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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Pensado pleads guilty

Former teacher admits to improper relationship with student By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com A former Point Isabel Independent School District (PIISD) teacher has admitted to having an improper relationship with a female PIISD student and has reached a plea agreement with the Cameron County District Attorney’s Office in connection with the case. Robert …

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Island mayoral ballot set

Other elections see changes, Texas Ranger inquiry By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The ballot has been set in the May 4 special election for mayor of South Padre Island. Three candidates have thrown their hat in the ring for the election, which was precipitated by the resignation of current Mayor Dennis Stahl. The …

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Newly formed events committee looks to dissolve

By KEVIN RICH Special to the PRESS Members of the newly-formed Special Events Committee on South Padre Island have asked City leaders to consider dissolving the committee for the sake of efficiency and expediency in addressing funding requests from event organizers. The discussion came during a meeting of the Convention and Visitors Advisory Board last Wednesday. …

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Island explores ‘micro-hospital’ idea

By KEVIN RICH Special to the PRESS The South Padre Island Economic Development Corporation (EDC) began preliminary plans to assess the feasibility of developing a ‘micro-hospital’ on the Island. The topic came up during a Feb. 22 meeting, when the EDC considered an $18,000 funding request to perform a feasibility study on locating a micro-hospital on …

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Heat Wave: Car show kicks off Spring Break festivities

DARREN GOLLER Special to the PRESS Last week on South Padre Island, Spring Break started with a bang — well a roar, actually. The M&M Off-Road Spring Break Jam came to Island for its annual car show and there was plenty of automotive eye candy for everyone. The show ran Saturday and Sunday, and featured …

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Full slate of events as Texas Week begins

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Spring Break 2019 is looking to be a busy beginning to the tourist season on South Padre Island. Local entertainment venues have scheduled a full slate of events, from Louie’s Backyard, to Longboards Bar and Grill, Rockstar Beach and Clayton’s Beach Bar. From Grammy award winning rapper, Cardi …

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Island delays paid parking open house

By KEVIN RICH Special to the PRESS An open house which had been slated to take place last month to further explore a proposal to implement a paid parking plan on South Padre Island has been put on hold pending the gathering of more information, as well as to allow City staff to organize more resources …

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Overlay district plan advances in Laguna Vista

By MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS An overlay district designed to define a specific development characteristics for FM 510 and Highway 100 in Laguna Vista was introduced here Tuesday by the Laguna Vista Town Council. A second reading of the ordinance is required of the Council prior to it becoming law. An overlay district is …

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