Category: South Padre Parade

Rio History: Treasure Hunting at Isla Blanca Park

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS The tide was out when we arrived at Isla Blanca Park at the southernmost tip of South Padre Island. My friend John headed to the water to hunt for jewelry while I worked my way south to a small sandbar that is only visible at low tide. As …

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Writer’s Block: In the Glare of the Spotlight

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com On more than one occasion throughout 2018, the Rio Grande Valley was under the scrutiny of the national media, political and social spotlight. For various reasons last year, our collective home became a bright pinpoint of focus on a national scale several times — whether that was the …

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Writer’s Block: Looking at the Year Ahead

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com I’m not going to say I’ve already failed at my new year’s resolutions, but… I’ve already failed. My plans to exercise on the first day of the year? Never realized. Hopes to cut down on simple carbohydrates and junk food? Dashed! However, I’m not sad about it, and …

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Rio History: End of an Era

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS Last week: “Jackson had an army of 5,100 men. They included mounted regulars, volunteers, United States Dragoons and a mixture of Kentuckians and Creoles. They were joined by the Battalion of Free Men of Color. It must have been a very ironic moment for the Lafitte brothers, to fight alongside …

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Writer’s Block: Time Is An Illusion

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Albert Einstein once said that time is an illusion. As the man whose mind fathomed the theory of relativity, I’m pretty certain he knew what he was talking about. But Einstein’s theory has more to do with the tangible and quantifiable — acceleration and mass and gravity — …

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Rio History: The Third Battle of New Orleans

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS The Americans made their stand behind Rodriguez Canal. It was a 4-foot deep; 20-foot wide abandoned mill race located 5 miles from New Orleans. Across the mile-long front, Jackson’s men constructed a parapet of cotton bales and sugar casks filled with dirt. The ground in front of the bulwark …

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Writer’s Block: The Meaning of Christmas

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com As the countdown to Christmas continues, our schedules can become quite packed — our to-do list growing longer while both time and patience grow short. With that in mind, I thought this week would be the perfect opportunity to revisit a column I wrote in 2015 about the …

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Rio History: Wind, Rain and a Baking Sun

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS When is the best time to go treasure hunting or beachcombing? If I had an Indian head penny for every time I have been asked that question… I prefer a windy day, low tide and right after a good November squall. The rain uncovers things near the surface while …

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Writer’s Block: Bah, Humbug!

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com ‘Tis the season for making merry and bright. The lights are all aglow, the halls have been decked with boughs of holly and all should be jolly, right? Well, almost. If you’ll allow me a little latitude to be a bit of a Grinch — only slightly a …

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Rio History: Flotas, the Treasure Fleets of Spain

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS In the early 1500s, a law was passed by the Casa de Contratacion, or “House of Trade,” which called for fleets or Flotas from Spain to sail to the colonies twice a year. In addition to letters, finery and passengers, the fleet carried manufactured goods for sale to the citizens of the New …

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