Share RelatedPast mayor honored by pavilion By JASON MIHALICK Former Port Isabel Mayor Quirino Zurita Martinez was honored on Saturday for years of continued hard work and commitment he has given to the City of Port Isabel as a pavilion at Washington Park was dedicated to him. Martinez was in office from 1970-1976 as City…April 12, 2011In “News”Former Mayor Quirino Z. Martinez diesBy ESTEVAN MEDRANO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] Former Port Isabel Mayor Quirino Z. Martinez died on Thursday, March 26, at Harlingen Medical Center. He was 76. Martinez worked diligently towards the improvement of the City during his tenure in office, serving as city commissioner from 1970-1976, mayor pro-tem from…April 6, 2015In “News”NOT RUNNING: Mayor announces he won’t seek re-electionBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press [email protected] Port Isabel Mayor Joe E. Vega announced he would not seek another term during the City’s elections this May. The mayor made the announcement at the end of his annual State of the City address during Breakfast with the Mayor, hosted by the…February 12, 2016In “News” By CRAIG ALANIZReporter/[email protected] Mayor Joe E. VegaThe Port Isabel Chamber of Commerce hosted an all-member meeting with a State of Port Isabel address from Mayor Joe E. Vega last Friday.Vega said he is proud to report a healthy fund balance of $826,000 without making major cuts to employment and without raising taxes. He said the city staff worked hard to stay within budget.The Port Isabel Event Center had broken ground in the past year and continues to move along. Vega said landscaping and new appliances were provided by an investment grant from the USDA. He said the amount of the grant was $425,000.Four properties were purchased for added parking to the Port Isabel Lighthouse Square. Vega said $50,000 in improvements were made to the Port Isabel Fire Hall. He said the city also has welcomed six new local businesses.Vega said Port Road will have some improvements in the next year. He said a $2 million environmental survey for the new road to direct traffic away from Highway 100 was completed. He said the city is still taking steps for beautification.The police force added a marine patrol. Vega said now they are able to police areas that were not accessible before. He said the Animal Shelter is making great strides since the city has assumed the responsibility and continues to use euthanasia as a last resort for the animals in their care.Vega said the events hosted by the city were a great success this year and hopes it will continue. He said the city is also working on grants that will bring a hiking and bike trail in Port Isabel.“It was a great year for Port Isabel in 2012, we hope 2013 will be the same,” Vega said.Read this story in the Feb. 7 edition of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here.