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Youth Duathlon scheduled

By MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS The Town of Laguna Vista will host a Youth Duathlon on Sept. 21 as a means of encouraging healthy lifestyles for children ages 7-16 years of age. Town Councilmembers Tuesday approved the request, granting use of Roloff Park as headquarters for the event and agreed to provide security …

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SBCISD considers affiliation agreement with SPI EMS/FD

By J. NOEL ESPINOZA SAN BENITO NEWS With the intent to support student education and training, the San Benito Consolidated Independent School District is considering entering an agreement with South Padre Island to use its emergency facilities. Known as the Clinical Education Affiliation Agreement, the contract allows San Benito students to enroll in an Emergency …

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Money moves: County leaders considering tax increases, salary raises for officials

By FREDDY JIMENEZ SAN BENITO NEWS According to public notices, County commissioners will deliberate over a proposed tax increase as well as a pay raise for a variety of the county’s elected officials. On Tuesday, August 20, a public hearing for the two aforementioned topics will take place at 9 a.m. in the County Commissioner’s …

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LV budget proposed at $1.67 million

By MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS Laguna Vista officials are mulling a proposed $1,671,418 balanced budget for the coming 2019-2020 fiscal year. “The Council is focusing on basic services such as police, fire and public works, while maintaining the low tax rate,” City Manager Rolando Vela said. “But, they also recognize the need to …

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EDA awards $700k grant for South Texas Eco-Tourism Center

By WENDY VAN DEN BOOGERD Special to the PRESS During a Regional Small Cities Coalition Committee (RSCCC) meeting last Thursday, August 8, hosted by the Town of Laguna Vista, the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) awarded a $700,000 grant to the South Texas Eco-Tourism Center project. Laguna Vista gave $300,000 for the project, totaling $1 …

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Queen of the Kings: Ladies Kingfish Tournament adds new tournament division

By GAIGE DAVILA Port Isabel-South Padre PRESS editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com This year, for the 38th annual Ladies Kingfish Tournament (LKT), the South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce’s tournament planning committee did something different. Kingfish was no longer an exclusively-offshore division catch, meaning competing anglers could weigh in the tournament’s namesake whether they caught them in the bay …

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Tri-City Meeting shows unity in opposition to LNG

By J. NOEL ESPINOZA Special to the PRESS With an overwhelming show of hands, officials of Port Isabel, Laguna Vista, and South Padre Island showed their opposition to extract liquefied natural gas (LNG) around the Port of Brownsville in Cameron County. The tri-city meeting took place Wednesday at the Port Isabel Event and Cultural Center …

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Rio History: The Casino Hotel of Padre Island

By Steve Hathcock Special to the PARADE One of the first buildings constructed at Tarpon Beach in 1908, (Today’s Isla Blanca Park) the Casino Hotel (AKA the Gulf side Hotel) was only open for a short period before disaster struck. A hurricane coming ashore during the early summer of 1909, forced visitors to evacuate and seek shelter …

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Movie review: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

By DAVID LEE ZAMORA Special to the Parade If you’re looking for an accurate recreation of the (Charles) Manson Family murders, then Quintin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is not that movie. But if you’re looking for a warped version of history, where two friends find themselves in the path of the Manson …

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Lady Tarpons top La Joya in four

By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS The Port Isabel High volleyball team took the bus to La Joya for its first match of the season this week and came home with the victory. They topped the Lady Coyotes in four sets, 25-17, 25-23, 16-25, 25-19, on Tuesday. The Lady Tarpons started practicing last Thursday, …

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