Writer’s Block: Enjoying the Fresh Air

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The summer solstice marks the longest day of the year. And with the solstice still being a couple of weeks away, the interval of available sunshine between sunrise and sunset is still growing longer by a few minutes every day. That’s good news for me because it means …

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Rio History: Bagdad on the River

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS The small Mexican town of Bagdad, located across the border at the mouth of the Rio Grande, would assume its place in history and sustain the Southern cause throughout the Civil war. The Union did not desire a war with Mexico and was bound by treaties to allow shipping …

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Honoring the Fallen

Laguna Madre Communities observe Memorial Day By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Though Memorial Day may be the unofficial start to summer for many, veterans and residents of the Laguna Madre communities took a moment to observe the somber occasion meant to honor veterans who lost their lives in battle. Things began in Port …

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4th Annual Summer Causeway Run set for Saturday

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce is busily preparing for one of the most anticipated events of the summer, the 4th Annual Summer Longest Causeway Run & Fitness Walk. The event is set to take place bright and early this Saturday morning, Chamber Director Betty Wells said during …

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Hurricane season begins Friday

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Hurricane season officially begins this Friday, June 1 and local officials are urging residents to be prepared. Last season spawned three catastrophic storms which wrought damage of historic proportions: Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria. Officials say seeing the devastating effect of those storms was a sober …

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PIISD celebrates the Class of 2018

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The Point Isabel Independent School District celebrated the Class of 2018 with a graduation ceremony held at the South Padre Island Convention Centre last Friday. It was standing room only inside the main hall of the Convention Centre as family, friends and others gathered to help the Class …

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Shoreline Taskforce to monitor effects of dredging project

By KEVIN RICH Special to the PRESS Presentations on Shoreline Department projects and master planning survey results highlighted the Monday, May 21 meeting of the South Padre Island Shoreline Task Force. Shoreline Management Director Brandon Hill provided an update on the nearshore berm nourishment project that is currently under way, with the hopper dredge McFarland taking …

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EDC approves revolving loan for the Atrium

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The Port Isabel Economic Development Corporation (EDC) approved a revolving loan for a local business owner, and heard updates on the EDC’s financial status during a special meeting Tuesday, May 29. The EDC board unanimously approved a $150,000 loan to Linda Montemayor, owner of the Atrium Building, who …

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Letter to the Editor for May 31, 2018

Special to the PRESS Dear Editor, The Museums of Port Isabel have an on-going project your readers may well be aware of in the effort to sell more fish for the Champion Building Fish Mural, the location of the Historical Museum in Port Isabel. There are over 200 sea creatures for sale. Less than half, …

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Summer Band Camp starts June 25

By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS It’s official – the 2017-2018 school year is over and the countdown to next year has begun.  A number of things, however, are scheduled to start up long before the first day of classes, and one item that shows up on the calendar even before the Fourth of …

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