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Debbie Aylesworth Editor/Publisher debbiea@cbredbook.com

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From the Cover: Aransas Pass Shrimporee: Celebrating Treats from the Sea

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www.shopcoastalbendonline.com Coastal Scene Magazine ©2018 is a free publication published 4 times per year and distributed throughout the Coastal Bend. Reproduction in whole or in part without the express written permission from the publisher is prohibited. Coastal Scene Magazine cannot be held responsible for the accuracy of content or opinions expressed by its authors or advertisers. Coastal Scene Magazine office is located at 361 S Commercial, Aransas Pass, Texas 78336.

Catch Me If You Can: Fishing in the Coastal Bend Fish are Biting Real Estate: It’s a Buyers’ Market Non-Profits Help With Recovery & Rebuilding Area Attractions: Things to See and Do As the Wind Blows Spirit of Aransas Pass

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services if you are interested in going deep sea fishing or having the expertise of local e are proud to publish this 20th fishermen and their special talents at findedition of Coastal Scene Magazine. This is ing fish in the gulf waters. our sixth year in the Coastal Bend and it’s One noteworthy point in our SandFest been an exciting time. Some of the excitestory is the contribution made by a local ment was more than we bargained for with business. Herb Lancaster of H. Lancaster Hurricane Harvey, but we stand ready June Company in Aransas Pass designed a speDebbie Aylesworth, 1, 2018, for the beginning of hurricane seacial outdoor weather proof wooden donor Editor/Publisher son 2018. stand that is placed at each sculpture. We’ll be saying prayers that the hurriSandFest goers can then place ‘dollar a canes for the 2018 season “pass us by”. However, vote’ bills into a slot that counts towards the winner you can be assured all the folks down here will be of the People’s Choice award. Lancaster does this watching the tropical storms coming across the every year at no charge including other furniture Atlantic. that is used at SandFest. This edition has some new features in the real We hope you enjoy Coastal Scene Magazine. We estate section with Pelican Point in Rockport. This covet your opinions and comments. You can reach is a waterfront community in Cape Valero designed me anytime at 361-790-7106 or email debbiea@ for families and a growing group that love the wacbredbook.com. Let me know what you like or if ter. This new development was planned by some there is something you want more information real estate experts and builders who understand about. And, we’re always looking for that “special life on the coast and what it means to make a home feature” story that needs to be shared. We aim to here. please. We especially love this time of year when the sun is shining, the fish are biting and the water is Don’t Get Caught Boarding Up! WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED warm enough to play in again. At press time, the water was 73 degrees and expected to keep getting warmer as the months go by. This is one of the reasons we wanted to publish this magazine, so we could share with you – even if you’re from Texas – how wonderful it is on the Hurricane Rollup Shutters coast! There is something refreshing about the breeze from the water in our area that keeps you comfortable even when the mercury climbs into the 90s. Just so you know, the average temperature yearround here is more like the low 80s. Inside this edition, you’ll find some great reasons why we love to live on the coast. We’ll tell you about our community festivals such as SandFest and Meets TDI Requirements Shrimporee. You’ll find information on recreational Bahamas • Hinge Colonial • Security Screens activities such as fishing, boating or just playing Folding Shutters • Hurricane Shutters on the beach. We invite you to stay in a bed and Rollup Repair • Fireplace Accessories breakfast, one of our cottages or select a hotel. Our A COMPANY YOU CAN TRUST! seafood is the best in the state and choices abound for all types of food including Mexican, Asian, good Academy Family owned over 58 years Texas Barbecue, Italian and home-cooking Window There also are some great tips on fishing and information about what areas to look for while you Coverings 4303 S.P.I.D. wade fish, kayak or fish from a pier. A new pastime www.academywindowcoverings.com here is paddle boarding. Our area has many guide

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t’s a platinum celebration this year with 2018 marking the 70th anniversary of the annual Aransas Pass Shrimporee. The June 8-10 lineup is packed with entertainment and activities to make it an event for the whole family. For three days, locals and visitors will feast on everything shrimp as well as enjoy live entertainment and dancing, a farmer’s market, carnival and

a parade. The festivities will take place at Johnson Community Park. Mr. and Mrs. Shrimporee will be introduced Friday. Entertainment will include the Dave Rukkus Band, Reverends Daughter and Pacific Islanders. Country Music artist Steve Wariner headlines the start of Shrimporee that night. He has 18 albums and more than 50 singles with 10 Number One hits including “All Roads Lead to You” and “Some Fools Never Learn.” He was inducted in the Grand Ole Opry in 1966 and the Music City Walk of Fame in

Check out our upcoming events: – 70th Annual Shrimporee June 8 – 10, 2018 – Hotties on the Harbor – Taste of Aransas Pass – Custom & Classic Car Show Sat. Sept. 6th

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Nashville in 2008 and Kentucky Music Hall of Fame in 2011. On Saturday, everyone is invited to gather along the intersection of East Maddox Avenue and Commercial Street and at Berry Avenue for the parade. Entrants will begin the trek at 10 am. Each entry will be judged with awards being presented for Best of Show, Best Spirit, Best Decorated Float, Best in Theme, Best Youth Entry and Best Overall. Kids should bring a bag or empty pockets for candy. Just a note: candy will be handed to the kids not tossed. The Farmer’s Market, Carnival, arts and crafts, Kidz Korner and games offer hours of fun. Food booths are operated by non-profit organizations

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serving shrimp and a variety of favorite festival foods. Many of the community’s non-profits depend on Shrimporee for their entire annual budget. Since it is a Shrimporee, there will be a shrimp eating contest. Participate or watch the fast eating action. And on Saturday take a look at the “Men and Women’s Sexy Legs Contest.” There will be live entertainment each day including Three In A Row, The Last Bandoleros and Jimmy Gonzales Y Grupo Mazz on Saturday and the Country Tribute Bands including Mike as Toby Keith, Keith as Kenny Chesney and Derek as George Strait on Sunday Check out a full list on page 7 in this magazine and on the Shrimporee website, www.aransaspass.org/ shrimporee. To make sure everyone makes it to the festivities, shuttles will be located at the Chamber of Commerce office at 130 W. Goodnight, at Compton Hall at 704 W. Yoakum at Harrison Avenue and Palm Plaza parking lot at 1901 W. Wheeler. Admission will be 6 pm – midnight Friday, 11 am-midnight Saturday and 12 noon – 6 pm Sunday. Three-day passes are available for $20 and can be purchased online. Daily adult passes are $10 with seniors, military and children ages 7-12 paying $5 for the day. Children 6 and under are free. More than 60,000 people were expected to attend last year’s Shrimporee celebration, with even more expected to join in the 70-year recognition. It all started as an answer to a call to celebrate. Shrimp was this area’s answer. Back in the post-World War II era, then President Harry Truman called for communities across the United States to celebrate the victory over Imperial Japan and the Axis powers of Germany and Italy. NAS Corpus Christi was completed in 1941 and was home to the Blue Angles from 1949 to 1955. Navy air training facilities were all over the Coastal Bend including Flour Bluff, Beeville, and Kingsville. Meanwhile, the three US Air Force facilities, Kelly, Randolph and Lockland, in San Antonio and Bergstrom AFB in Austin were also in a post-war frenzy of military training activities. A sense of American patriotism was literally in the air all over South Texas as the area was nicknamed Air University. To meet President Truman’s call for celebration, local community leaders dangled shrimp to attract the military and civilians to Aransas Pass back in 1948. Corpus Christi and San Antonio have not stopped coming up to present times, as they represent nearly SHRIMPOREE continued on page 37

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and on the beach. Grains of sand between the toes. Sand pails and shovels. Sand as amazing works of art? Definitely. SandFest 2018, the largest Native-Sand Sand Sculpture competition in the United States, showcased amazing sculptures of sand. Artists from around the world went to Port Aransas to mold sand in to extravagant sand castles, animals of land and sea, mystical creatures as well as exotic flowers and plants Sculptors began their creation process at noon Thursday, April 26

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and by the start of SandFest on Saturday had completed their masterpieces. The fine sand of Port Aransas was shoveled, compacted then sculpted with special sets of tools. According to Lisa Shelton of Texas SandFest, 18 master sculptors and five advanced sculptors put their tools to work.

According to Travel Channel, the top 10 tools for sand sculpting are bottomless bucket, shovel, square trowel, pool trowel, palette knife, knife, popsicle stick, spoon, paint brush and a straw. To ensure the sculpture remains in tack through the competition, sculptors spray pieces with a special glue mixture. “It’s safe to say tens of thousands attended this year’s SandFest,” said Shelton. This year’s winners are: 2018 Master Solo Winners First place and People’s Choice Award Winner – Delayne Corbett, Saraphim Second place – Brian Turnbough, Handmade Third place – Carl Jara 2018 Master Duo First Place – Abe Waterman and Morgan Rudluff, Ball and Chain Second place – Lucinda Wierenga and Emerson Schreiner Third place – Jon Woodworth and Heather Woodworth, The Choices We Make People’s Choice – Water McDonald and Christy Atkinson, Beware of Cat Advanced Winners First Place – Bruce Peck People’s Choice – Marc Mangia, Casa Mangia Master winner Corbett began sculpting at the age of 19. A resident of Vancouver, Canada, Corbett is an ice, snow and sand sculptor. He also carves stone and is a stonemason. According to his website, www.delayne.ca, Corbett spends the spring and fall carving stone, winter with ice and snow and summer “has me traveling around creating sand monuments between my masonry jobs.” Master Duo team of Waterman and Rudluff

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have years of sculpting between them. Born and raised in California, Rudluff began sand sculpting in 2007. She has traveled the world creating masterpieces. She also sculpts ice and snow and is a clothing and costume designer and creative writer. Waterman is a native of Canada and stated he has been sculpting since he could hold the tools. At SandFest he hoped to take the title and did. Advanced winner Peck added another award to his growing list. Born and raised in Missouri, Peck studied architecture in Kansas. A career as a Certified Public Accountant allowed him to travel around the world. On family vacations, he

discovered a passion for sand sculpting. SandFest 2018 was a boost for the vacation destination hit hard by Hurricane Harvey last August. About half of the Port Aransas hotels and businesses are back in operation and more expected to open as the summer season approaches. In addition to the sand sculptures, visitors enjoyed food, music and the sandy beach areas. Plans are underway for SandFest 2019, April 26-28. All proceeds of Sandfest go back to the community. As of press deadline, this year’s totals had not been tallied. Last year they gave back $200,000 to the community.

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deep sea fishing will offer fishermen an endless choice of tackle, bait and lures to reel in their limits. There are opportunities for fishing, fishing guides, deep sea fishing trips and kayak as well as other water rentals. Each spot in the Coastal Bend offers unique fishing for any type of angler. SPECKLED TROUT The most frequently caught fish in the area is

the speckled trout. This fish is often found in large groups along surf and around oyster reefs and shallow grass beds. Speckled trout is popular because of its flaky meat and abundance. While there is no shortage of this fish, the challenge is in selecting the right bait and location for the size of speckled trout desired. Time of year and time of day dictate where to find trout. Early mornings and late afternoons of warm spring and summer months find the speckled trout in the shallow areas of grass flats, oyster reefs and grassy shorelines. As the day heats up, it’s time to swim on to the drop offs and channels. In the colder months, it’s in to the deep holes such as harbors and channels. Locating speckled trout can be as simple as looking for “slicks” on top of the water. While excited, the trout will regurgitate, spilling partially digested fish and oils into the water. The oils float to the top of the water that creates a slick film. The primary fishing area near Aransas Pass is Redfish Bay. Watching the fish cleaning tables at the various boat ramps around Aransas Pass you will see good catches of redfish, flounder, speckled trout and drum being brought in. The primary fo-

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Being able to blend or burry itself in the ocean floor makes the flounder harder to see by its prey and by fishermen. The southern flounder is the most abundant flatfish in Texas waters. March through December, the female flounder make their way in to the bay areas to feed after spawning. The majority of flounder caught in the bay are female but male flounder can be found as well,

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though they tend to stay in the Gulf of Mexico year round. In Texas, flounder must be 14 inches long to keep and people are limited to catching five per day. There are several fishing guides offering flounder gigging. With the help of special lighting and a gig, participants look for and spear flounder during a five to six hour night flounder gigging trip.

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REDFISH Arguably the most sought fish in the bays of the Gulf Coast, the redfish can be found throughout the Coastal Bend. We even have an area referred to as Redfish Bay in Aransas Pass. Catching the redfish can be a challenge. In fact, several tournaments test the skill of the redfish fisherman. Once hooked, the redfish is a fighter challenging the skilled angler. This fish also is wanted for its meat. Redfish are found looking for prey along grass lined shores, deep cuts, flats and reefs. According to www. coastalbendfishing.com, redfish prefer shallow water, one to four feet deep, and tend to gravitate to oyster reefs and breaks in shoreline. Large schools of redfish will wander the shorelines eating while preparing to spawn. Late summer is known as the “redfish rodeo.”

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We are just a little ahead of that, readers, so get your tackle ready. In addition to some of the richest marine habitat in Texas, Aransas Pass offers a lot of protected areas that can be fished on windy days. Regardless of wind direction, there is always a flats or deep hole behind a wind break that can be fished in with the potential to make a good catch. Aransas Pass also is a jumping off point for offshore boats that head up the Aransas Channel to the Gulf of Mexico out of Conn Brown Harbor or the San Patricio Navigation District Marina near Ransom Park. One of the top destinations in Texas for bay and flats fishing is around Rockport. Copano Bay has numerous shallow oyster reefs while St. Charles Bay and Redfish Bay are where the back water redfish action is. At Aransas Bay, there are open water reefs for trout and the St. Joe shoreline has inlets and tidal lakes for redfish, flounder and trout action. There is something for every avid fisherman or the tourist wanting a taste of the sport. Check out www.coastalbendfishing.com for locations and where to find guides and tips. Other fishing reports directed us to edges of Aransas Pass/Lydia Ann Lighthouse, located along the Lydia Ann Channel just north of Port Aransas. Another good spot would be the Aransas shrimp boat channel and Dagger Island. Anglers heading out to catch some monster fish in the Gulf won’t be disappointed. Bay Fishing is an outstanding sport for any angler. Bay fishing in South Texas offers worldclass fishing year round with over 1,000 miles of bays and inland areas to fish. Bays in Aransas and San Patricio contain numerous saltwater marshes, channels and shallow flats. Although many parts of the bay are very shallow, fish are abundant and angling can be done by means of various casting techniques or fly fishing. Wade fishing can be seen year round in the mild temperatures of South Texas.

ular variety, giving anglers a good fight regardless of size. Saltwater trout are plentiful and abundant in the spring. Other varieties include: amberjack, Atlantic croaker, black drum, black fin tuna, blacktop shark, blue crab, bluefish, Florida pompano, gag grouper, gray snapper, hardhead sea catfish, King mackerel, Lane snapper and many varieties of trout, shark and turtles.

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Summer CALENDAR of EVENTS June 8-10

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70th Annual Shrimporee

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July 13-15

83rd Annual Deep Sea Roundup

This is the longest running fishing tournament on the Texas Gulf Coast. The 2018 DSR will be a oneday tournament. Registration day will be Friday, July 13. The Fishing Day and Piggy Perch contest will be on Saturday, July 14. Awards and the Bill Horn Fish Fry will be on Sunday, July 15. Advance registration will start in early spring. Location: 301 J C Barr Blvd, Port Aransas, TX. Visit www.deepsearoundup.com for details or call 361-834-4130

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Summer CALENDAR of EVENTS August 4

15th Annual Kid Katch Youth Fishing Tournament

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School Supply Drive! Be sure to bring new school supplies with you to donate at the event. For children 17 and under. Where: Indian Point Pier in Portland. Cost: Free

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Hotties on the Harbor - 5th Annual All Ladies Fishing Tournament 12:00 PM - 12:00 PM CDT

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Standing Out: The Merit Artist Show

The first “Merit Show” at Rockport Center for the Arts opened in July of 1985. This year’s artists were selected by former Southwest Art magazine art editor, Lauryl Eddlemon from the inaugural show at the Art Center’s new location in Downtown Ropckport after hurricane Harvey.Visit www.rockportartcenter.com for details.

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Out of the 12 lots, six have been sold, with six remaining. These lots have boat ramp access or owners can build their own dock. Wait . . . did we tell you about the great fishing? Call Dennis or Patty Slayton today and schedule your own private tour. See previous page for a copy of the plat and Dennis and Patty’s contact information.

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he Coastal Bend real estate market is up since January, and some say it’s never been a better time to buy a house. There are some properties that are ready to purchase and others in a state of repair that might make the price more affordable. Coastal property is valuable and retains its value, especially water front locations. Cynthia Franks with Silver Sands Realty in Port Aransas has her vacation rentals ready to go for Memorial Day. She had a few vacancies at press time and they are enjoying the warmer weather bringing more visitors to the Coastal Bend. Rockport, Aransas Pass and Port Aransas were the hardest hit by Hurricane Harvey and, while it will be years before they completely recover, property is available in these markets. Businesses are re-opening every day and this brings people to enjoy the attractions which includes homes. Elizabeth Martin, managing broker at Eling Coastal Real Estate in Rockport, said inventory across the Coastal Bend is picking up as homes are repaired and put on the market. “The number of homes on the market are up and sales are up,” Martin said. “The Rockport Housing Report of January 2018 showed the median price of homes sold in Rockport at $190,750, which was down 16.2% from the median of the January 2017 report.” The price distribution showed the largest percentage of homes sold (41.7%) was in the range of $200,000 - $299,999. This is unusual in the Rockport marketplace. Only about 800 businesses out of the 1,300 in Rockport have reopened since Harvey slammed into the Texas coast. There is no question these communities were devastated, but Martin said realtors, in particular, need to be patient. The real estate market will recover, but slowly. Summer 2018

“Good contractors are still in short supply and it’s going to take a lot of time, patience and money as the market rebounds,” Martin said. The Real Estate Center estimates that 185,000 houses in the Coastal Bend have been damaged or destroyed. That could mean higher sale prices, a boon for sellers. “People are starting to receive their insurance money and that is very positive,” Martin said. “They are bringing their homes back to better condition than they were before the storm. This

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makes the value of the property even better because of better standards and will be in better shape if we have another storm. The city will be better, too.” Things are looking a lot better in Rockport than they were at the first of the year. Storm-weary homeowners by the thousands are still working with their insurance adjusters to secure money to rebuild and repair damaged homes. Homeowners and contractors are competing with dozens of apartment complexes also damaged in the storm to find supplies and skilled labor. Real estate research firm CoreLogic estimates damage to homes in the 70 affected counties in Texas and Louisiana will end up costing $25 billion to $37 billion. Suzee Hays, a realtor with Century 21 Lee Real Estate in Portland, says smaller towns in outlying areas will have a tougher time rebuilding after the hurricane, but those communities could come back stronger than ever. “In the aftermath of the hurricane, Rockport and Port Aransas, Refugio and Woodsboro will be slower to revitalize due to the extensive damage,” Hays said. “The infrastructure of these towns was

dated and the repair from Harvey will update them in many ways. This will be a blessing, but it will be a long-time coming to our rural communities. The most important thing that we can do as a community is support businesses that are up and running, even if it’s buying an energy drink or gas from a gas station in Aransas Pass...it all helps to rebuild the economy,” says Hays. She also says there is still a diverse inventory of homes for sale. “I would say now is a good time to buy,” Hays said. “Due to the devastation of the storm, we have less inventory than before, therefore the prices of what we do have are on the rise. The storm precipitated moves from people who were already considering a move. This simply motivated them to do it now. We still have an inventory of homes. Some of them need a great deal of TLC, but there are many skilled laborers coming into the marketplace who have the ability to do the repairs. This goes for home sellers as well. Supply and demand and common sense will dictate this.” Now is a good time to list a home, according to realtors in the Coastal Bend. Most realtors agree after homes are completely remodeled, the prices will start to rise again. It’s a good time to buy if you are looking for a good deal and it also is a good time to list if you want to sell quickly. Reports show days on the market are down 34 days, since this time last year. The individuals that were tenants will revert to buyers because of the good financing that is available. The market is rebounding.

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It will be quite some time before people can talk about something without relating it to Aug. 25, 2018. This was the day that Hurricane Harvey hit the Coastal Bend. Coastal communities were shaken in disbelief at the destruction caused by the hurricane. People were distraught at the damages remaining the day after the hurricane. The amount of destroyed buildings, homes, utilities and more were unbelievable. Most people suffered major damages to their homes and properties. Businesses suffered damages to their buildings. People lost their jobs. People were forced to leave the Coastal Bend to live in another part of Texas. Those who stayed lived without electricity, running water and more for days and weeks. There were so many unknowns. Many people felt so helpless. Just days after the hurricane there was back-to-back traffic heading to our Coastal Bend communities. No one could imagine the beauty people would experience after seeing such devastation. There were donations and volunteers, countless amounts of each. People arrived from all over with bottled water, food, clothing, cleaning supplies and portable kitchens to prepare meals for people in our area. Many donations of infant formula, baby food and diapers were delivered to our area. Groups of volunteers, some just people that decided to gather, arrived to help however they could. Others were non-profit organizations such as Hearts and Hands, RV Disaster Corp Volunteers, Mennonite Disaster Service, Christian Public Service, Samaritan’s Purse, Catholic Charities, Presbyterian Disaster Assistance teams, United Methodist Church groups, the Southern Baptist Conventions of Baptist Churches around Texas and many more. Some of these groups arrived to live in the same conditions as the residents, no electricity, no running water, humidity and heat. And each day they reach out to residents to help clean debris from yards, tear out water damaged home interior, remove water damaged furnishings and debris from homes. These groups go from home to home in the Coastal Bend, not only helping residents with debris removal, but bringing hope for the future. Summer 2018

After nine months, most of these groups are still in the area, now changing their focus to rebuilding. These groups have committed to remain in the area to helping residents rebuild. They donate their time and labor. Most of the rebuilding efforts in the Coastal Bend can be attributed to non-profit organizations. Who could have known that such a horrible natural disaster would also be how people in the Coastal Bend could experience the beauty of human kindness. These non-profit organizations not only brought greatly needed items and assistance, they brought hope, Christian love and much needed emotional support. The Coastal Bend and its residents are better people because of the kindness of others.

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any of the Coastal Bend attractions are still closed due to sustained damage from Hurricane Harvey but repairs are being made. We will update you and give the status of the area’s events and attractions as they change. Below is a list and status of some of the area’s attractions.

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Cove Park, located on FM 1069 going toward the bay, sustained damage and is being repaired. The bathrooms are not functional, but the fish cleaning station is being worked on. Ingleside-on-the-Bay has a public boat ramp that is being used now and is included in the park which is located on Ebony and Woodhaven.

Whitney Lake is a 50-plus acre project which includes several bird watching areas, extended docks over marsh areas, observation platforms and many other amenities. It is restored and functional for recreation. The Splash Pad will be open sometime in June at N.O. Simmons Park. Parts were being ordered at press time and Parks and Recreation folks told Coastal Scene it would be ready to go when the visitors come later this summer.

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Conn Brown Harbor, home of Redfish Bay Boathouse and Redfish Willie’s Waterfront Grill is cleaned up and ready to launch. Several locals are fishing there daily and at least one

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boat ramp is repaired but docks are still being worked on. The Harbor did sustain damage, but is now open to visitors. Seaman’s Memorial Tower is a structure dedicated to those fishermen who lost their lives at sea. It is located on the point of the southern end of Conn Brown Harbor. The Tower sustained a lot of damage. It is being worked on and visitors can see enjoy most of the site. Hampton’s Landing on Ransom Road is open and the boat ramps are good. There is also a fish cleaning station there. Veteran’s Memorial Park is located at the intersection of McCampbell and Maddox in Aransas Pass. The park is damaged and in need of repairs. City officials have been so busy with cleanup, they are just now getting to these repairs. The Rialto Theater, a gallery and live theater, sustained some damage but repairs were completed and the theater is open. There is a yearround event schedule in place, full of eclectic performances in the 98-seat theater, fronted by the gallery and lobby for art exhibits. Area artists and supporters of the theater

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maintain the period attractiveness of the Rialto. Check the Calendar of Events in this edition of Coastal Scene. They have regular entertainment on Tuesdays and Fridays.

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Damage was extensive in Port Aransas. The beach has been cleared. The SandFest, held in the last weekend of April, was a great success. Many of the businesses and attractions enjoyed the almost 50,000 visitors and much needed tourism in the community. Rebuilding continues and more businesses are reopening. A list is maintained at www. portaransas.org. The ferry from Aransas Pass to Port Aransas is open.

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The Rockport Center for the Arts was the first attraction to reopen after the hurricane. They never canceled a single program or event. Under the leadership of Executive Director Luis Purón, the Center was able to move a major exhibit to a major museum that opened 33 days after the hurricane. The Center has a full schedule of activities, some of which can be viewed in this edition in the Calendar of Events. Rockport Center for the Arts, a state-of-the-art main gallery, was destroyed but they have moved temporarily to Austin Street in downtown Rockport. The Texas Maritime Museum, designated as the Maritime Museum of the State of Texas featuring Texas history from exploration and settlement to boatbuilding and shipbuilding to sports and commercial fishing is now open. The History Center for Aransas County focuses on the history of those men and women, who founded, settled, and developed Aransas County. The Center is now open and operating fully. The GT kids at the schools collected debris and turned them into art projects. The collaboration between the History Center and the public schools has been valuable for the community. Fulton Mansion and Education and History Center – The mansion sustained extensive damage from Hurricane Harvey when the roof peeled away taking the chimneys. The mansion sustained major water damage. Most of the contents in the mansion had been secured and removed prior to the hurricane. The mansion will be closed until

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further notice. Expectations are to have repairs completed by January 2019. The Education and History Center is open and free to the public. Call 361-729-0386 for hours of operation. Goose Island State Park and The Big Tree are only minutes north of Rockport-Fulton in historic Lamar. The park is open to the public now and the staff is working. It is possible the boat ramp and some areas of the park may open for day use by the end of the year. The “Big Tree” is still standing. It is available for viewing. The “Big Tree” at Goose Island State Park was named the State Champion Coastal Live Oak (Quercus virginiana) in 1969, and is thought to be one of the largest in the nation. The “Big Tree” statistics: • Trunk Circumference: 35 feet 1 and 3/4 inches or 10.71 meters • Average Trunk Diameter: 11 feet 2 and 1/4 inch or 3.41 meters • Crown Spread: 89 feet or 27.1 meters • Height: 44 feet or 13.4 meters • Age: In excess of 1,000 years Aquarium at Rockport Harbor overlooks Aransas Bay and the harbor. The Aquarium building was destroyed. Plans are to rebuild. Aransas National Wildlife Refuge is one of the oldest in the United States and is the winter home of the Whooping Cranes. The park is open. Visitors should bring their own water. The auto tour is open sunrise to sunset daily. The pier is open. The Visitor Center is closed until further Summer 2018

notice, including the lobby and restrooms. This is Wildlife Refuge is a wonderful place to get away. Hiking and biking trails are open in addition to viewing lots of birds and animals. Take your time and spending the entire day. The campgrounds are not open yet but you can still launch a kayak.

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4. Have an evacuation route and alternatives planned in the event you are asked to evacuate. 5. Communicate your plans to friends or family outside your area. 6. Battery powered radios or televisions can be used in the event of a power outage. 7. Never drive on flooded roads. If you encounter flood waters when driving, turn around, don’t drown. Preparing and maintaining a hurricane supply kit is advised and it should contain enough to take care of the basic needs for your entire family. Use the supply list on this page as a guide of recommended items. Other items not included on the basic list would include special needs for children and pets and special items unique to your specific family situation such as assistive devices like wheelchairs or portable oygen tanks. Always be familiar with your local authorities plan for a time to evacuate. Persons deciding to ride out the storm also need to be aware of what area agencies plan to do and when they could expect to be in service after a storm.

• Extra clothing, blankets and sleeping bags. • Matches in a waterproof container. • Photocopies of identification, insurance, prescriptions, household inventory, credit cards and latest utility bill. • CD or photocopies of important documents such as birth/marriage certificates and titles. • Prescription medications, eyeglasses, contact lens solution and hearing aid batteries. • Formula, baby food, diapers and pacifiers. • Pet carriers, leashes, shot records and food for each animal. • A map showing county roads and highways. • Tire repair kit, booster cables, pump and flares. • White distress flag.

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he Spirit of Aransas Pass is a non-profit organization that was begun by Michael Wellborn and his wife Laura and Michael and Jan Moore of Aransas Pass. In 2013. The two couples saw opportunities to raise money to help Aransas Pass in different areas and under the umbrella of the Spirit of Aransas Pass, they would be able to contribute to different organizations effectively. The Spirit of Aransas Pass is sponsoring a scholarship fundraising effort for students in the marine technology field with funds being raised at the Rock the Dock event in May. The objective is to have Marine Technology classes at Aransas Pas ISD. All the major boat dealers in the area are on board and are excited to have certified students to work in their shops. “Whether the school gets on

board or not, we are trying to get young people in the community certified through boat manufacturers,” said Michael Moore. “There is nothing in our area to educate young people on marine GPS, sonar and the many areas that encompass marine technology. We have talked with all the dealers and they are excited as we are about this scholarship. “We want to get young people in the community trained so they will stay here, work here and grow the community. Dealers are excited because it’s difficult these days to find mechanics certified in Marine Mechanics.” Each event held by The Spirit of Aransas Pass has a recipient. In May, Rock the Dock is for the Marine Technology Scholarship. Vets Fishing with Vets is also in May. Proceeds for veterans goes to the Fisher House where families of veterans are provided housing close

to a loved one in the hospital for an illness, disease or injury. Michael Moore is a veteran who saw a need to give back to those who have so proudly served our country. “We are honored to be able to give back to the veterans,” Moore said. “We have this event every year and the public support continues to be terrific.” “In February, Bacon Fest,proceeds go to our Police Department, Fire Fighters and first responders,” Moore said, “and Chow Down in December for Charity proceeds are for our local food bank. We use local celebrities as waiters and waitresses. Christmas is a tough time for lots of families.” The Spirit of Aransas Pass helps raise money for different organizations but it always helps a city to have events that bring visitors to town. Everyone benefits from fun events.

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SHRIMPOREE continued from page 8 half of annual Shrimporee attendees. One third of attendees come across the Harbor Bridge from Corpus Christi and about twelve percent from the San Antonio-Austin Corridor. The Aransas Pass Chamber of Commerce has for years displayed street-wide banners in three locations across San Antonio that offer a reminder to the thousands who have passed on from generation to generation a tradition of coming to the Aransas Pass Shrimporee. Texas Gulf Coast shrimp are known by chefs around the world as deliciously sweet with an array of flavor. There are more than 10 species of commercially available shrimp around the world. Texas Gulf waters have two varieties: Brown Shrimp and White Shrimp. (There also is Pink Shrimp but not frequently caught.) Brown Shrimp are the most dominant type in the coastal waters of Texas. Their hearty, bold flavor makes them a favorite among shrimp connoisseurs. Primarily harvested at night, the Brown Shrimp grow up to nine inches long. With a sweeter, lighter taste, White Shrimp grow up to eight inches in length and are found closer to shore. Texas shrimp are caught with trawls, cone-shaped nets. The trawl is dragged along the bottom of the Gulf for 1-3 hours then pulled out of the water. The shrimp

are distributed locally and frozen for delivery around the U.S., even the nation. According to gotexan.org, the average American consumes 4.10 pounds of shrimp per year and 83 percent of U.S. shrimp comes from the Gulf Coast. Shrimp are enjoyed for their healthy attributes – no saturated fat, essential amino acids, substantial source of protein and vitamins and minerals including omega 3 and iron. With just seven calories in a medium shrimp, a person can eat 20 shrimp and only consume 140 calories. 70th Annual Shrimporee - healthy, few calories, bold taste along with a parade, carnival and musical entertainment makes for a weekend of fun and memories in Aransas Pass.

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BOAT SALES & SERVICE Waypoint Marine Rockport, 361-727-2628 CC, 361-651-2628 (See ad page 3)

CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE Aransas Pass Chamber 130 W Goodnight, Aransas Pass 361-758-2750 (See ad pages 6 & 7)

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GOLF CARTS Smitty’s Golf Carts 1540 W Wheeler, Aransas Pass 361-226-1478

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Harris & Harris Insurance Agency 118 S Leona, Orange Grove 361-490-4105

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SIDINGS & WINDOWS Alph & Omega Sidings & Windows 5715 Christine St, Corpus Christi 361-510-6181 (See ad page 27 )

SHUTTERS & WINDOW COVERINGS Academy Window Coverings 4303 S.P.I.D., Corpus Christi 361-852-6088 (See ad page 5 )

Texs Storm Shutters 361 Commercial St, Aransas Pass 361-861-5325 (See ad page 13)

STEEL Industrial Piping & Steel 333 45th St, Corpus Christi 361-884-1677 (See ad page 39)

SWIMMING POOLS Aransas Pass Aquatic Center 400 E. Johnson, Aransas Pass 361-758-7770 (See ad page 17)

TITLE COMPANIES Northshore Title Portland … 361-643-7566 Sinton … 361-364-4390 Ingleside … 361-776-0650 (See ad page 24)

VETERAN EVENTS Vets Fishing With Vets 361-445-1796, 361-445-1974 Vetsfishingwithvets.us (See ad page 36)

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JUST A SHORT WALK TO BAY FRONT. This is 1954 original We have many more MELISSA DIAZ ELIZABETH MARTIN home right behind the Fulton 3817 Hwy 35 South, We have many more beautiful properties available. beautiful properties available. (361) 386-0707 Managing Broker Mansion made it through 4000 Sq. Ft Building $499,000. mdiaz@elingcoastal.com (361) 205-4442 Please stop stop by ourby office visitand with one of our agents Please our and office Hurricane Harvey with little emartin@elingcoastal.com 309 Hwy 35 South, Existing Retail visit with one of our agents. ELIZABETH MARTIN MELISSA DIAZ KEITH HAMILTON damage. 2 Living areas, living JENNIFER BRADSHAW Store, Just re-opened, $409,000. (361) 215-3028 (361) 386-0707 Managing Broker and dining room in front of (713)205-4442 269-7942 khamilton@elingcoastal.com (361) mdiaz@elingcoastal.com Beautiful move inaready canalroom front ELIZABETH MARTIN house and large family jbradshaw@elingcoastal.com 910 E. Market, 2 lots on busy corner, KEITH HAMILTON emartin@elingcoastal.com ome with area boatindock andoflift.house. Big open Managing Broker the back MARK LAUER building removed, small rental (361) 215-3028 KEITH HAMILTON DAVE (361)FOUNTAIN 205-4442 kitchen, living and dining withand lot’s of (361) 463-8305 house, slab and parking remain. Lots of built in shelves khamilton@elingcoastal.com JENNIFER BRADSHAW (361) 215-3028 (361) 205-1867 emartin@elingcoastal.com mrlauer@aol.com updates. cabinets Fireplace with huge master $110,000. throughout home. (713) 269-7942 khamilton@elingcoastal.com dfountain@elingcoastal.com down, large updated bathroom suite. eautiful move in ready canal front MARK LAUER JENNIFER BRADSHAW Three bedroom with one and jbradshaw@elingcoastal.com STUNNING NEW CONSTRUCTION ANNA ROBERTSON 833 S. Market, cleared and uestwith bedrooms upstairs, withBig extra big me boat dock and lift. open (361) 463-8305 (713) 269-7942 (361) 790-6457 MARK LAUER a half bathrooms. Laundry 4 bedroom + study or 5th bedroo ready to build on. $160,000. area atdining top ofwith stairs. DAVE FOUNTAIN chen, loft living of mrlauer@aol.com jbradshaw@elingcoastal.com (361) 463-8305 3.5 bathrooms. Large 2 car garag area and in the home and alot’s office arobertson@elingcoastal.com Bright and airy with huge patio, nice (361) 205-1867 mrlauer@aol.com pdates. area Fireplace with huge master 17.693629 secluded acres of beautif Hwy 35 South, as well. Carport on side of back yardupdated and dockbathroom area. $475,000. dfountain@elingcoastal.com ANNA ROBERTSON DAVE FOUNTAIN Approx. Previous site for$799,000 wn, large suite. oaks. 62acres, Private PONDS house and a detached metal STUNNING NEW CONSTRUCTION (361) 790-6457 (361) 205-1867 boat storage building. $299,500. ANNA ROBERTSON est bedrooms upstairs, with extra big building large enough arobertson@elingcoastal.com 4 bedroom + study or 5th bedro dfountain@elingcoastal.com (361) 790-6457 loft area at four top cars of stairs. to hold or a large Main Street, Ingleside, 3.5100 bathrooms. Large 2 car gara arobertson@elingcoastal.com ight and airyboat. with Water huge well patio, for nice Approx. 10 Heavily wooded DYANNA RUTLEDGE MELISSA DIAZ 17.69 secluded acres of beauti acreage with partial fencing. ack yard andwatering dock area. $475,000. your yard. 361-400-8340 (361) 386-0707 oaks. 2 Private PONDS $799,00 Multifamily zoned, $420,000. drutledge@elingcoastal.com mdiaz@elingcoastal.com $225,000 Summer 2018

02 Captain’s Cove

241 Coastal Wildwood Drive

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Summer 2018

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Summer 2018