Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce Presents Awards

The Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce held their Annual Awards Ceremony Friday evening at Black Jack at Pirates Landing in Port Isabel. Recipients, members and guests enjoyed live music by Tom Wayne, dinner provided by Pirates Landing and pirates\’ sword play and fire show!

Awards were presented by Alex Avalos, Chamber Board Chairman, Chamber Director Betty Wells and the Chamber Board to:

  • City of Port Isabel Public Works Department– Outstanding Service Award
  • Tarantino Properties, Inc.– In Appreciation
  • Richard Wolf, Rental World– Special Recognition
  • The Friedman Family– Outstanding Community Improvements
  • Edward Meza, City Manager– Outstanding Community Citizen Award
  • John & Sandy Sabin– Volunteers of the Year
  • Mary Ann Brown– Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Chairman Award– Capt. Danno Wise

Pictured above– front row, left to right: Sandy Sabin (Volunteer of the Year Award); Tarantino Properties, Inc. representative (In Appreciation); Alex Avalos, Port Isabel Chamber Board Chairman with the Chairman Award presented to (not shown) Capt. Danno Wise (Chairman Award); Mary Ann Brown (Lifetime Achievement Award); Edward Meza, City Manager (Outstanding Service Award) and Richard Wolf, Rental World (Special Recognition). Not shown, the Friedman Family (Outstanding Community Improvements).

City of Port Isabel Public Works department were presented with certificates In Appreciation.

For more information, call the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce at 956/943-2262. See full story in Monday Port Isabel Press.

Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce l April Newsletter online

\"\"LETTER from the PRESIDENT…

Dear Chamber Members:
Spring has sprung and the strong southerly winds can testify to that fact. Spring Breakers and Winter Texans are on their way home and businesses are gearing up for Holy Week and Easter.

The Chamber office is busy preparing for our annual Awards Party. We encourage all of our members to attend as we honor the many individuals and businesses who have contributed so much to our success. For more information on this event, please see the related article in this newsletter.

We will also soon begin advertising sales for our 2010-2011 Visitors’ Guide, which has proven to be a tremendous success. We hope you will continue to support this project.

As always, we encourage you to contact our office with any suggestions or questions you might have about the services we provide to our membership. We look forward to hearing from you!

Betty Wells


Ambassadors Maria Salinas, Sandy Sabin, Peggy Green, Caroline Farrell, Carolyn Hauschildt, Linda Garrett, Dolores DuBois, Ruth Husmann, John Sabin, Betty Daniels, Cecilia Bliss, Erle Daniels and Ron Bliss pose in front of the Lighthouse Keeper Cottage in Port Isabel. Not pictured are Mike Garrett, Larry Husmann, Kitty Ayers, Mary Ann Brown, Dorothy Dymit, George Paterson and Richard Garza. Press Photo.

American Wind Symphony Orchestra Coming to Port Isabel

The American Wind Symphony Orchestra will make its third appearance in Port Isabel on May 21st.

The Port Isabel performances will launch the 53rd season of the floating orchestra and afford spectators the rare opportunity to hear performances by students from the Julliard School of Music. More than 4,000 people from across the Valley attended their last performance in 2007 and were treated to the sights and sounds of the open air band shell that unfolds upon its traveling barge.

The performance is sponsored by the El Paseo Arts Foundation and is under the direction of Conductor Robert Boudreau. According to El Paseo Board member Joann Evans, support for the event is being solicited from area businesses and individuals. Persons interested in  contributing may contact El Paseo at 943-4700.

Annual Awards Party Set for April 16th

The Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Awards Party on Friday, April 16th.

Scheduled to be held from 5:30-7:30 pm at Black Jack’s Galley next to Pirates Landing, the banquet will feature heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Live entertainment will be presented by Tom Wayne. There is no charge to attend the event.

“We’ve changed the format of our awards party to a more casual atmosphere and are inviting members to attend at no charge. In part, this change was implemented due to economic conditions in the area. But we also wanted a more fun and relaxed environment,” said Chamber President Betty Wells. “We hope our members will join us as we celebrate and honor the accomplishments so many of them have made to our community.”
For more information on the Awards Party, please contact the Chamber office at 9943-2262.

Merchants Committee Plans Block Party

The Port Isabel Merchants Committee has planned their first ever Block Party for Friday, April 23rd from 4-6 pm.

The event is the premier event in a series of Block Parties that will feature Chamber members within Port Isabel’s eight districts. The first is scheduled for the Lighthouse District and is open to businesspeople and visitors at no charge. Businesses within the District will be offering special promotions as well as providing refreshments. Live entertainment is also planned.
“The Merchants Committee plans to host at least two block parties a year,” said Chairwoman Linda Garrett. “Our mission is to promote local businesses and we think this is a wonderful opportunity for the business community to come together. It will also be a lot of fun.”

Businesses interested in participating are encouraged to attend the Merchants Committee meetings, which are held the second Wednesday of each month at 8:30 am at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum. For more Chamber office at 943-2262 or Linda Garrett at 943-8080.

Silver Breeze
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Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce l March Newsletter online


Check out the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce March newsletter at: http://portisabel.org/newsletter/march2010.pdf

Letter from the President
Dear Chamber Members:

The month of March will bring tens of thousands of Spring Break visitors to our area and, hopefully, warmer weather. Our Winter Visitors will be starting their trek back home and we want them to know how much we appreciate their visits.

In that light, the Chamber hosted its first Winter Texan Cajun Shrimp Boil. More than 200 Winter Texans were treated to the seafood meal, live entertainment and the new venue at The Garden (next to Designer Consigner).

I’d like to remind you that our regular All Member meeting has been set for Friday, March. 5th  at 8:30 am at Pirates Landing. I look forward to seeing you there!

Betty Well


The Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce hosted a Winter Texan Shrimp Boil on Wednesday, Feb. 24th from 3-5 pm.

The event was designed to show the Chamber’s appreciation for the Winter Texans. Tickets were limited to the first 200 tickets sold and the event was been sold out shortly after tickets became available.

The shrimp boil was held in The Garden—the new patio area just opened next to Designer Consigner and operated by Glenda Stafford. “We really appreciate the way area businesses came together to make this event such a success,” said Chamber President Betty Wells. “We are looking forward to making this an annual event.”

The shrimp boil featured a Cajun shrimp boil meal, refreshments and live entertainment by Tom Wayne.


Phillip Rathbun of SCORE will be the guest speaker at the March All Member meeting of the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce. The meeting is set for Friday, March 5 at 8:30 am at Pirates Landing.

SCORE, “Counselors to America’s Small Business”, is a nonprofit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth and success of small business nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the US Small Business Association (SBA).

SCORE has 364 chapters in locations throughout the US and its territories with 12,400 volunteers. Both working and retired executive and business owners donate time and expertise as business counselors.

According to Rathbun, SCORE is seeking more business counselors and will host a luncheon at the McAllen Country Club, 615 Wichita, McAllen on April 6 at noon. For more information or to register for the luncheon, go to www.rgvscore.com and click on “volunteer”.


On exhibit now through the winter of 2010, the Port Isabel Historic Museum will feature Mexican Revolution and Mexican Indepen-dence images, artifacts and documents as part of their temporary exhibits. The Historic Museum is housed in the Champion Building on Railroad Ave.

Thursday, February 25th’s “Telling Our Stories” by Rod Bates kicked off the Museums’ celebration of the Centennial of the Mexican Revolution and the Bicentennial of the Independence of Mexico. Bates illustrated the impact both wars had on Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre area with a variety of images and maps to a packed house in the theatre room in the Champion Building. The image above left, one used in the presentation, is an example of those taken during what came to be known as the Border Occupation. Taken in front of the Champion Building, this sepia toned image portrays three soldiers stationed in Point Isabel enjoying some leisure time.  The two boys to the left were local aquadores who delivered water to residences. Seated on their donkey is a soldier with a fresh box of cigars purchased in the Champion store. Images such as this one are part of the Mexican Revolution and Indpendence exhibits at the Museums of Port Isabel.

Additionally, video of the Rod Bates presentation at the Telling Our Stories will be playing in the theatre room of the Champion Building. For more information call the Museums at 956/943-7602 or email jrivera@copitx.com. Exhibit info: http://portisabel-texas.com/blog/2010/02/27/museums-of-port-isabel-hosts-mexican-revolution-independence-exhibit/

Dear Chamber Members:
The month of March will bring tens of thousands
of Spring Break visitors to our area and,
hopefully, warmer weather. Our Winter Visitors
will be starting their trek back home and we
want them to know how much we appreciate
their visits.
In that light, the Chamber hosted its first
Winter Texan Cajun Shrimp Boil. More than 200
Winter Texans were treated to the seafood meal,
live entertainment and the new venue at The
Garden (next to Designer Consigner).
I’d like to remind you that our regular All
Member meeting has been set for Friday, March.
5th at 8:30 am at Pirates Landing. I look forward
to seeing you there!
Betty Wells

Port Isabel Longest Causeway Run l Walk- Results and Photos

\"\"The 26th Annual Longest Causeway Run and Fitness Walk weather turned out to be perfect running weather and a great day for a walk over the longest bridge in Texas.

Over 2,500 runners and walkers enjoyed cooler temperatures and crystal clear skies on the 6.2 mile, 10 kilometer route that starts in Port Isabel at the Community Center, winds through town before taking to the causeway and over the Laguna Madre Bay to South Padre Island. The Awards Ceremony was held immediately following at Louie Backyard on South Padre Island.

Top Male
Keating, Westly: (time 29:42.0) Edinburg TX
Kipserem Cherop, Alfred: (time 30:05.1) Kenya
Soncook, Shadrack: (time 31:54.3)

Top Female
Ngetich, Hyvon: (time 35:06.4) Kenya
Rono, Janet: (time 35:44.7) Kenya
Arzola, Debbie: (time 37:15.6) Allen, TX

Complete results can be found here:

Photos here:

Next year date: January 8, 2011

For more information, contact the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce. 956/943-2262 or director@portisabel.org

Port Isabel Longest Causeway Run Walk still on schedule

Though tomorrow morning weather forecast calls from some brisk cold temperatures, Port Isabel Chamber President Betty Wells reports that the Chamber Longest Causeway Run & Fitness walk will be held as scheduled. Late registration will continue from 5:00 to 7:00 pm this evening at the Port Isabel Community Center at 213 Yturria St. and then Saturday morning from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m.

Runners leave the starting line in Port Isabel on Yturria St. at 10:00 am and walkers at 10:15 am, Saturday morning.

\”It will be an invigorating event,\” Wells says of the morning predicted temperatures. Runners and walkers are looking forward to the annual trek over the Queen Isabella Memorial Bridge between Port Isabel and South Padre Island as registration approaches record numbers.

For more information and links, click here: http://portisabel-texas.com/blog/2009/12/08/longest-causeway-run-fitness-walk-l-queen-isabella-memorial-bridge-1910/.

For roadway conditions, call: 1-800-452-9292.

Longest Causeway Run & Fitness Walk l Queen Isabella Memorial Bridge 1/9/10

Register NOW through January 7~ ONLINE or in person at the Port Isabel Chamber (421 E. Queen Isabella Blvd.) to SAVE $5.00!



26th Annual Chamber of Commerce Longest Causeway Run & Fitness Walk~ 1/9/10


START: Causeway Run starts at 10 a.m. sharp. Fitness Walk starts at 10:15 a.m. sharp.

COST: Causeway Run $15.00. Fitness Walk $10.00. Students: $5.00 with school ID.

EARLY REGISTRATION: Before December 31, 2009, mail to Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce, 421 E. Queen Isabella Blvd., Port Isabel, TX 78578 or register in person until 5 pm Thursday, Jan. 7th, 2010 at the Chamber office.

LATE REGISTRATION IN PERSON: Friday, Jan. 8, 2010, 5-7 pm., Port Isabel Community Center, 213 Yturria St.. Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010, 7-9 a.m., Port Isabel Community Center, 213 Yturria St. Cutoff time is 9 a.m. SHARP. LATE FEE: Add $5.00 per registrant. No credit card use during late registration.

For more information check the Q&A page: http://portisabel.org/causeway_run/q%26a.html
Run/Walk Route: http://portisabel.org/causeway_run/run-route.html
Print Application: http://www.portisabel.org/causeway_run/causeway-run-application.pdf

Ready to register online, click here: http://www.active.com/running/port-isabel-tx/port-isabel-longest-causeway-run-and-fitness-walk-2010
Email: director@portisabel.org
Event site: www.portisabel.org/causeway_run
Or call the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce at: 956/943-2262
421 E. Queen Isabella Blvd., Port Isabel, Texas 78578