3rd Annual Summer Longest Causeway Run & Fitness Walk

Run the Beach, Cross the Bay, & Join the Fun!

Don’t miss your chance to cross the historical Queen Isabella Causeway over the beautiful Laguna Madre by participating in the 5k Fitness Walk or the 10k Run! Finisher medals will be given to all participants! Plus cash prizes for overall 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place runners in both female and male divisions. Award medals for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place racers in each age group!

Don’t Hesitate! Participate!

Online registration is now open! Follow the links below to register today and take advantage of our early bird registration fees:

10k Run– $30.00; 5k Walk -$25.00; $15.00 Students & Military with ID.

After May 23rd,

$35 (10k Run); $30 (5k Walk); $20 Students & Military with ID.

Follow the links below to register today!

Online Registration

Printable Form

If you have a printed version, please fill out the form and return in person to the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce at:

421 E. Queen Isabella Blvd., Port Isabel, TX 78578

Make checks payable to the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce

Fax to 956-943-4001

Email to director@portisabel.org

 

 

 

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The Padre Elite Team Has Moved!!

Our team has moved to another RE/MAX® office. How ironic after all these years that the Padre Elite Team has joined a company named RE/MAX® Elite! Their main office is in Mission but they have obtained a brand new RE/MAX® franchise opening up in our area. We could not be more excited!

Our new office is at the foot of the Causeway on the corner of Hwy. 100 and Garcia St. in Port Isabel. The address is 103 S. Garcia St., Port Isabel, TX 78578. They are working on an awesome build out just for the RE/MAX Elite Agents. In the meanwhile, call us on our cell phones. For your convenience, here are our phone numbers:

Alta Monroe – 956-433-1241  Alta@PadreEliteTeam.com
Gayle Hood – 956-459-9536  Gayle@PadreEliteTeam.com
Jules Wilk – 956-343-1218  Jules@PadreEliteTeam.com
Laurie Howell – 956-371-8875  Laurie@PadreEliteTeam.com

We would love to visit with you so contact us if you have any questions!!

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New Spring Break Technology

Utilizing technology during Spring Break
South Padre Island, TX, Mar. 7, 2017: Technology is becoming increasingly intertwined with the daily work of law enforcement. The software, hardware, and communication networks can equip officers to further their ability to serve and protect South Padre Island.
“Our number one priority is the safety and well-being of our guests and residents,” said City Manager Susan Guthrie.  “By using the latest technology, we can leverage our resources even further.”
The City of South Padre Island Police Department will utilize modernized equipment in the effort to safeguard the community. These technological advancements assist law enforcement officers in the field and include:
  • In-car digital video equipment.
  • Body cameras.
  • Automated License Plate Recognition cameras (ALPR).
  • Surveillance camera located at the base of the causeway, westbound lanes.
  • Temporarily mounted surveillance cameras strategically placed at popular events known to draw large populations.
  • Drones for searches, investigations, traffic evaluation and to identify problem areas.
  • Watch towers equipped with infrared cameras.
  • Use of intelligence gathered by state and federal partners.
Spring Break Texas Week is scheduled Saturday, Mar. 11 – Sunday, Mar. 19, 2017.
“Our police department is constantly training and preparing officers for any situation,” said Police Chief Randy Smith. “However, we anticipate a fun and peaceful Spring Break.”
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Now we are listening to Tom Ferry, a real estate coach. We are getting so smart at the REMAX Convention!

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Gayle & Alta are listening to Dave Ramsey at REMAX Convention!!

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Photo Workshop, Feb. 25th

Want to learn how to take amazing pictures?

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Mario Rosales Dinner and Show, Feb. 25th

More great entertainment at Schlitterbahn!

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Laguna Madre Youth Center Casino Night, Feb. 24th

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John Sager Dinner and Show, Feb. 21st

More great entertainment on the island!

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The BIG HITS of the 60s and 70s, Feb. 20th

This looks like fun! You Winter Texans will love it!

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El Paseo – Murder Me Always, Feb. 21st and 22nd, South Padre Isla Grand

The talent in this mystery spoof will surprise you. Check this out!

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Spoonbill Mini-Golf Tournament, Feb. 18th

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Breakfast with the Mayor, Feb. 17th

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Hummingbirds of Texas, Feb. 16th at the South Padre Birding Center

If you like bird watching and even if you don’t, this would be great to see!

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Home Improvement Projects to Keep You on Trend 

PET - BLOG HOUSE UNDER CONSTRUCTION PICPlanning to sell your home? Check out which home improvement projects will help you sell your home in 2017!

Source: Home Improvement Projects to Keep You on Trend @Redfin

 

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Thank you Ted Jones for speaking to the South Padre Realtors today!

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Walk the Dock at Sea Ranch, Feb. 9th, South Padre

Looking for something fun to do on Thursday? Check this out!

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Art Space in Feb. in South Padre Island

Check out these classes. They are loads of fun!

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E.K Atwood Park Improvements Ribbon Cutting , Feb. 3rd

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Port Isabel Museum Fund Raiser, Feb. 3rd

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Sea Turtle, Inc. Groundbreaking, TODAY!

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Grand Opening Tropical Smoothie Cafe, Jan. 31st

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What to do for a Broken Tile Problem

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South Padre Island Dec. 2016 Housing Report

Check out this link to the South Padre Housing Report for Dec. 2016!

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Job Fair, Feb. 2nd!

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Girls Night Out, Jan. 25th!

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Winter Outdoor and Wildlife Expo, Jan.24 – 28th!

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Winners of the 2017 Causeway Run and Fitness Walk

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Top 3 Male & Female 10K Winners!
Pictured left to right: Jorge Silva (2nd Place Overall Male 35:43.5); Juan Ricardo Jaquez (1st Place Overall Male 35:17.5); Gayle Hood (Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce Board Chair); Estela Hernandez (1st Place Overall Female 39:25.3); Vannesa Garcia (3rd Place Overall Female 43:53.6). Not pictured: Christian (Dominic) Cavazos (3rd Place Male Overall 37:47.3) and Alexa Aragon (2nd Place Overall Female 40:59.7)

Congratulations to all the winners of the 2017 Causeway Run & Fitness Walk! Over 2500 registrants participated and we hope to see you all in June for the Summer Causeway Run & Fitness Walk.

Check out event pictures here!

Start Line http://www.backprint.com/valeriebates/140283/browse

Finish Line http://www.backprint.com/valeriebates/140285/browse

Event Photos http://www.backprint.com/valeriebates/140282/browse

Click here for Race Results! http://www.iaapweb.com/results/17/01_14_17.htm

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Best of South Texas Wildlife, Jan. 21st!

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ART Space Classes!

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Gail White Weaving Class Gail White will be teaching weaving classes this year for the first time at Art Space in January and in February. She is offering two classes, each is a two day class. Wed. and Thurs. January 25 and 26, and again Thurs and Fri, Feb. 2nd and 3rd. Time will be 9:30 – 4:00 with a lunch break. Gail has been teaching Fiber Arts for many years. She also is a dealer in looms, shuttles, spinning wheels and accessories needed for weaving. Cost will be $172 (Members $142) All materials will be provided.

 

 

 

 

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Market by the Bay! Jan. AND Feb.!

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Brett Marshall at Event Center, Jan. 15th!

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Boot Scootin’ Dance, Jan. 14th!

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They’re All Here: Paint Colors of the Year for 2017

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Don’t Dress for Dinner, Jan. 13th, 14th, 15th

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Art Workshops in Jan. and Feb. in Port Isabel!

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3 Style Setting Kitchen Backsplashes!

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Almost Patsy Cline Band, Jan. 5th!

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33rd Annual Longest Causeway Run/Walk 2017, Jan. 14th

 

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Don’t miss your chance to cross the historical Queen Isabella Causeway over the beautiful Laguna Madre by participating in the 5k Fitness Walk or the 10k Run! Finisher medals given to all participants! Plus cash prizes for overall 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place runners in both female and male divisions. Award medals for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place racers in each age group!

Don’t Hesitate! Participate!
Register before December 31st and take advantage of Early Bird Registration fees! $30 (10k Run); $25 (5k Walk); Students & Military with ID $15 (10k Run or 5k Walk).

After Dec. 31st, $35 (10k Run); $30 (5k Walk); $20 Students & Military with ID.

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Register today! Call the  Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce at: 421 E. Queen Isabella Blvd., Port Isabel, TX 78578. Make checks payable to the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce Or Fax to 956-943-4001

For Run, Walk, Accommodations & Activities Information, Call:
Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce- 1-800-527-6102 or (956) 943-2262 or email director@portisabel.org or the South Padre Island Convention & Visitors Bureau at 1-800-So-Padre or sopadre.com

The PICC is also seeking Volunteers!
Hosted by the
Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce

 

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Merry Christmas from the Padre Elite Team at RE/MAX® 1st Choice!

We wish you a Fabulous Christmas and a Happy & Prosperous New Year!

Thanks for making 2016 a record year for us!

Alta, Laurie, Alex, Gayle, Jules

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Real Estate Pros Divulge Top Design Features

Real Estate Pros Divulge Top Design Features

BUILDER recently asked real estate professionals to share their thoughts about the top design trends their clients are currently requesting. Here are some of the top design trends that real estate pros said are in demand:

  • Open layouts
  • Neutral color schemes
  • Multigenerational floor plans
  • First-floor master suites
  • No dining rooms
  • White kitchens
  • Extra-large garages
  • Big closets
  • Finished basements with 9-foot high ceilings
  • Barn sliding doors

Source: “REALTORS®’ Most In-Demand Design Trends,” BUILDER (Nov. 16, 2016) and “15 Things REALTORS® Want Builders to Know,” BUILDER (Nov. 14, 2016)

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10 Anti-Burglary Tips for Our Sellers | Realtor Magazine

When our clients are opening their doors to the public for showings, they need to take extra precautions. We are sharing these suggestions to help them keep your belongings safe.

Source: 10 Anti-Burglary Tips for Your Sellers | Realtor Magazine

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South Padre Island Monthly Housing Report for Nov. 2016

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South Padre Island REALTORS® Uses Land Use Initiative to Overturn Short-Term Rental Registration Ordinance

Located off the southernmost tip of Texas, South Padre Island is such a popular resort area that when a new Short-Term Rental Registration Ordinance was adopted by its City Council last year, it affected the vast majority of the island’s residential properties. Thanks to the REALTOR® Party’s Land Use Initiative, the South Padre Island Board of REALTORS®(SPIBOR) was able to overturn several provisions of the ordinance it found overly restrictive. In doing so, not only did the 120-member board succeed in protecting the rights of property owners, but it gained new respect from the city, which now looks to the REALTORS® as the voice of real estate in the community.

Lindsey Martinez, SPIBOR’s Association Executive, admits that as a relatively new board, she and her team were caught off-guard by the new ordinance; fortunately, their field rep from the Texas Association of REALTORS® (TAR) had their backs. “He was super-involved,” says Martinez, “and he clued us in to how detrimental these short-term rental ordinances could be.”  For her part, she quickly got up to speed by reading the standards established by the national and state associations, and with the guidance of the field rep and Government Affairs staff at TAR, applied to the REALTOR® Party for a Land Use Initiative review.

SPIBOR submitted the approved ordinance to Robinson & Cole, the law firm retained by the National Association of REALTORS® to advise state and local associations on land use legislation.  Martinez was amazed by the speed and thoroughness of the response.  “We received the review back much sooner than expected, and it was perfectly clear and easy to follow,” she says. “Not only that, but they caught a number of issues that we hadn’t noticed.  For a small board like ours, with limited resources, the Land Use Initiative provided invaluable expertise.”

Armed with the legal review, SPIBOR met informally with members of the City Council, who were also impressed by the value of the Robinson & Cole comments. The situation wasn’t adversarial at all, notes Martinez, but more about opening lines of communication. “While we would have preferred to have had the entire ordinance repealed,” she says, “it wasn’t feasible at that point, so we focused on issues of safety and fees. They were very receptive.” In fact, reviewing the objections together, she recalls, the Council Members said about one after another, ‘Hey that wasn’t our intent!’

All eight members of SPIBOR’s board of directors joined Martinez at the City Council meeting on October 19, when the amendment proposing its requested changes to the ordinance was on the agenda.  Another REALTOR®, one of several who are property managers, spoke during the public comments. The amendment was easily approved, and the City Attorney commended the REALTORS® for their public-spirited assistance in what he called “clean-up and clarification” of the ordinance.

SPIBOR’s success in amending the Short-Term Rental Registration Ordinance benefits all the property owners of South Padre Island, including the many who live elsewhere and may not be paying attention to local politics and policies. The victory has also boosted the small association’s confidence in its own powers of political advocacy. In upholding NAR’s Core Standards, SPIBOR was already working hard to be the island’s voice for real estate by posting market statistics on social media and drafting articles for the local newspaper. But thanks to its involvement in revising the problematic ordinance, the city now regards the REALTORS® as valuable partners. “The day after the October City Council meeting, the City Manager, who is new in the position, invited us to meet with her; moving forward, she’ll be looking to us as a resource,” says Martinez, noting that Council Members also expressed the hope that SPIBOR would continue to be involved in city business.

“We have such great leaders at TAR, and we could not have done this without their hard work and guidance—or without the resources of the REALTOR® Party,” she says.

To learn more about how the South Padre Island Board of REALTORS® used REALTOR®Party resources to protect the rights of rental property owners in its small resort community, contact Association Executive Lindsey Martinez at lindsey@spirealtors.com or 956-772-1940.

 

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Boat Parade Moved Up to TODAY!

img_2893The Port Isabel – South Padre Island Christmas Lighted Boat Parade has been moved up due to weather concerns.

Originally scheduled to occur on Sunday evening, the parade will now take place on Saturday, Dec. 17. Boats will still depart from Southpoint Marina in Port Isabel and make their way along the bay before arriving for judging at Jim’s Pier on South Padre Island.

Weather forecasts calling for strong winds beginning sometime Sunday prompted organizers to move up the parade schedule for safety reasons.

The parade will begin at 6 p.m.

by Editor
Special to the PRESS

Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here.

 

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Thanks to Senator Eddie Lucio for speaking at our SPI Chamber Luncheon.

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Christmas Lighted Boat Parade

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EPAF ShowStoppers in South Padre, Dec. 17, 18, and 19

EPAF Showstoppers!

A  Musical and Comedy Revue

December 17, 18 and 19, 2016

SPI Convention Center

7:30 p.m.

Tickets:  $30 ($25 for members) per person

ElPaseo Arts Foundation will present a very special local production that is something of an extravaganza –  a revue of some of the funniest and most memorable moments from plays and musicals that El Paseo Arts Foundation’s local players have performed over the past 11 years.  Instead of a single play or musical with a beginning, middle and end, EPAF’s Showstoppers! is a collection of scenes and songs showcasing some of El Paseo’s most popular local performers in signature roles.

Tickets are currently available at www.elpaseoarts.org for all events.  Mariachi Aztlán and Showstoppers are also available at Paragraphs Book Store, S.O.S, PadreRitaGrill and the Art Gallery in Port Isabel.

EPAF members and sponsors you can now get tickets online at member prices.  Visit our website at  www.elpaseoarts.org and go to tickets in the menu, or click “buy” on the calendar on the right side of the page. 

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County beaches closed until further notice

Effective immediately, Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño, Jr. has ordered the temporary closure (until further notice) of the following county beach access points:

 

  1. County Beach Access No. 5 (north of South Padre Island)
  1. County Beach Access No. 6 (north of South Padre Island)
  2. Boca Chica Beach

These county beaches are being temporarily closed to vehicular traffic due to extremely high tides and undriveable conditions.  We ask that all individuals be cautious when visiting our beaches.

Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here.

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