Derry Elementary nurse dies from COVID-19

PIISD

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com COVID-19 has affected many in Port Isabel and the whole of the Laguna Madre area, including the Point Isabel Independent School District (PI-ISD), where staff have contracted the disease and recovered.  But on Aug. 25, Derry Elementary’s nurse, Nora Sanchez, after contracting COVID-19, died in Harlingen.  On social media, several people …

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To secure LV skatepark’s future, advocates pursue town ownership

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com For a Laguna Vista skatepark to remain usable, it may need to be donated to the town in which it lies.  For now, the Gwen Bowl, a pool-style skatepark behind Cross Church’s Bay Area campus, has been prohibited from use by Cross Church, via a sign posted outside the fence surrounding …

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Local attorney challenges county park accessibility after surfers ticketed

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Local surfers and their attorney are questioning their recent citations for surfing at Isla Blanca Park after noting several RVs were still renting inside the Cameron County beach park.  Stuart Diamond, an attorney on South Padre Island, is representing 13 people who were ticketed by Cameron County Parks Rangers on July …

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Fifth Barrientez sibling reaches 100

Special to the PRESS Longtime Port Isabel resident Isabel Barrientez Perez celebrated her 100th birthday on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, with her children, grandchildren, great-great grandchildren and great-great-great grandchildren.  Barrientez was born to Romana Valent and Pedro Barrientez in Port Isabel, one of 14 children of 14 children, including 3 sets of twins. Barrientez is …

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PI-ISD makes adjustments after first week

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com School was back in virtual session last week, as Laguna Madre area students adjusted to a completely-online school day.  For Point Isabel Independent School District, the first week of classes went, for the most part, well, according to the district’s superintendent, Theresa Capistran.  “We had some hiccups along the way, but …

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Beach Bar Beat: Padre Island Brewing Company

  By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Padre Island Brewing Company can lay claim to several instances of doing something before it was “cool,” or, in other words, a mainstream, normal facet of life.  The lone brewing company on South Padre Island, Padre Island Brewing Company has been making beer in its large in-house tanks since 1995, …

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Rio History: A Cure for the Dreaded “Writers Blah!”

By Steve Hathcock steve@southpadreislandtv.tv Clouds were feathering along high up where the blue was so intense it…Nah, that won’t work…I was doomed…I had picked up a bad case of the dreaded “Writers Blah!”  My article was due for the Parade Magazine and I was so out of ideas that I could not even think of …

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Leading the Way: Jared Hockema, City Manager of Port Isabel

Interview by Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The South Padre Parade virtually interviewed Jared Hockema, City Manager of Port Isabel, to learn about his administrative role in the coastal community several thousand call home. Want to see a local leader featured in the Parade? Email editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com with your suggestions.    What is the city manager’s role in …

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Congress members to DHS: release PIDC detainee

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The Port Isabel Detention Center (PIDC) and one of its detainees has attracted the attention of United State Congress members. Forty-four U.S. Congress members have co-signed a letter urging Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf to not deport Steven Tendo, a 36-year-old pastor from Uganda who has been detained …

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LV skate bowl’s future questioned after church prohibits use

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com A skating pool located behind the former site of Christ Harbor Church in Laguna Vista, now San Benito-based Cross Church’s Bay Area campus, has been an alt-culture staple in an otherwise quiet bayside community.  Sometime between Cross Church’s launch of their Bay Area campus on Easter Sunday of this year and …

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