Category: Opinion & Advice

Rio History: Another Tale of the Bottle

By Steve Hathcock Special to the Parade Ellen Smith of Hot Springs, Arkansas sent me an email a while back asking about a bottle she and her husband had found while exploring near the mouth of the Rio Grande after Hurricane Dolly. The bottle you found, I replied, is known as a ceramic, or stoneware, beer …

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Letters to the Editor for April 12, 2019

To the Editor, We are sorry to see Dina Arevalo go. In the past four plus years she’s been the only personality of the Padre Press whom we’ve come to know, and we shall miss her. Good luck, Dina, in whatever your new endeavors will be. Sincerely yours, David A. Sears South Padre Island The …

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Rio History: A Look Back

By Steve Hathcock Special to the Parade   Long before Padre Bali began running cattle on the Island this entire area was a favored destination for wealthy ranchers and their families. At first, the little town that stood on the bay was called El Fronton. Some say it got that name from a sheer cliff that extended …

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Letter to the Editor for April 5, 2019

Special to the Press   To the editor, I believe in freedom of speech, and I believe in freedom of the press. And after reading the March 28 letter (rant) to the editor from Rev. Barry Abraham Zavah of Alpine, Tx, I now believe there is fake news. Amen.   Dennis Moreau Laguna Vista Tweet

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Rio History: The Storm of 1875

By Steve Hathcock Special to the Press    Although the war had ended, the terror had not. A period of lawlessness existed along the Texas border. Because the Rio Grande River was a major artery of ancient trade routes, South Texas suffered the most. The area from the banks of the Nueces River near Corpus …

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Letter to the Editor for March 14, 2019

Special to the PRESS Editor, The recent “special meeting” of Laguna Vista’s Town Council was called at the behest of Councilman Mike Carter and others. The Town Council voted in February to change our regular scheduled meeting to accommodate travel plans during Spring Break. Rick Morado, our legal counsel, was not able to attend due …

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Writer’s Block: Positivity and Perspective

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com There’s an old joke you may be familiar with. More of a weary punchline, really. Anytime someone is acting like a curmudgeon — full of pessimistic, half-glass-full, nihilistic thoughts about the futility of life — someone inevitably tells that person that they need to lighten up, to be …

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Rio History: Atom Bomb Test Site on Padre Island?

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS We who call Padre Island home, have always known our days are numbered; for our beautiful tropical home is just one hurricane away from annihilation. Oddly, the potential damage of one of nature’s deadliest storms pales when compared to what almost happened to Padre Island one hot day …

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Letters to the Editor for March 7, 2019

Special to the PRESS Editor, In the past couple of weeks I have seen at least two written pieces that referenced my retirement from the City is South Padre Island CVB. Both pieces indicate a connection between the November City Council election and my departure. In the interest of setting the record straight, the election …

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From the Desk of the City Manager

Port Isabel focused on infrastructure improvements By JARED HOCKEMA Port Isabel City Manager Special to the PRESS   I’m writing today to give an update on city projects coming up this year. Last year, we were fortunate to be able to re-construct some of the most deteriorated sections of roadways. With the passage of the …

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