Gotta Love It! ‘I Heart SPI’ targets overgrown lots

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By THERESA VASQUEZ Special to the PRESS As he gingerly drives along South Padre Island’s Laguna Boulevard in his city-issued white Ford pick-up truck, Environmental Health Director Victor Baldovinos turns his head to the right and to the left, peaking through the truck’s open windows as he stares up and down the side streets searching …

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Superintendent Pineda, Board Secretary Schroder to retire

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By THERESA VASQUEZ Special to the PRESS Two major revelations were addressed during Tuesday night’s Point Isabel School District Board of Trustees meeting, which included announcements of longtime board member Ann Schroder’s decision not to run for reelection and the retirement of Superintendent Dr. Estella R. Pineda. Tears of sadness and joy welled up as …

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Shop to benefit Island strays

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By THERESA VASQUEZ Special to the PRESS Lost and abandoned animals in the Laguna Madre area have found their voice in Friends of Animal Rescue (FOAR) on South Padre Island. As co-founders Jacky Conrad, Catherine Carter, and Sheree Donovan explained, the group’s mission is, “to assist homeless animals in finding forever homes and reuniting pets …

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On the Run: Causeway run draws 4,400

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  The 28th Annual Longest Causeway Run & Fitness Walk was held Saturday, Jan. 14 with perfect weather conditions and a record registration of over 1,800 runners and a total of 4,411 participants who took part in this 10k tradition. Runners and walkers left Yturria and Houston St. at 10 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. and …

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Blanchard reinvigorated for congressional bid

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By MICHAEL RODRIGUEZ Special to the PRESS Following a candid interview Wednesday with District 27 U.S. Congressional candidate Denise Saenz Blanchard, one thing became evident: She’s a natural orator. Granted, Blanchard (D-Brownsville) began the interview for this story knowing exactly what to say to appear stately. After all, serving former Congressman Solomon P. Ortiz for …

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Policy governing use of SPI logo on agenda

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Special to the PRESS South Padre Island’s City Council meets in regular session at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18. The Council will hear presentations on the Coastal Resource Information Handbook and the newly redesigned monthly financial report for the City and then move on to discussion and action items on the agenda. The first …

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Winter Outdoor Wildlife Expo on tap

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Special to the PRESS The 18th Annual Winter Outdoor Wildlife Expo, sponsored each year by the Men’s Fellowship of St. Andrew’s by the Sea, Episcopal Church in Port Isabel, will be held on Saturday, Feb. 4 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 7010 Padre Blvd., South Padre Island. Doors will open 8 a.m. with the opening …

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ONLINE EXCLUSIVE: Rescued dolphin Bo Jingles dies

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By MICHAEL RODRIGUEZ Special to the PRESS Bo Jingles, the bottlenose dolphin rescued from what was initially believed to be a shark attack died Friday, Jan. 6. It was Dec. 21 when the 7-foot 200-250 lbs. dolphin washed ashore on Beach Access #6 in South Padre Island. Bo has since captivated residents of the Laguna …

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Rob Nixon: The Ultimate Surfrider

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By RAY QUIROGA Port Isabel-South Padre PRESS rayq@portisabelsouthpadre.com It’s fair to say that Rob Nixon underwent a rebirth of sorts some seven years ago. It was around that time that Nixon’s social, political and environmental conscience really took shape. What motivated Nixon to take action was an issue involving the proposed development of Isla Blanca …

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South Padre Island to file claim against BP

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By CRISTINA M. GARCIA Special to the PRESS The British Petroleum (BP) oil spill might not have directly washed up on the shores of South Padre Island, but the spill did take some tourism down with it during 2010. “We did get economically impacted by the gulf oil spill,” Mayor Pro Tem Jo Ann Evans …

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