Plenty on SPI’s agenda

PRESS Staff Report South Padre Island’s City Council’s first regular meeting date for the new fiscal year includes both a workshop and the regular council meeting. The 2 p.m. workshop agenda focuses on a discussion with the Atkins Group, the marketing firm for South Padre Island. Steve Atkins, the firms’s president will present the agency …

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LV to discuss parks

By MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS With $1.5 million in certificates of obligation just approved for parks, building and other improvements in Laguna Vista, the town council and Parks and Recreation board will meet in a workshop session, Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 5:30 p.m. to discuss project what project will be funded by the …

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Handbook for officials enacted

By MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS Attendance, deadlines for placing items on the council’s agenda, ethics and professional standards  are spelled-out in a recently approved and updated Laguna Vista Board and Commission Handbook. Under policies stipulated in the handbook, elected officials should “make every effort to notify” the administration at least 24 hours in …

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Judge regrets writing letter

By SCARLET O’ROURKE Staff Writer editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Judge Bennie Ochoa III was recently brought before the judicial agency responsible for disciplining judges for the charge of misuse of the prestige of his office. “I did apologize to the Judicial Commission,” Ochoa said in an exclusive interview with the Press. He was reprimanded for writing an official …

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ICE raids reported in PI

By SCARLET O’ROURKE Staff Writer editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Last week there was reportedly federal activity involving Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) near Derry Elementary, said ICE spokes person Adelina A. Pruneda. According to the Laguna Vista Police Department, they issued permission to ICE agents to investigate a residence in Laguna Vista. Though no action was reportedly taken …

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Tarpons play host to unbeaten Brownsville Veterans

By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS The Port Isabel Tar­pons will entertain the Chargers of Brownsville Veterans Memorial this Friday night. It will be the Tarpons’ final non-district game of the sea­son. Veterans Memorial is the new school in town and this is their second season of football com­petition. And here’s a surprising fact; …

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Slot machine regulation proposed in LV

By MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS Slot machines and coin-operated devices in Laguna Vista could be regulated in the near future, following recent action by the city’s Town Council. “The ordinance would regulate coin and/or slot machines within the Town limits,” City Manager Rolando Vela said. As such, should legalized gambling be approved locally …

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SPI Walk for Women brings hope

By SCARLET O’ROURKE Staff Writer editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The annual South Padre Island Walk for Women is in full swing for Sept. 30 to Oct. 2. According to Margie Swartz, a spokesperson for the event, their mission is to raise money for local women battling breast cancer as well as bring awareness to the community. Women who …

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Agreement terms ensure EMS, jail use for LV

By MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS Emergency medical ser­vices and jail use in the City of Port Isabel will continue for the Town of Laguna Vista for the next year under terms of an agreement approved by officials here Sept. 13. Laguna Vista has tradition­ally contracted for the service in lieu of providing the …

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‘Raptoberfest’ combines beer, beach cleanup

By LAUREN LAUGHLIN Special to the PRESS On Saturday, Sept. 24 more than 1,000 people gathered along South Padre Island beaches for the 25th annual Adopt-A-Beach Fall Clean­up. Volunteers throughout the state of Texas picked up an estimated 20 tons of trash and debris, including plastic bottles and bags which are harmful to sea life. …

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