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August 22, 2017 GMT

Travel bloggers get weekend stay

The Convention and Visitors Bureau hosted 12 travel bloggers for the weekend to experience the vast richness of activities the Island has to offer. They were introduced to water sports, sky diving, sand castle sculpting, golf, boat charters and eco-life so they could write about it on their blog.

The bloggers were invited to come and write about their experiences on the Island.

In total, 53 people were accommodated as the bloggers were allowed to bring their family members to enjoy the experience.

CVB Director Keith Arnold said before the bloggers had even arrived, South Padre Island was already trending on the Internet.

“Travel blogging is a very serious business,” Arnold said.

The bloggers came from as far as Dallas, Austin, San Antonio, Houston and Corpus Christi so they could put the word out to their communities and their readers.

The bloggers are a group of writers from the Texas Travel Blog.

Life saving efforts

SPI Fire Chief Doug Fowler recognized Island firefighters who were involved in the four documented CPR saves since Spring Break.

Firefighters James Barker, Ashley Bowen, Felipe Herrera, and Luis Gonzales were involved in the March hit-and-run and provided assistance to a victim to resuscitate after her heart stopped. They received an honorary pen for their duty as first responders involved in a CPR save.

Fire fighters Jeremy Smith, Mike De Leon, Chris De Leon, and Lt. Neil Waters were involved in four CPR saves between the months of March and August. They received an honorary coin for their duty as first responders involved in CPR saves.

Finance department receives special award

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND —The Government Finance Association recognized South Padre Island’s Finance Department for its high standard in balancing the city finances. The award was presented to the Director of Finance Rodrigo Jimenez.

Summer intern says good-bye

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND —Kaley Crump recently finished her summer internship of assisting the city manager.

She worked on various projects from internal logo branding, social event coordinating, social media management and writing press releases to the local media about news and events.

She noted the internship was a valuable career experience.

rgarcia@valleystar.com