Jan 20 2017

Morning Jog

Causeway Run draws many first timers By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com For the thousands of runners and walkers who came out to participate in the 33rd Annual Longest Causeway Run and Fitness Walk Saturday, it could not have been a more perfect day. The sun was shining and the breeze was mild and …

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Jan 20 2017

Farewell, Friends!

54 sea turtles returned to the wild By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com With much fanfare, celebration and applause, staff and volunteers from Sea Turtle Inc. (STI) released 54 rehabilitated Atlantic green sea turtles back into the wild last Thursday. STI rescued nearly 200 of the animals after a fast-moving cold weather system blew …

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Jan 20 2017

WOWE starts Tuesday

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The South Padre Island Birding and Nature Center is once again gearing up to host the Winter Outdoor Wildlife Expo (WOWE). The 5-day event kicks off next Tuesday, Jan. 24 and runs through Saturday, Jan. 28. This marks the 22nd year WOWE will offer educational seminars and presentations …

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Jan 20 2017

Laguna Vista receives clean audit

By MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS The Town of Laguna Vista received a clean audit opinion for the past fiscal year. On Sept. 30, the last day of fiscal year 2015-2016, the Town has excess revenues over expenditures of $137,428, according to City Manager Rolando Vela. The Town Council heard the audit report at its …

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Jan 20 2017

Resolution supports small cities’ law

By MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS Laguna Vista and Port Isabel leaders last week adopted resolutions urging state officials to support a law that protects small towns from annexation by larger cities. Specifically, the measure urges State Rep. Rene Oliveira and Senator Eddie Lucio Jr. to “take no action that could weaken and limit the …

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Jan 20 2017

Hardware store relocation still in limbo

By KEVIN RICH Special to the PRESS In a meeting held on Monday, Jan. 16, the South Padre Island Planning and Zoning Commission considered a request to grant an extension on a previously approved replat, as well as looked at a proposed merger of bayside lots. The issue of the proposed relocation of Island Ace Hardware …

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Jan 20 2017

EDC focuses on improving ecotourism amenities

By KEVIN RICH Special to the PRESS The South Padre Island Economic Development Corporation (EDC) considered a strategic alliance memorandum with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), reviewed easement agreements between the Birding and Nature Center and  Sea Turtle Inc., and discussed the active tourism plan during a meeting held on Tuesday, Jan. 17. Angela R. …

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Jan 20 2017

District receives clean audit

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The Point Isabel Independent School District received a ‘clean’ audit for the 2015-2016 fiscal year. Such was the report as presented by Victor Barron, of Brownsville accounting firm, Pattillo, Brown and Hill. “it’s a clean audit,” Barron said. “There was no material weaknesses, no significant deficiencies reported,” he …

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Jan 20 2017

Woman attempts to escape custody

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com A Laguna Heights woman attempted to escape custody after being served with a warrant on Wednesday, Jan. 4. According the Cameron County Constable’s Pct. 1 office, deputy constables arrived at the 800 block of Michigan Street in Laguna Heights at approximately 11 a.m. to serve a warrant on …

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Jan 20 2017

Tarpons Fall at Zapata, 54-46

By LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS The Port Isabel Tarpons lost, 54-46, at Zapata in District 32-4A action Tuesday night. The Tarpons are still looking for that first district win and currently stand 0-6 in league play. They lost at Rio Hondo last Friday, 71-65. “We played a good team on the road,” head P.I. boys …

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