Category: Opinion & Advice

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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Writer’s Block: Babes and Bluebonnets

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Welcome to March! For the Rio Grande Valley, March is a time of interesting dichotomies. A time in between times. A time of cold and gray days brought on by the last hurrahs of winter-like cold snaps, and a time of piercingly sunny and hot days predictive of …

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Rio History: Here Lies Red Lady

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS Who was Red Lady and why did 81 sailors choose to bury her atop the tallest dune on Padre Island? Prologue: Summer 1963: Ila Loetscher, yet to be named “The Turtle Lady,” was driving north, along the shores of Padre Island, searching for sea turtle nests when she …

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Letter to the Editor for February 28, 2019

Special to the PRESS Dear Editor, My jaw actually dropped as I read the wonderful Ms. McClain’s coverage of a recent Laguna Vista Town Hall Meeting. Twenty-four hours to correct brush/debris violations! $1,000 DAILY fines! Where the H E double Hockey Sticks are we living? I have one word for the Bright Spark who came up …

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Writer’s Block: Small Observations

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Sometimes I struggle with what to fill this space with every week. Kind of paradoxically, when your options are nearly limitless, you can suddenly find yourself at a loss for what to do. Having too many options can occasionally feel just as constricting as having too few. Such …

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Rio History: Last of the Karankawa Indians of Padre Island

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS Though the basic story line is different from that penned by James Fenimore Cooper, Old Indio’s story is an accurate portrayal of the lives and times of the once proud Karankawa Indians of Padre Island. He was all-Indian and the influence of Europeans did little to change him. …

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