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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LV releases new master calendar of events

By MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS A new Master Calendar of Events has been created listing special events oc­curring in the Town of La­guna Vista now through the end of the year, according to City Manager Rolando Vela. The new addition was introduced at the July meet­ing of the community’s City Council meeting on …

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Coaches report, football practice starts August 1

By SCARLET O’ROURKE Staff Writer editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The Peewee Tarpons football team joined the Texas Youth Football Association (TYFA), opening new doors for the youth of the Laguna Madre area. Previously, the peewee Tarpons played with the San Benito Boys’ and Girls’ club league for  13 years before joining TYFA this year. “We decided to join …

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Skate park possibly coming to South Padre Island

By SCARLET O’ROURKE Staff Writer editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The City of South Padre Island and the Parks, Rec­reation and Beautification Committee (PRBC) are cur­rently considering taking the first steps towards building a skate park for the youth of the community. A subcommittee was formed at the PRBC meet­ing on Wednesday, July 20 with PRBC member Diane O’Leary …

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Firebreathers light it up

By LAUREN LAUGHLIN Special to the PRESS PadreRitaVille in South Padre Island has opened its doors with a new art form, fire dancing. Two new female fire dancers, Aarin Hartwell and Dorothy Kumpe, en­tertained the crowds by firedancing with poi, a pair of arm-length chains with handles attached to one end and a bundle of …

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Camp Rock comes to SPI

By MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS How best for a kid to spend a hot Rio Grande Valley sum­mer? Try forming a cool rock band, recording a CD and staging a live concert on South Padre Island to show­case your talent. At least that’s what five local youth are doing as part of their …

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Fierro sets record

By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS Armando Fierro won both the 800-meter and 1600-me­ter runs at the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation Regional Track and Field Champion­ships in McAllen on Satur­day. In so doing he quali­fied for the Games of Texas Championships in Waco next week. Fierro’s times in both events set Region II sum­mer …

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Famed coach resides in SPI

By FRANCISCO E. JIMENEZ Special to the PRESS This year marks the 50th anniversary of the historic campaign of the 1961 San Benito Greyhound foot­ball team, an unforgettable squad of savvy go-getters who came a game shy of reaching the state champi­onship game. That year, the team set the bar for generations of Greyhound football …

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Cheerleading competition comes to SPISAVE

By LAUREN LAGHLIN Special to the PRESS From July 16-17, South Padre Island was “cheer­tastic” in hosting the American Spirit Cham­pionships where over 15 single performers, over 40 cheer teams and eight dance teams competed for the title of champions of the first cheerleadering competition of the sea­son. Cheerleaders and danc­ers came from all over …

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