Category Archive: South Padre Parade

Dec 01 2017

Rio History: Invasion of the Jellies

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS The inconvenience caused by our little “purple balloons” (Portuguese Man of Wars) pales when compared to the impact that the giant Nomura jellyfish has made on the fishing industry of Japan. The venom of this behemoth blob, which can exceed 450 pounds, can ruin a day’s catch by tainting …

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Dec 01 2017

Writer’s Block: Deck the Halls

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Well, Thanksgiving has come and gone. Whatever turkey leftovers there were should be just about gobbled up entirely by now, too. And now that Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are in the rearview mirror it’s time to prepare for what’s next. Pumpkin pie and pumpkin spice are …

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Nov 23 2017

Writer’s Block: Funny Bone

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Thanksgiving is a time for family. And a time for friends. And when loved ones gather, there’s sure to be lively conversation and fellowship. In the past, I’ve written about the way my family has celebrated Thanksgiving. Ever the consummate hostess, my mom’s talents — which are many …

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Nov 23 2017

Rio History: A Brief History of the Casino Hotel

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS 1907: The first of the improvements at Tarpon Beach were let to Guadalupe Saenz, the contractor who built a hotel and almost all the buildings in Mercedes. The Padre Island Development Company expected to have a formal opening of the resort about May 1, 1908. In the next phase, …

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Nov 17 2017

Writer’s Block: Practiced Patience

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com I can’t remember where I heard it, but some time ago I heard some advice cautioning people to consider their prayers carefully, for God may choose to answer you in a way you didn’t quite expect. It’s a version of the old adage, “be careful what you wish …

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Nov 17 2017

Rio History: Can You Dig It?

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS Spike Reality series American Digger, starring former pro wrestler Ric Savage and the History Channel’s Swamp People, (a group of characters who make their living salvaging old logs, wrestling alligators and treasure hunting in the wilds of Louisiana swamps) have inspired a lot of interest in metal detecting. The …

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Nov 10 2017

Writer’s Block: Thank You For Your Service

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com I’d seen Joe Rosenthal’s Pulitzer Prize winning photo of U.S. Marines raising a flag atop Mount Suribachi on Iwo Jima before. I’d learned about the Pacific Theater of World War II in school, along with the European Theater. I’d also seen the grainy black and white footage of …

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Nov 10 2017

Rio History: Treasure Hunter’s Tip

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS If you are searching for Civil War artifacts, the north end of Boca Chica Beach is where you will want to take your metal detector. Stand at the jetties in Isla Blanca Park, now, gaze directly south and a little to the west. About 100 yards due west of …

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Nov 03 2017

Writer’s Block: Earned History

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com It was a grounder that skipped and hopped with a jittery urgency between first and second base — closer to first than not. First baseman Yuli Gurriel had his left foot planted firmly on the bag as Jose Altuve, playing close in right field, scooped up the ball …

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Nov 03 2017

Rio History: Picking a Site

Treasure hunting tips By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS Lesson number one: Wherever people gather to play, pay or pray, there will be treasure. One of my favorite spots is the stretch of beach near the jetties in Isla Blanca Park. Most weekends, and almost every day during the summer, this beach is crowded with …

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