LKT makes big splash on SPI

By SCARLET O’ROURKE Staff Writer editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The 30th Anniversary South Padre Island Cham­ber of Commerce Ladies Kingfish Tournament held on August 12-14, 2011 was a success, according to a Chamber representative. The event started with anglers visiting The South Padre Island Convention Centre to register for the traditional event on Friday evening. Early Saturday morning, …

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Laguna Vista consider COs for parks

By MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS Hoping to take advantage of low interest rates while simultaneously improving certain public facilities in Laguna Vista, officials here will determine Tuesday the level of funding to invest in three proposed projects. Specifically, the agenda item which would autho­rize the funding, calls for the board’s “consideration and possible …

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P&Z public hearing set for Tuesday in LV

By MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS A proposed zoning map of Laguna Vista will be the topic at a public hearing scheduled Tuesday, Aug. 16 by the Towns’ Planning & Zoning Commission. A public hearing to so­licit comments on the new document is scheduled at 6 p.m. in City Hall, 122 Fer­nandez Street. “The …

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3 arrested in shrimp caper

By SCARLET O’ROURKE Staff Writer editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com   Three individuals were ar­rested and arraigned before Judge Benito Ochoa on Tues­day, Aug. 2 for an ongoing theft of shrimp for Schlitter­bahn Beach Water Park. According to the Con­stable’s office, on Tuesday, Cameron County Precinct 1 Deputies received the infor­mation that individuals were involved in the shrimp theft …

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No quorum at public hearing

By MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS Development of a new walking trail in Laguna Vis­ta was set back last week with the cancellation of a public hearing scheduled to hear comments before the Parks and Recreation Board. Two years ago, the Town received a $100,000 grant from Texas Parks and Wild­life Department to build …

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SPI tightens budget belt

By SCARLET O’ROURKE Staff Writer editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com On Wednesday, Aug. 2, South Padre Island city leaders met to discuss the upcoming 2011-2012 fiscal budget. Commissioner Courtney Hayden went over the pro­posed budget with a fine toothed comb, so to speak. After much deliberation, cuts were still being sug­gested to an already bare boned budget, according to …

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Jerry Jones speaks at leadership mixer

By SCARLET O’ROURKE Staff Writer editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce hosted a mixer on the Island to kick off the 16 Leader­ship Laguna Madre (LLM) class on Tuesday, Aug. 2. Members from the com­munity, both seasoned and new, came to learn about LLM, a class that spans over a nine month period …

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National Night Out impacts SPI

By LAUREN N. LAUGHLIN Special to the PRESS On Tuesday, August 2, the South Padre Island Police, Fire and Code En­forcement hosted their An­nual National Night Out event along with thousands of communities nation­wide. It was South Padre Island’s second time to host the event which took place at the Island Baptist Church parking lot. …

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Tarpon football practice underway

By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS High school football practice officially began this past Monday. Tues­day morning I found my way out to the practice field behind Port Isabel High School. I wanted to see how everybody was doing and have a brief visit with the Tar­pon head man, Coach Monty Stumbaugh. It has …

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Coast Guard helps to release rehabilitated sea turtles

By LAUREN LAUGHLIN Special to the PRESS The United States Coast Guard Station South Padre Island and American Diving partnered with Sea Turtle Inc. to release several re­habilitated turtles back into the wild including Karma, a 200 pound Atlantic Green Sea Turtle. On July 25, one Hawks­bill and three Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles were re­leased, …

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