SPI enacts plastic ban ordinance

By ANTONIO VINDELL The South Padre Island City Council unanimously voted in support of a proposed ordinance that prohibits the use of plastic bags at the point of sale in the city. The action came a day after an ordinance banning plastic bags went into effect January 5 in Brownsville. The SPI ordinance provides a …

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Bearden takes helm at PISBND

By ANTONIO VINDELL Steve Bearden, a La Feria resident, has taken the helm as director of the Port Isabel/San Benito Navigation District. “My first day was Monday,” he said in a Tuesday interview.  “I am new at this job, but I have been learning a lot already from Bob.” Bearden was referring to Bob Cornelison, …

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Helicopter air tour gets thumbs down

By ANTONIO VINDELL A company interested in providing a helicopter service on South Padre Island got a mixed reception during a meeting of the SPI Board of Adjustments & Appeals. Kevin and Kathy Reed, owners of Dragonfly Aviation, out of Laredo, sought a special exception of the city’s Code of Ordinances to construct and operate …

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Second body washes up on SPI

By ANTONIO VINDELL The body of a second man, who presumably drowned the same night another man died in gulf waters last week, washed ashore Wednesday night about nine miles north of Beach Access 6, authorities said. The same authorities believe the two victims were Mexican fishermen whose boat capsized Thursday, December 30. The body …

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Couple wed during annual polar dip

By RAY QUIROGA Cupid can strike at the least expected time. Traci Ann and Patrick Helton can vouch for that. They tied the knot after a three-week, whirlwind courtship. These days, that fact unto itself may not raise that many eyebrows, but consider the fact that neither individual was looking for love and that just …

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Working with kids keeps local woman busy

By ANTONIO VINDELL Whenever Maria R. Gar­cia is not working with kids at the Laguna Madre Boys & Girls Club, she volunteers part of her time at the Lighthouse Assem­bly of God church in Port Isabel. “I give classes dur­ing Sunday school at the church,” she said, while taking a break at the B&G club. …

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Body washes up on SPI beach

By ANTONIO VINDELL The body of a man washed ashore late Thurs­day night on South Padre Island, and authorities be­lieved it was a Mexican fisherman who had been dead for more than 46 hours. Police and Emergency Medical Services personnel were alerted about a body showing up on the beach near Wanna-Wanna Beach Bar & …

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Thousands welcome new year with cool dip

By RAY QUIROGA Okay, so there are many people in agreement: Polar Bear dipping off the gulf waters of South Padre Is­land may not command the same courage as that mus­tered by dippers who leap into Lake Michigan on New Years; but, hey, as far as deep South Texas standards are concerned, New Years Day …

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Story time

Port Isabel Mayor Joe Vega reads books written by local children at the Port Isabel Public Library during a book reading series held at the library.            (Staff photo by Antonio Vindell) Tweet

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Cameron County parks’ fees set to go up

By ANTONIO VINDELL  The year 2010 is coming to an end and 2011 is about to start. For the perennial beachgoer, that could bring new changes such as change in fees to enjoy the sun and the surf on the Texas Gulf Coast.  The Cameron County Parks System is in the process of changing its …

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