Border Patrol agent arrested for assault

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By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com South Padre Island police arrested a Border Patrol agent last week in connection with an assault that took place at the Isla Grand Hotel. Gustave Edwardo Rodriguez, 34, was arrested on one count of assault — family violence, a Class C misdemeanor, after an altercation occurred at 500 …

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Council pauses plan to pull plants

By KEVIN RICH Special to the PRESS A beautification initiative aimed at improving the appearance of sidewalks along South Padre Island’s main thoroughfare — Padre Boulevard — has wilted into a quagmire worth several hundred thousand dollars. The issue — involving thousands of plants which were installed in narrow strips of soil between Padre Boulevard sidewalks …

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Ferris wheel coming to South Padre

By KEVIN RICH Special to the PRESS Visitors to South Padre Island will soon have a new form of entertainment to look forward to in the form of a Ferris wheel. The news came after the City Council unanimously approved several agenda items related to the family-friendly attraction during a meeting last Wednesday, Dec. 19. The …

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Making merry and bright

Port Isabel police distribute hundreds of toys during annual giveaway By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com A long line of children and their parents snaked between tables set up in the main hall of the Port Isabel Event and Cultural Center last Friday, Dec. 18. The standing-room only crowd waited with barely contained excitement …

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Island establishes art incubator program

By KEVIN RICH Special to the PRESS The SPI City Council considered a pair of requests by the Economic Development Corporation (EDC) during their December 19, 2018 meeting. EDC Director Darla Lapeyre brought forward a proposal to approve an Art Business Incubator (ABI) plan. “After months of meetings and research, a business plan was developed and …

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Polar Bear Dip plunges Tuesday

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Ring in the new year in exhilarating fashion by taking a dip in the frigid winter waters of the Gulf of Mexico on New Year’s Day! Hundreds of people are expected to participate in the 21st Annual Polar Bear Dip at Clayton’s Beach Bar come high noon on …

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The year in sports

By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS The future does indeed look bright for Port Isabel High sports, and in some ways the future is now. For the second year in a row the Tarpon football program started with a new coach.  In 2018, the Tarpons were coming off a season in which they won …

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Defense key for boys at La Feria

By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS The Port Isabel Tarpons played defense as well as they ever have last Friday night at La Feria.  They shut out the Lions, 5-0, in the first quarter, held them to nine points in the second, and won the District 32-4A basketball game, 51-36. “We were playing some …

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Lady Tarpons fall short against Lionettes

By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS The Port Isabel Lady Tarpons traveled to La Feria and lost a hard-fought district basketball game, 50-41, last Friday night. P.I. led by five at the end of a quarter of play, was outscored 17-5 in the second quarter, and could never quite catch up in the second …

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Writer’s Block: Time Is An Illusion

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Albert Einstein once said that time is an illusion. As the man whose mind fathomed the theory of relativity, I’m pretty certain he knew what he was talking about. But Einstein’s theory has more to do with the tangible and quantifiable — acceleration and mass and gravity — …

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