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August 16, 2012
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Around The Island
By Dale Rankin email@example.com Dale Rankin
If your dog has been acting a little funny lately or maybe if your hat doesn’t fit quite right don’t blame your dog or your hat. Blame the planets. If you look up at just above the horizon in the western sky right after dusk you will see three bright dots in the night sky. On Monday they were perfectly aligned and now they are kind of staggered like a weekend tourist but they are still visible to the naked eye. They are the planets Mars and Saturn and the star Spica which lined up and their collective pull may be making we Islanders a little wacky on the gravity. For the non-star wonks out there the phenomenon is called Conjunction which is just a star wonk’s way of saying they are close together. Mars is in the middle and maybe if you look real close you can see the NASA rover Curiosity running around up there. If you haven’t seen the photos it’s sending back take a few minutes and check them out on the web. Turns out Mars looks a lot like Wyoming. Who knew?
Cool day in August We got what passes for an August Cool Front over the weekend. The same “Cool Front” that blasted Fort Worth with 80 mph hour winds on Sunday came on South and took a little humidity out of the air on Monday…which once again only served to remind us that it really wasn’t the humidity; it was just the heat all along. But you can convince yourself it’s cooler out there if you squint real hard.
Around the Island continued on page A5
Red Tide Returns
By Jay Gardner
Unfortunately folks, this is the article I was hoping I wouldn’t have to write this season. Seems early reports from up the coast is that there’s been a red tide event and a fish kill already this year. It is weird that it started up the coast; a review of past kills tell me that it’s typically either started here or down towards The Valley. You can type in “TPWD red tide update” and the first hit will take you to the Texas Parks and Wildlife site that will keep you informed along the entire Texas coast on where and when the red tide is affecting the bays and beaches. They also include closures for any shellfish harvesting or collecting (mainly oysters). Red Tide Rising At first the Big Daily in Houston claimed that low dissolved oxygen levels were to blame, but then later testing by TCEQ revealed that it was indeed Karenia brevis, the red tide organism. I wouldn’t blame the local Chamber up there of purposely providing false information or trying to hide anything; it takes real testing to identify these creatures that are really small. However, the single-celled creatures put off quite an aerosol when they break open, causing all kinds of respiratory ailments and allergy-like symptoms in people that breathe it. I’m pretty depressed about it myself; that stuff affects me with flu-like symptoms and I have a Red Tide continued on page A2
Year 15, Issue 436
Update on Island Projects
Packery Dredging, Whitecap Rerouting, New Waterline By Dale Rankin Sewer line work along Whitecap. Work continues on the installation of a new sewer line along Whitecap. Crews are replacing 1,668 linear feet of the existing 14-inch line running from the lift station at Cruiser Street to Gypsy. The traffic which currently has closed the turn from Whitecap to Gypsy and re-routed traffic to Dasmarinas is expected to last at least another month. The work is not expected to require digging in the Whitecap roadway. The work is to replace the existing line which was installed in 1974 and has deteriorated. A leak in that line caused water to run under the roadway at Gypsy and Whitecap last summer resulting in a sinkhole that engulfed the roadway across the entire intersection. Upgrade to treatment system at Whitecap Wastewater Treatment Plant. As we reported several weeks ago the bacteria levels in the discharge from the plant have exceeded state mandated levels 19 times since 2009 with some samples containing levels measured as high as 27,000% over approved limits. Cost of upgrading the plant to meet current state standards is estimated at $5 million. In June the City Council approved a consultant contract with Freese-Nichols, Inc. for a new Ultraviolet Light treatment system needed to eliminate the high levels of Enterococcus bacteria which are in violation of the state levels. Design and installation of the new system is expected to take 18 months. Gypsy bridge street surface repair. While the structural repair to the Gypsy Bridge is complete planning is still ongoing for the removal of the sheet metal plate placed over a pothole in the roadbed. A planning meeting was held on Tuesday with the contractor on the project. No start date for the repairs has been set. Aquarius Extension lighting and landscaping. Plans for the installation of street lights on the recently completed Aquarius Extension are moving forward. After a meeting between city staff and the project’s contractor last week a start date for landscaping work was set for the week of August 14. Preliminary design work for street lighting in the area is complete and awaiting scheduling by AEP. Construction on the lighting is expected to begin in October.
Island Political Action Committee is Ramping Up
The Ban the Bag movement which seeks to outlaw the single-use plastic bags that are fast becoming the Island Bird has met with ignominious defeat at City Hall. No one has to
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Candidate Night is September 19 By JJ Hart President, Island United PAC Thank you for your prompt response for questions for the candidates. We combined the best and sent them to the candidates. The responses are due back to the PAC Board on July 27. So far we have Chris Adler and Nelda Martinez running for Mayor. Candidate Colleen McIntyre has filed for District 4 which includes the Island. As of this date there are three candidates running for the At Large Positions; David Loeb and Mark Scott are presently serving as City Council members while Lillian Riojas is seeking election for the first time. If you have been on The Island for any period of time, you have seen how productive our efforts have been. In combination with the ISAC, the PAC has drawn the attention of the Council and resulted in accomplishing many goals of the Island. You are a vital part of this effort. On Wednesday, September 5, the PAC will have its final meeting prior to Candidate night which is currently scheduled for September 19. If there are a sudden influx of candidates that file we will split the nights and have Mayoral and District 4 on the 19th and the At-Large candidates on September 26. The meeting or meetings will be held at the Holiday Inn on the Island. The PAC meeting will be held on September 5 at 6:00 P.M. at the Puente Vista Clubhouse. The address is 14300 Aloha. Turn in between Shell’s and Jesse’s, take the third right which is Sea Horse. The Puente Vista office & clubroom will be on your left as the street ends. It takes a bunch of helping hands as we approach candidate night and the election on November 6. Come join the group.
Improvements to area west of JFK Bridge. Last week the City Council voted to move the $1.2 million in improvements to the Ernie’s Flats area into the portion of the bond package to be put before voters in November which can be approved without a tax increase. The move greatly enhances the chances of the project being approved. The current water line and roadway were built with private funding by the owner of Snoopy’s Pier Ernie Buttler. The bonds, if approved, would pay for the widening and reworking of the roadbed, additional parking, an 8-inch waterline, a fire hydrant, and landscaping for the area between Doc’s and the JFK Bridge which is currently a pockmarked mudflat. Packery Channel Dredging and Beach Renourishment. Dredging in the Packery Channel was halted prematurely in March due to the beginning of the turtle season on the beach where the dredge spoils were to be placed.
The early stoppage left a “plug” of sand at the mouth of the channel which contains about 24,000 cubic yards of sand. Preliminary results of a study to determine whether additional dredging should be done to remove the sand are expected to be completed this month. There is an ongoing discussion about whether it is better to remove some or all of that sand, or leave it in place. There is no evidence that sand from the Gulf of Mexico is entering the channel which is unique to this channel throughout the Gulf. Whether removing the sand plug would change that is under study. A decision on when/ whether to remove the sand is expected by the end of August. Diedre Williams who studies the channel for the city through a contract with the Conrad Blucher Institute at Corpus Christi A&M is recommending a wait of a year before dredging to see if the sand in the plug moves into the channel.
Island Projects continued on page A5
A little Island History
How a Small Town in Duval Country Spawns a Manifesto That Threatens War Between the United States and Mexico By Dale Rankin By the end of August of 1915 South Texas was in open warfare with the Mexican government of Venustiano Carranza who was trying to consolidate his power and win the Mexican Revolution.
still say today, they didn’t believe they had crossed the border but that the border had crossed them. They were in the same place all along; it was the border that moved South.
Plan de San Diego What Funston and Texas officials had finally figured out was that the raids were not random and they were being organized by the Carranza government as part of what came to be known as the Plan de San Diego drafted in early 1915, it is believed
There was a full battalion of U.S. Army troops stationed in Kingsville and more than 5000 troops deployed throughout South Texas. U.S. Army Major General Frederick Funston who was in charge of the U.S. Army in South Texas, had only recently hired a spy to find out what was behind the sudden surge in cross-border violence which had sprung to the nation’s attention in August when a group of more than 40 raiders crossed the river from Mexico and attacked the Norias headquarters The San Diego Texas TrainDepot in 1910 on the King Ranch. Photo by Bill Moran.
The usual suspects Funston and officials in the State of Texas had assumed the raids were simply the usual cattle rustlers and bandits that the border area was used to. Then a ranch hand on the King Ranch who had been kidnapped by the bandits and forced into duty as their guide for the raid was questioned by the Army and told them that at least half of the men in the raiding party were of Mexican decent but born in Texas. Funston now realized he had a irredentist movement on his hands defined as a policy advocating the acquisition of some region in another country by reason of common linguistic, cultural, historical, ethnic, or racial ties. In short, as many Mexican Americans in the Rio Grande Valley
in the small South Texas town of San Diego located in Duval County near it’s border with Jim Wells County which borders Nueces Country on the west. The tiny hamlet of San Diego, then with a population of 1,900 and now of 4,753 was the place of origin for a revolution that was breathtaking in its scope. The author of the plan is still a matter of debate among historians but events in the years immediately after its appearance led to speculation that it author may have been German. It is a known fact that on several occasion raiders would ask captured prisoners if they were German and if the answer was yes they would be spared, it not it was muerte. History continued on page A13
August 16, 2012
Red Tide Continued from A1 hard time enjoying the beach with it around. Let’s hope this was an isolated incident and that stuff doesn’t blow up around here AGAIN this year.
Babes on Baffin The CCA reminds all ladies of the fast approaching registration deadline for its Babes on Baffin and Blue Ladies Fishing Tournament. While the registration deadline is September 21, to ensure a preferred shirt size, registrations should be mailed by September 1. The Tournament will be held Saturday, October 6, at Roberts Point Park in Port Aransas. Friday Night’s Checkin and Social will be at Doc’s Restaurant in Corpus Christi.
Anita, Robin, Lighthouse Rick and Leroy Hoskins on Leroy’s birthday at the Back Porch.
Jacob’s shark for one
The Tournament features a live hundred three submittal weigh-in/donation bonus with the fish donated to the Corpus Christi CCA/CPL Marine Development Center. Awards include team and individual awards, as well as a Best Team Outfit Contest. Optional cash pots can be entered during Friday’s Check-in. Entry is $80 per Angler / $65 per Little Babe and includes Saturday’s dinner catered by Castaway’s, a long sleeve T-shirt, visor, gift bag, and an annual CCA Membership. The registration packet can be downloaded from www.babesonbaffin.com. Questions about the Tournament can be submitted through http:// www.babesonbaffin.com/contactme.htm. Everyone is invited to join in for a weekend of fishing and fun.
Whatatseason Well, I’ve seen signs up all over town that school will be starting again here soon. Folks are out and about on the Island trying to squeeze in one more vacation before the wheels on the school bus go ‘round and ‘round again. Many of us locals look forward to school starting so things calm down around here and you don’t have to wait 20 minutes in the drive-thru for a Whataburger. Dove season will be cranked up before you know it, and hopefully cooler temperatures with it. We’ll see you all On the Rocks until then!
Wylie Duxstad caught this keeper snook hand lining with fresh dead shrimp off the bulk head back behind Woody’s and The Back Porch ... The fish was 26” inches
Islanders Julie and her mom (whose name we can’t remember, oh man) celebrated Julie’s birthday last weekend.
August 16, 2012
Back To School On The Texas Frontier
Stuff I Heard on the Island
By U.S. Sen. John Cornyn In just a few weeks, Texas students will say a bittersweet goodbye to summer break and make the return to school – early morning wake-up calls, long days of back-to-back classes and often, after-school activities or sports. As Texas students begin the 2012-2013 school year, many will ride the bus to school or be driven by their parents or a carpool. They’ll sport new backpacks or lunch boxes and come ready with supplies like markers, folders and notebooks. With the hustle and bustle of the back-toschool season, it’s probably safe to say most of these students have their sights set on the future – whether it’s the day ahead or even the year ahead – and not the distant past. Even so, it is worth a few moments to take a glimpse back in time, to see how much life has changed and how different the experience was for their predecessors – the students of the Texas frontier. On the frontier, as settlements were founded, the demand for schools and teachers grew. Trustees—typically two or three male leaders from the settlement—were appointed in each community to manage everything from determining the location of the school to hiring and firing teachers. While a few concerned themselves with the minute details of school management, most were consumed with their day-jobs – farming – and did not have time to micro-manage school affairs. In The Empty Schoolhouse, author Luther Bryan Clegg presents firsthand accounts of rural West Texas life, with a focus on experiences in one-room schools, from the first half of the 20th Century. One former teacher recalls the communication barrier that often arose between teachers and trustees: “Most trustees were farmers or ranchers and seemed embarrassed to do business with a woman….If I asked what or how they thought I should teach, they’d say ‘You just teach the school, we’ll do the plowing.’” Trustees determined the size of their school districts – typically 36 square miles – and the location of the schoolhouse based on the distance students would have to travel to school. Most students traveled on foot, many times in groups with neighbor children. Depending on weather conditions, the distance to school could be nearly an hour for some students. Often, the hour-long walk to school posed a number of distractions. There were berries to be found or mesquite wax – the sap found on mesquite trees – which could be chewed much like chewing gum. As one former student put it, “It’s a wonder we ever got to school.” There were three major requirements for the construction of one-room schoolhouses - a well
or cistern for drinking water, a wood-burning stove to keep the schoolhouse warm in the winter months, and outhouses. Teachers were responsible for arriving at school early to build a fire and maintain it throughout the day. Trustees often were charged with hauling the firewood to the school, where older male students would chop it down to size. Female students would help with keeping the schoolhouse clean – sweeping daily. In one Texas frontier school, an older student with good penmanship was tasked with writing signs that read “No smoking” and “No spitting on the floor.”
by Dale Rankin I got a call from my old Friend Robert Bob up Oklahoma way last week. He’s working on a novel – writing one not reading one – and he’s hit the wall. “When you start writing about having writer’s block that’s when you know you’ve got writer’s block,” he said. “What do you do when you get writer’s block?” “I write on deadlines Robert Bob, I don’t have the luxury of getting writer’s block.”
With only one school per settlement, the frontier school educated students of all ages together. Most frontier schools taught students from first to eighth grade. The students were seated according to age, but it was common for the best pupils in each grade to assist students who were not performing as well.
I quoted him Jerry Jeff Walker, “Something’s bound to come out, at least it has every other time before.”
The basic curriculum of the frontier school focused on reading, writing and arithmetic. Most days centered around the recitation bench, where students would take turns reciting passages from their readers. Christian teaching was also included, with students reading passages from the Bible as part of their daily lessons.
“I can’t tell if the world is dumbing down or if I’m just getting older,” he said. “But here around Bypass I’ve become Local Color.”
The typical school year was scheduled around farming activities. School normally began in the fall when crops were harvested and ended in the spring when it was time to plant. If sickness fell on the community, school was “turned out,” or dismissed, until the epidemic had passed. Because of a lack of compulsory attendance, many parents kept their students at home arbitrarily to help with chores at the house or on the farm.
We started talking about the year we spent working for the Mexico City News back in the 80s. Robert Bob was already down there when I drove my Datsun B-210 down from Texas loaded down with way more stuff than you ever need in Mexico City.
Though the school of the frontier faced many challenges, the teachers and trustees made an important investment in the children of their communities – the gift of education. They challenged students to set goals and accomplish them. As Mr. Gregg puts it, “The one-room school was a reflection of its time, the means by which a community could teach curricula, values and mores it deemed important. Although beset by limitations, it was a noble effort to provide instruction for the young.” As the new school year begins, much has changed since the days of the one-room schoolhouse on the Texas frontier. But the focus remains the same – to invest in the youngest generation so that they may learn more, go farther and push past barriers. Our teachers and administrators deserve our heartfelt thanks for the positive difference they are making in the lives of today’s children and tomorrow’s generation of leaders.
“Writing is easy,” I told him. “You just stare into the gaping maw until you sweat blood and then you write.”
“So write about that,” I said. “Hey, I will,” Robert Bob said. Something’s bound to come out.
Mexico City or Bust
I had been to Mexico City only once before moving there but decided to go after Robert Bob told me, “Man, it’s a mile and half up, you can get lightheaded just breathing the air.” For some reason that made some kind of sense to me so I quit my job at the Express-News in San Antonio and headed south. I crossed the border at Laredo and it took me three days to get to Mexico City. Turns out there are a lot of little towns with cantinas and homegrown tequila between here and the Valley of Mexico and I hit all of them I could. I felt like Sam Peckinpah as I would drive my little car down those dusty roads and pull up at the cantina in town that consisted of nothing more than the cantina, a jail, and a chapel.
Le Tengo! I arrived in Mexico City late one evening and went over to the newspaper office on Balderas in the old part of the city for what was to be a brief visit but when I got back to the hotel just after sunup the next morning I had experienced my first taste of Life In the Big City. Mexico City was a mass of urban sprawl that was home to 21 million people. Robert Bob and I moved into the Marie Antoinette hotel and my first night there I heard a commotion out in the street and ran onto the balcony to see the concierge from the hotel holding an aluminum folding chair and standing over the prone figure of a man splayed out in the street. “Le tengo!” he said, (I got him!) He had seen a guy rifling through my car and snuck up on him with a handy metal folding chair and coldcocked him. The trunk and the driver’s door were open and there was nothing left in the car. “Donde esta mi cosas? “I asked in my best Spanglish, (where are my things?) “No esta aqui,” he said “Should we call the police?” (I had no idea how to say that in Spanish). “No,” he said “La policia traer problemas” (The police bring trouble) and that was my welcome to Mexico City. It also turned out that truer words were never spoken.
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This was in the days before Al Gore invented the Internet and I had met the News Editor at a tennis match in Dallas and had never been to the News office. So I knew little of the paper and not much more about Mexico City. Robert Bob (the Mexicans called him Bob-O) had been working on the copy desk for about a month by then and had made some friends so in the next few months he and I set out to feel our way around Mexico City. It was a strange and as it turned out fascinating landscape in which we landed with the spirits of Cortez and Montezuma bouncing off of modern skyscrapers. For the uninitiated Mexico City has a surprisingly European feel. The News was a PRI paper – only Mexico could have a political party called the Institutional Revolutionary Party – and as such was directly connected to the ruling party in a one-party
country. We got invited to a lot of parties with U.S. Embassy staff where they had free food and open bars which were the gathering points for every American in town. We rubbed shoulders with the rich and powerful even as we counted every penny in our $90 per week paycheck, which was paid in pesos.
The News and the Castro Brothers
While we ate frijoles on our $90 per week the publisher drove around in a chauffer driven Lamborghini. The News had begun publishing in the 1950s and as the only English language paper in town was the subject of much interest from the American ex-patriot community there which turned out to be quite large. Its audience was made up of equal parts of Americans, Europeans, and English-speaking Mexicans.
Mexico City was known in those Cold War days as the Berlin of the West because of the intrigue that went on there and the News was at the center of that. We soon learned we could make some extra money by supplying tidbits of information to a guy named Mike who Robert Bob said worked for the CIA but every time we tried it Mike said we were telling him stuff he already knew. It turned out that the “Embassy” had plenty of sources in the newsroom and what they wanted was not information but stories in the paper that fed their interests and for those they were willing to pay. It wasn’t long before we started hearing stories from the old timers about the mid 1950s
when the Castro brothers would come into the newsroom to read wire stories about Cuba with their friends, a man and a woman, who turned out to be Che Guevara and his first wife. The Castro brothers survived by taking pictures of tourists a few blocks away on Avenida Juarez and the AP wire in the News office was their only source of information about the land they would one day rule.
This was all heady stuff to a couple of police reporters from the Midwest who just wanted to scratch by in what was then the world’s largest city and maybe bird dog some Brazilian girls along the way.
We soon discovered that the world of Mexican journalism was a far cry from the one we had left behind in the United States. The first hint was when we were handed a Gold Card which identified us as members of the working press. I had never actually carried a press card before as they were a joke everywhere I had worked – a Press Card and a quarter would get you a cup of coffee. But I soon learned the value of the Gold Card when a fellow reporter crashed his car into the Tiffany’s store in the Pink Zone and was headed for a real bad experience with the Police until he produced his Gold Card and was told to back his car up and leave.
I quickly learned that if I was going to drive around in a car with Texas plates I was going to need a pocket full of cash to keep them happy. They would pick my car out of a mass of vehicles on the Reforma and hit me up for Mordida - The Bite - so often that finally I started carrying a roll of American Express travelers checks which I would sign as Spiro T. Agnew or Alfred E. Newman and then go to the American Express office every few weeks to report them stolen and buy some more. I once signed one Frank Sinatra and the cop looked at me like he really thought Frank Sinatra was driving around Mexico City in a Datsun B 210.
I reminded Robert Bob of all this and that he could use it to beat his writer’s block.
“Most of the stuff that happened down there I can’t remember,” he said. “It was a mile and half up and I was lightheaded all the time.” I think it might be time for a return visit.
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Turtle Count Continues to Break Records 209 Kemps ridley nests reported on Texas Coast KEMP’S RIDLEY TURTLE Loggerhead Turtle
So far this year, 209 Kemp’s ridley nests have been confirmed on the Texas coast including (north to south in state): 1 Bolivar Peninsula 0 Brazoria County, N. of Surfside
Editor’s note: Dotson Lewis has been refereeing high school football games and training referees all over the world for longer than most of us have been watching football. Among other things he was head of officials for the Southwest Conference. We asked him to give us some insight as the football season gets underway – known as the High Holidays in South Texas. Here are a few things parents might want to know about high school football.
So far this year, 5 loggerhead nests have been confirmed on the Texas coast including: 1 Quintana Beach
1 Padre Island National Seashore
5 Surfside Beach
1 South Padre Island
0 Quintana Beach
Green Sea Turtle
0 Bryan Beach 1 Brazoria County, N. of Sargent Beach 0 Sargent Beach
High School Football Helmet Safety Requirements
So far this year, 8 green turtle nests have been confirmed on the Texas coast including:
From Section 33.094 of the Texas Education Code
6 Padre Island National Seashore
0 Matagorda Peninsula
2 South Padre Island
0 Matagorda Island 2 San Jose Island 8 Mustang Island 116 North Padre Island, including 106 at Padre Island National Seashore 59 South Padre Island 10 Boca Chica Beach
(a) A school district may not use a football helmet that is 16 years old or older in the district’s football program.
The 2012 nest total sets a new record for the number of green turtle nests documented in Texas in a year. The previous record of 6 nests was set during 2011. Record keeping for nest tallies in Texas began in the early 1980s.
(b) A school district shall ensure that each football helmet used in the district’s football program that is 10 years old or older is reconditioned at least once every two years. (c) A school district shall maintain and make available to parents of students enrolled in the district documentation indicating the age of each football helmet used in the district’s football program and the dates on which each helmet is reconditioned.
The 2012 nest total sets a new record for the number of Kemp’s ridley nests documented in Texas in a year. The previous record of 199 nests was set during 2011. Record keeping for nest tallies in Texas began in the early 1980s.
NOTES FROM DOTSON: As you can see from the above helmet rule which is published by the Texas Education Agency, high school football safety is taken very seriously. The governing body of high school football in Texas is the University Interscholastic League. The following is extracted from the UIL’s Constitution & Contest Rules Football Plan. Read on to better understand what goes on behind the “Friday Night Lights.” For further information please go online to www.uiltexas. org.
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l Paternity Cases l Wills and Probate
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(3) Summer Practice. Any specific grouping of high school athletes during the summer months for the purpose of conditioning and/ or organized athletic (football) instruction is prohibited and is a violation. Fall Practice, Beginning Dates. (A) PRACTICE REGULATIONS OUTSIDE THE SCHOOL YEAR. Any football practice conducted by a school outside the school year shall be in accordance with the following regulations:
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(i) Student-athletes shall not engage in more than three hours of practice activities on those days during which one practice is conducted. (ii) Student-athletes shall not engage in more than five hours of practice activities on those days during which more than one practice is conducted.
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(iii) The maximum length of any single practice session shall be three hours.
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(iv) On days when more than one practice is conducted, there shall be, at a minimum, two hours of rest/recovery time between the end of one practice and the beginning of the next practice. (v) Schools shall not schedule more than one practice on consecutive days and studentathletes shall not participate in multiple practices on consecutive days. (B) In Conferences A, 2A, 3A and Six-Man, practice shall begin no earlier than first Monday in August. In Conferences 4A and 5A, practice shall begin no earlier than the second Monday in August. Exception: If Conference 4A or 5A schools forego the 18 days of spring training, they may begin workout days the following August as delineated for Conferences 3A, 2A, A and Six-Man. No interschool scrimmages shall be allowed until after a period of at least six days of contact football. (C) The first four days of practice shall be conducted without any contact equipment except helmets. Other contact equipment may be fitted and placed in lockers the first day workouts are permitted. During the first four days, however, only shoes, socks, T-shirts, shorts and helmets may be worn. During the four-day acclimatization period, no contact activities shall be permitted. All student-athletes who arrive after the first day of practice are required to undergo a four-day acclimatization period. During the four (4) day acclimatization period
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and subject to the rules as noted in (A) (i-iv) above, if more than one practice is conducted on the same day, the second practice shall be a teaching period/walkthrough practice only with no conditioning or contact activities/equipment permitted.
Preseason or Summer Practice for Seventh and Eighth Grade or Elementary School Students Prohibited. Schools may not: (a) hold any preseason football practice in junior high school (eighth grade and below) or elementary school, individual or team, prior to the opening day of school, or (b) conduct any spring training either in elementary school or seventh and eighth grade the preceding spring. This section does not prevent students from participating in summer camps, as allowed in Section 1209. Penalty for violations shall be assessed by the appropriate executive committee.
Spring Training For Ninth Graders Restricted. Students in the ninth grade may participate in spring training in Conference 4A and 5A schools provided (a) that such participation is on a site and at the same time as the high school squad practices and (b) that said high school is the one which the ninth grade students will attend the following fall. Penalty for violations shall be assessed by the appropriate executive committee.
PLAYOFF ELIMINATIONS ALL CONFERENCES.
District representatives are bracketed for elimination play to the state championships on a weekly schedule beginning the first weekend after the specified date for determining district representatives. State elimination games may not be scheduled earlier than the first Thursday after the certification date for district representatives.
Maximum Number of Regular Season Games. No team or student shall participate in more than 10 games during the 11-week regular season, prior to bi-district play. (See exception below for ten-team districts that zone.) Some districts do not play bi-district games and have 12 weeks to play 10 regular season games.
Minimum Time Between Regular Season Games. Up to and including the final district game, no team or student in any conference shall be permitted to take part in more than one game within five calendar days. Example: A team playing Saturday night cannot play again until the following Thursday night. A team playing Monday night could play any time on Saturday.
A practice scrimmage is a meeting of up to four teams for practice purposes which does not count as a game for any of the teams. Admission may be charged. Officials may be paid in accordance with the schedule in Section 1204 and may, by prior agreement with the school, be reimbursed for mileage and meals. There shall be no kickoff.
Scrimmages. No team or student shall participate in more than one interschool football scrimmage during any given period of five calendar days, prior to the playing of the first football game. No team or student may participate in more than three scrimmages.
Scrimmage Limits. No interschool scrimmages shall be allowed after a school has played its first interschool game in football.
Playoff Games. Unless mutually agreeable otherwise, the place for playing a playoff game shall be determined on a “home and home” basis for the past two football seasons. (Exception: state championship games.) The team that was the visiting team the last time the two teams met on a home field in a postdistrict playoff game may require the game be played at its home field. In case of disagreement between two teams who have not played a post-district playoff game during the past two football seasons, the game site shall be decided by a coin toss. A school cannot be required to flip for a playoff site that is not large enough to accommodate the fans from both schools.
Home Sites. When two schools flip for two separate sites other than their home field, the sites are considered home sites unless both sites are near mid-point.
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Letters to the Editor Aquarius
The Aquarius Street extension was a great plan and a much needed addition to our island, but who is responsible for the maintenance? The weeds are over 5’ tall and you can hardly see from Commodores when turning onto the extension. Did someone forget to “follow through” with the plan? Denise J. Ebert DecksandDocks, Inc.
Editor’s note: We hear that there is a Gill’s Landscaping truck over there of late. We’ll see what it looks like when they finish. City crews are going to be working over there soon on street lights and once the work is done the POA will be in touch with the property owners to keep it mowed. It looks like it is a temporary problem.
Water WAKE UP LOCALS !!
I and MANY MANY others have raised the question more then once and now the subject is getting really serious !!! With the biggest water shortage in YEARS N YEARS and so many water restrictions and lakes drying up WHY WHY WHY has there not been more investigation into HOW MUCH WATER USAGE THE SCHLITTERTBAUN GOING TO HELP DRAIN THE LOCAL LAKES ??? is anybody aware how much cattle ranchers and farmers are having to pay for water now, and what this is going to do to our local food prices and water rates ??? I Realize the LOCAL real estate folks don’t care but you working class people that make the all the local restaurants n bars run for just a few bucks in your pockets better get out n starts voicing asap ! Trust me I watched what greed did to Port Aransas sad sad sad but this issue is much worse people and somebody needs to a story on this asap please! Thank you try to have a nice day.
Open Monday Hey Dale,
Just a reminder. In the August 2nd issue on page A-3, someone was questioning why all the restaurants are closed on Mondays. There was a list of places that are open on Mondays and Black Sheep nor The Barrel were listed. Just wanted to remind the Moon Monkeys that Black Sheep Bistro AND The Barrel Wine and Tapas Bar are open on Mondays. Thanks for your consideration and support!! Garrett Frazier Owner Black Sheep Bistro The Barrel Wine and Tapas Bar
Thanks Garrett. Errors of Omission…the bugaboo of editor’s everywhere. I tried to come up with someone else to blame this one on but, alas, it was I; tried to pin it on Riley P. Dog but he reminded me that he has no thumbs and cannot type. Not only are Black Sheep and The Barrel open on Monday, they have a great happy hour.
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Gypsy Bypass I feel for the people that live on Gypsy, now I know what you deal with daily. With all of the traffic diverted down Bounty I’m surprised that there has not been a major accident. We live close to the corner and have seen several close calls. Had someone start honking horn as I was trying to park in my driveway. Please don’t kill my kids or anyone else for that matter. This is a very narrow road I know it sucks right now but we all are dealing with the detour. Just slow down a touch and remember it could be your street someday. Thanks Tim and Steph Lovell
Palm Trees Moon, I read in The Moon that there were inquiries about the strings of green beads hanging from the palm trees. Those are actually palm seeds. Certain types can be poisonous to your pet if ingested. And why are all the rental management companies and “boards” of properties such animal haters? Individual owners are not even allowed to rent their space to anyone that has a pet. I have been trying to find a place to live on the water and so far every place has been “no pets”.
Island Projects continued from A1
Lighting at parking lot north of Packery Channel. Preliminary work is underway to install street lights around the parking between Zahn Road and Packery Channel. Work is expected to begin in the next few months, following that planning for restroom facilities there will begin. New waterline to The Island. Planning is moving forward to construct a redundant waterline to complement the existing 24-inch line which supplies The Island’s water as well as most of the water supply for Port Aransas. Bids on the $5 million project are expected to be in place by the end of 2012. Duck Hunting on The Island. City Attorney Carlos Valdez told the Island Strategic Action Committee last week that the state and local rules which govern areas where duck hunting is permissible on The Island are “conflicting and confusing and therefore virtually unenforceable.” A current restriction on hunting within 1000 feet of homes does not apply on The Island but is restricted to an area along Oso Bay. The City Council has the authority to regulate hunting within the city limits. Improvements to Billish Park. Funding is included in the November bond package to pay for irrigation and resodding of the grass at Billish Park. If passed, the money will be used to reduce the sticker crop but will not include money for permanent restrooms to replace the portable ones now there.
Announcing the 18th Annual Island Foundation Fishing Tournament!
Does anyone know of a rental on the water, with a decent price, that allows a pet? Janet Hartjen
Nature Challenge gets families outdoors, learning and playing together
With the school year starting up and the dog days of summer waning, now is the time to get your family outside and reconnected with nature. Don’t let your kids park themselves on the sofa. It’s time for Texas Nature Challenge 2012. The program encourages families to spend their time together outside, active and learning about their local nature spots – completing challenges along the way. The contest calls for families to visit designated nature sites across the region in which they live, completing challenges at each site. Participating families are eligible to win prizes. Coastal Bend Nature Challenge begins with an opening ceremony 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, August 25 at Hazel Bazemore Park in Corpus Christi. Challenges, broken into three age-appropriate tiers, continue through Nov. 10. Visit naturechallenge.tamu.edu to see participating sites and get an idea of the challenges from other regions.
“Music and Motion” for Preschoolers The Janet F. Harte Public Library will offer “Music and Motion,” a new program for Preschool-age children (ages 3-5) and their caregivers, on Thursday mornings at 11:00, beginning September 6. Children will learn nursery rhymes, traditional and folk songs, the alphabet and the number system while shaking lummi sticks, ribbons and musical instruments. The library is located at 2629 Waldron Rd. in Flour Bluff. For more information call 9376579.
Around the Island continued from A1
tell we Islanders that as we see them flying in formation all over the place. While no one has yet discovered their mating ground it must be a busy one as they are multiplying like rabbits. So we Moon Monkeys, at the suggestion of a reader, have decided to act. We ordered up some Moon Bags that you can haul your stuff around with that are too heavy to fly and too cool to lose. We have them at the Moon office and we’ll have them at the next Moon Market on Saturday, August 25 down at the seawall.
Car wash carnage It looks like we’re back to hand washing our cars for a while as the automatic car wash took a hit from a boat. For more details see the Police Blotter in this issue. While it is still true that what happens on The Island leaves on Sunday, it’s also true that sometimes the exit leaves some damage.
Gypsy Bypass We had our first crash on the Gypsy Bypass Sunday when two cars hit at the Whitecap/ Dasmarinas intersection. Watch out for the metal coverings that protect the lines running across the streets, they are tire eaters. And also watch out for the maroon pickup parked on Dasmarinas just south of Whitecap. That truck parked along the curb has been causing traffic jams for two weeks now. All the confusion over there just reminds us why we don’t live in Big Cities anymore. If we ever get a one-way street on The Island we might all end up on one side of The Island and not be able to get back.
The 18th Annual Island Foundation Fishing Tournament will be held on Saturday August 25th at the CCA/AEP Hatchery (at the far end of Waldron Road) from 7-11 am with lunch at 11 and awards at noon. Tours of the hatchery will also be provided. This year’s event will have three age categories in the KID’S FISHING event for Ages 3-5, 6-11 and 12-14. This year we will also include an ADULTS FISHING category. Registration is limited to 100 kids and 50 adults so register now to reserve your spot! Kids’ fishing registration price is $30 and includes a goody bag and lunch with prizes for places 1-3 in each age category. Adults’ fishing registration price is $60 and includes a goody bag and lunch with prizes being awarded for places 1-3. Adult Prizes: 1st: One half day guided bay fishing trip (compliments of The Producers fishing team), 2nd: One Shimano rod and Shimano reel (compliments of The Producers fishing team), 3rd: $50 Academy Gift Card (compliments of Kimberly and Wade Grassedonio). All prizes will be determined by length of longest fish caught and ties will be broken by most fish caught. Questions please call Kimberly Grassedonio at 361/834-3005, or MaryAnn Carl at 361/949-1530. Registration available online http://islandfoundation.com/ island_fountation_news.htm PAYMNET REQUIRED AT THE TIME OF REGISTRATION. Please mail registration and check, or drop off, to: Seashore Early Childhood Academy 15217 S.P.I.D., #210, Corpus Christi, TX 78418; or Seashore Learning Center, 15801 S.P.I.D., Corpus Christi, TX 78418. Make checks payable to Island Foundation – All IF fundraising efforts support Seashore Programs.
Beach driving has been spotty of late with some patches of soft sand due to lack of rain. Use caution if you drive down to PINS these days as we hear they have been running radar to enforce the 15 mph speed limit. Fishing has been slow as the fish refuse to cooperate. The Kingfish have disappeared from the jetties and while some have done well offshore others have been skunked. Some are blaming Tropical Depression Ernesto which we played a successful game of Chicken with last week as he slammed into Veracruz. The fine line between fishing and just sitting there looking stupid has been leaning toward the latter of late…but hope springs eternal. That’s all for now; say hello if you see us Around The Island.
Local Fencing Coach to Compete in Tournament at NASA
Grace Buchanan, the coach of the Fencing League at Texas A&M - Corpus Christi will compete at the 14th annual Fete de Lune veterans’ fencing tournament in the Gilruth Center of the Johnson Space Center, on Saturday, 18 August 2012.
A veterans’ fencing tournament is one for fencers age 40 and over.
The Fete de Lune has attracted fencers from Houston, Galveston, Corpus Christi, Round Rock, San Antonio and the Dallas-Ft. Worth region, as well as Louisiana and Oklahoma.
Buchanan recently competed at the 2012 TAAF Games of Texas fencing tournament.
Before coaching the students at TAMU-CC she operated the Coastal Bend Fencing Society based in Robstown.
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Peewee’s Animal Shelter is located at 1307 Saratoga and has been in operations since May, 1997. Peewee’s presently houses over 300 animals, including dogs, puppies, cats, kittens as well as, pigs, goats, rabbits and other barn animals. Peewee’s relies on donations only for its operation. Shelter operations are accomplished strictly by donations. Peewee’s does not get any government, city or federal funding. Peewee’s helps those animals no one else will - the sick and the stray. The volunteers at Peewee’s work tirelessly to rehabilitate poor orphaned pets in the hopes that they will find new, loving homes. The dogs and cats are spayed/neutered, given regular heartworm preventative, and are on flea & tick prevention and medications as needed. Peewee’s does not discriminate due to age or health conditions of the pet. Please visit Peewee’s Pet Adoption World & Sanctuary at 1307 Saratoga Road. You can call them at 361888-4141 but they do not have staff to answer phones so please leave a message.
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During the time I worked in the glass business in Corpus Christi I became involved with the Builders Association of Corpus Christi. In addition to working with the Board of Directors, Membership Committee, Associates Council, and being the first Honorary Member to be voted into the Association’s Hall of Fame, I’ve cooked for all the Association’s BBQ events since 1992. I’ve always been able to cook a meal, but cooking brisket, etc. really became a serious hobby after I retired. If I do say so myself, I’ve come up with some pretty good recipes – not only for BBQ, but for the side dishes and appetizers, too. I’ve entered some cook-offs in the area and have won 4 times for my brisket, 2 times for ribs, and 2 times for chili. I even came up with a sausage recipe that Terry pushes and sells at Moody’s Meat Market. They call it Jack’s Hot. I’ve also been making up pickles since the 1990s that I give away to friends Jack at 6 months and family (and sell a Thanks Jack from jar or two on occasion).
Jack Young His story: I was born September 15, 1944, in Dallas, Texas, to Otis and Dorothy Young. I am the second born of five children. I grew up in the 50s and 60s. At times both of my parents worked, but usually my mother was a homemaker. From the time I was about 13 until I left home, we lived in a 2 bedroom apartment. My parents had a bedroom, the two younger girls took a bedroom, and my brother and I slept on ‘day beds’ in the living room. My older sister lived with my grandparents in order to go to a certain high school and help with our grandfather who had lung cancer. There was also a time when, after my older sister married and had a child, she, her husband, and the baby, lived in the apartment with us. At that time, the younger girls got the day beds and we boys moved to the floor. The entire family was very involved in the Disciples of Christ church. We all had dinner together every night. We were not wealthy, but we weren’t really poor and we could always count on each other and our extended family. I guess I felt that I needed to earn what I could on my own so as not to be any burden. I was buying my own clothes when I was 13. For the science fair one year I drew a set of house plans that a friend’s parents purchased and used to build a house in Casa View. I once worked for a man who made deliveries for a local clothes cleaning company. He drove the truck and I would run to the house and deliver the clothes and collect the money and then return with dirty clothes. Another time I worked delivering Christmas circulars for a penny each. I earned enough to buy Christmas presents with my own money that year. My junior and senior years I worked at Standard Manufacturing Co., Inc. in Oak Cliff.
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I had met Jim Lago (KKTX “Lago In the Morning”) when I took some of my BBQ brisket to his radio show on a Saturday morning, I also met Dotson Lewis and Blake Farenthold at that time. That’s when I learned about the computer classes offered to senior citizens at Del Mar. I had a home computer that I had played with, but decided that I wanted to learn more. A friend and I took a class together. Then I went back and started helping Dotson with the classes. I enjoy the people and I learn as much as I teach. Teaching requires learning. At least that’s how it is with me. I hope to continue working with Dotson and the senior education classes at Del Mar and the Ethyl Eyerly Computer Interest Group. I look forward to spending time with Clintsy, my children, and my grandchildren.
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Buc Days Parade: Jack Young “King of the BBQ’ers” I believe my work ethic came from both of my parents. Dad worked hard to provide for a rather large family and we were encouraged to do the best we could and to not be discouraged if we weren’t always ‘the best.’ I believe my selfconfidence comes from the lessons I learned during those ‘growing up’ years. I’ve always been outgoing. I don’t believe I was ever what could be called shy. My one brush with celebrity was when one of Gene Autry’s band members lived across the street and I got to meet Gene Autry and his horse Champion.
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Crafty Gourds in The Bluff Local artist, Kat Jones, will facilitate a gourd craft class at the Harte Library on Wednesday, August 22 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Attendees will decorate a gourd birdhouse or select from other dried gourds to paint a simple or a detailed design using acrylic paints. This gourd craft class is the first class in a series of monthly craft programs the library calls, Crafting for Adults, Teens & Tweens. Tweens, ages 10-12 must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required. All public library events are free and open to the public. The library is located at 2629 Waldron Rd. in Flour Bluff. For more information call 937-6569.
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Texas Sales Tax Holiday This Weekend August 17 to 19
Take a walk on the wet side for the August Beach Walk. The free guided stroll will be Friday, Aug. 24, beginning at 9 am. Meet tour guide extraordinaire Shirley Fischer on the beach under the purple flag near Horace Caldwell Pier at the end of Beach Street. She will lead the up-to-two-hour excursion between the pier and the jetties, informing and entertaining all who come. Shirley also will show the collection of shells and more collected by the department over the years. This monthly walk is courtesy of the City of Port Aransas Parks and Recreation Department.
Saying Goodbye The community is invited to a farewell party to three departing city employees on Friday, Aug. 31. Parks and Recreation Director Gary Mysorski, EMS Director Yancy Gillespie and Municipal Court clerk Kathie Lindley are all retiring. Mysorski will leave at the end of August, Lindley in the middle of September and Gillespie at the end of September. All will be on hand to accept thanks and well wishes for the awesome job they have done.
Texas Comptroller Susan Combs reminds shoppers they can save money on everything from pens, jeans and shoes to backpacks and other items priced under $100 during the state’s annual sales tax holiday. This year, the sales tax holiday is scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 17-19. “Shoppers across Texas can take advantage of the three-day sales tax holiday and save extra money for their budgets,” Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said. “Families gearing up for the new school year would not pay any sales tax for many back-to-school items from clothing and footwear to school supplies during that weekend.” Lists of apparel and school supplies that may be purchased tax free can be found on the Comptroller’s website at: www. TexasTaxHoliday.org. This year, shoppers will save an estimated $64.8 million in state and local sales taxes during the Sales Tax Holiday. The tax holiday weekend has been an annual event since 1999.
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New Advertisers Keller Williams Realty has a great group of realtors with years of Island experience. Visit their office and feel the Island’s friendly atmosphere in their office building with front porch and rocking chair. They are experts on recognizing the needs for both buyers and sellers. Their building is located between the lights or you can call 949-8282 to arrange an interview at your home. They will have a twilight open house Wednesday, August 22nd 7 pm – 8:30 pm. Coffee Waves in Port A has more than just coffee. Check out their baked goods, panini sandwiches and Italian gelato. They have live music on weekends and open at 7 am daily. They are located in the strip mall just past Ace Hardware on Highway 361. Padre Island Mail Plus can meet all your mailing needs from private mail boxes to unique shipments. They also have premium cigars, island artists’ work and Navy flight training guides. They are open weekdays 9 am – 6 pm and Satudays 9 am until noon. Call 949-7471 for more info. Laguna Gardens Cemetery overlooking the Laguna Madre in Flour Bluff has cremation burial plots for $695. Call 939-7187 or visit www.lagunagardenscemetery.com.
Business Briefs The Schlitterbahn people are committed to supporting local businesses and have contacted their first local merchant to be a supplier.
Texas Insurance Commissioner to be in Corpus Christi Friday
The New Aquarius Extention landscaping has started should be completed within a couple of months. The city is currently working with AEP on the design of the lighting.
Windstorm Insurance will be on the agenda
70 Homes are currently under construction on the Island. Discussions are going on between the POA and the Nueces Coastal Park Board regarding the location of an Island dog park.
Texas Insurance Commissioner, Eleanor Kitzman, will be in Corpus Christi n Friday, August 17. While she is in town, the Commissioner will be meeting with Coastal Task Force participants, community, business and industry representatives in a public forum.
Bob Hall Pier restaurant building renovations are being worked on by engineers to place new insulation, electrical wiring, bathrooms and air conditioning. The kitchen will be expanded and moved to the rear of the building. The fishing pier is doing record numbers.
“We look forward to Commissioner Kitzman’s visit and we hope that by her visit she will gain even more information from our Coastal Bend residents and businesses,” Rep. Todd Hunter said.
August 16, 2012
Aunt Sissy’s Kitchen now delivers on the Island for a $5 charge with no minimum required. The hours of operation are Tuesday through Thursday 4 pm - 7 pm. The popular chicken salad is available by the quart on Wednesdays for $9.95. They also offer full catering. Email AuntSissyskitchen@stx.rr.com to get on their weekly menu mailing list. When ordering same day it is better to phone then email. Call 949-4848.
Sonic Drive-In now has flatmelt sandwiches for a limited time only for $3.99. Hickory steak & bacon is made with a ¼ pound marinated sirloin steak, grilled onions and hickory BBQ sauce. Hickory chicken & bacon has the same but with grilled chicken.
A Mano at the Tower Center in Port A has a new shipment in from San Miguel de Allende and Michoacan, Mexico. Deb just returned from one of her frequent trips to Mexico and her store is chockfull of colorful festive items.
Island Woman Boutique is also located in Tower Center and carries a wide variety of hand-made one-of-a-kind jewelry. They also have a fresh produce section.
Scuttlebutt’s Bar & Grill invites everyone to have their office party there. They have great happy hour deals and on Tuesdays its half price bottles of wine. Call Holly at 765-2222 to book your party. Next time you are there drop off your business card for a chance to win prizes. You can now order online to have your to-go meal ready.
The Texas Women Anglers Tournament will be held in Port A August 24th weekend. The weigh-ins will be at Roberts Point Park Saturday 5 pm – 8 pm.
One of the TWAT entrants on The Legacy, gets into a water fight at the docks last year
The first accident due to the Gypsy detour
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August 16, 2012
Real Estate Roundup
The New Wave in the Island’s Shipping & Mailing
By Mary Lou White Recently, I was involved in the purchase of a waterfront lot, by a local builder. The offer included an option period. At first, I was curious why an option period was being requested. Normally, an option period provides time for the Buyer to have all the necessary inspections performed on an existing home. Then, any necessary repairs that come to light, are negotiated between the Buyer and Seller. A fee is paid directly to the Seller for allowing the Buyer to “opt out” of the contract, during that specified period of time. Once the
multi-page Policy and Procedures Guide and Construction Standards. These documents and any plans must be submitted and reviewed by the ACC before they will issue a permit. The ACC permit must be in place, before the City of Corpus Christi can issue a building permit.
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Before ACC review, a complete Application Form must be accompanied by a complete set of plans, any required engineering documents, and payment of all appropriate fees. The Architectural Control Committee consists of five, non-compensated, members appointed by the POA Board of Directors. Each term of Normally, an option period provides time office is three years and for the Buyer to have all the necessary a member can serve only terms in total. The inspections performed on an existing home two POA Board appoints the Chairman who serves for option period has ended, the contract moves one year. No POA Board member can also serve forward into the “pending” stage and the fee on the ACC. The ACC has 30 days to approve is normally credited to the Buyer, at closing. or disapprove of an application. However, I was Therefore, without an existing home to inspect, told that the ACC tries to review plans as quickly I was having difficulty determining the reason as possible and meetings are usually held once for the option. Quickly, the answer became or twice a week. If a variance is requested, it apparent. The Builder went directly to the takes three ACC members to sign and give Padre Isles Property Owner’s Association with written approval. Public input is allowed, but his proposed house plans and presented them the discussion and decision process is done in to the Architectural Control Committee for closed session. The decision is reported by review and approval. Without their sanction, he the Executive Coordinator , to the applicant. would have to change the desired house plans Any disapprovals will be accompanied by a or find another lot with different dimensions. letter stating the reason for rejection of the Apparently, he received the approval he sought, project. Rejections can be appealed, first to because the sale has closed. the ACC and finally to the POA Board. Once a permit has been issued by the ACC and the Remember to “ask” first….. City of Corpus Christi, projects must be started It is all too easy to forget that the Architectural within three months. Completion must be Control Committee (ACC) of the PIPOA, attained within four months or nine months for has jurisdiction over all exterior property new construction and major remodels. Being modifications and new construction. That informed is a good thing. right is bestowed by the original covenants that were filed by the developers of each of the 26 subdivisions, within our PIPOA. That enormous stack of POA documents you receive, when you negotiate a contract on property located within the PIPOA, really does mean something. If you cannot possibly remember 8 Commercial Properties For Sale where those documents may be located, every From $150,000 to $4,557,465 page is available on the PIPOA website. You 2 Multi-Family Units For Sale just need to know your lot and block number From $385,000 to $2,500,000 and the subdivision where you are located. Just to be sure, I visited the POA office and 128 Lots and Land For Sale was instantly rewarded with four separate 50 Parcels on a canal or water documents that have taken me a week to read. From $99,000 to $1,850,250 First, is the Construction Permit Overview, then the New Home Construction Application 78 Parcels not on water Form, next was the General Guidelines for From $26,900 to $1,529,000 Padre Isles Subdivisions, and finally was the 220 Island Residences For Sale
Stop in to check out our premium cigars, island artists’ work, and Navy flight training guides. Open Monday to Friday 9:00-6:00 Saturday 9:00-12:00 Call Our Store: (361)949-7471
We want you to have your office party at Scuttlebutt’s! Great Happy Hour deals to keep the whole office happy. Call Holly at 361-765-2222 to book your party. Don’t forget half price bottles of wine on Tuesdays. Stop by and enter a drawing for a chance to win Happy Hour prizes.
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Trash Heap of the Week
Mystery Person of the Week
This strip of eye pollution you can’t miss as you pull up to the light in the southbound lane at Commodores and SPID. It offers a variety of jetsam blown from the road and tossed from car windows. It’s got everything, paper plates, plastic bottles, the National Bird of The Island (flying plastic bags), and if you look closely it’s built on a solid foundation of cigarette butts
flung there by drivers waiting for the light to change. Of course it will all get shredded if/when the lawn mowers blow through. That will release the large pieces from their grassy tethers and send their bits flying in the breeze until they find a new home further along their Island trail.
New Shipment from San Miguel de Allente and Michoacan!
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Steve Wilson getting his new baby the Adios Hoo Haws ready for the Texas Women Anglers Tournament this weekend.
The Mystery Person of the Week is this strapping fellow who was a rugby player in college and his name connotates travel.
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The Mystery Person of the Fortnight last issue was Port Aransian Hutch Edwards. Here is his account of his time In Country.
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“I was assigned with the 26th aviation battalion in South Viet Nam. Unit and members were awarded 4 battle stars for their service. After completing my military career, I worked for the Adjutant General for the state of Texas for 17 years. I retired in 1997 from the state of Texas with the rank of Command Sergeant Major. I moved to Port Aransas in 1997 for a boat captain’s job and to do wood carving. I’m still doing both.” Hutch Edwards.
On August 10th, the P.I.E. ( Padre Island Enrichment) members held their monthly luncheon at the Island’s Holiday Inn Beach Hotel. The luncheon program was a favorite BINGO with prizes.BINGO winners are left to right: Nina Young, Kathleen Hiatt, Patrice Demburg, Linda Steinford, Janis Farmer, Angie Virts & Susan Doolittle.
On September 14th, the P.I.E. program will be an exercise day with Gold Zumba, Yoga & Padre Island Yatch Club Line Dancers. A post Olympic event! Make your reservations by Wednesday, September 12th to PIELuncheon@aol.com
P.I.E. is a social club open to ladies who live or own property on North Padre Island. We have many activities, functions and just plain fun! Contact Sheila @ 949-2072 for more information
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