Kite surfer saves drowning pregnant woman

By ALEXANDREA BAILEY editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com A local kite surfer of 18 years was able to save a life recently, in a case of right place, right time. Sunday, May 1, local kite surfer Tony Bolstad was cruising the huge surf at Isla Blanca Park with his wife, Carol Bolstad. He was located between the first pavilion …

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SPI Council acts on employee compensation, honors four legged cop

By SHELDON MOORE Special to the PRESS Mayor Patrick McNulty called the May 4, 2022 South Padre Island City Council Meeting to order promptly at 5:30 p.m. Present were council members Ken Medders, Jr., Joe Rico, Eva Jean Dalton and Kerry Schwartz. Perhaps the most exciting news of the evening was to come in the …

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Research to begin at largest artificial reef in Texas

By SHELDON MOORE Special to the PRESS The city limits of South Padre Island Texas encircle approximately 1,600 acres comprised of some of our nation’s most beautiful beach and bay shores. Approximately thirteen miles northeast of the city, on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico, is a 1,650 acre site, approximately 80 feet below …

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Burns becomes Texas State Surf Champion

By ALEXANDREA BAILEY editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com A member of the local South Padre Island surfing community, Gaines Burns, succeeded in securing first place at the Texas State Surfing Championship, held April 23 – 24 at the Island’s own Isla Blanca Park, in the Senior Longboard division, a goal he had been working towards for many years. Burns …

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Voters to decide fate of Cameron County Arena

By TONY VINDELL Special to the PRESS The fate of a proposed multipurpose arena/convention center to be constructed within the county will be known this Saturday when all the votes of a special election are in and counted. The project, expected to cost around $100 million, was on the ballot under Proposition A “authorizing Cameron …

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Madison Ramos headed to State Track Meet

By CONSTANCIO MARTINEZ, JR. Special to the PRESS This past Friday and Saturday the Port Isabel Tarpons track team competed at the Region IV track meet held at Javelina Stadium in Kingsville, TX. The Regional meet had 26 teams compete in the women’s division with PI coming in 20th place. The top three women’s teams …

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Lady Tarpons’ season comes to an end, lose to Lady Coyotes

By CONSTANCIO MARTINEZ, JR. Special to the PRESS This past Saturday the Port Isabel Lady Tarpons traveled to Alice to take on the Lady Coyotes in a Softball Bi-District playoff game. The Tarpons finished the regular season tied with Raymondville in the district standings so they played a ‘seeding’ game to determine the playoff opponents. …

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Sheetmetal and show business collide in the lighthearted comedy ‘Centennial Casting’

Special to the PRESS On Tuesday and Wednesday, May 10 and 11, 2022, El Paseo Arts’ local players groups takes the stage again at the SPI Convention Center with Gino Di Lorio and Nancy Bleemer’s play “Centennial Casting”, a heartwarming, hilarious, romantic comedy that asks, “What happens when you tell a little white lie to …

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PIHS grad serves aboard ‘floating airport,’ USS Carl Vinson

By SENIOR CHIEF PETTY OFFICER JAMES THORSON Navy Office of Community Outreach Petty Officer 3rd Class McKenzie Puckett, a native of Los Fresnos, serves the U.S. Navy aboard one of the world’s largest warships, the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson. Puckett joined the Navy three years ago. Today, Puckett serves as an aviation …

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Olmito Lake Regatta attracts thousands

By RENE TORRES Special to the PRESS The talk around the Valley in 1927 was about the First Annual Regatta at Olmito Lake. It was advertised as a spectacular water show by the fastest boats of the era. John Rutledge, who was in charge of the event said, “Citizens who are planning to turn out …

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