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South Padre Island Shuttle Now a Free Ride

June 20, 2014

All shuttle buses from the Brownsville South Padre Island International Airport to South Padre Island are now free. There are 17 departures leaving the Brownsville South Padre Island airport from 6:15 a.m. until 8 p.m. and 16 return trips from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. All shuttles stop in Port Isabel where passengers transfer to South Padre Island’s WAVE, which is also free. The WAVE then takes riders to their...

Chat with SpaceX Head Fuels Optimism

June 13, 2014

    U.S. Rep. Filemon Vela, D-Brownsville, on Wednesday got to explore SpaceX’s new Dragon V2 manned space capsule, on display for one day only at the Newseum in Washington D.C. He described the experience as “really cool.” The V2, inside and out, looks like a well designed prop from a good science fiction movie. While there’s plenty of science involved, the Dragon is anything but fiction: The next-generation spacecraft...

More Land Investments for SpaceX

June 13, 2014

As the countdown continues towards the Federal Aviation Administration’s decision on SpaceX’s request for permits to launch rockets from a site in Cameron County, Elon Musk’s space exploration firm continues to purchase property at Boca Chica Beach. The most recent purchases made June 2 come nearly two years to the day when the first purchase of land was made June 6, 2012. Dogleg Park LLC, on behalf of the California-based...

Coast Guard Intercepts Another Lancha

June 11, 2014

The U.S. Coast Guard intercepted an illegal fishing crew from Mexico near South Padre Island on Monday afternoon during a routine patrol. A USCG aircrew spotted the four-member crew aboard a 25-foot lancha about 30 miles off of South Padre Island and 18 miles north of the maritime border, according to a news release. The vessel was at anchor with its outboard engine out of the water and had fishing...

Registration Open 3 weekends, 3 big fishing tourneys

June 11, 2014

    Registration is now open for three of the largest fishing tournaments of the summer season along the Texas Gulf Coast. Starting out the Big Three is the Port Mansfield Fishing Tournament on July 24-27 with bay and offshore divisions for adults and youth. Hosted by the Port Mansfield Chamber of Commerce, this tournament is that organization’s largest fundraiser of the year. Registration forms can be downloaded at portmansfieldchamber.org....

Coast Guard Seizes 450 Red Snapper, Arrests Mexican Crew

June 3, 2014

The U.S. Coast Guard made a large catch Sunday when it arrested a Mexican crew with 450 illegally caught red snapper, officials said. The interception of the boat started at 12:30 p.m., 30 miles offshore and about 70 miles north of the U.S. and Mexican border, the USCG reported in a news release. A HU-25 Falcon jet crew spotted the 25-foot Mexican fishing boat, and a helicopter air crew from...

CCRMA, TxDot, and FHWA are collaborating on the 2nd Causeway

May 30, 2014

The Cameron County Regional Mobility Authority (CCRMA) in partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), are collaborating to provide SPI the 2nd Access. The proposed project consists of three major factors: the mainland roadway, the Laguna Madre crossing bridge, and the island roadway. The route under consideration includes a mainland roadway consisting of a four-lane road, crossing across Laguna Madre with about 8 miles...

SpaceX: ‘Hopeful’ About Building Launch Pad on Boca Chica Beach

May 29, 2014

SpaceX on Thursday told the Valley Morning Star in an email that the company is cautious but “hopeful” about its chances to build a launch site on Boca Chica beach. “Although Cameron County remains a finalist for the development of a commercial orbital launch complex, the decision will not be made until all technical and regulatory due diligence is complete. “Following the release of the Final Environmental Impact Statement, the...

Port Isabel Yacht Club Hotel named to Preservation Texas list of Texas’ Most Endangered Places

May 20, 2014

    The Port Isabel Yacht Club Hotel is among the 12 sites that Preservation Texas, Inc. has named to its eleventh annual list of Texas’ Most Endangered Places. Preservation Texas officials announced the selections outside the Texas State Capitol on May 20. “The 2014 list is a diverse group of sites that reflect the range of preservation issues that historic places throughout the state are confronting,” said Evan Thompson,...

Nature Notes: Refuge Captures Another Young Ocelot

May 20, 2014

  Another young ocelot has been found at the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, making it the second juvenile ocelot discovered this year. Officials at the refuge said the young male is believed to be 12 to 14 months old. He was recently captured on the refuge. This ocelot seems to appear healthy, wildlife biologist Hilary Swarts said. The refuge has about 50 cameras on the refuge that are used to...