Celebrate Arbor Day, H-E-B Food Stores and the City of Port Isabel to Partner

April 30, 2010– H-E-B Food Stores and the City of Port Isabel along with the Driftwood Garden Club, the City’s Beautification Committee and Public Works Department will be partnering in celebrating Arbor Day on Friday April 30 at 4:00 p.m. on the grounds of the Laguna Madre Park on Port Rd.

Trees will be donated by the Driftwood Garden Club and the City’s Beautification Committee. Plantings will be done symbolically by the youth of the community with the help of the City’s Public Works Department. Colleen Catlett, master gardener and member of the City’s Beautification Committee will be demonstrating the proper method of planting a tree. H-E-B will be providing refreshments and reusable shopping bags.

H-E-B and the City of Port Isabel continue to work hard in educating and empowering its customers and citizens about the importance of recycling and making Port Isabel and the surrounding area a beautiful and ‘green’ place to live. For more information, call (956) 943-2682.

H-E-B and City Partner to Celebrate Earth Day

\"\"H-E-B Food Stores and the City of Port Isabel Partner to Celebrate Earth Day

Port Isabel, Texas.  H-E-B Food Stores and the City of Port Isabel will be partnering in celebrating Earth Day on Thursday April 22 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the HEB Food Store in Port Isabel.

On Earth Day, H-E-B invites customers to bring five plastic shopping bags to the nearest H-E-B to recycle in one of its plastic bag recycling bins.  Every customer that brings in five plastic bags (from any retailer) will be given a coupon for a free promotional bag, limit one per customer while supplies last. There will be   refreshments, music and hands on activities for the kids by Girl Scout Troop 377.  Port Isabel city officials will be on hand to welcome people and giving out information about recycling.

H-E-B and the City of Port Isabel continue to work hard in educating and empowering its customers and citizens about the importance of recycling especially when shopping   using reusable shopping bags instead of plastic bags.  For more information call (956) 943-1171.

Snook Foundation holds meeting in Port Isabel

A group of like minded, focused anglers and board members of the Snook Foundation and the Port Isabel Chamber met at White Sands \"\"Restaurant on Friday, Marcy 6, for a meeting where Snook took presidence. Also in attendence were Danno Wise, local guide, writer and Snook Foundation Lower Laguna Madre Regional Director and Port Isabel Chamber Marketing Committee member; Calvin Byrd, Port Isabel Chamber Board Treasurer; Valerie Bates, Port Isabel Marketing Director and Betty Wells, Chamber Executive Director.  Aaron Reed, Snook Foundation Texas State Director led the discussion which included a variety of topics such as considerations for an October tournament focusing on Snook which will include species research. Board members of the Snook Foundation also attending included Rick Roberts, Executive Director and Kendal Larson, Director.

Other topics up for discussion were paddling trail projects in the Laguna Madre and Bahia Grande area and partnerships between the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and the Snook Foundation and other groups interested in promoting the local Snook fishery and activities related to the Laguna Madre and the Bahia Grande.

The Snook Foundation Board is to be in communication with the Port Isabel Isabel Chamber of Commerce to finalize the planning of October Snook Tournament and will continue working together to identify and maximize the opportunities that the Snook species brings to the Laguna Madre area.

David Sikes, Corpus Christi Caller-Times Outdoor Writer, was also in attendance during Port Isabel March 6th Snook weekend events. Sikes publishes an article Thursday and Sundays and has posted Snook Foundation hopes to increase fish in Texas waters this weekend, see full story here: http://www.caller.com/news/2010/mar/20/snook-foundation-hopes-to-increase-fish-in-texas/.

For more information on the Snook Foundation, visit their website at www.snookfoundation.org.

City of Port Isabel Announces Receipt of Two Grant Awards

March 8, 2010

The City of Port Isabel is excited to announce that they have received two grants totaling in the amount of $319,505.00, one from the Texas Department of Rural Affairs (TDRA) and the other from the U.S. Department of the Interior~Minerals Management Service Grant.

The Texas Department of Rural Affairs (TDRA) awarded $166,271.00 for the renovation of the existing Community Center which includes roof repair, new restrooms/showers, generator pod and electrical hook ups and interior repairs. These funds will renovate the existing Community Center to not only serve as a meeting place but also in case of an emergency serve as? an additional post-emergency shelter area.

The U.S. Department of the Interior ~ Minerals Management Service Grant Award awarded $153,234.00 for Derry Park. This grant is for Phase 1 of the Derry Park project which will consist of collecting topographic, hydrographic and geotechnical data, performing an alternatives analysis, submission and application to the US Army Corps of Engineers, and performing a preliminary engineering design of the preferred alternative. This grant will enable the City to have a shovel ready project to apply for other grants to complete the Derry Park project.

Both grants are for entire amount and no matching grants are required from the City Mayor Joe E. Vega stated, \”I am very pleased with these grant awards! Receiving grants such as these increase the quality of life for our citizens and visitors alike and make our City a more safe and beautiful place to live and visit.\”

For more information, contact the Port Isabel City Hall at 956/943-2682.

City of Port Isabel to receive TPW Grant for Boat Ramp Repair l Improvements

Port Isabel Mayor Joe E. Vega, Commissioner Memo Torres and City Manager Edward Meza returned Friday from a trip to Austin with news that the City of Port Isabel had been awarded $388,330 to renovate and improve the Pompano Park Boat Ramp located on Pompano Street in the Modern Venice area. During a January 28th meeting of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission in Austin a total of $2,545,249 in grants were awarded to 10 Texas projects for which local governments will operate and maintain the ramps in their communities.

Pompano Park Boat Ramp will have renovations and improvements to the boat ramp, parking area, bulkheads, restroom, utilities and lighting area. Funds received will also cover new construction for a courtesy dock and fish cleaning table.

Mayor Vega, Commissioner Torres and City Manager Meza expressed a sense of accomplishment with the news that the City Docks will soon be back in commission. \”Fishing is such an important part of what Port Isabel has to offer and having the boat ramp and parking facilities back in business will make access to the Laguna Madre Bay and the great fishing we are known for so convenient for visiting anglers. We appreciate the partnership with TPW on this new project,\” Mayor Joe Vega added.


City of Port Isabel to Offer Shelter during Cold Spell

The National Weather Service is forecasting very cold temperatures across Cameron County between Thursday night & Sunday morning with temperatures falling into the mid to upper 30s.

The City of Port Isabel is offering shelter at the Port Isabel Police Department (Court Room) at 110 Hickman St. starting on Thursday, January 7,  at 6 p.m. through Sunday morning for those needing a warm place to stay.

Those who will partake in this offer will need to bring the following:

  • Blankets, pillows, sleeping bags
  • Food – (non perishable food including cold cuts, chips, canned goods non-microwaveable)
  • Identification
  • Personal medication
  • No pets allowed except for service animals

For more information contact City Secretary office at (956) 943-2682 and after 5 pm. Police Department at (956) 943-1242.