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.

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For more information, contact the Port Isabel City Hall at 956/943-2682 or email citysecretaryofpi@yahoo.com.

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.

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 Recycling Center Opening & Dedication

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The City of Port Isabel, along with the Point Isabel Independent School District and the Valley Proud Environmental Council, are proud to present Port Isabel’s Recycling Center Opening and Dedication. Scheduled for Saturday, November 14th from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, the Opening and Dedication are held in conjunction with Texas Recycle Days, and will feature the “Kick off” of Point Isabel Independent School District Recycling Program. The Port Isabel Recycling Center located at 217 E. Hickman St.

With the importance of protecting our environment foremost in mind, the City of Port Isabel created the first permanent recycling center in the Laguna Madre Area. Starting with a single bin, the popularity of its use by residents bringing cardboard, paper and plastic resulted in the need to expand the City’s Recycling Center. With the assistance and support of Mayor Joe Vega and the City Commissioners, the Port Isabel Economic Development Corporation, the City’s Beautification Committee, and the City’s Public Works Department, additional bins, a concrete base, an informational kiosk and landscaping were added. The Recycling Center accepts plastic and aluminum, paper and cardboard. The Center is open Monday thru Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

As part of the festivities,
a kick off announcement will be made about the Valley Proud Environmental Council’s recycling pilot program with the Point Isabel Independent School District which was recently funded by the Texas General Land Office. Classes will collect paper and place in recycle bins located in each classroom, which will then be taken to bins located in each school cafeteria or other designated location. These bins will be picked up by City Public Works employees and emptied at the Recycling Center. This process will help the schools recycle. Valley Proud will purchase the containers and oversee the project.

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Part of the festivities will include an appearance by Captain Crab, music by Lupita Gonzlez, the Derry Choir and Hands on activities by Girl Scout Troop 377. For more information, call the City Secretary at (956) 943-2682.
The Recycling Center accepts plastic and aluminum, paper and cardboard. The Center is open Monday thru Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.