The last …

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