Category: South Padre Parade

Beach Bar Beat: Padre Island Brewing Company

  By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Padre Island Brewing Company can lay claim to several instances of doing something before it was “cool,” or, in other words, a mainstream, normal facet of life.  The lone brewing company on South Padre Island, Padre Island Brewing Company has been making beer in its large in-house tanks since 1995, …

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Rio History: A Cure for the Dreaded “Writers Blah!”

By Steve Hathcock steve@southpadreislandtv.tv Clouds were feathering along high up where the blue was so intense it…Nah, that won’t work…I was doomed…I had picked up a bad case of the dreaded “Writers Blah!”  My article was due for the Parade Magazine and I was so out of ideas that I could not even think of …

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Leading the Way: Jared Hockema, City Manager of Port Isabel

Interview by Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The South Padre Parade virtually interviewed Jared Hockema, City Manager of Port Isabel, to learn about his administrative role in the coastal community several thousand call home. Want to see a local leader featured in the Parade? Email editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com with your suggestions.    What is the city manager’s role in …

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Rockin Restaurant Review: Causeway, now a Bar & Grill

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Causeway Cafe returned after several weeks of closure, with a name, menu and design change.  In the downtime, after Texas Governor Greg Abbott closed in-room dining at restaurants for several weeks, Causeway’s owners and staff remodeled the space nestled just to the right of the Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway, enclosed their …

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Life on the Boardwalk: Shorebirds Coming Through!

  By Javier Gonzalez Naturalist Educator SPI Birding and Nature Center Special to the Parade The month of August brings the official start of fall migration through our wetlands. Although most of the colorful songbirds that are favorites among birders will not be migrating through in number until September and October, shorebird species like sandpipers …

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Rio History: A Brief History of the Queen

  By Steve Hathcock Special to the PRESS The idea of connecting Padre Island to the mainland had been floated for over 25 years before the following notice appeared in the November 16, 1925 issue of The Galveston Daily News: D.E. Colp, member of the state park board, announced plans for a scenic beach drive …

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Life on the Boardwalk: July Scene on the Wetlands

  By Javier Gonzalez Naturalist Educator SPI Birding and Nature Center Special to the Parade The warm weather and waters are catalysts for an explosion of life along the boardwalk during the summer months. July is a remarkably interesting month in our wetlands. It brings a peak of productivity in the salt marsh, which is …

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Beach Bar Beat: Frank at Louie’s Backyard

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The Beach Bar Beat is back, in celebration of the old and new at the Port Isabel-South Padre Press and the new South Padre Parade.  For this month’s Beat, I’ve returned to a bar that was formative in my teen upbringing, interviewing Frank Oyervidez, who I befriended several years ago when …

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Meet Felicia Calo: Hostess for the 81st TIFT

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The Texas International Fishing Tournament (TIFT) is on schedule for the first weekend of August, for its 81st year.  This year, the TIFT Board of Directors selected Felicia Calo as hostess, a title bestowed on local anglers to promote TIFT. Calo graduated from Port Isabel High School in 2016, then from …

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World’s largest mesquite carved turtle unveiled on SPI

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com A hand-carved, seven-foot and ten inch tall by eight-foot-long, six and half-foot wide wooden sea turtle sculpture is now displayed in front of Sea Ranch Restaurant, in what the City of South Padre Island calls a “record breaking tribute” to South Padre Island sea turtles. . The 400-pound, mesquite wood sculpture, …

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