Category: Opinion & Advice

Letters to the Editor for November 8, 2018

Special to the PRESS Editor. Some opponents of the proposed Rio Grande LNG project assert that the project would harm the environment and threaten South Padre Island tourism. As a longtime area resident and businessman interested in tourism, environmental conservation and economic growth, I have thoroughly studied the project with great interest. Here is what …

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Writer’s Block: Tricky Birds

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com I was browsing through the aisles at HEB late one night last week when something caught my eye as I made my way down the pet food aisle looking for treats for my very pampered cat. It was HEB’s small collection of bird feeders and bird food. Stacked …

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Rio History: Larry’s Theory

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS Hi Steve, I have a treasure-hunting question that goes back a few years. I have heard that people have found gold doubloons on the beaches of Padre Island. I also heard that a wreck was found around the mid-60s. Is it true the finder and the State of Texas …

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The Versatility of a Determined Plant

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com “It’s so pretty!” I said to my dad last weekend as we lazed on a couch in the living room on a quiet Saturday evening. The TV was turned on; the sound of whatever program Dad was watching providing shapeless sound for all the attention I was paying …

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Rio History: A Brief Tale of a Shipwreck

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS Hello Steve, I am a transplanted Texan (Santa Fe) for 15 years and really miss the lifestyle of South Texas. I have been intrigued for several years with the shipwrecks of Padre. I saw one on a map listed as Nicaragua. It appeared to be located about 50 or so miles south …

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Writer’s Block: Hocus Pocus

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com “Double, double, toil and trouble;/ Fire burn, and cauldron bubble.” Thus chanted the three witches when Macbeth chanced upon them in a wood in the darkness of night. The witches were up to no good as they stood in the forest brewing up an unsightly stew filled with …

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Rio History: The Devil’s Elbow of Padre Island

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS The Loop Current flows through the straits of the Yucatan into the Gulf of Mexico and then splits. The main current loops southeastward flowing through the Florida Keys (where it is called the Florida Current), and then into the Atlantic. Another, lesser current, called a “Loop Current Eddy,” which is a clockwise rotating …

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Letter to the Editor for October 18, 2018

Special to the PRESS Editor, Next week, early voting begins and Port Isabel residents will receive a ballot for the city’s bond election, which contains three separate propositions. I want to take a moment to share some information with your readers regarding some of the proposed projects, and why the city has decided to take …

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Writer’s Block: Caldo Weather

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com You may have seen a certain meme making the rounds on social media. A tetraptych with one panel showing a photo of a terracotta mug of champurrado accompanied by a concha, another a heavy San Marcos blanket spread across a bed, the third a bowl of menudo with …

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Rio History: Treasure Hunting on South Padre Island

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS Wherever people gather to play, pay or pray, there will be treasure. Late fall has always been considered an off-season for the tourist trade here on South Padre Island, the whole Island just sorta slows down. Traffic is light, No lines at restaurants, grocery and convenience stores. The weather is beautiful and …

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