By the numbers

first_img RelatedCity approves drone programBy ABBEY KUNKLE Special to the PRESS The South Padre Island City Council met Wednesday evening for their regular meeting. With the busy season in sight, the council addressed further infrastructure improvements and made preparations for Spring Break. During weekly Spring Break preparation meetings, city staff has been considering forward-thinking…February 5, 2016In “News”Spring BrouhahaImpassioned residents speak of importance of Spring Break By DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] Spring Break — it’s big business. And for the dozens of Island business owners, residents and others who crowded into the South Padre Island City Council Chambers Wednesday afternoon, that’s exactly what they came to…March 3, 2017In “News”Resolutions send message to Texas legeBy KEVIN RICH Special to the PRESS In a special meeting of the South Padre Island City Council held Thursday, March 9, council members mulled five resolutions related to proposed state bills currently on the docket for the 85th Legislature. First on the agenda was Resolution No. 2017-08, supporting proposed legislation…March 17, 2017In “News” Island Council hears Spring Break crime, commerce stats during workshopBy KEVIN RICHSpecial to the PRESSOn Wednesday, June 14, the South Padre Island City Council held its second public workshop on the topic of Spring Break.Mayor Barry Patel was greeted with applause when he opened the meeting by announcing the passage of House Bill 4029, authorizing the City of South Padre Island to use Municipal Hotel Occupancy taxes for expenses directly related to construction, improvement, equipment, repair, operation and maintenance of City-owned coastal sports facilities.Patel went on to explain the bill covers the construction of boat docks, ramps and fishing piers that are used by hotel guests. “From our estimation, it should generate about a half a million dollars that can now be used on the bay side for sports fishing,” Patel said.Police Chief Randy Smith led off the City staff presentations of data collected on the impact of Spring Break. For the period of March 1 through April 30, the City experienced a 14.6 percent increase in police service calls in 2017 as compared to the previous year. Chief Smith’s data also showed an increase in the number of accidents — 234 in 2017 as compared to 191 the previous year.Traffic stops increased from 376 in 2016, to 509 in 2017, however, the number of traffic citations issued dropped slightly, from 96 citations issued in 2016 to 84 in 2017.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. Sharelast_img read more

Ghanaian athletes participate in Commonwealth games today

first_imgCompetition at the Commonwealth Games in India will begin today with Ghana carrying hopes of winning some medals in six disciplines.Despite earlier organizational problems, the games were opened with what the international media describe as a lavish ceremony.Badminton, table tennis and weightlifting are among the disciplines that will start today and Ghana will take part.But analyst Karl Tuffour said the focus for Ghana at this competition should be gaining the experience.He said he wouldn’t care if the athletes don’t win any medals at all because the experience they garner in that competition can prove invaluable at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.Source: Joy Sports/Ghanalast_img read more