Jun 23 2017

It’s Turtle Time!

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com It’s sea turtle hatchling season on South Padre Island! Right now, hundreds of Kemp’s ridley sea turtle eggs are incubating in the warmth and safety of their sandy nests. Under the watchful eye of staff and volunteers at Sea Turtle Inc. (STI) the turtles will eventually hatch and …

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Jun 23 2017

Summertime is Turtle Time

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com It begins with a text message, or a status update on Sea Turtle Inc’s Twitter and Facebook. “Yes!!!! Public release!” From that moment on, the clock’s ticking. Baby turtles only have so much energy and so much time to get into the water and hide in the safety …

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Jun 23 2017

Rio History: Treasure Hunting on South Padre Island

By STEVE HATHCOCK Special to the PRESS Our first story begins in a cloud of dust. Jeff Erkenbrack and a friend were in the process of demolishing a six inch block wall to make room for an expansion of Running Etc., a sporting goods store located in Virginia Beach when they found the first artifacts, a …

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Jun 16 2017

Like a Fish to Water

Swim lessons kick off at municipal pool By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com “Relax. Relax.” Alberto Sosa repeated the word softly while holding up a child as she tried to float on her back at the Port Isabel Municipal Pool Tuesday morning. The girl’s legs tensed as she, with eyes closed, reached out towards …

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Jun 16 2017

Funding requests, Clayton’s Pier top Council talks

By KEVIN RICH Special to the PRESS The South Padre Island City Council weighed funding requests against proposed budget concerns as well as debated a beach and dune permit for a proposed pier at Clayton’s Beach Bar during its regular meeting held on Wednesday, June 7. “These are very worthwhile causes we have here listed. They’re …

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Jun 16 2017

Port Isabel begins budget planning

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The City of Port Isabel began preliminary discussions about the 2017-2018 fiscal budget during a public workshop held at the start of Tuesday evening’s city commission meeting. The workshop was just the first of several which will be held between now and August. After two years of belt …

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Jun 16 2017

USFWS seeks involvement in visitors center

By MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS As planning for a proposed 23-acre ecology-oriented visitors’ center in Laguna Vista advances on the Cameron County level, Town Council members Tuesday agreed that US Fish and Wildlife participation should be considered. Boyd Blihovde, Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge manager, addressed officials here to ask that a portion of …

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Jun 16 2017

Town awards Orange Lane repaving bid

By MARTHA McCLAIN Special to the PRESS Laguna Vista officials Tuesday voted to award a contract for street improvements to G&T Paving, LLC in the amount of $178,307. Funding for the project comes from a Texas Department of Agriculture grant to be administered by Town employees. Town staff received three construction bids before the Council awarded …

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Jun 16 2017

City lowers Pompano Park fees, moves Lighthouse Cinema

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com After seeing how increased parking fees at Pompano Park would affect traffic and usage, the City of Port Isabel decided to reduce the rates again during a special meeting of the city commission Tuesday. “We increased these fees about six months ago with the idea of revisiting them,” …

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Jun 16 2017

AEP breaks ground on $12.3 million facility

By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com It was a sweltering afternoon last Friday as local dignitaries and officials with American Electric Power (AEP) gathered to break ground on a new $12.3 million service center — one of two new facilities the electric company is constructing in Cameron County. The new facility will lie on …

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