Tag: South Padre Island

16 Year Anniversary of the Queen Isabella Causeway Collapse

16 years ago today South Padre Island’s Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway collapsed on the night of September 15th 2001 Killing eight people when they plunged from the roadway 80 feet below into the bay. Witnesses watched as two 80 foot slabs of the causeway plummeted into the Laguna Madre bay along with a trail of cars and their passengers. Those killed were: Robert Harris, 46, Hector Martinez, 32, “Harpoon” Barry Welch, 53, Chelsea Welch, 23, all of Port Isabel; Julio Mireles, 23, of Los Fresnos; Robin Leavell, 29, of Mercedes; Stevan Rivas, 22, of Humble, Aspar Hinojosa, 52, of...

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South Padre Island Officials Issue Voluntary Evacuation ahead of Hurricane Harvey

Officials on south padre island have issued a voluntary evacuation order, and continue to urge island residents to prepare for the storm. The island expects gusts of wind between 39 to 50 miles per hour and anywhere between 2 to 5 inches of rain. The Queen Isabella Memorial Causeway Bridge make close later tonight. Those with high profile vehicles and RV’s are encouraged to evacuate the head of the storm. Officials have already closed beach accesses 3 4 5 and 6, Isla Blanca Park, Boca Chica Beach, and Andy Bowie park. The chief of police has said at this...

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Caught on video: Boat Catches Fire at South Padre Island

SPI (KFXV) — This afternoon one person was hospitalized after a boat caught fire on South Padre Island. A FOX citizen reporter was present on the scene and sent the video in of when the vessel went up in flames. Authorities are confirming that the fire started on the north side of Port Isabel around midday. At this time, they have not revealed what started the fire.   We’ll keep you informed as more details become...

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Woman Run Over in Early Morning Accident on SPI

SPI (KFXV) — Authorities of South Padre Island are investigating an auto-pedestrian accident. According to investigators, a mini-van struck a 59- year-old woman early this morning while she tried to cross Padre Boulevard. Police arrested the driver for driving while intoxicated. The woman’s condition is critical, and remains...

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Last Chance for Sea Turtle Release

SPI (KFXV) — This weekend will possibly be the last chance to see sea turtles released on South Padre Island this year. According to The Monitor, Sea Turtle Inc. Executive director, Jeff George says 2017 was a record year for Kemp’s Ridley nesting along the Texas and Northern Mexico coast, and that the group has hatched about 70 percent of the 9,000 eggs it started with this year. Check Sea Turtle Inc. on Facebook and Twitter, or call (956) 433-5735, in the early morning hours on those days to find out if a release will take place. Releases are...

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