City preps for bond election

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The City of Port Isabel is gearing up to pitch a November bond election to residents aimed at providing funding for a litany of capital improvement projects. The dozen or so projects have been discussed over the last several weeks during meetings of the City’s Capital Projects Committee, …

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Island recognizes first responders

By KEVIN RICH Special to the PRESS Recognition of civil servants, amending building codes, consideration of event funding, and updates on beach nourishment highlighted the Wednesday, Aug. 1 meeting of the South Padre Island City Council. Mayor Dennis Stahl awarded six members of the SPI EMT team with challenge coins in honor of their efforts. “It’s …

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Laguna Madre sales tax solid

By MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS Solid sales tax rebates from the State of Texas point to a healthy economic climate for all cities in the Laguna Madre Area this month. Laguna Vista, coming off a strong 18.17 percent increase in July, is seeing a net payment in August of $17,033, up 2.19 percent for …

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Tarpons kick off two-a-days

By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS Tarpon football practice got underway this week and not a day too soon.  Preparations for the next season always start almost as soon as the previous season comes to a close.  And when the previous team ended the year with only two wins, that makes the sense of …

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Tarpon Assistant Coach is World Traveler

By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS It seems that most high school football coaches don’t do much world traveling.  One exception, maybe the only one on the Port Isabel High coaching staff, is Johnny Nieto. Nieto is a life-long resident of Port Isabel and saw Varsity action in football all four years of his …

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Lady Tarpons open season at home

By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS The Port Isabel Lady Tarpon volleyball team opened the season at home this week, and they lost their first match of the year to La Joya in straight sets Tuesday. The Lady Coyotes won 25-22, 26-24, 25-19. The Lady Tarpons were competitive and stayed with La Joya for …

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Letter to the Editor for Aug. 9, 2018

Special to the PRESS To The Editor, This letter is in response to a previous letter regarding Laguna Vista’s Independence Day celebration. I’m sure we all agree that July 4 is officially the United States of America’s Independence Day, but just like many families, sometimes we choose to have a birthday party on another day …

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Writer’s Block: Late Summer, Sweet Summer

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com It seems the Saharan dust is well and truly gone from our skies now. Thankfully! No more blinding white midday skies, no more haze choking lungs and blotting out the horizon. And, as if to cap off the end to that dusty mess, we even had a nice, …

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Rio History: Metal Detecting Tips

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS Generally speaking, most gold 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 …

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Tourney Triumphs: Barbara “Bobby” Wells recalls first TIFT

By ALEXA RAY Special to the PRESS With the 79th Annual Texas International Fishing Tournament (TIFT) commencing this week, the PRESS visited with veteran tournament participant Barbara “Bobby” Wells, who reminisced about her experiences in the world-renowned event. “‘What’s TIFT?’ is like asking ‘What’s Christmas?’ around here”, said Wells, who has attended every TIFT tournament …

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