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    Sapphire 1802

    Breathtaking Gulf and Bay views from this north tower unit. 

     



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    Los Corales 801 S

    Stunning and exclusive beach front unit with unparralled amenities. 

     



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    5804 Yucca Circle

    Stunningly gorgeous channel front home with four bedrooms and four full baths.

     



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    Coastal Cottage

    New Construction at The Shores. 

     



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5804 Yucca Circle -

Stunningly gorgeous channel front home with four bedrooms and four full baths.

 

Los Corales 801 S -

Stunning and exclusive beach front unit with unparralled amenities. 

 

Coastal Cottage -

New Construction at The Shores. 

 

Sapphire 1802 -

Breathtaking Gulf and Bay views from this north tower unit. 

 

Welcome to Franke Realty of South Padre Island

Franke Realty has been serving the South Padre Island real estate and condo rental needs for over six decades. Established in 1956 by its founder, Bud Franke, Franke Realty is South Padre Island's oldest real estate sales, rentals and development firm. The firm has been  instrumental in the development of South Padre Island and has built a reputation on providing quality professional service and serving every client on an individual basis.

Franke Realty is a third generation Texas company owned by Richard and Dennis Franke who have been active South Padre Island real estate developers since the early 1970's through their primary company, Franke Realty. For South Padre Island vacation condo rentals or real estate needs, your first and best choice is Franke Realty.

 

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> Skydiving over South Padre Island

Skydive South Padre Island owner Frank Shisler has skydived more than 10,000 times. He takes Island thrill seekers with the courage to step into the thin air more than 10,000 feet to jump out of a perfectly good airplane everyday.

We spoke to him to talk about the 60 second skydive freefall that hits speeds of up to 150 miles, and the amazing five to seven minute parachute decent back down to Island that his team offers only on South Padre Island.

When was your first time skydiving, and what was it like?

Frank: I jumped for the very first time when I was 23 after a friend of mine invited me to try it. And the moment I jumped out of the airplane changed my life forever. When somebody goes jumping for the first time it’s like it literally changes your life. The second I let go of that airplane I knew I was going to do that again. Before my feet touched the ground I was already thinking about how am I going to get the money to do this again.

What does it feel like when you jump out of an airplane?

Frank: There is no way to describe it. It’s just a euphoric feeling. Some people describe it as the longest minute of their lives. Other people describe it as the shortest minute of their life. For me I feel it’s just a calm and a sense of no other thing in the world is in my brain at that moment. I feel like when I let go of the airplane that nothing in my life ever exists until I’m back on the ground. There is no perfect way to really describe the way it feels to skydive.

Does it feel like flying like it shows in the movies like Point Break or Superman?

Frank: It truly is. I can fly my body the same way an airplane flies through the sky. I can’t go up because an airplane has an engine but I can go up in relative motion to a person in free-fall. We are flying at the same speed, or I can fly a little faster or slower then that person. I can jump out of an airplane and fly right to a person who jumped ten seconds before me and catch them. Now my Skydive went from 60 seconds to seven or eight minutes flying and 6 to 9 minutes with the parachute.

How safe is skydiving and what’s the range of ages you work with?

Frank: You have to be 18 to be able to skydive in the USA. The oldest we’ve taken skydiving on this Island is 94-years-old. Less than one percent of the total population will ever jump out of an airplane. Less than 10 percent of that one percent will ever do it more than one time. People always ask me if skydiving is safe and all that. People die skydiving. Everybody knows that it’s not a secret people have died skydiving. We tried to take out the risk as much as we can and we have done it safely for seven years on this island out of 7,000 people I have taken up three people have rode the airplane down. Their lives are just as important as ours.

What’s it like falling for 60 seconds and seeing the strip of Island?

Frank: This is one of the most beautiful places I have ever jumped it’s beautiful when you’re up there and you look down and it looks like a landing strip to see that and to see how beautiful the water is and that bridge from that height is breathtaking. You can skydive anywhere, but people say why would I want to jump into a field when I can jump out over this beautiful Island


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> Paragraphs Books voted number one bookstore in Texas

Book readers across the state selected Paragraphs Books on the Boulevard as the number one bookstore in Texas.

“We offer all types of books, new releases hardbacks and paperback, used, children’s, poetry, plays and sidelines such as cards, bookmarks, games, art and toys,” said Joni Montover, Paragraphs Books store owner.

Nearly 2,500 of Lone Star Literary Life’s readers cast ballots in the statewide contest during May to recognize Texas’s favorite bookstores.

Lone Star Literary Life helps readers, publishers, booksellers and authors by connecting them with resources to find and build their audience.

Paragraphs climbed to the top rank of the club’s list of top bookstores in Texas after being named the number three store in Texas last year.

Paragraphs was chosen over 300 bookstores in Texas.

The competiton included big indies, small indies, chain stores, used bookstores and new book stores from every corner of the state.

Paragraphs is an independent, community orientated bookstore located on South Padre Island.

Currently, Paragraphs is the only full-services bookstore in Cameron County.

The store first opened its doors for business in 2009.

The Island bookstore offers a vast collection of titles in poetry, nature history, classic literature, fiction and nonfiction.

Book readers on the Island can find interesting books like “Gone With the Wind,” “The Fountainhead,” “The Wind in the Willows” and more.

It’s a 40-minute driver from Harlingen and Brownsville and a 90 minute-drive from McAllen.

Paragraphs hosts book signings throughout the year to allow many self-published authors to share their work in person.

“It’s part of the store mission to help promote literacy in the Lower Rio Grande Valley by hosting numerous book signings and we are happy to allow many self-published authors the opportunity to interact with potential readers in person,” Montover said.

Based on participation and interest, Paragraphs Books offers children’s story time, a book club, writers group and play reading group meetings monthly.

“We welcome groups to use our store for small gatherings or a place to meet and discuss issues important to the community,” Montover said.

By RAUL GARCIA Staff Writer


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> The Spazmatics at Louie’s

Jul 01, 2017 9:00 pm

Louie's Backyard

All of your favorite bands from the 80’s packed into one great group. The Spazmatics are a crowd favorite, bringing you all of the best hits from the 80’s that you know and love! This concert will sell out! Get your tickets today!


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> TIFT

TIFT

Surrounded by the sparkling waters of the Laguna Madre Bay and Gulf of Mexico, Port Isabel and South Padre Island play host to Texas’ largest saltwater fishing tournament—the Texas International Fishing Tournament.

Founded by Doc J.A. Hockaday in 1933, the tournament was designed to tell the story of phenomenal fishing in the Rio GrandeValley to anglers from around the world. Now entering its 78th event, TIFT offers the best of bay and offshore fishing to enthusiasts of all ages. Scheduled to be held August 2 – 6, 2017, TIFT is expected to attract as many as 1500 anglers and more than 500 boats during its two days of fishing activities.

Fisherman young and old will compete in one of three divisions: bay, tarpon and offshore. Dockside, more than 10,000 spectators will turn out to view impressive catches of blue marlin, white marlin and sailfish brought in by the big boats offshore. Bay anglers will be weighing in mouthwatering catches of speckled trout, redfish and flounder during the two days of fishing. One of the most rewarding sights at the weigh docks are the junior anglers weighing in their stringers of catches that range from a single small piggy perch to impressive catches that adult anglers will envy. Every child registered in the tournament is awarded a trophy for their effort.

The tournament starts with late registration on Wednesday and Thursday with a special Playday for junior anglers on Thursday. Fishing gets underway early Friday morning with bay boats required to return to their berths each night and offshore boats being allowed to stay out overnight while still adhering to tournament start and stop fishing times. For more information on offshore rules changes, see the related link on our home page. The tournament wraps up with a lunch and awards ceremony on Sunday.

TIFT’s mission statement is to provide a quality family oriented fishing tournament for anglers of all ages and it is a pledge the tournament’s Executive Board takes seriously. Planning for each year’s event begins immediately after the awards ceremony.

If you’d like to catch the action at TIFT, join us in 2017. TIFT is open to anglers of all ages and levels of experience. Remember, when it comes to big catches, luck often wins over skill! We hope to see you at the 78th! August 2 – 6, 2017.


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> Ladies Kingfish Tournament

The Ladies Kingfish Tournament, the FIRST all ladies tournament in the State of Texas, is divided into two divisions, Bay and Offshore. Anglers fishing in the Bay Division will vie for trophies in the categories of Redfish, Trout and Flounder, while anglers in the Offshore Division complete in the categories of King, Bonito, Blackfin Tuna and Dolphin.  Trophies will be awarded to the first four places in each category and Grand Champion Bay and Grand Champion Offshore winners will also receive trophies.

The event is August 11, 12, 13.  It is our 36th Anniversary. Anglers fish for trout, redfish, flounder in bay and offshore they fish for kingfish, blackfin tuna, bonita and dorad


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