PI appeal denied in Meza case

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com A state appeals court panel has unanimously denied the City of Port Isabel’s interlocutor appeal in a lawsuit between the city and former city manager Edward Meza.  The state’s Thirteenth Court of Appeals, which serves Cameron County and several other South Texas counties, in a July 2 memorandum opinion by Justice …

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Sheriff’s Office still investigating ‘Jane Doe’ found on SPI

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Eight years since a woman was found dead on the northern end of South Padre Island, the Cameron County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating who she was and how she got there.  On July 3, the Cameron County Sheriff’s Office said, in a Facebook post, they were still investigating the discovery …

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County COVID-19 situation worsens

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Hundreds of people are hospitalized inside the Valley Baptist Health System with COVID-19, tens of which are on ventilators, in what Chief Executive Officer Leslie Bingham says has been a “surge response” inside the hospitals.  Healthcare workers responding to COVID-19 patients in Cameron County hospitals are “exhausted,” according to Bingham.  “The …

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City offers Facebook Live program to businesses

  Special to the PRESS On April 24, businesses across Texas were allowed to reopen with “Retail To Go” parameters. The City of Port Isabel used Facebook Live to broadcast local businesses’ products to the facebook.com/portisabeltx audience. With somewhat over 20,000 followers, the idea was to give those followers a peek into stores they could …

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Early voting begins across state


By DAVID LOPEZ editor@sbnewspaper.com Early voting for the Texas primary runoff election began this past Monday. Early voting for the state’s Democratic and Republican elections was initially scheduled for May 26 but was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Early voting will run until July 10, with primary election day on July 14. The last …

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PI-ISD considering both in-person and virtual learning for fall semester

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Point Isabel Independent School District (PI-ISD) is considering offering in-person and virtual instruction for the 2020-2021 school year, as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the Rio Grande Valley.  PI-ISD superintendent Theresa Capistran told the PRESS in a phone call that the district is preparing for virtual instruction as they begin …

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SPI issues restrictions to city beaches for next 7 days

    By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com After Cameron County closed vehicular traffic to beach parks and access on South Padre Island, the city has issued restrictions for the 23 public beach accesses on Gulf Boulevard, in preparation for the Fourth of July weekend.  The orders were issued after a 5-to-1 South Padre Island city council …

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Governor Abbott mandates face coverings in public statewide

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Texas Governor Greg Abbott has issued an executive order requiring all Texans to wear face coverings in counties with 20 or more positive COVID-19 cases. The executive order, which can be read in full here, goes into effect 12:01 p.m. Friday, July 3. “Wearing a face covering in public is proven …

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Rio History: A Brief History of the Queen

  By Steve Hathcock Special to the PRESS The idea of connecting Padre Island to the mainland had been floated for over 25 years before the following notice appeared in the November 16, 1925 issue of The Galveston Daily News: D.E. Colp, member of the state park board, announced plans for a scenic beach drive …

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SPIPD Reports: June 22 – June 29

Curated by Steve Hathcock Editor’s note: The following South Padre Island police reports have been edited for clarity and according to AP Style.  IDENTITY THEFT: FRAUDULENT USE OR POSS OF ID INFO (FEL) On June 24, 2020, an officer was dispatched to 4601 Padre Blvd (Police Lobby) in reference to theft of personal information. Upon …

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