PI-ISD welcomes back more students

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  Point Isabel Independent School District (PI-ISD) phased more students back into its campuses as COVID-19 cases continue rising across the state, in their “Phase 3” plan.  PI-ISD’s school board voted to continue transitioning students through a Texas Education Agency (TEA) waiver on Oct. 20 during a regular school board meeting.  This …

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Causeway begins lane closures

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com This past week, The Texas Departmentof Transportaion (TxDOT) began closing the Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway lanes for maintenance projects that will last until December. Work crews began working on the Causeway on Monday, Oct. 19.  The maintenance work includes cathodic, or anti-rust, protection, repainting and structural review and repairs. The work …

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Tarpons to (finally) hit the gridiron

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  The Port Isabel Tarpons will have a football season, albeit a short one, after months of planning, replanning, uncertainty, and, ultimately, concern.  “You always want to err on the side of safety,” Port Isabel Head Football Coach and Athletic Director Tony Villarreal told the PRESS. “Because of the virus and it …

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At Reyes Bakery, PI’s collective memory regains its space

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  Reyes Bakery’s regulars know the familiar force of warm, sweet smelling air will greet them each time they pull open the bakery’s small wooden door. For some time, there was a quiet wonder if that unique, unreplicable salutation would ever return. Thankfully, it has, viral pandemic or not. On Sept. 24, …

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Bars can reopen in Cameron County, Judge says

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Bars in Cameron County can now open at 50 percent capacity, two days after Governor Greg Abbott greenlighted their reopening in an executive order issued last week. Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño Jr. announced bars can reopen during a Oct. 16 press conference. Bars can remain open until 11 p.m., with …

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Drive-through boos: With trick-or-treating discouraged, Halloween may go on the road

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Perhaps at no surprise to anyone, trick-or-treating has been discouraged by Cameron County this year, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, traditional, door to door trick-or-treating is a high risk activity.  Even quintessential Halloween events, like haunted houses, are not being authorized by …

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County’s first-day voter turnout supasses 2016

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  Almost 11,000 Cameron County residents voted on Texas’ first day of early voting, passing the 2016 general election’s first-day tally by 4,404 votes. Remi Garza, elections administrator for Cameron County, said this year’s election brought new challenges to the electoral process, but the turnout was unprecedented. “The overwhelming turnout on the …

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PI-ISD extends meal program to all children

Meals soon to be served for weekends By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Point Isabel ISD’s (PI-ISD) curbside meal program continues to evolve as the COVID-19 pandemic continues affecting the Rio Grande Valley.  Starting Oct. 19, PI-ISD will extend their meal program to weekends, handing out breakfast and lunch bundles for Saturday and Sunday on Fridays.  But …

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LV proposes leasing Gwen Bowl from Cross Church

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  The Gwen Bowl in Laguna Vista may soon be under the watch of the town and its skateboarding community. During their Oct. 13 town council meeting, Laguna Vista council members unanimously voted to propose a lease agreement with Cross Church, a San Benito-based church with a campus in Laguna Vista, regarding …

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Where to cast an early ballot in PI, SPI and LV


Staff report editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Early voting starts today. Here’s where you can cast a ballot between now and Oct. 30 in Port Isabel, South Padre Island and Laguna Vista:   Port Isabel: Where? Port Isabel Event and Cultural Center 309 Railroad St. Port Isabel, TX, 78578   When? Tuesday, Oct. 13 thru Friday, Oct. 16 9:00 …

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