Local attorney challenges county park accessibility after surfers ticketed

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Local surfers and their attorney are questioning their recent citations for surfing at Isla Blanca Park after noting several RVs were still renting inside the Cameron County beach park.  Stuart Diamond, an attorney on South Padre Island, is representing 13 people who were ticketed by Cameron County Parks Rangers on July …

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Fifth Barrientez sibling reaches 100

Special to the PRESS Longtime Port Isabel resident Isabel Barrientez Perez celebrated her 100th birthday on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, with her children, grandchildren, great-great grandchildren and great-great-great grandchildren.  Barrientez was born to Romana Valent and Pedro Barrientez in Port Isabel, one of 14 children of 14 children, including 3 sets of twins. Barrientez is …

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PI-ISD makes adjustments after first week

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com School was back in virtual session last week, as Laguna Madre area students adjusted to a completely-online school day.  For Point Isabel Independent School District, the first week of classes went, for the most part, well, according to the district’s superintendent, Theresa Capistran.  “We had some hiccups along the way, but …

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Beach Bar Beat: Padre Island Brewing Company

  By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Padre Island Brewing Company can lay claim to several instances of doing something before it was “cool,” or, in other words, a mainstream, normal facet of life.  The lone brewing company on South Padre Island, Padre Island Brewing Company has been making beer in its large in-house tanks since 1995, …

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Rio History: A Cure for the Dreaded “Writers Blah!”

By Steve Hathcock steve@southpadreislandtv.tv Clouds were feathering along high up where the blue was so intense it…Nah, that won’t work…I was doomed…I had picked up a bad case of the dreaded “Writers Blah!”  My article was due for the Parade Magazine and I was so out of ideas that I could not even think of …

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Leading the Way: Jared Hockema, City Manager of Port Isabel

Interview by Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The South Padre Parade virtually interviewed Jared Hockema, City Manager of Port Isabel, to learn about his administrative role in the coastal community several thousand call home. Want to see a local leader featured in the Parade? Email editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com with your suggestions.    What is the city manager’s role in …

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Congress members to DHS: release PIDC detainee

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The Port Isabel Detention Center (PIDC) and one of its detainees has attracted the attention of United State Congress members. Forty-four U.S. Congress members have co-signed a letter urging Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf to not deport Steven Tendo, a 36-year-old pastor from Uganda who has been detained …

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LV skate bowl’s future questioned after church prohibits use

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com A skating pool located behind the former site of Christ Harbor Church in Laguna Vista, now San Benito-based Cross Church’s Bay Area campus, has been an alt-culture staple in an otherwise quiet bayside community.  Sometime between Cross Church’s launch of their Bay Area campus on Easter Sunday of this year and …

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COVID-19 testing available in PI through weekend

    By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Port Isabel residents have several chances to get a COVID-19 test through Aug. 30, after Cameron County extended the mobile testing site’s hours. From today until Sunday, Aug. 30, COVID-19 testing is available at the Port Isabel Event & Cultural Center, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The site’s …

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More turtles “hatch” along the Sea Turtle Art Trai

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Three more sea turtles have “hatched” along South Padre Island in the last two weeks, as part of the Sea Turtle Art Trail. Artists Beth Fedigan and Chelsea Fedigan are behind the largest of the Sea Turtle Art Trail’s “hatchings,” with an 11 to 12 foot tall sea turtle sculpture displayed …

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