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SPI Maintenance Crews Work Overtime to Handle Seasonal Seaweed Influx

April 25, 2014

City of South Padre Island beach maintenance crews are working extra hours to continue to provide visitors one of the best and cleanest beaches in Texas. The City is increasing efforts and seeking additional equipment to try to stay ahead of the seasonal influx of seaweed washing ashore all along the Texas coast that happens as ocean currents change in the spring. Staff is on the beach since early morning,...

SPI to Host Annual GLBTQ Festival “SPLASH” Starting Thursday

April 24, 2014

The largest beach festival for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and queer community in Texas, “Splash South Padre Island,” will be held starting on Thursday, April 24, and continue through Saturday night. The party kicks off with a “Rainbow Room Meet and Greet” from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday, April 24, at Casablanca Lounge. The daytime fun goes from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, April 25, at Comfort Suites...

Who said that? Ventriloquist brings comedy routine to Island

April 24, 2014

A colorful cast of characters will take the stage on South Padre Island this weekend as comedian and ventriloquist Marc Rubben performs at Harpoon’s Surf Bar & Grill. Rubben combines his unique stand-up comedy routine with onstage audience participation as he brings to life his supporting case of wooden performers. “I enjoy doing a bit of stand-up to break the ice with the audience and allow them to get to...

Runners to light up beach at Sand Crab 5K & 10k night run

April 24, 2014

  News Center 23 April 23, 2014 Headlamp-wearing runners will dash along South Padre Island beaches in the moonlight at the South Padre Island Sand Crab 5k & 10k Nighttime Beach Run, Saturday April 26. Runners will run either 5k or 10k under the stars, followed by a beach party under the stars with food, live music and fireworks at Clayton’s Beach Bar and Grill. The race features a 5k...

Award-winning Del Castillo to perform on South Padre Island

April 24, 2014

  Del Castillo will bring its cross-cultural blend of music to the stage at the Hilton Garden Inn on South Padre Island in a concert presented by El Paseo Arts Foundation. The show will include a special performance section featuring some of the band’s signature hits, and then the floor opens for dancing to the group’s exciting rhythms and eclectic blend of flamenco, rock, Latin, blues and world music. The...

Hathcock History: How Padre Got Its Name

April 24, 2014

  Padre Nicholas Balli, for whom Padre Island gets its name, was the first European to bring ranching to the Island. He and his nephew Juan founded El Rancho Santa Cruz de Buena Vista (later known as the Lost City), where they kept cattle, horses and mules. The actual ranch and outbuildings, located about 26 miles north of the Island’s southern tip, were little more than thatched huts known as...

Washburn students use spring break to protect sea turtles

March 31, 2014

Picking up trash seemed like the perfect way to spend spring break to a group of 13 Washburn students. It didn’t hurt that the trash was on beaches in South Padre Island, Texas, and the work helped protect a critically endangered species of sea turtle. Judy Scherff, an adjunct instructor in biology, and 11 members of the Washburn Saves Sea Turtles club traveled to South Padre to work directly with...

New SPI manager takes charge

March 29, 2014

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — The new city manager here is ready for a big change from his previous job in Rhode Island. “I’ll have to get used to warm weather,” said William DiLibero, 56, who will assume his new post as city manager on Tuesday. DiLibero had been town administrator in Charleston, R.I., and town manager of Hopkinton, R.I., with about three years in each town. “I think it was...