South Padre Island lifts beach restrictions

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com South Padre Island has officially reopened, according to the city, with some of its restrictions now lifted. Lounging on the beach, previously not allowed by the city, is free for visitors and locals alike to do. The Multi-modal/Visitor Center and the Convention Centre’s Boardwalk have reopened. Retail stores are now offering …

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County parks, boat ramps and regulated religious services allowed under new Cameron County executive order

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Editor’s note: This article will be updated as more information becomes available.  County parks, boat ramps and religious services in Cameron County are now allowed to operate, with restrictions. Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño, Jr. announced the lifted restrictions during an April 24 press conference. The new executive order has been …

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Rio History: Fire Making

By Steve Hathcock The ability to make fire by rubbing two sticks together was arguably the single greatest accomplishment made by our forefathers. The principle is simple: one wooden stick, called the drill or saw, was twisted or rubbed against another, known as the hearth. If done properly, enough heat is created to ignite dried …

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SPI council cuts budget by $2 million

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The City of South Padre Island is planning to cut at least $2,074,000 from their budget, preparing for an uncertain summer season after the COVID-19 pandemic adversely affected the tourism and hospitality industry in March and April.  “We’re just trying to stay ahead of the curve,” Patrick McNulty, mayor of South …

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Sierra Club, Defenders of Wildlife sue USFWS

Biological opinions on LNG export plants in question By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The Sierra Club and Defenders of Wildlife environmentalist groups filed lawsuits challenging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) biological opinions and incidental take statements granted to Houston, Texas, based Annova LNG and Rio Grande LNG, owned by NextDecade. The two liquefied natural …

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Creatures Among Us: The Nine-Banded Armadillo

By M. Kathy Raines Special to the PRESS Mirroring traits of the quintessential Texan, the nine-banded armadillo is “a hardy, pioneering creature,” one possessing “deep respect and need for the land, the ability to change and adapt, and a fierce, undying love for freedom,” according to 1995’s Texas legislature. Armadillos’ migration to Texas roughly coincides …

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With bars, venues closed, Jenuine Cello returns to Facebook Live

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Jen Mulhern started her Jenuine Cello solo project on her porch when she moved to South Padre Island at the beginning of 2017, performing on Facebook Live to build a local audience.  From there, Mulhern played regularly on the Island and in Brownsville and Harlingen, whether at Painted Marlin, Dodici, Carlito’s …

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Rio History: The Torpedo

By Steve Hathcock A woman called me the other day to tell me about her recent beachcombing trip to the mouth of the Rio Grande River. While exploring in the mudflats that lie directly north of the riverbank, she found shards of glass and several unbroken bottles. “One of the bottles is very odd” she …

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PI-ISD will continue online instruction, distribution programs amid school closure

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com All Texas schools will remain closed for the rest of the 2019-2020 academic year, as novel coronavirus COVID-19 continues to spread throughout Texas. At Point Isabel Independent School District (PI-ISD), instruction will continue. PI-ISD’s food and technology distribution programs will continue until May 28, the last day of the 2019-2020 academic …

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LV resident making masks for essential workers

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com A small, red cooler in the Golf Course neighborhood of Laguna Vista has become a welcome sign of relief for many needing face coverings. Dixie Jo Cullens, a Laguna Vista resident for the last two years, has made cotton face masks for the last month and a half, using the Center …

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