#EmbracetheGulf: Shoreline Task Force seeking grants for beach, shoreline projects

By PAMELA CODY Special to the PRESS The South Padre Island Shoreline Task Force held its regular meeting Tuesday afternoon, to approve a resolution and final grant applications to City Council. After a brief discussion of revisions, the members of the Shoreline Task Force approved a resolution to recognize the year 2020 to the SPI …

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Courtroom dedicated to late Judge Colwell

By ANGIE GAMEZ Special to the PRESS The City of South Padre Island dedicated its municipal courtroom in honor of Judge David K. Colwell, on September 9, 2019, outside the entrance of City Hall. Colwell was the Island’s longest-serving judge, working for more than 23 years. The Master of Ceremony, presiding Judge Edmund K. Cyganiewicz, …

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Rio History: Treasure Hunting Tips

By Steve Hathcock Generally speaking, most jewelry is lost by people wading in the surf. During the summer, the waves are very gentle and the wind conditions actually add a couple of feet of beach in many areas. It’s not uncommon to see several people wandering the surf, intently eyeing the bottom in a mostly …

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Movie review: Maiden

By DAVID LEE ZAMORA Special to the Parade Maiden, at surface level, is a documentary about a group of women and their skipper/ navigator, Tracy Edwards, finishing the Whitbread Round the World Race, but it more so shows how powerful we humans are, how even with the worst of flaws, and highest of obstacles, we …

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Tarpons fall to Cowboys: Port Isabel loses to Porter in overtime, 20-13

By CONSTANCIO MARTINEZ JR Special to the PRESS The Port Isabel Tarpons traveled to Brownsville Sams Memorial Stadium to play the Porter Cowboys to kick-off the 2019 football season. This game is the third time the two teams have ever met (the Porter Cowboys came away with the 14-3 win in 2018). Last year’s matchup …

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Rio History: Where to Dig

Rio History: Where to Dig By Steve Hathcock 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 …

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Now open: Ribbon cutting ceremony held for new pavilion, boardwalk

By GAIGE DAVILA editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Several local, county, and state officials officially opened the new pavilion and boardwalk on Isla Blanca Park via a ribbon cutting ceremony on August 29, just before sunset. The pavilion and boardwalk have been open since last week, in conclusion to over a year of construction that included: reconstructing and connecting …

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First public hearing held on Laguna Vista tax rate, fiscal year budget

By ANGIE GAMEZ Special to the PRESS   The City of Laguna Vista held a Special Council Meeting on September 3, 2019. The highlight of this meeting included a public hearing to solicit input regarding the 2019 ad valorem tax rate, and a public hearing to solicit input on the 2019-2020 Fiscal Year Budget. The …

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Cameron County Commissioners’ Court set date for Annova LNG tax abatement vote

By GAIGE DAVILA editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The Cameron County Commissioners’ Court has scheduled to vote on a tax abatement request from Annova LNG, a liquefied natural gas export facility planned for development in the Port of Brownsville area, owned by Chicago, Illinois, based energy company Exelon, on October 1. The project owners are seeking a tax abatement …

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City sounds for sound removal: SPI council votes to remove and or disconnect sound emitting devices from golf carts, adopts 2019 tax rate

By PAMELA CODY Special to the PRESS The South Padre Island City Council voted Wednesday evening to repeal and replace a controversial ordinance dealing with sound emitting devices as well as adopting the tax rate for 2019. Shortly after presenting proclamations for National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and National Food Safety Month, the SPI City …

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