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Manatee Sighting on SPI Excites Residents

April 21, 2021

  The salty waters surrounding South Padre Island are home to various marine wildlife, but some islanders were in for a surprise on a recent afternoon when a manatee made an appearance at a local boat dock on the northwest side of the Island, according to Parrot Eyes Water Sports employee Ryan Fuentes. Fuentes, originally from Miami, is familiar with manatees from his native state but said he hadn’t see...

USS Independence nearly ready to depart following delays

April 19, 2021

The arrival of the USS Independence at the Port of Brownsville has been delayed by fears on the part of environmental regulators that some of the preparations for the ship’s departure from the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard were polluting the water there. According to a Jan. 10 article from the “Kitsap Sun,” the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Washington State Department of Ecology were concerned that the scraping of...

Young Brown Pelican Rescued, Rehabilitating

April 19, 2021

Much like a little puppy, the young brown pelican follows people around. Wildlife rehabbers Dr. Ronald Hines and his wife, Gloria, said the little guy is used to people and loves to be around them. “He’s real gentle. I talk to him while he eats,” Gloria said. This behavior is definitely a step up from one week ago, when he was found sick, without his mama, along the highway. Animal lover Renee...

Island Brewery Recognized for its Beer

April 9, 2021

Mark Haggenmiller was ahead of his time when he started brewing hand-crafted beer on the Island in 1995. Since then he has been mixing hops and barley for a family of premium beers available only at the Padre Island Brewing Company. Because of his foresight and his dedication to the craft of brewing beer, Gov. Greg Abbott awarded Haggenmiller withThe Governor’s Small Business Award.  Haggenmiller was recognized at the Governor’s...

Red Tide No Longer On South Padre Island

April 9, 2021

Red Tide is usually considered a problem for people near affected areas. Red Tide Rangers conducted a cell count this week determining there is no Red Tide in South Padre Island anymore. The increase in Karenia Brevis Algae, otherwise known as Red Tide is now gone. This week the Red Tide Rangers confirm there is 0 cells of this algae per milliliter. This recent bloom lasted a few months. Tony...

Port’s iconic silos being put back into service

December 16, 2020

The Port of Brownsville will soon be back in the grain business as the result of a deal with West Plains LLC, which is leasing the port’s towering grain elevator and has already made substantial improvements and repairs to the long-idled, 50-year-old facility. West Plains is owned by Houston-based BioUrja, a Houston-based energy and grains commodities trading company. The deal was facilitated by OmniTRAX Inc., part of The Broe Group,...

McNulty delivers State of the Island Address

January 22, 2020

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — Year-round this seaside community attracts many tourists and is home to several permanent and seasonal residents. And as the city enters its next fiscal year, its city officials traditionally reflect on its past achievements and discuss what’s in store. On Tuesday, the SPI Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual “State of the Island Address” during its quarterly Public Affairs Luncheon. Close to 110 city, county, state,...

RGV Reef begins major construction

January 15, 2020

Friends of RGV Reef has launched a major new phase of its artificial reefing project off South Padre Island, even as fishing boats reel in large numbers of red snapper the reef is already producing. Gary Glick, president of Friends of RGV Reef, said 20 million pounds of concrete railroad ties and other materials are being sunk over the next few weeks at the 1,650-acre reef site eight nautical miles...

SPI to create ad hoc Healthcare Committee

January 14, 2020

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — This city is taking the next step toward possibly bringing a hospital to the Laguna Madre area. The City of South Padre Island approved the formation of an ad hoc Healthcare Committee Jan. 8 during a city council meeting. The purpose of the ad hoc Healthcare Committee is to put together a group of people from the healthcare industry who can come up with a roadmap...

SPI announces traffic plans for Causeway Run/Walk

January 10, 2020

It’s not something people get to do everyday. Saturday morning thousands of people will be running and walking across the Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway in the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce’s 36th annual Causeway Run and Fitness Walk. According to a press release from the City of South Padre Island, motorists should expect traffic delays before and after the event. The run and fitness walk will begin at 8 a.m....