Boys’ hoops fall to Hidalgo

By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS The Port Isabel Tarpons fought the Hidalgo Pirates hard all game long but in the end, came up six points short in a key District 32-4A basketball game at Tarpon Gym Tuesday night. Port Isabel came into this game with wins in their first three district contests, including …

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Letter to the Editor for January 10, 2019

Special to the PRESS Dear Editor; Our occasional U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela gave his report to the people about the shutdown and wall in the issue of Jan. 3.  He doesn’t avail himself of the sizeable amount each Congressman is given to send letters and/or reports back to his constituents, so this is it. He …

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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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Rio History: Hunting German U-Boats in the Gulf of Mexico

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS Over the years, I have heard stories of extensive U-boat activities in the Gulf of Mexico. Old-timers talk of watching the night skies light up as some hapless freighter was torpedoed offshore. In fact, the government quarantined much of Padre Island during these years while permanent coast watchers …

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UNVEILED: Community gets first look at new Yacht Club development

Community gets first look at new Yacht Club development, BOA denies Martinez family’s variance request By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Plans to develop a multimillion-dollar high-end apartment complex at the site of the old Yacht Club Hotel will proceed, despite a Board of Adjustments decision to deny a variance request to decrease the …

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Protecting the coast:

Island asks Army Corps to expand Coastal Texas Study footprint By KEVIN RICH Special to the PRESS During the month of December, the SPI City Council considered Resolution No. 2018-36, which calls for expanding the scope of the plan proposed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as part of their Coastal Texas Protection and Restoration …

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Taking the plunge: Hundreds ring in new year at Polar Bear Dip

By KEVIN RICH Special to the PRESS Cloudy skies and the threat of rain were not enough to deter the throngs of enthusiasts gathered at Clayton’s Beach Bar on New Year’s Day Tuesday for South Padre Island’s 21st annual Polar Bear Dip. As the noon hour grew closer, the participants moved on to the beach in …

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Strike Three: After third meeting, BOA again denies sign variance

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com A local developer and a dentist were hoping the third time would be the charm as they stood before the Port Isabel Board of Adjustments (BOA) to request a variance for a proposed electronic sign; however, things would not end in their favor. Property developer Herb Houston, Jr. …

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Island forms special events committee

By KEVIN RICH Special to the PRESS Formation of a new special events committee, discussions on Convention Centre expansion, and resolution of problems with utility easement maintenance were topics of discussion at the Wednesday, Dec. 19 South Padre Island City Council meeting. First up, the Council discussed establishing a committee to explore special events and promote …

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Guthrie announces resignation

By KEVIN RICH Special to the PRESS The City of South Padre Island is in search of a new top administrator after City Manager Susan Guthrie announced her resignation late last month. The City Council formally accepted her resignation during a special meeting held last Friday, Dec. 28. “I move with great regret that we accept …

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