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Mars-bound and down: Aboard the “Anne” with the Mars Ocean Analogs

  By Gaige Davila Special to the PRESS  Port Isabel is no stranger to sailors, but the depths of one group of sailors’ mission could not be more stranger. The schooner Anne and its crew–Andrew West, Gwen Whitney, John Wolfe, Reid Stowe, Kate Wicks, Oliver Parody, and Eric Goss–sailed from Miami, Florida, to Port Isabel …

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The Great Padre Island Coyote Hunt

By Steve Hathcock Special to the PARADE Editor’s note: This article appeared in the May 2021 edition of the South Padre Parade.  The time was 1931: Al Capone controlled Chicago and Will Rogers had yet to “meet a man (he) didn’t like.” Padre Island was a lonely, desolated place in the early 1930s, with only …

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TIFT opens registration for 81st year

Staff report  The Texas International Fishing Tournament (TIFT) has opened its online registration for its 81st year, giving anglers a chance to return to the Laguna Madre and the Gulf of Mexico after the tournament was cancelled last year due to COVID-19 concerns.  TIFT starts July 28 and ends Aug. 1.  Registration fees are as …

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SPI skatepark opens this Saturday

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  The City of South Padre Island will unveil its official skatepark this Saturday, May 8, after just over two months of construction and years worth of planning, pleading and advocacy.  The city broke ground on the park, located on 6100 Padre Blvd, on Feb. 9, after receiving several grants to build …

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Port Isabel: A brief view at its history

By Rene Torres Special to the PRESS Port Isabel for sale! The complete sale of the sea village occurred in the Spring of 1927.  The acquisition was announced in Brownsville and the following year, it was incorporated into an official town. On this historical day, the city began its march toward establishing a modern city …

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Ramos, Camacho off to State

                By Larry Gage Special to the PRESS Editor’s note: On the day of this article’s publishing, Madison Ramos took third place at UIL’s state track and field meet in 4A Girls’ high jump. William Camacho took third place in 4A Boys’ triple jump.  As you read this, …

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Island Showcase scheduled by Chamber

Special to the PRESS Mark your calendar and get ready for the annual Island Showcase!   Close to 60 South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce members will come together on Tuesday, May 11th, 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm to showcase their businesses at the South Padre Island Convention Centre located at 7355 Padre Blvd.   The event …

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South Padre Island sets record numbers on occupancy taxes

Special to the PRESS  This week as we celebrate the Power of Travel in Texas, Governor Greg Abbott has issued a proclamation recognizing May 2-8 as National Travel and Tourism Week in Texas. The annual celebration of the contributions of the U.S. travel industry highlights the critical role that travel will play in driving economic …

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May flowers bloom on time

By R. Lewis “April Showers Bring May Flowers” and we got a good shower Friday, April 30.  The soaking rain of around two inches is the best thing that could have happened for our plants that are still suffering from the “Big Freeze,” and for all of the replacement plants that have been planted since …

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SPI police reports: April 26 – May 03, 2021

Curated by Steve Hathcock 3004 BURGLARY OF VEHICLE: On April 26, 2021 at approximately 1:19 a.m. hours officers responded to Kelly’s Irish Pub located at 101 East Morningside Street in reference to a burglary of a motor vehicle. A male subject was arrested for burglary of a motor vehicle. TPC 30.02 BURGLARY HABITATION: On April …

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