Zamora re-elected, Galvan wins over Vela

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By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Point Isabel ISD’s (PI-ISD) school board will keep one familiar face and lose another. PI-ISD School Board trustee, Place 1, Bertha Zamora will serve another term, after securing 56% (625) of votes against former PI-ISD Department of Transportation Director Nany Lee Martinez (43.95%, 490 votes). PI-ISD School Board President Jimmy Vela …

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Amid contentious meeting, County tables SPI flats development

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  Plans to develop the flats at Andy Bowie Park were delayed after the Cameron County Commissioners Court tabled the discussion, after a contentious exchange between Rio Grande Valley residents and Judge Eddie Treviño.  Barefoot Park, LLC, is attempting to design and build a “family themed recreation and entertainment facility” at Andy …

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PIHS students receive COVID-19 vaccine

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  At least a hundred Port Isabel High School students were vaccinated for COVID-19 this past Wednesday, becoming the latest age group to receive the vaccine in the Laguna Madre area.  At least 150 high schoolers were vaccinated, the first group of recurring clinics specifically aimed for the 16-and-older age group. Pharmaceutical …

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Candidates file campaign finance reports

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By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  The PRESS has acquired financial reporting data of the Point Isabel ISD (PI-ISD) Place 2 and 4 election candidates, along with the Port Isabel-San Benito Navigation District (PISBND) Place 1 and Place 2 commissioner candidates. Bertha Zamora, former Port Isabel High School principal, is running for another Place 1 term. Zamora …

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PI-ISD distributes 300 boxes of food

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  Point Isabel ISD (PI-ISD) distributed around 300 boxes of food at all four of the district’s campuses Tuesday afternoon, aiding Tarpon families struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Cars lined at Garriga and Derry Elementary schools, and Port Isabel Junior High and Port Isabel High School after the school day ended, with …

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Local fighters bring home gold in Jiu-Jitsu tournament

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com  Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournaments have returned to the Laguna Madre area, with locals taking home gold after a fast-paced, two-hour, submission-only tournament.  In all, 36 fights were held, with 7 title fights, with competitors from all over Texas, Mexico, and even Waipahu, Hawaii. Between 800 to 900 people attended the tournament, held …

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Early voting begins for school board, Nav. district elections

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Early voting has started for Point Isabel ISD’s (PI-ISD) school board trustee election and for the Point Isabel-San Benito Navigation District (PISBND) commissioner election. Until April 27, Laguna Madre area voters can cast their ballots early, avoiding potential lines and congestion on Election Day, May 1.  Cameron County Election Administrator Remi …

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Loose gravel on Hwy 48, FM 510 damages cars

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Cars driving to and from Brownsville on Highway 48, or San Benito by way of FM 510, in the last week may have been the unlucky victims of paving projects gone wrong.  On social media, Laguna Madre residents complained of damaged windshields and bumpers from loose gravel hitting their vehicles at …

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After a year, Laguna Madre Youth Center reopens

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The Laguna Madre Youth Center (LMYC) reopened to eager Point Isabel ISD students this past Monday, after over a year closed from the COVID-19 pandemic. “After much careful thought, our board members and staff decided it was safe to reopen the (Laguna Madre) Youth Center and here we are today, doing …

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Dune Daze: SPI condo tenants restoring dunes on their own

By Gaige Davila editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The rain from last season’s hurricane season took some of South Padre Island’s sand dunes with it. Residents from two beach-facing condominiums are rebuilding the sand dunes lost from hurricanes and heavy rainstorms from the last year or so. Laurie Ortel, who owns a condo at The Florence at 5550 Gulf …

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