Category Archive: News

Nov 20 2014

PARKS STRESSED AT MEETING: Island officials question committee’s focus

By ABBEY KUNKLE Special to the PRESS Parks, recreation and beautification are three words that, though clearly intertwined, can easily branch off into a variety of tangents that can be difficult for one committee to cover. South Padre Island Parks, Recreation and Beautification Committee Chairman Jodi Hughes recently questioned the focus of the committee and …

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Nov 20 2014

SHELL-SHOCKED: Cold weather blamed for turtles washed up on coast

By ESTEVAN MEDRANO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The drastic weather shift is being cited as the cause of 69 Atlantic green turtles washed ashore on the South Padre Island bay side. Texas Parks and Wildlife collected them and handed them off to caretakers of Sea Turtle Inc. near the Isla Blanca beach for rehabilitation. “When …

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Nov 20 2014

SPI now home to coastal monitoring ‘Sentinel’ network

Special to the PRESS The third of four new “Sentinels of the Coast” data collection stations was installed Sunday, Nov. 9, at Brazos Santiago Pass on South Padre Island. Crews reportedly started by lifting and driving the 140-foot-long pile into the sea floor. Lifting the top section of the structure onto the pile is expected …

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Nov 20 2014

Dodson’s photography offers drone’s-eye view

By ESTEVAN MEDRANO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Retired teacher Philip Dodson has lived in the Laguna Madre area for 25 years and lately has been taking part in a rather unique hobby to pass his free time with. Having a lifelong interest in photography and the ocean, Dodson made an investment in an aerial drone …

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Nov 20 2014

SALES TAX REPORT: Laguna Madre cities see another bump in September

By JACOB LOPEZ Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com For the second consecutive month, Laguna Madre area cities reported sales tax gains with the exception of one. Port Isabel reported a significant 4.97 percent bump in September with $166,141.02 in sales tax collections, up from $158,271.41 reported during the same time last year. This is a continued …

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Nov 20 2014

INKING A FUTURE: Torres on track to UTSA

By ESTEVAN MEDRANO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Port Isabel High School senior Gabriyella Torres committed to a scholarship offer by The University of Texas at San Antonio to be a part of their track and field program on Wednesday. Friends and family wearing UTSA shirts surprised her on her big day with flowers and a …

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Nov 13 2014

Board OKs controversial rate hike

By ESTEVAN MEDRANO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Newly-elected members were sworn in at the Laguna Madre Water District meeting held this past Wednesday. Rick Wells and Nancy Martinez succeeded Rudy H. Garcia and Robert Vela, respectively. Jeff Keplinger took over as chairman for Scott D. Friedman after four years of service, and long-time administrative staff …

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Nov 13 2014

FEAST OF SHARING: Local grocer helps feed 1,200 at Port Isabel High

By ESTEVAN MEDRANO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com HEB’s sixth annual Feast of Sharing celebration commenced at Port Isabel High School on Nov. 12 as a way to thank customers for their continued support. Point Isabel ISD handled the operations including cooking and serving the meals. Volunteers prepared over 600 pounds of traditional thanksgiving foods including …

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Nov 13 2014

Sebastián presents Zodiac Sculpture Exhibit

By ESTEVAN MEDRANO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com A fascinating harmonization of astrology and art was on display at the South Padre Island Event Center this past Friday under an appropriately starry night. Renowned Mexican sculptor Sebastián and representatives of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center took their audience through scientific and imaginative interpretations of the …

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Nov 13 2014

Dramatic study reveals economic impact of child abuse

By ESTEVAN MEDRANO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com Award-winning economist Ray Perryman Ph. D was on South Padre Island Nov. 7 to present a staggering new study regarding the national economic effects of child abuse as part of the Child Abuse Conference at the Isla Grande Beach Resort. The Perryman Group pegged child maltreatment as a …

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