Rio History: The Third Battle of New Orleans

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS The Americans made their stand behind Rodriguez Canal. It was a 4-foot deep; 20-foot wide abandoned mill race located 5 miles from New Orleans. Across the mile-long front, Jackson’s men constructed a parapet of cotton bales and sugar casks filled with dirt. The ground in front of the bulwark …

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GONE: 92-year-old Yacht Club demolished

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The Port Isabel Yacht Club, built in 1926 — two years before the incorporation of the City of Port Isabel — is no more. The 92-year-old former speakeasy, hotel and restaurant was demolished beginning last Friday, Dec. 14. The property’s new owners, father and son duo Ernesto and …

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Turmoil at PIPD: Officer, dispatcher terminated, two others resign

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Four members of the Port Isabel Police Department are no longer on the payroll this week after a series of internal investigations led to their termination or resignation. “There were allegations made and they were looked into and action was taken relative to some of these allegations,” Port …

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Paid beach parking discussion continues

By KEVIN RICH Special to the PRESS Officials on South Padre Island once again revisited the topic of paid parking during a meeting of the Shoreline Task Force on Monday, Dec. 10. “As you all know, the beach user fee discussion is something that we have been having for quite some time,” began Shoreline Management Director …

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Christmas Bird Count enlists help of citizen scientists

By PAMELA CODY Special to the PRESS The South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center (BNC) played host to an annual tradition this Wednesday: the Coastal Tip Christmas Bird Count. Hosted by the Audubon Society, this particular bird count is one of the longest running citizen science programs, and contributes invaluable data about bird distribution …

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Rio Grande LNG meets with school board

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The Point Isabel School Board of Trustees had a special group of visitors during their regular board meeting Tuesday, Dec. 18. Six representatives from Rio Grande LNG — the Houston-based energy company seeking to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal at the Port of Brownsville — …

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Outdoor gym equipment coming to SPI

By KEVIN RICH Special to the PRESS A proposal to help promote fitness for beach goers and recognition of outgoing members were highlights of a South Padre Island Shoreline Task Force meeting last week. SPI Coastal Resource Manager Kristina Boburka presented the concept of installing an outdoor “beach gym.” Boburka said the idea originated from a …

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LV schedules duathlon

By MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS The Second Annual Du It By The Bay Duathlon is scheduled in Laguna Vista on Jan. 27, 2019. The Laguna Madre Gator Chasers, PowerWatt Coaching LLC, and the Town of Laguna Vista are sponsoring the second annual duathlon that will feature a new bike course this year on portions of …

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New Rotary plaque adorns updated Marcello’s

By PAMELA CODY Special to the PRESS Diners entering the popular Port Isabel Italian eatery, Marcello’s, may notice a new addition to the exterior of the restaurant: a new plaque presented by the Port Isabel Rotary Club. Long-time Rotarians Sherman Lee and Kent Mallquist, along with Marcello’s Chef Bettina Tolin, spoke about the plaque and …

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Christmas masses set at OLSS

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By MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS Three Christmas Eve masses are scheduled for Christmas Eve, while another celebration of mass is scheduled for Christmas Day at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Port Isabel. The Monday events begin at 5:30 p.m. with a Children’s Christmas Program featuring the youth of the parish, …

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