Tag Archives: South Padre Island

Quarterly Public Affairs Luncheon

Senator Eddie Lucio Jr.

The South Padre Island Chamber of Commerce Business Services Education and Training Committee welcomes State Senator Eddie Lucio Jr. as its Public Affairs Luncheon guest speaker. Admission is $20 for chamber members and $25 for future members through Sept. 17. Cost after Sept. 17 is $25 for chamber members and $30 for future members. Reservations made on the day of the luncheon or walk-ins will be $30 for everyone. No refunds…

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Jaime J. Zapata Fishing Tournament

Jaime J. Zapata Fishing Tournament

The third annual Jaime J. Zapata Fishing Tournament commemorates all law enforcement officers, past and present. It is a memorial event honoring Special Agent Jaime Jorge Zapata, who was killed on Feb. 15, 2011 in the line of duty, and other agents who have given their lives while in service to our country. The tournament is a boat/team tournament with a maximum of four team members. The Jaime J. Zapata Fishing…

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Certified Pool Operators Class

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The Certified Pool/Spa Operator certification training provides individuals with the basic knowledge, techniques, and skills of pool and spa operations. This training, developed by the National Swimming Pool Foundation, helps protect millions of swimmers and pool owners by reducing hazards and improving conditions at aquatic facilities. The NSPF Certified Pool/Spa Operator Certification program is the world’s leading verifiable pool and spa training credential. The training takes place Sept. 12-13 from…

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TIFT Volunteers Reel In Scholarships

TIFT volunteers wait for fishing boats to arrive at the dock at the Port Isabel Marina.

The 80th Texas International Fishing Tournament is now in the books. This annual event is much more than going after shallow or deep-water fish. In fact, it’s a family event in which everyone from toddlers to grandparents in their 90s get together for a weekend of fun. Rewarding volunteers TIFT gives out tens of thousands of dollars in scholarships to students from throughout the Rio Grande Valley and the state as well. This…

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Ladies Kingfish Tournament

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The Ladies Kingfish Tournament is the first all-ladies tournament in the State of Texas. Two divisions of anglers, Bay and Offshore, compete. Anglers fishing in the Bay Division will vie for trophies in the categories of redfish, trout and flounder. Anglers in the Offshore Division complete in the categories of king, bonito, blackfin tuna and dolphin. Trophies go to the first four places in each category. Grand Champion Bay and Grand…

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Isla Blanca Park Gets a Facelift

Beachgoers using the new showers at the Sandpiper Pavilion at Isla Blanca Park.

Beachgoers using Isla Blanca Park on South Padre Island are in for a surprise if they have not gotten the shock already. The rusty-looking facility most people have been going to over the years is becoming one of the most modern beach parks now rivaling similar venues found in Florida and California. Gone are the wooden pavilions, messy restroom and shower areas, and the dark net over the picnic sections. Replacing…

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Farmers Market Freshness

Rebecca de la Garza buys a specialty bread from April Kminiak of Frannys' Garden of Bayview at the Brownsville farmers market.

Although the Rio Grande Valley is one of the state and country’s best fertile regions to grow fruits, vegetables and livestock, consumers have not had the opportunity to get the best the land produces unless they go to a grocery store or to a fruit stand. Winter vegetables, for example, usually ship to many places in the United States. Goat cheese isn’t a supermarket staple in this part of the…

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State Association Recognizes HIDTA Agents

Two agents of the Hidalgo County Criminal District Attorney’s Office – High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force have top honors from the Texas Narcotic Officers Association. HIDTA Commander Juan Pablo Sifuentes is “Supervisor of the Year” and Agent Genovevo “Geno” Martinez III “Narcotic Officer of the Year” for the TNOA South Region. Both will receive recognition at the organization’s annual conference Aug. 19-22 in South Padre Island. Hidalgo County Criminal District…

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Rise of the Food Trucks

Decisions, decisions, decisions! Customers debate the menu selections at the La Discada taco truck.

Although food truck parks aren’t new to some cities in the Lone Star State like Austin, the Rio Grande Valley has literally been jumping on the bandwagon of these mobile facilities that offer food and music for nearly every taste and type. RGV cities with food trucks parks include Brownsville, McAllen and now South Padre Island.  In Los Fresnos, city and economic development officials have been toying with the idea…

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