City schedules closing for cold weather – Shelter information


Port Isabel Mayor Joe E. Vega and the City Commissioners announce that the Port Isabel City Hall will close at noon on Thursday, February 3 and reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, February 7.

Additionally, the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, the Port Isabel Historic Museum and the Port Isabel Lighthouse are closed today, Thursday, February 3, and will reopen on Friday, February 4. The Lighthouse will reopen at 9 a.m. and the Museums will reopen at 10 a.m. Updates will be posted here.

From Port Isabel Mayor Joe E. Vega and City Commissioners

City of Port Isabel to Offer Shelter during Cold Spell

The National Weather Service is forecasting very cold temperatures across Cameron County between Tuesday night and Saturday afternoon 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), 110 W. Hickman. St., starting on Tuesday, February 1 at 8 p.m., through Saturday afternoon or when the temperature changes 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, can goods. Non-microwaveable.
– Identification.
– Personal medication.
– No pets except for service animals.

For more information contact City Secretary office at (956) 943-2682. After 5 pm, please call the Police Department at (956) 943-1242.



Del Presidente Municipal de Puerto Isabel Joe E. Vega y de los Comisionados de la Ciudad

La Ciudad de Puerto Isabel Ofrece albergue durante el clima frio.

El Servicio Climatologico pronostica temperaturas muy bajas en el Municipio de Cameron entre la noche del martes y el medio dia del Sabado con temperaturas mas bajas de los 30s.

La Ciudad de Puerto Isabel ofrece albergue en el Departamento de Policia,(Cuarto de la corte) localizado en:
110 Hickman St.
A partir del martes, febrero 1, a las 8 p.m.
Hasta el Sabado a medio dia o cuando las temperaturas cambien para aquellos que necesiten un lugar mas templado? para permanecer en este periodo.

Aquellos que necesiten este ofrecimiento deben traer:

  • Cobijas, almohadas, sleeping bags.
  • Comida no-perecedera como latas. Nada que necesite horno de microondas.
  • Identificacion
  • Medicamentos personales
  • No se permiten mascotas, excepto prescritos por el medico.

Para mas informacion contactar a las oficinas de la Secretria de la Ciudad al (956) 943-2682 en caso de ser despues de las 5 pm. Contactar al departamento de policia al (956) 943-1242.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR Texans with Disablilities
English version: Texas with Disabilities Preparedness for Cold Weather
Spanish version: Preparativos para el Frente Frio para Tejanos con Discapacidades

Port Isabel Chamber host Winter Texan RV Park Director Fam Tour

October 26th, the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce hosted a Fam Tour for RV Park Managers and Activities Directors! Tours of the Port Isabel Lighthouse, the Port Isabel Historical Museum, the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, South Padre Island Dolphin Research & Sea Life Nature Center were followed by lunch at Pirates Landing Restaurant and a dockside show aboard the Black Dragon!
For more information, contact the Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce at 956/943-2262 or email

City of Port Isabel Hosts 1st Annual Open House

Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., the City of Port Isabel hosted their first annual open house at City Hall. Departments had information and equipment on display throughout the morning. Over 100 area residents participated in tours through city hall and staff on hand gave demonstrations on the city street sweeper, fire truck, police and a variety of public works department equipment. Residents could pick up permit forms and museum and library information, economic development corporation program information, municipal courts and building department information.

Plans are already underway for the 2nd Annual City of Port Isabel Open House.


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

Come to the Coast for Independence Day!

Come visit the Laguna Madre area to celebrate Independence Day weekend!

MUSEUMS: The Port Isabel Lighthouse, the Treasures of the Gulf Museum and the Port Isabel Historical Museum are all open. Combination tickets can be purchased at any of the above locations.

SHOPPING: Many local merchants will be having special July 4th sales and events.

DINING: Port Isabel has fresh seafood, fresh wild caught Gulf Shrimp, Mexican, Tex-Mex, Italian, hot and cold sandwiches, all-you-can-eat specials, waterfront dining, SOMETHING for everybody!

FISHING: Fish from the longest lighted pier in Texas on the Pirates Landing Fishing Pier, charter a boat at White Sands Marina, Pirates Landing or the Dolphin Docks. Rent a boat at White Sands Marina. Buy your tackle at Quik Stop, White Sands Bait Shop or Pirates Landing Fishing Pier… you can also purchase a fishing license at these locations.

SIGHTSEEING: See the largest fly fishing rod in the world at Pirates Landing Fishing Pier. Visit the historic City Cemetery. See all our historic markers (find a list starting on page 4 in our visitor guide Walk the Lighthouse Square. Watch South Padre Island Fireworks over the Laguna Madre on Friday night at 9:15 p.m. and Saturday night at 9:30 p.m. and Sunday night at 9:15 p.m.

STAY: For a list of our accommodations click here

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND: All the beaches are open! Fireworks Friday, Saturday and Sunday night! Isla Blanca Park and Andy Bowie Park are open!

Happy Independence Day Weekend! We thank everybody for supporting this community and the Laguna Madre area. If we can make your visit or stay more enjoyable, please let us know. E-mail: For more information, visit the Port Isabel Information Center at the Lighthouse Keepers Cottage on Highway 100.

Museums ‘Telling Our Stories’ 5/27 6pm TURTLES!

THE TURTLE LADY LEGACY (5/27 @ 6 p.m.)

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present its “Telling Our Stories” Series of 2010 on Thursday, May 27, at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, 317 E. Railroad Ave. at 6:00 p.m. Mary Ann Tous, niece of famed Ila Fox Loetcher aka “The Turtle Lady”, who began her work on sea turtle conservation in 1965 and was a pioneer in her field by playing a vital role in protecting the Kemp Ridley Sea Turtles, will give a presentation on the history of the Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles and the efforts that go towards their protection. Ila was a major inspiration to her niece, Mary, and in 2005, Mary Ann Tous founded a non profit organization called “The Turtle Lady Legacy”. Their goals are to educate and continue the safety and conservation of majestic sea turtles by following in Ila Fox Loetscher’s footsteps. Recent events causing a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico are threatening these marine animals and their nesting habitats.

All locals and visitors are welcomed to attend this free presentation. Drinks and Refreshments will be served.

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation’s goals are to educate and preserve our local history. With the help from supporters and the public, we can continue to preserve our past for future generations.

For more information contact Gabriel Godines at (956) 943-7602 or visit

Museums’ Telling Our Stories Friday 6 p.m.

“The History of the Freemasons” presented by Warren Winger, Masonic Lodge Number 33, Friday, April 30th at 6:00 p.m.

The Museums of Port Isabel and the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation are proud to present its “Telling Our Stories” Series of 2010 on Friday, April 30, at the Treasures of the Gulf Museum, 317 E. Railroad Ave. at 6:00 p.m.

Warren Winger, of the Masonic Lodge Number 33 will present “The History of the Freemasons”. Mr. Winger has been a Mason for forty-one years and is credited as being one of the founding members for reviving Point Isabel Lodge 33 in December 2007. Lodge 33 was originally petitioned and granted in 1847, but never established until 2007. His presentation will grant the public insight into the Freemasons and their influential impact on Texas history.