Cities, county providing sandbags before Tropical Storm Beta landfall

Staff report  Local municipalities and Cameron County are handing out sandbags, preparing for Tropical Storm Beta’s landfall of the South coast of Texas. On South Padre Island, sandbags are available at the Public Works Workshop located at the corner of West Venus and Laguna Boulevard, beginning today until 4 p.m. and tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 4 …

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LMWD lifts boil notice

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The Laguna Madre Water District (LMWD) has lifted a boil notice issued yesterday for all of its customers. After receiving lab results from water samples sent the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, LMWD has determined that water no longer needs to be boiled before washing hands, cooking or cleaning. LMWD issued …

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Causeway reopens after bomb threat

  By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway has reopened following a bomb threat that closed both lanes and left people in Port Isabel and South Padre Island in traffic for several hours. The Causeway was reopened around 4 a.m. on Tuesday morning. The Causeway was ordered to close by Texas Department of …

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Bomb threat closes Causeway on eve of collapse anniversary

  Editor’s note: This is a developing story.  By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com UPDATE: The Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway has reopened following a bomb threat that closed both lanes and left people in both Port Isabel and South Padre Island in traffic for several hours. The Causeway was reopened around 4 a.m. on Tuesday morning. The …

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Laguna Madre Water District issues boil notice for all customers

Staff report The Laguna Madre Water District has issued a boil notice after repairing a broken waterline on South Padre Island. Alicia Baldovinos, Media Affairs Consultant for LMWD, told the PRESS that the water district has sent water samples to the Department of State Health and Human Services office in Harlingen for testing and expects …

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Changing tides: As COVID-19 positivity rates decrease, county beaches reopen

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Cameron County beach accesses and beach parks reopened this past Tuesday, as Texas sees its COVID-19 positivity rate dipping below 10 percent for the first time since late June.  On Sept. 8, families and anglers came to the reopened Isla Blanca park, distancing themselves from others on the mile of beach …

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PI-ISD students can continue online schooling

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By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Point Isabel Independent School District (PI-ISD) students can continue attending school online, as the school district prepares partially reopening campuses on Sept. 21. Parents took to social media to share their concerns about a survey sent by PI-ISD on Sept. 8,  asking parents for comments on their Phase 2 reopening plan, …

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PI resident arraigned on child sexual abuse

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com A Port Isabel resident was extradited from South Dakota to face sexual abuse of a child charges. On Aug. 27, Port Isabel Police Department (PIPD) Captain Jose Cadengo and Detective Christina Esquivel traveled to Elk Point, South Dakota, to arrest Roberto C. Castro. Two weeks before, PIPD received a report that …

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Crash leaves grandmother, grandchildren dead

Staff report  Three people from Port Isabel were killed in a head-on car collision in Los Fresnos last Wednesday. Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) officials said Maria Zamora, 49, and her two grandchildren, Reynaldo Alvarado Jr., 6, and Artlette Castillo, 2, were killed after a northbound GMC Yukon crashed head-on into their southbound Dodge …

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As COVID-19 cases decline, Cameron County beaches set to reopen

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com After Labor Day, Cameron County beach accesses and beach parks will reopen. Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño Jr. announced the reopening during a press conference on Thursday, Sept. 4. The county beaches will reopen, Treviño said, on the Tuesday after Labor Day, or Sept. 8. More Cameron County parks could reopen …

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