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.
> State Seeking to Hire More Female Police Officers
The Texas Police Association is pushing for more women to join law enforcement. This comes after many agencies across the state are dealing with a shortage in officers, including in the Rio Grande Valley.
According to the U.S. Department of Justice, on average females make up 10 percent of the total number of officers at a department. It’s because of this they are looking to hire more.
Karen Hernandez is one of four female South Padre Island officers out of a fleet of 35.
“Ever since I was younger, I wanted to be in law enforcement. I wasn’t sure exactly what. I started with dispatch about five years ago,” she said.
Hernandez said there are aspects of the job that women can do that men can’t and vice versa. She said personal experience on the job has proven female officers are better at handling certain types of situations.
“Anything that has to do with females, they always feel more comfortable speaking to a female officer. I’ll give you an example, like sexual assaults. When it’s a female victim they don’t really want to talk to a male officer. They don’t feel as comfortable to tell them everything,” she said.
According to the U.S. Census, over half the population for the state of Texas is women.
With many law enforcement agencies having trouble hiring, they’re turning to women like Hernandez.
“Recently some other agencies have taken the helm on trying to put out social media blips to encourage women throughout the state to join police agencies,” South Padre Island Police Chief Randy Smith said.
Smith said having women on the team is an absolute must for a department.
“It behooves us to have females on the street because when you’re patting down another female it makes it easier. There is a liability issues to do a more thorough search for a female suspect,” he said.
Both Smith and Hernandez hope the push will bring more people to join the ranks regardless of gender.
South Padre Island currently has a few spots open for officers. They hope to fill them before summer.
CHANNEL 5 NEWS reached out to law enforcement agencies across the Valley to see their female to male ratio.
In Weslaco, out of the 75 active officers, five are female. In Harlingen they have around 130 officers with nine being female. And San Benito has four women on the force out of 36 officers.
> Volunteers Clean up SPI Beaches
Volunteers from all over the Rio Grande Valley took part in the 31st Adopt-A-Beach Spring Cleanup on Saturday.
South Padre Island cleanup site coordinator Elaine Sanchez said she had 458 people registered to take part in the cleanup, which started at 9 a.m.
Beach Access 3 between Palm and Corral streets was abuzz with activity as volunteers lined up at the sign-in table before the start time to pick up trash bags and data cards to document what type of trash they collected.
Ricardo Garcia, a parent who attended with three National Honor Society members from Mercedes High School, said young people need to learn to engage in community service.
“This is one of the things that will teach them about beach cleanup, the ecology and what we need to do as a community to maintain our environment,” Garcia said.
By MARICELA RODRIGUEZ Staff Photographer
> Run The Jailbreak South Padre
The Jailbreak Beach Escape is an Island tradition unlike any other! The Jailbreak Beach Escape is a challenging 5k run over 20+ sandy, wet, crazy obstacles on the sunny beaches of South Padre Island, followed by a Texas sized beach party at Clayton’s. Each May thousands of adventurous and active thrill seekers converge on South Padre Island to see if they have what it takes to Break Free! Space is limited, secure your Escape Today!
What is the Jailbreak?
The Jailbreak is an off the grid adventure run covering 3.1 miles over 16-20 muddy, wet, fun obstacles.
What do I need to bring?
Change of clothes if you desire. $$ for additional food, beverage and raffles.
Who can do this?
Anyone over the age of 14. You don’t have to be a highly skilled athlete to participate and will have the option of going around any obstacle you do not feel comfortable doing. Visit Dirty Rascals for information regarding kid’s courses.
What else will be going on?
A Texas-Sized Beach Party at Claytons, The Largest Beach Bar in Texas!
Where will Jailbreak be held?
The event starts and finishes at Clayton’s Beach Bar. South Padre Island, Texas
Where do I park?
There will be onsite parking for participants. The cost for parking is $10.
What do I do with my stuff during the race?
There will be a bag check area onsite.
Where is packet pick up?
Packet pick up will take place the morning of the event at Clayton’s Beach Bar. Plan to arrive an hour early.
Can I sign up as a team?
We do not have “TEAM” sign up. However, you can have everyone sign up in the same wave and all run together.
What do I get?
Participants receive a medal, t-shirt and one beer (for participants over 21).
The Jailbreak will be happening rain or shine. Because of the logistics of planning for a race of this size, we cannot offer refunds for any reason, other than military deployment (with proof of paperwork). In the event that weather creates an unsafe environment for participants, Jailbreak Race Events will postpone the event for a few hours or up to a few weeks, if you are unable to run during the new time you will be eligible to transfer your registration to another Jailbreak event but will not be eligible for a refund.
Jailbreak Racing Events takes great pride in assuring the safety and integrity of the Jailbreak Race. Qualified Emergency workers are stationed throughout the race course to insure the safety of every contestant. The course design and obstacle engineering is completed with racer safety as the paramount goal. Be safe, Get dirty, Have Fun, Do good!
> El Paseo Arts Presents: Julie Madly Deeply
May 23-24, 2017
South Padre Island Convention Centre
Adored by millions, Dame Julie Andrews is a genuine legend of entertainment. But do Maria Von Trapp or Mary Poppins long to let their hair down at the end of a hard day? Find out in this cheeky yet affectionate cabaret with the award-winning singer, West End actress and Fascinating Aida star Sarah-Louise Young, who was recently picked by Time Out as one of London’s top ten cabaret act in 2013. Julie’s songs from musicals including Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music and My Fair Lady blend with some humorous stories and anecdotes about Andrews’ life, from her beginnings as a child star to the recent challenges of losing her famous singing voice. What emerges is a delightfully funny and candid love letter to a true show business survivor.
> 7th Annual Fitness Beach Party
Fitness + Beach = Fitness Beach Party. Come get fit at the 2017 Fitness Beach Party at Clayton’s Beach Bar on May 27th.