Lights-out on bridge

By SCARLET O’ROURKE Staff Writer editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The Queen Isabella Me­morial Causeway has been left in the dark as of late due to faulty lighting equipment, according to Jesus Leal, head of the project with TxDOT (Texas Department of Trans­portation. The project to relight the causeway was started in No­vember 2010 with the con­tract being given …

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Don on the move

Special to the PRESS The National Weather Service (NWS) in Browns­ville issued a tropical storm watch for the lower Rio Grande Valley area on Thursday morning. The watch continued as of presstime for Brooks, Kenedy, inland Willacy, in­land Cameron, coastal Wil­lacy and coastal Cameron counties not to mention for those with marine inter­ests in the …

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Beachcombers Art Show celebrates 52 years

By SCARLET O’ROURKE Staff Writer editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The 2011 Beachcomb­er’s Art Show (BCAS) was a collage of colors, medi­ums and materials that in­stantly caught the eyes of viewers and they entered the South Padre Island Convention Centre over the weekend. Celebrating 52 years of art, the show featured work ranging from photography, mixed-medium painting, metal work, …

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SPI sand castle master goes green

By LAUREN LAUGHLIN Special to the PRESS South Padre Island Mas­ter Sand Sculptor Lucinda “Sandy Feet” Wierenga has made her mark on the Is­land landscape. Wierenga has taught thousands of people how to build sand castles; she has written three books on the subject, designed a line of sand sculpture tools and released an iPhone …

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Grant hearing scheduled in L.V.

By MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS Laguna Vista residents are invited to contribute Tuesday, July 26, to the planned development of a new nature trail to be built with a $100,000 grant from Texas Parks and Wildlife De­partment. A public hearing, sponsored by the Town and its Parks Board, is designed to encour­age public …

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Dolphins missing in action

By SCARLET O’ROURKE Staff Writer editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The iconic decorated dol­phins around Port Isabel have been coming up miss­ing in recent days. Three such pieces donated to the city have been reported as missing by residents and have been located in a shop run by the Public Works. Public works Director Bal­dermar Alaniz said the three …

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SPIFD receives piece of history

Special to the PRESS A Piece of the World Trade Center destroyed in the terrorist attacks of Sep­tember 11, 2001, arrived in the lower Valley late Tues­day, July 19. The eight foot long, 1750 lb. “I” beam was do­nated to the South Padre Island Fire Department by the Port Authority of New York. Members of …

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SPI boardwalk to be reconnected

By SCARLET O’ROURKE Staff Writer editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The recent issue of the boardwalk connecting the Birding Center to the Conven­tion Centre has been reopened by the county. “This has been a 2 year dis­cussion. The city council voted on a compromise that kept the long part of the original board­walk over here and closing off the …

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SPI budgets 2012 fiscal year

By SCARLET O’ROURKE Staff Writer editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The City of South Padre Island met Wednesday, July 20, to discuss the upcoming 2012 fiscal year budget. The council listened as City Manager Joni Clarke presented numbers for vari­ous departments. As the list went on, council members felt the need to postpone all decisions on the budget until …

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LV sales tax sees ups and downs

By MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS Laguna Vista is seeing a 43.08 percent increase in its sales tax figures this month, thanks to the new Stripes convenience store on High­way 100 that opened its doors here earlier this year. However, neighboring Port Isabel’s sales tax dipped by 8.12 percent, and South Padre’s was off …

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