In Memoriam: SPI resident loses battle with COVID-19

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com When COVID-19 hit the Rio Grande Valley, Doug Atwell, a South Padre Island resident, became a cautious man, advocating to his family and friends to stay inside, wear masks and practice social distancing.  Even after the state reopened with a slew of orders issued by Governor Greg Abbott, Doug Atwell kept …

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SPI opens ballot applications

Staff report The City of South Padre Island is holding a General Election on November 3, 2020 for Mayor and Council Member Place 4.  Filing dates to submit an general ballot application for the office of Mayor or Place 4 are from July 20, 2020 through August 17, 2020.  Applications must be received by 5:00 …

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Ladies Kingfish Tournament called off

Staff report  The South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce has cancelled its 39th Annual Ladies Kingfish Tournament.  “While we had worked hard to adapt and adjust, and feel we had pulled together a tournament that followed CDC guidelines and all government mandates to ensure the safety of our staff, volunteers, anglers, captains and crew, circumstances …

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Judge criticizes SPI party boat

 By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com A local charter boat company was criticized by the Cameron County Judge, after a video filmed over the weekend showed a boat with several people on it not wearing face coverings.  During a press conference on July 20, Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño showed a Facebook video from Friday, July 17, …

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Del Abra continues string of animal rescues

Special from the City of Port Isabel  On Thursday, July 16, Port Isabel Police Department got a call about a cat on the Queen Isabella Causeway.  Port Isabel Animal Control Supervisor Oscar Del Abra got the early morning notification and headed to the scene, assisted by Port Isabel Police Department officer Samuel Sauceda. Del Abra …

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TIFT cancelled

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The Texas International Fishing Tournament (TIFT), a staple of the Laguna Madre area’s annual summer events, is cancelled this year.  “The T.I.F.T. Executive Board did not come to this decision lightly,” a press release announcing the tournament’s cancellation states. No specific reason was given for the tournament’s cancellation.  TIFT Tournament Director …

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Chaos building to become entertainment center

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The former site of Chaos nightclub is slated to become an entertainment center, with a restaurant and shopping center, after the city gave the building’s owner a notice to demolish the vacant structure.  The City of South Padre Island’s Substandard Review Board found the long-empty building to violate two of the …

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PI-ISD opts for online classes all year as COVID-19 cases rise

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Point-Isabel Independent School District (PI-ISD) will hold classes online for the upcoming school year, as COVID-19 cases continue rising in the Laguna Madre area, Cameron County and across the state.  In a unanimous decision, the PI-ISD School Board Trustees voted to delay on-campus instruction for the 2020-2021 school year, during an …

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Laguna Blvd project enters design phase

  By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com A redesigning of Laguna Boulevard on South Padre Island is in the works, with an expected finish date to the design by the end of this year or the beginning of next.  Four design options were discussed during a city council workshop on July 15, with the favored design being …

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SPI extends beach restrictions through July

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The City of South Padre Island will continue restricting the space between umbrellas on the beach through July, as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Cameron County.  In the order’s extension, a new rule has been added: no setups in the 15 feet of space between umbrellas.  South Padre Island Councilperson …

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