Tag: Laguna Madre

Powering Laguna Madre

By ESTEVAN MEDRANO Port Isabel-South Padre Press press@portisabelsouthpadre.com February 5, 2015 Port Isabel residents have raised concerns about a rash of outages between their city and surrounding cities, namely South Padre Island and Laguna Vista. Frank Espinoza, AEP community affairs manager for the Mid and Lower Valley presented a special report to Port Isabel City Hall …

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Ocean enthusiast holds personal accumulation of messages in a bottle

By ESTEVAN MEDRANO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Carole Mahalak, a long time winter Texan, has an unusual talent that corresponds with her love of the ocean. Every year for the past four years, she has come across a message in a bottle that has reached the South Texas shore. “I’ve had a love affair with …

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13 YEARS GONE: Community reflects on Causeway tragedy

By RAY QUIROGA Port Isabel-South Padre PRESS rayq@portisabelsouthpadre.com Amid the chaos that fateful morning of Sept. 15, 2001, something else was amiss, Port Isabel EMS Director Charlie Wood recalled — Port Isabel Fire Marshal Bob Harris wasn’t among the first responders at that tragic scene. “Everyone was wondering where he was because he was always …

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TxDOT: Causeway undergoes maintenance often

By JACOB LOPEZ Port Isabel-South Padre PRESS editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com It’s been 13 years since the Sept. 15, 2001 tragedy in which a barge collided with the Queen Isabella Memorial Bridge, causing portions of the bridge to collapse. The accident claimed eight lives: Robert “Bob” Harris, “Harpoon” Barry and Chelsea Welch, Hector Martinez Jr., Julio Mireles, Gaspar S. …

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Tax figures show mixed results

By MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS Despite fluctuations over the months in sales, communities in the Laguna Madre area have still experienced overall increases in year-to-date sales tax collections last month. The City of Port Isabel saw a gain of 5.27 percent for the month, bringing in $197,472, up from $87,574 last April. For …

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NATURE NICHE: 12 days of birding magic

By SCARLET COLLEY Special to the Parade Twelve days straight of birds, birds, birds – this year has been the most amazing year for all of us to witness the phenomena of winged migration. It was the perfect storm, all the elements of nature lining up to put down tens of thousands of birds on …

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Kid Fish event this weekend

By CRAIG ALANIZ Reporter/Photographer press@portisabelsouthpadre.com  Hooked for Life, Kids Gone Fish’n organization will be presenting Mayor Joe E. Vega’s Kids Fishing Classic, a free fishing tournament for kids, in Port Isabel on April 13. Hooked for Life, Kids Gone Fish’n is a non-profit organization in which its purpose is to introduce children to the sport …

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By CRAIG ALANIZ South Padre Parade Blanca White’s is this week’s stop on the Beach Bar Beat. It is located at 202 W. Whiting on South Padre Island. Blanca White’s offers a list of over 20 specialty drinks highlighted by the World Famous Blanca White’s Margarita that is best served while overlooking the view of …

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Queen Isabella Market Day returns

Special to the Parade It’s here again. On Saturday, April 13, the City of Port Isabel and the Port Isabel Museums will be hosting their annual Queen Isabella Market Day. Scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Lighthouse grounds, vendors on the Lighthouse Square will be offering a variety of food, antiques, arts …

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Earth, Arbor Day Celebration on tap

Mayor Joe E. Vega and the Port Isabel City Commission will host the Fifth Annual Earth / Arbor Day Celebration on Saturday, April 27. Scheduled from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Beulah Lee Park in Port Isabel on Texas Highway 100, the event is free to the public and will feature “hands-on activities.” Festivities …

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