Pro bono vacation

Part of a group of about 40 students from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law was in the Port Isabel/ South Padre Island area this week doing pro bono legal services. Their work included informing people on a variety of issues such as immigration reform, and helping low income people on how …

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Community Corner: Fishing has been his life

By ANTONIO VINDELL Port Isabel resident Jose Cuevas has been connect­ed to the Gulf of Mexico during the better part of his life. He came from Tampico, a town on the Mexican gulf coast, at the age of five and started working with the local shrimping indus­try as a teenager. “I went to school and …

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The Wave gets better

By ANTONIO VINDELL A one-of-a-kind new bus has been acquired by the City of South Padre Island public transportation sys­tem called The Wave. Dubbed as the party bus due to its inside configura­tion, beachgoers and visi­tors will be able to carry items such as coolers, food, boogie boards, umbrellas, chairs and other items each time …

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Causeway run breaks records

By RAY QUIROGA Mild temperatures and overcast skies that shielded runners from the sometimes harsh South Texas sunrays may have contributed to the record masses that took part in the 27th Annual Longest Causeway Run & Fitness Walk, held here on Satur­day. Nearly 4,000 participants took part in this year’s run which started at the …

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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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