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January 24, 2013
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Year 16, Issue 458
Around The Island Where Did All These Schlitterbahn Announcement “Days Away” Sale of Padre Isles Country Club Pending Gophers Come By Dale Rankin just wrapping up things with the From? lawyers.” The city permits are in place,
By Dale Rankin firstname.lastname@example.org We are but five short weeks into winter and spring is but a twinkle in the collective Island eye but as winters go this ain’t a bad one. Beach driving is good and the first gut is full of pompano so all is right with the Island World.
By Dale Rankin
The Gopher Phone here at the Word Factory has been ringing lately.
The second Island Farmers Market is this Saturday, January 26, over at the Presbyterian Church. It kicks off at nine in the a.m. and if the first market is any indicator you should get there early because things sell out in a hurry. The church is providing free space for anyone who wants to sell. If you have questions call Kae over at the church, which by the way is at 14030 Fortuna Bay.
the final touches are being put on the plans, and the announcement of a ground breaking date only “days away,” according to Schlitterbahn developer Jeff Henry.
“There are no issues,” Henry said this week.
This is a something we’ve needed for a long time and we send out a Moon Attaboy to the folks who are making it happen.
Thanks John And speaking of Moon Attaboys, after twenty five years our friend and fellow Islander John Trice has left the Nueces County Coastal Parks Board. The list of projects that John has pushed to completion on The Island is way too lengthy to include here, not the least of which is the raising of the JFK Causeway. John and Molly are spending some time in California these days but we thank them for their work to improve The Island over the years. The parks board gets a lot done with a limited budget and John has been a key player in making that a reality.
Community garden As long as we’re sending out Moon Attaboys let’s send one to the Green Thumb Crowd over there at the Island Community Garden. If there is any doubt about whether we have any gardeners and wanna-be gardeners on The Island that has been put to rest. The Island Community Garden over at Douden Park is growing faster than a mush melon Jonesing on Rapid Grow. When John White and his fellow gardeners started over there a couple of years back there were 20 plots with a long waiting list. Then there were 40, still with a long waiting list. Now there are about to be 60 and the waiting list is still growing. If you are interested contact the POA but do it quickly.
“Hey where did all these gophers come from?” people want to know. “I’ve never seen this many on The Island before. What gives? So we called our friend Bill Schroeder over at Corpest to gopher the whole story. It turns out that the Pocket Gophers on The Island are sort of like the Canary in the Coal Mine. “There aren’t any more Pocket Gophers than there ever were,” Bill says. “It’s just that with
Council Approves Management District, Considering Changing Backflow Inspections By Dale Rankin
Backflow preventer inspections
Our final Attaboy goes out to State Rep. Todd Hunter and his staff. For anyone who has ever had trouble in dealings with the Veterans Administration (insert punch line here) help is on the way. Retired Lt. Col. Dick Prewitt will be working in Hunter’s Island office from 10 a.m.2 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays to help Islanders navigate the sometimes frustrating waters of VA paperwork.
If you have a sprinkler system in your yard you’ve read the letter. It comes from the City of Corpus Christi and warns you of potential jail time if you don’t get the Backflow Preventer on your sprinkler inspected once each year.
As new development on The Island gets ready to gin up the demand for condos has started to move. The latest sale is the El Pescador Del Mar complex of eleven units located at the corner of SPID and Cruiser just north of Whitecap. Technically they are the Pescador Del Canal since they are on a canal and not actually the sea, but hey; we hear they were recently bought by an investor for $2.4 million and once the new canals are dug on The Island they will have direct access to the Gulf. Homes are going up at a rapid pace on The Island and look for overnight-stay accommodations to be next. Currently, the Rio Grande Valley has 3500 overnight stay units, Port Aransas has 3200, and North Padre only 1000. That number will likely increase rapidly in the next twenty-four months as the resort around the Schlitterbahn park is completed and on-site accommodations are added there. It’s an exciting time to be on our Island.
Well alrighty then Our old friend Robert Bob called from Oklahoma last week with a story we’re still trying to get our head around. He claims that when he flies out of town he parks his car on the top floor of the parking garage and as his plane approaches the runway he uses his remote control to start his car so that when he gets to it the heater has it nice and warm. We’re probably going to have to try it, for no other reason just to call calfrope on Robert Bob. But then again, what if it works?! In the meantime, say hello if you see us Around The Island.
Planning meetings have been going on in New Braunfels since the middle of last week between the parties involved. The park itself is a $41 million undertaking planned for the current Padre Isles Country Club site which includes the 65-acre waterpark with lodging, golf and restaurants. It is part of a $552 million master plan for the area which includes a marina on Lake Padre, an extension of the residential canal system including a waterexchange bridge under SPID that will connect the system with the open Gulf. The planned area for development includes about 500 acres on what is now mostly undeveloped land. Under a $117 million sales tax incentive agreement with the city, Schlitterbahn developers must begin
Schlitterbahn continued on A3
State of The Island
2004 Island Area Development Plan Goes Largely Unfulfilled
Editor’s note: In the last issue we ran the first of a series on the development of The Island Gophers continued on A7 since the 2004 Island Area Development Plan was formed as a framework for development. The plan, which was drafted with input from Roundup Islanders and approved by the City Council, was/is a comprehensive list of projects and goals for implementation on The Island. It is the comprehensive planning document for Island development.
Cavalry is on the way
The Colonel volunteered for the Marines at 15 and fought in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam winning enough fruit salad to cover his whole chest and then some. He knows a thing or two about how the military works, so if you need help, have questions, or just want to chat stop by Todd’s office in the Padre Professional Plaza and say hello. And so it begins…
The sale of Padre Isles Country Club, built in the early 1970s, is expected to be completed soon as construction gets underway on the development of Schlitterbahn Resort and Beachwalk.
“The city has been very helpful and we are
Fabrication of some features of the park has already begun in at the Schlitterbahn headquarters in New Braunfels and the contract to purchase the Padre Isles Country Club is in the hands of attorneys on both sides with all the elements in place awaiting signing.
Citizens and council members alike have been expressing dissatisfaction over the program for years and the city staff is currently, at the direction of the council, preparing an ordinance that would reduce the inspections from every year to once every two to three years; the exact time frame has not yet been determined. The inspection comes with a fee of $75 and is a moneymaker for the city. The city established its program for inspections in 1996 “to protect the public potable water system” and today their program tracks over 9,500 backflow prevention assemblies citywide. Typically the city issues an average of sixty notices per day reminding homeowners their inspection is due. According to city policy if the due date passes the homeowner gets the letter “which informs the owner of the violation and the legal consequences involved with non-compliance.” City Hall continued on A5
Messages In A Bottle Hopes and Dreams Wash Ashore in Blueberry Grape Bottle By Kathy Sanders, Seasonal Ranger
Astounding find at Padre Island National Seashore A seemingly tranquil, chilly, overcast, Sunday afternoon at Padre Island National Seashore, quickly turned into intrigue. A crowd gathered into the visitor’s center to witness the contents of a bottle found by two visitors. The excitement began to build as the two came Messages continued on A 2
As we saw in the last article very few of the listed projects have been done in the nine years since the plan was adopted. This is a continued look at projects in the plan and their status. By Dale Rankin POLICY STATEMENT B.24 The areas referred to as the Village (east side of the Intracoastal Waterway at the JFK Bridge) and the Jones Tract (south of Padre Isles) in Kleberg County, must be developed under special mixed-use standards consistent with previously adopted master plans for each area. A) The Village Master Plan, approved by both the City and the General Land Office, requires greater public landscaping to identify this area
Thirteen years after the approval for digging Packery Channel, ten years after the establishment of the Island Tax Increment Financing Zone, and nine years after the passage of the Island Area Development Plan the permanent restrooms and showers planned for each side of Packery Channel have yet to be built. Instead, these three portable restrooms on Zahn Road, and one portable restroom on the south side of the channel are all that are available.
State of the Island continued on A13
A little Island history
St. Louis, Brownsville and Mexico Railway was to be the Catalyst for Growth in South Texas By Dale Rankin When developers looked at South Texas in the summer of 1903 they saw potential. The same type of potential as South Florida that only needed the same thing for it to boom; a way to get there.
Francisco Yturria, and Thomas Carson, all of Cameron County. Uriah Lott was named first president of the St. Louis, Brownsville and Mexico and the headquarters was eventually moved to Kingsville In those days the builders of new rail lines
The answer was the St. Louis Brownsville, and Mexico Railway. Its northern terminus was in of all places Sinton and its Southern U.S. terminus was where it crossed the Rio Grande in Brownsville. Another branch extended west to Starr County and eventually extensions were built from Sinton to connect it with Victoria, Houston, and Port O”Connor with the idea of eventually providing continuous Casa Ricardo Hotel along the rail line in Kingsville connections to Chicago, St. Louis and Memphis in the north, and Tampico and Mexico City in the south. were rewarded with bonuses of land, lots of It was an ambitious plan hatched at the first it, and this one was no exception. They got headquarters in Corpus Christi with initial $190,000 in cash bonuses and 90,000 acres. capital of $1 million. The board of directors Citizens of Brownsville and Bay City gave reads like a Who’s Who of South Texas; $40,000, while the Calhoun County Cattle Robert J. Kleberg and Arthur E. Spohn, Company donated $150,000. Henrietta King both of Corpus Christi; Robert Driscoll, Jr., gave 75,000 acres of land in Cameron and Uriah Lott, and Richard King, all of Nueces Kleberg counties, 640 acres for the townsite acres for shops. County; John G. Kenedy, James B. Wells, of Kingsville, and forty History continued on A4
January 24, 2013
Messages continued from A1 in with a glass Welch’s Sparkling Blueberry Grape drink bottle. The questions were many during the anticipation: what was in the bottle, where did it come from, who put it in the water, when did they put it in the water? We slowly, and methodically, removed the letters, one by one, as the eagerness grew. There were several letters in the bottle. Visitors gathered around as each letter was read.
Len Griggs and Dwight Kirkpatrick donate 1230 rolls of toilet paper to the Helping Hands Food Pantry in Port A.
It soon became apparent that the letters were probably written by a group of college students. Some were dated Jan. 1, 2013, all on the same stationary. The letters were actually New Year’s resolutions. It was fascinating to observe variances in the lists; some asking for good health for themselves, friends, and family, others for wealth. Still others want stronger friendships or to find true love. To others, graduating from school with honors is of importance. There was some disappointment, in not finding out where the bottle came from. It appears that the bottle did not travel very far because the label was in good condition and there were no barnacles on the bottle. Also, the time period the bottle was in the water, was short: the letters were dated Jan. 1, 2013 and found on Jan. 13th. So the next time you are on the beach, look carefully to see what kind of treasure you may find, and come by the Visitors Center, we would enjoy trading stories with you.
Ashlynn Carnley snatches a rebound during SMA’s last home game of the season. Carnley scored 14 points in the girls’ 31-27 win over Incarnate Word Academy.
Saturday, Jan 26 from 9am till outta goods, area farmers and gardeners will sell their produce, including fresh eggs at Island Presbyterian Church, 14030 Fortuna Bay Drive.
8th grade point guard Jack Pelleteri dribbles past a defender during the boys’ game on January 14. photo by Angel Gaines
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18th Annual Big Winter Beach Shell Beach Cleanup Cleanup February 9 Set for February 23 PINS one of four beaches targeted for trash
By Capt. Billy L. Sandifer
The 18th. Annual Big Shell Beach Cleanup will be held on Saturday, 23 February, 2013. The event will commence at 7:00 a.m. and volunteers will be back at the Malaquite Pavilion by 2 p.m. Four wheel drive vehicles and operators, trailers for hauling trash and walking volunteers are all needed and welcomed. Walking volunteers will be afforded transport to and from the work area. Water, sodas and drinks will be available in the work area and at Malaquite after the event but if you feel like you might want something more feel free to bring it. We changed the date of the event this year as there is a potential change of speed limits on the beach from 25 mph to 15 mph on 1 March and at 15 miles per hour it would take most of our work day to simply travel into and out of the work area. In addition; over the years we consistently receive requests from volunteers to not hold the event during Spring Break. So, this date change will alleviate that inconvenience as well. Interestingly enough upon checking back for the past six years in my daily log books I found that typically the weather and tides are better in late February than in March. We have had some tough weather days on our March date cleanups so maybe this will be more user friendly. The event will start at 07:00 a.m. but it would really help if people could arrive a bit early as things are awfully hectic and confusing getting everyone lined out in the dark. It is requested that all section leaders and those who are going to help in the parking lot get there by 06:15 a.m. A map will be made available explaining how things will take place in the parking lot prior to the event. Updates and the map will be available on Friends of Padre, Inc.’s web site, Tyler Thorsen’s message board at fishing corpus.com and on Friends of Padre’s web site at www.FriendsOfPadre, Inc. . It was decided BY OTHERS years ago to call this the Capt. Billy Sandifer Big Shell Cleanup but to me it isn’t; it is OUR Big Shell Beach Cleanup; not Billy Sandifer’s. This is a grass roots event made up of volunteers who care about the condition of this wondrous national treasure and are willing to spend 1 day a year being good caretakers of it. It’s hard work but it’s a “feel good” experience you’ll never forget filled with wonderful, selfless companions and laughter. This event has never rescheduled regardless of conditions so it is very advisable to bring slicker suits and warm clothing. It is advised that vehicle operators carry fix-a-flat, tire plugs and a small air compressor in case of flat tires. It is also advised that volunteers wear sturdy shoes to avoid fish spines. Be sure to wear appropriate clothing for the forecast weather. Event t-shirts and goody bags will be given to volunteers. Big Shell beach is a one of a kind place and this is a one of a kind event. You are cordially invited to join us. Your Brother in the Sand.
Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson is calling on volunteers for the 9th Annual Winter Beach Cleanup Saturday, Feb. 9 at four Coastal Bend beaches. The cleanup will take place from 9 a.m. to noon. The locations participating in the Winter Beach Cleanup are: • Padre Island National Seashore, at the Malaquite Visitor Center, 20420 Park Road 22. Contact Buzz Botts at 361-949-8068 or via e-mail at email@example.com. • Rockport Beach, at the Rockport Beach Park Pavilion. Contact Kerry Goodall for more information at 361-729-6661 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org • Port Aransas, at Avenue G at the beach. Contact Deno Fabrie at 361-749-0256 or via e-mail at email@example.com • Corpus Christi Beach, at the Texas State Aquarium, 2710 N. Shoreline Blvd. Contact Kara Hahn at 361-881-1259 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Winter Beach Cleanup is one of three all-volunteer seasonal cleanups coordinated through the Adopt-A-Beach program of the Texas General Land Office. Each year, Texas’ beaches receive large amounts of marine debris due to a convergence of currents in the Gulf of Mexico. Since 1986, Adopt-A-Beach volunteers have picked up enough trash to fill a line of dump trucks 90 miles long, making it one of the most successful volunteer programs in the nation. Volunteers record data on the trash to learn more about the causes of marine debris and to help mitigate pollution along Texas’ 367 miles of coastline. The Texas General Land Office’s AdoptA-Beach program is funded primarily by private contributions. To help out, or for more information, call the Adopt-A-Beach program at 1-877-TXCOAST or visit our Web site at http://www.texasadoptabeach.org.
Schlitterbahn continued from A1 construction by February 28 or suffer financial penalties. Investors include Willard Hammonds, Paul Schexnailder of Asset Development, and the Henry family, owners of Schlitterbahn, and others. Sources say that in recent weeks a redesign of the project, the fourteenth since it began, calls for an 8,000 square-foot open air pagoda to be built adjacent to the existing Padre Isles clubhouse for gatherings, and a re-built kitchen also at the existing clubhouse. The site for the hotel at the park has tentatively been moved from a spot near the corner of Compass and Commodores to a site near the current 18th green. The pump station for the irrigation system at the golf course must also be moved.
Stuff I Heard on the Island
by Dale Rankin
It’s hard to believe but only three months from now we will pass the twentieth anniversary of the storming and ultimate destruction of the Branch Davidian compound near Waco. It was a long time ago but here’s how I remember it.
Just Another Sunday I was working Sundays to attend weekday classes at UT Austin and it was my last semester a masters program. I arrived at the CBS station in San Antonio at nine and as I walked down the hallway by the edit bays I saw an editor rolling tape of a guy on a roof in an ATF jacket dodging bullets that were coming up at him through the shingles. “CBS Movie of the Week huh?” I asked. “No.” he said. “Shootout between the ATF and some religious cult in Waco this morning. Four agents shot, maybe dead, and the cult people are holed up in the house.” “That’s real!?” “Yea. Waco. They say they got machine guns.” I called the managers and within half an hour I was headed up I-35 with a satellite truck in tow headed for I had no idea what. But this had the makings of a big one. Usually on a siege you have to rely on a live camera because you got no video, but ther’s plenty of B-roll for this one and I already had a copy of it with me.
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We did our ten o’clock shots and we were being told the Branch Davidians could be coming out any time. A few did after midnight and it was looking like we might be able to leave after the noon shows the next day. But dawn the next morning found us once again at a crossroads with no food except the baloney sandwiches the Red Cross truck was giving out (and we were grateful for). This time we were at a three way junction almost a mile from the compound and down in enough of a hollow that
all we could see was the top half of the building. A Waco station sent a live truck with a camera on the mast which we ran up so we could see the front door but the wind was picking up and the forty-foot mast was swaying in the breeze and the camera was not of much use. Within a few days CBS will lease the horse pasture on the corner and throw up scaffolding high enough in the air to get a full-time live camera up there and the shot from that camera is how fifty -one days later the world watched as the place went up in smoke killing a lot of people who didn’t have to die.
Armed with just enough understanding of the theology to be dangerous a half dozen crews and roaring satellite trucks headed down muddy roads for the compound, which is actually outside the suburb of Bellmead. The only way we knew where we were going was because we were following photographer Dangerous Dan Mulloney who had drawn gunfire there earlier in the day while crouching behind a stone wall with his camera rolling. He had accidentally alerted the Davidians of the raid when he asked a man driving a postal truck how to get to the compound. He was in a marked news truck and the “mailman” turned out to be a Davidian. Dan followed the agents to the site and was shooting
We had been checked by the ATF; we were too far away from the compound to have any twoway to communication, the ATF wasn’t talking, and after everyone interviewed Dangerous Dan there was no one else to get sound or information from. Finally, the sheriff showed up and knew some of the local crews.
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in gunshot range. “Those things shoot to the horizon,” we said. The ATF was in no mood to bargain with the press who had tipped off their raid and in their minds gotten people hurt.
A roomful of hungover journalists ended up in a crowded auditorium full of Baylor Comparative Religion Professors who after all these years of playing second fiddle to showy preachers were going to have their day in the spotlight. They did their best to explain the difference between the Church of Latter Day Saints, the Davidians, and the Branch Davidians to an audience of viewers that was only interested in seeing the shootout video from the raid over and over. It was Sunday; we were supposed to be out covering a tree climbing dog or a giant picnic and off work by six thirty to watch the Spurs game at Joey’s Pub on St. Mary’s Street. This looked like it could be an all-weeker and it would mean staying at the Branch Davidians location out in the sticks because if the ATF didn’t want us to see the Davidians coming out they would bring them out in the middle of the night. And it was getting cold.
“We usually don’t do groundbreaking events for our projects,” Henry said. “But we are going to go one for this one. We are going to get the biggest excavating machine we can find and get busy. An announcement on a date for that is only days away. I’m bringing my big skillet and I’m going to cook for everybody.”
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“I know Koresh,” he said. “And he ain’t coming out any time soon. “
Truer words were never spoken. We sat around doing live shots and cut-ins and newsbreaks and teases non-stop, so even if there had been someone around to tell us what was going on we wouldn’t have had time to find them. Everybody wanted us to tell them things that we didn’t know ourselves. Then it calmed down and we became bored until every once in a while in the middle of the night a lonely car would drive up the gate and either enter or leave the compound. But most of the windows were smoked so it was lousy video that raised more questions than it answered. The story was building up steam but we had nothing. And then I caught a break.
My college roommate called, “You remember Russell from Bay City? You met him a couple of times.” “Yea.” for the local CBS station when the ATF people piled out of the back of a cattle truck. He shot that video we’ve all seen a million times and when the shooting started he and his reporter were pinned behind the three-foot wall and when Dan stuck the camera over the top to shoot video a shot took the kleig light off. Then Dan and his reporter had to carry a wounded agent from the compound on the hood of their car when ambulances that had never been called failed to show.
“Well, he owns a gentleman’s club in Waco called the Showtime! and he says this Koresh guy is one of his best customers. I called Russell and in half an hour I was in the Showtime! and not only did Mr. Koresh have his own parking spot with his name on it where he parked his 1968, 500 horse power Camaro with “DAVIDES 427 GO GOD” stamped on the 427 cubic-inch engine but the girls said he was a good tipper and a nice guy. One of the girls had his cell number. Now I was getting somewhere.
Bunched up in a muddy flat We ended up bunched up in a muddy flat at the crossroads of two sections lines about 300 yards from the compound. We had done our early live shots outside the meeting room in Waco and we knew we should have been at the compound but we had no idea where it was, and surprisingly neither did anyone we could find in Waco; except Dangerous Dan. By nine o’clock we were cutting tape when the ATF figured out where we were and made us move because we were “within gunshot range”. We pointed out there were reports of a .50 caliber weapon being fired at a helicopter circling the compound that morning and if that was true then pretty much everybody was
The only story better than one about God, guns, sex, and drugs was one about God, guns, sex, drugs, jiggle dancers, 450 horsepower muscle cars, and a self-appointed messiah who was a good tipper and a nice guy. .
I wired the cell phone up to record sound and I dialed the number.
History continued from A1
The Idle Iron Riddle
Rigs to Reefs Program Strives for Viability While the factors driving platform removals in the Gulf of Mexico are relatively simple, solutions prove harder to come by. By Ted Venker Conservation Director Coastal Conservation Association (Reprinted from the Jan/Feb 2013 issue of TIDE Magazine) In fisheries management, you get used to issues not being black and white. In federal fisheries in particular, every problem tends to be clouded with suspect data or outdated science. Most of the things we debate in fisheries management revolve around murky models and uncertain statistics. Politics and fisheries science are woven together into a perfect bird’s nest of confusion, producing baffling regulations and counter-intuitive policies. So as the Idle Iron issue began to heat up, the initial reaction may have been something akin to relief in that, at last, here was an issue that was black and white. Being from Texas or Louisiana, you not only get used to seeing platforms in the Gulf, you come to appreciate them as prime habitat and cherish them as prime destinations for anglers. The thought of a federal order to systematically remove those structures struck every Gulf Coast angler as a horrible mistake. It seemed that all we would have to do is point out all the amazing things that live on and around those platforms to get the Administration to change course. That brief period of time regarding this as a black and white issue was quickly replaced by a dense fog bank as the enormity and complexity of the challenges associated with those structures emerged. Keeping that habitat in the Gulf of Mexico remains one of the highest priorities for CCA and after extensive engagement, the fog bank is only just starting to lift. LIABILITY AND RED TAPE Just as location, location, and location are the three most important factors in real estate, the three most daunting factors for idle iron are liability, liability and liability. Every road that might possibly lead to leaving those structures in the water to serve as Gulf habitat has to find a way over, around or through the liability issue and CCA has spent an enormous amount of time trying to find a way to build that road. Among other things, we have worked closely with Texas Gov. Rick Perry on a letter he sent to the U.S. Department of Interior requesting a review of the removal policy. We supported U.S. Sen. David Vitter (La.) and U.S. Rep. Steven Palazzo (Miss.) as they filed the Rigs to Reefs Habitat Protection Act. We helped coordinate a push by the Congressional Sportsmen’s Caucus to enact a moratorium on removals until a solution can be found. We worked to include language in the Sportsmen’s Act of 2012 that would require an assessment of the biodiversity and critical habitat present at platforms and related structures subject to removal and assess the potential impacts of their removal. We’ve hosted workshops with industry and the marine science community to find common ground and mutually beneficial solutions. All of those efforts and more eventually ran into the same wall – liability. It should be stated unequivocally that there is no comparing an unused platform standing over a played-out well and the Deepwater Horizon, which was engaged in highly complex
January 24, 2013
deepwater drilling operations when that tragic accident occurred. However, big, expensive things can still go wrong when you leave a skyscraper of idle iron in a marine environment for decades. Energy industry representatives and regulators can recite a litany of scenarios that no company in its right mind wants to be liable for – supertanker collision, cruise ship collision, stormtossed structure slamming into an active underwater pipeline, to name just a few. Some entity will have to be liable for accidents like those and companies today are all too familiar with the concept of “boomerang” properties, those whose liability comes back to the last financially viable company that owned the structure, no matter how many times it has been sold or who owns it now.
The increased value of the land the donors kept along the route more than made up for the cost of the land they donated. It’s the old saying, “How do you make $2 million? First you get $1 million.”
Construction began at Robstown in August 1903, and the 142 miles to Brownsville opened on July 4, 1904. Sinton was reached on April 10, 1905; Bay City on April 10, 1906; and Algoa, 343 miles from Brownsville, on May 28, 1907. From Algoa to Houston the company secured trackage rights over the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway Company. The line was opened through from Houston to Brownsville on December 31, 1907. A branch line from Harlingen through Mission to Sam Fordyce, fifty-five miles in length, was constructed between May and December 1904. For the first time South Texas had an umbilical cord to the outside world that didn’t involve riding a horse. It brought with it a land boom on a scale the likes of which will likely never be seen again in South Texas.
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There was not established marketing strategy for their newly found products. There was no planning in those days for seasonal crops. When the big crops came in rail yards were overflowing with product waiting for cars to ship it to market. There were no standardized container cars for various produce. Periodic frosts and floods randomly wiped out harvests.
As with all boom cycles the bust turns up sooner or later and this time the hardest hit were the
Arguments can be made, and we have made them repeatedly, that steps can be taken to guard against those scenarios. Maintenance in the form of lighting, horns and anode systems to prevent corrosion can keep those structures as safe as they were when they were operational. Again, industry representatives and regulators are quick to point out that costs to maintain decommissioned rigs in that manner can run hundreds of thousands of dollars a year per platform. It is understandable that a company with one dozen or two dozen or 200 platforms would quickly decide it makes more sense to remove them than maintain them at that ongoing cost. As anglers we argue that is a small price to pay for the marine habitat at stake, but in an honest moment we should also acknowledge that it is easy to make that argument with someone else’s money. Anglers and divers would like to see those platforms stay exactly as they are now, upright and in place, to continue serving as prime habitat for a myriad of marine life forever. But industry representatives and regulators make the fundamental point that those structures were never designed to exist in a harsh marine environment indefinitely. The best explanation I’ve heard likened a platform standing above the waves to the tab on a can of soda. If you bend that soda tab back and forth long enough, the metal will weaken and it will snap off. A platform in the ocean bends fractionally back and forth millions of times over its lifespan. Eventually, it will snap and fall to the seafloor, leaving not only the liability issue but a bigger price tag to remove. When Hurricanes Katrina and Rita churned through the Gulf of Mexico in 2005, more than 150 platforms in the Gulf of Mexico were toppled. Whereas the cost to remove an intact and upright platform might be $2 million, that cost is multiplied by a factor of 20 to 30 if that same platform is toppled and scattered by a hurricane. One company that lost more than 60 platforms in the storms finally finished its cleanup from that natural disaster just last year. That is why talk of a moratorium on removals for a year or two draws a heated response and outright rejection by regulators and energy companies alike. No one is willing to play platform roulette in the Gulf of Mexico through a hurricane season. Next Week: What can be done?
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Gulf_Coast_Lines_system_map Immediately development companies purchased huge tracts of ranchland along the route and began subdividing them into ten-toforty acre tracts. They installed irrigation pumps and dug drainage canals to turn brush country into farmland. The price of land went from $2 an acre to $5, then to $50 for unimproved pastureland. By 1912 the price of irrigated farmland was $300 per acre. As is usually the pattern, behind the railroads came the scourge of the previous generations of ranchers – Sodbusters. Developers hired advertising agencies in Chicago and Kansas City and began placing ads in newspapers, and spread leaflets and traveling recruiters to bring in potential buyers. They chartered railroad cars and brought people to the Valley for fares as low as $25. The potential Sodbusters showed up in droves where the promoters worked them with promises of riches and in hard sell tactics. Just eight years after the consruction of the railroad fifty pumps were drawing enough water from the Rio Grande to irrigate 60,000 acres, by 1921 that figure would grow to 204,000 acres. Ranching retreated from the river back to the Wild Horse Prairie where it had always survived if not flourished, beyond the reach of the irrigation ditches. In 1913 Valley farmers exported over four thousand carloads of vegetables. But there were some problems. Many of the Sodbusters were transplanted city folks who knew little or nothing about farming. The hard sell promoters had convinced many businessmen, professionals, craftsmen and industrial workers that all they had to do was to “quietly sit down and watch the crops grow.” Any farmers reading that line just laughed out loud.
promoters who created it in the first place. The developers were overextended. They borrowed money to buy more ranchland and construct more irrigation canals. The advertising agencies charged fess between $65 to $100 of each acre sold. New Sodbusters made down payments covering only about one-forth of the total cost of the land with the remainder to come from farm profits that were simply not always there. Indebtedness became the common enemy.
It wasn’t long before the Sodbusters fell behind in their payments and consequently the land developers slid toward bankruptcy. By 1920 the Sodbusters had figured out they didn’t need the developers anymore. Under new legislation they formed public irrigation districts to float bonds to buy out the land developers and their creditors.
But the farming communities in South Texas grew. A dozen new towns sprung up along the route of the St.Louis, Brownsville, and Mexico Railway. The same developers who had furnished the irrigation canals now provided the land for the towns. Between 1900 and 1910 the population of Cameron and Hidalgo counties jumped from 22,000 to 41,900, by 1920 it was 75,000. Much of the increase came from Mexican nationals crossing the river in search of jobs. In 1911 the Mexican Revolution in Mexico sent waves fleeing the troubles south of the border. But in spite of that the Anglo population in the region reached a sizable proportion for the first time. The racial tension that would grip the Valley for decades had taken hold. It was the fertile spawning ground for the Boss System that would rule South Texas until very late in the 20th century. And it all started with a little old railroad.
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Mr. Danesi’s (Letter to the Editor, 1/17/2013) solution of “carefully proceeding” through the sometimes unpredictable traffic signal at Whitecap & PR22 IMO, is unwise and bad advice. Evidently, I’ve witnessed many a “miracle” having the light turn green while the signal has been experiencing problems. I’ve never had to drive through the red light, and usually the light will turn green within minutes or obviously I, along with many other Islanders would still be there. My advice is to wait for the green and don’t risk an accident or chance being pulled over by one of our City’s Finest gassing up at either of the Stripes stores at that intersection. Instead give Charlie Cardenas, the City Traffic Engineer a call @ 826-3552. I’ve contacted Mr. Cardenas 5 times in the past 2 years about signal problems and he usually has the problem fixed the same day. I contacted him last on 1/16 about problems with the signals at both Commodores & PR22, and Whitecap & PR22 and they were in good working order by 1/17. Mr. Danesi’s other advice about NOT driving in the right hand lane on Whitecap also appears questionable. My driving advice to Mr. Danesi.....DECAF!
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So you can have “high” and “low” tides, as predicted on the charts, but it’s relative to MSL…..these are generally indicated by the tide charts, but you have to look closer at the graph than just the “peaks”….you have to look at how it’s relative to MSL on the X-axis of the chart….. and you also have to “correct” these charts for how close/far you are from which pass the tide chart was created for…..wind and currents can influence our tides around here more than tidal amplitude as well….we’re considered “microtidal”…
Don’t feed your dog to the birds. Got it.
Click on the link for each station and scroll down to “Recent Observations” near the bottom of the page…..as I fish the backside of the Island too, I look at the “Water Level relative to MSL” and see recent observations… ..I like to ensure that the water level is at lease at 0.5 or better…… (POSITIVE half a foot, 0.8 is ideal)….this represents water level above MSL…..In addition, I like the Ingleside station at 0.8 or above as well…..you have to watch them both, because if one is low and the other high, then somewhere in the middle might not be favorable….
A recent look at the Packery Station on the day you went indicates that the water was at around -0.5 (relative to MSL)……that’s NEGATIVE half a foot…..now, as the measurements are done in tenths of feet, that means that the water level was exactly 1 foot lower when you tried than I like to get out there and try (I’ve learned this from experience)…..realizing that it doesn’t matter whether high tide or low tide, if the whole water level is a foot down, that’s pretty much what it takes to float a kayak…..one foot will either empty or fill a flat around here….
You can also do all kinds of searches on the various TCOON stations; they’ve been around for a while…..one of my last jobs I worked for TCOON maintaining these stations…..was a fun job for sure….and it’s a great site that can be a powerful tool….
Sorry for all the technical jargon regarding the answer…..hope at least one of my tips helps you out plan your kayaking adventures a little better…..please let me know if you have any further questions…. And THANK YOU loyal readers for reading! Have a great day! Jay Gardner
City Hall continued from A1 The homeowner then has seven days to fix the problem or face American Justice. Then “if the owner still is not in compliance after this time we create a file to be sent to the City’s legal Department for prosecution in Municipal Court.”
When the subject came up at the January 15 council meeting, Councilman David Loeb asked city staff, “Has there ever been a single case of anyone being harmed or getting sick from backflow from an irrigation system in Corpus Christi?”
A perusal of the website of the American Backflow Prevention Association – yes, there
is such a thing – shows no incidents of any injuries due to irrigation backflow. So watch the council agenda the next few weeks for the staff report; and in the meantime don’t drink from the business end of your sprinkler system and try not to get thrown in jail over your backflow preventer.
Municipal Management District The Corpus Christi city Council on Tuesday approved on first vote the formation of a Municipal Management District for the area on The Island covered by the POA. The district is designed to help the POA seek federal funds for repair of the bulkheads and canal system in case of a major storm. The POA currently has about $6 million in reserve for bulkhead repairs. In order to be eligible for federal assistance ownership of the bulkheads would have to be transferred from the POA – a private entity – to the MMD – a public entity. On questioning, the city staff told the council once that transfer is made the bulkheads and the one foot-wide cap on top the bulkhead become accessible to the general public. Once approved by the city, establishment of the MMA goes to the state legislature for final approval. Representative Todd Hunter is expected to carry the bill to Austin.
A new road to Doc’s and Snoopy’s The city council on Tuesday approved $162,520 for a design contract with Urban Engineering to begin work on plans for a new roadway, waterline, gasline, and parking area, on the land behind Doc’s Restaurant and Snoopy’s Pier. The current road was built privately. The land is owned by the Texas General Land office but the businesses there are subject to all city rules, inspections, and taxes. The $1.2 million bond project was approved by voters last November. City engineers say they expect the project to be complete by December, 2014.
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The thing to remember about “high tide” and “low tide” is that these are terms relative to Mean Sea Level (MSL)….so, you know that tides come up and down most days, sometimes twice…..however, these are all relative to MSL…..if the MSL is one foot lower (as it is in the winter due to the solstice), then there’s “not as much water out there” than normal…..so imagine the water level, as a “constant” in the winter is a foot lower (as you experienced)…. then, you have your high tide and low tides throughout the day…..now, “high” tide may bring the tide levels up two to three inches, but remember that you were starting out a foot low…..then the tide goes back out to low tide at the bottom, and then back in…..
I could get all kinds of loco going on about how mean sea level is relative to mean low tide, and mean high tide, and a bunch of other mumbo-jumbo, or I can give you something you can easily use……Log on to http://lighthouse. tamucc.edu, or do a search for TCOON (Texas Coastal Ocean Observation Network)….go to the TCOON site, and you can either click on the interactive map and choose a station (represented by flags) or you can scroll below it and look at the “List of All Active TCOON stations” and work from there….if you fish Mustang Island (backside) I would use both the Packery Channel Station (by Billings) and the Ingleside Station (out by the CC ship channel by Ingleside)…..
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You are correct, the water levels have been very low lately, and tide charts have always been a lot like forecasting the weather; not exactly 100% reliable…..We typically have very low water levels in the winter and in the middle of summer….tides can also be affected by wind around here…..
What was not discussed was how much money the city raises annually from the inspections.
Mike and Kim,
“I spent an entire day reading through 3500 inspection reports, and believe me they are boring, and I can’t find a single case of anyone anywhere being harmed in any way by backflow from an irrigation system,” Loeb said. And with that a consensus formed on the council to instruct the staff to come back with an ordinance to reduce the requirement for inspections from one year to either two or three. The lone dissenter on the council was Mayor Nelda Martinez who favored keeping the annual inspections.
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“Has there ever been a case of anyone in the country getting sick from backflow from an irrigation system?”
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Might you have any additional information to help us decide what the flats water levels will be relative to the tide tables?
The answer was still no.
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I have the tide info but it is difficult for us to decide when there will be enough water out there. Some have told us that 3-4 hours after “high tide”, will be high tide in the flats. I don’t believe it’s that simple since some days there is one high tide and others two.
“Has there ever been a case of anyone in Texas getting sick from backflow from an irrigation system.”
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Hi Jay. I enjoy reading your column in the Island Moon paper. We kayak fish the flats between Port A and Corpus. We attempted to go fishing last week, Friday, January 18 and the water was so low, we could not go without pulling our yaks across the mud.
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The ostensive reason for the annual inspection is to prevent health problems due to water that has seeped into the irrigation system from somehow getting into the home’s drinking water.
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Frostbite Betty’s Winter Texan Roundup
January 24, 2013
Guess what I’m wearing? Well, the weather warmed up this week, and you know how Winter Texans love to gloat about sitting on the beach here when it is 24 below zero up north and scream into the phone, “Guess what I’m wearing?” Yup, that’s what the thermometer read this morning at the homestead in Frostbite Falls. Uff-da! as we say up there. Speaking of the home town, during the band break last week, I heard a voice across the way say, “Betty!” and don’t cha know it was Harry and Peggy Peterson. They come stay on North Padre every winter for several months and I never knew that until right then. The path of travelers is long, but not that wide I guess.
Bert gets his feed on. Bert got out to the beach a couple times this week. His big event though was a man party, which was all about football playoffs, meat, and drinking. He listed off the menu: Elk, walleye and crappie from up north fried crispy with lemon-butter sauce. Texas venison including grilled steaks, sausage, roast, loin medallions, and green tomatillo chili with chunks. The chili was too hot for Bert. Local seafood included drum, oysters, shrimp, grilled pompano, and fish chowder. He was plumb full by the time the second game got to halftime. While waiting around at the Gaff for the ride to the party, there was plenty of time to hob-nob with other Winter Texans from Iowa, the Dakotas and elsewhere, who were enjoying the Sunday breakfast specialty of Eggs Benedict cooked by Kiwi at the Gaff. Mmmm . . .
Live Music for Winter Texans… Bert and I just love the live music scene here in Port A. It’s one of the main features that keep us coming back, year after year. We love to go to Bernie’s Beach House on Wednesdays for the Port A Rockers. In case you didn’t know, this band plays great oldies rock and roll and it’s as much fun to watch the dancers and it is to join in with them. The band (and the crowd, too, for that matter) is made up mostly of Winter Texans and we just love this scene. Then on Thursday evening (7-10) the action is at the Tarpon Ice House when the Free Beer Band plays each week. A few of the Rockers (Bob, Steve and John) also play in this band and everyone gets into the act by the time all is said and done. Last week they had nine or ten of us on stage to sing harmony to the old Band song, The Weight and I must say, it sounded fabulous. Also, the Tarpon Ice House has a couple of Friday Happy Hour performers that our crowd has adopted. Carol Elliott plays from 5-7 every second and fourth Friday and Mike Williams plays every first and third Friday, also from 5-7. They are marvelous! We went wandering around on Sunday and found several free shows that were all a blast. First of all, they have a weekly open jam at the Ice House every Sunday. It’s a given and always fun and very entertaining. There’s also an open mic (although they don’t use any mics) at Neptune’s Retreat in Port A next to Marcel’s. It’s totally unplugged and they will cook your steak for you and provide all the trimmings back in their beautiful courtyard. Then there’s a couple of country bands that play for no cover on Sundays for those of you that like to get your boot-scoot on… one called Tumble Dry Low at Bernies and the other is called The Sudden Notice Band at Shakey’s. All of these shows start on the early side and finish early.
January Full Moonfire The January Moonfire will be on Saturday the 26th at beach marker 25 at about 630pm. To get to beach marker 25 you may go down the beach or take Hwy 361 to beach access 1 and after you
get to the beach turn left or toward Port A. You should bring your own drinks, chairs, food if you wish (not required) and anyone or everyone you wish. The Moonfire is open to all. The Indian names for the January Full Moon are Full Snow Moon, Full Ice Moon and Full Frost on inside of Lodge Moon. As we always do in January, Included are the Full moons for the whole year. They are Feb25, Mar27, Apr25,May24, Jun23, Jul22, Aug20, Sep19,Oct18,Nov17,Dec17, and Jan 15th of 2014. A good time can be had by all and we hope to see you there. Thanks, Deno and Diana Fabrie (fire starters)
Port A named “Birdiest City” 3 years in a row. Watch for low flying birds! Located in the Central Flyway, the island boasts hundreds of native and migrating species. Encounters with Coastal Bend nesting species such as the Roseate Spoonbills, Least Grebes, Reddish Egrets, Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks, Bitterns and Rails bring birding enthusiasts back to this island sanctuary time and time
The Winter Texans at El Constante enjoy water aerobics to music in the heated pool. Although it looks like they are just bouncing up and down in the water. Photo by Mary Craft. again. With five sites along the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail: Wetlands Park, Paradise Pond, the Birding Center, Mustang Island State Park and the South Jetty, Port A hosts many must-see lookouts for avid birders and wildlife photographers. Boardwalks and observation towers are built over wetlands with vegetation pockets specially designed to attract birds. The Birding Center, Wetlands Park, Paradise Pond and The Nature Preserve were designed to give birders the “up-close” ability to observe hundreds of species in their natural habitats. From the natural wetlands, inlets, and 18 miles of natural beaches and dunes to the rock jetties, piers and marinas, the island offers dozens of perfect vantage points to marvel at the magnificent migrating birds that consider Port A the perfect rest stop.
Birding at the South Jetty The most popular place to view waders and shorebirds is at the South Jetty located at the northern tip of I.B. Magee Beach Park. The jetty extends several hundred yards into the Gulf and furnishes an excellent vantage point from which to look for a variety of open water species. Gulls and terns often rest at the base of the jetty and shorebirds may be seen feeding along the beach. Scan the Gulf, particularly in winter, for species such as Northern Gannet, Bonaparte’s Gull, and Jaegers and in summer for Magnificent Frigatebird, Masked and Brown Booby (also seen at times perched on rocks of the jetty itself) and Sooty Tern. Brown pelicans can be seen year round. Day use is free, with a fee for overnight camping. Birding tours out to deep water are available, and at times (particularly in the fall) a number of pelagic species such as boobies, shearwaters, and jaegers may be seen. The island hosts immense numbers of nesting herons, egrets, pelicans and spoonbills in the summer, not to mention our
always present “seagull residents.” Farther south along Mustang Island toward Corpus Christi, you will cross several hurricane wash-over sites. These inlets or passes have been cut through the island by the scouring action of past tropical storms and are a relatively common phenomenon on coastal barrier islands. Corpus Christi Pass slices across the island south of Mustang Island State Park and the bayside flats here are the wintering haunts of such species as Piping Plover and Long-billed Curlew. Search the inlet waters for waterfowl (such as Hooded Merganser) and look for nesting Snowy Plover in late spring.
Birding at the Port A Nature Preserve The Port Aransas Nature Preserve encompasses 1,217 acres of undeveloped land in an area formerly known as Charlie’s Pasture, where early island residents once grazed their cattle. Located between the ship channel, the community park, State Highway 361 and Piper Channel, features at the Nature Preserve include over three miles of hike and bike trails, a pavilion, boardwalks over algal flats, crushed granite trails on the uplands, covered seating sites and two towers overlooking wetland areas around Salt Island. The natural area’s extensive tidal flats provide feeding areas and important habitat for shorebirds and endangered and threatened species such as the piping plover. There are two entrances to the Preserve: the end of Port Street and off State Highway 361 near Mustang Beach Airport. To keep the preserve unspoiled, certain environmental rules apply.
Leona Belle Turnbull Birding Center From SH 361 at the ferry landing, take CutOff Road to Ross Avenue and follow the signs to the Leona Belle Turnbull Birding Center. This birding facility attracts birds and birders alike. The boardwalk stretches nearly a mile over the shallow, brackish water and allows for close observation of many birds. From the observation platform look for waterfowl (Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Cinnamon Teal), grebes (Least included), heron and egrets, cormorants, shorebirds (such as Black-necked Stilt) and flaming pink Roseate Spoonbills, the Port Aransas city bird. The parking area and land along the boardwalk are planted in native species, so be alert for landbirds during migration. Keep your eyes open for the resident American alligators Boots and Bags!
Birding at Joan & Scott Holt Paradise Pond From SH 361 at the ferry landing, take a right on to Cut Off Rd. and turn right when you see the sign. Set on two acres surrounded by giant Black Willows and native prairie, Paradise Pond is the only permanent freshwater wetland on Mustang Island. A ‘secret hot spot’ that fills with colorful songbirds each spring and fall, more than 100 species of Neartic-Neotropical migratory birds have been observed in this little oasis. Birds seen include Swainson’s, Golden-winged, Chesnut-sided, Worm-eating and Cerulean Warblers, Northern Waterthrush, Yellow-billed Cuckoo and so on. Don’t forget to check the chalkboard at the entrance to the boardwalk: the day’s sightings are often noted.
Birding at Packery Channel Pass From Port Aransas, a right at the intersection of SH 361 S and PR 22 takes you toward Corpus Christi. After a short distance turn right into Packery Channel County Park. The park offers another view of Packery Channel, and the birds normally associated with the “bocas” are present here. As you enter the park, however, notice the oak mottes to your right among the private houses. These woods attract landbirds in migration and birders from Corpus Christi consider this to be one of their most fruitful spots in spring. Walk along the public roads (do not trespass) and examine the trees for migrants. A number of rarities have been discovered here in the past, including Sulphur-bellied Flycatcher, Gray Kingbird and Black-whiskered Vireo.
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When driving south along Mustang Island, cut back to the beach whenever possible to look for gulls, terns, and shorebirds. A Lesser Black-backed Gull returned each winter for over a decade to the beach near Port Aransas, and Glaucous Gulls are seen here with some consistency in early spring. At high tide, check along the beach for small flocks of Piping and Snowy plovers, as well as Red Knots. Mustang Island State Park is located on SH 361, approximately 14 miles south of Port Aransas. The state park includes an entire barrier island ecosystem, encompassing dunes,
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coastal grasslands, marshes, and bayside tidal flats and sloughs. The beach may be particularly rewarding in winter for gulls, terns, and shorebirds (scan the Gulf for seabirds), and a walk in the coastal grasslands should uncover Sedge Wren and perhaps LeConte’s Sparrow. Look for nesting Wilson’s Plover along the beach and on the tidal flats in summer and Horned Lark among the dunes themselves. Camp sites with hookups are provided in the park.
Birding at Padre Island National Seashore
Padre Island National Seashore, one of the nation’s most popular national parks is located approximately 22 miles south of Port Aransas and is the longest stretch of undeveloped barrier island in the world. Visitor’s center is open daily except December 25. Features include a bookstore and exhibits, restrooms, rinse-off showers, first-aid and campsites. Park rangers offer a variety of interpretive programs throughout the week including beach walks, deck talks, junior ranger programs, family programs and star gazing parties. Padre Island National Seashore is the only area in Texas where nests from five species of sea turtles have been documented. Turtle patrols for the endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle and others species are conducted from late April through mid-July. The National Seashore is also one of the few places people can see newly hatched Kemp Ridley’s released back into the Gulf of Mexico. Located on the Central Flyway, a major migratory route for birds, about 380 species of birds have been documented within the park. Much of the beach is accessible only by four-wheel-drive vehicle and it is impossible to drive the entire length of the island. Nominal entry fee.
Birding at the Port A Wetland Park
The Port Aransas Wetland Park, located on SH 361 across from the new Post Office, is a joint project of the City of Port Aransas, TXDOT and TPWD. The boardwalk and observation platform overlooks a wetland basin that may be thick with a variety of waterfowl and shorebirds during rainy periods. Unlike the ponds at the Birding Center, this site is ephemeral. The park itself has been landscaped to establish a native dune community, and during migration the scrubby vegetation and grasses may attract a number of migrant landbirds.
The UTMSI Wetlands Education Center Tours
The Wetlands Education Center, an educational resource for the citizens of Texas and a “living laboratory” for students and scientists, is a 3.5 acre salt marsh surrounded by sheltering dunes. An extensive boardwalk system and observation platforms allow people to walk around the marsh area without disturbing the environment. Explore the marsh and learn how plants and animals adapt to life in this wet, salty habitat during biweekly guided walking tours. Tour days and times change seasonally, so please contact the UTMSI Visitor Center (361-7496805) for current tour schedule information.
Port A Museum & Farley Boat Works Fundraiser.
The Port Aransas Museum and Farley Boat Works annual fundraising dinner and auction, set for Saturday March 2, is a great event you don’t want to miss! You can purchase a table or individual tickets by downloading the attached form and emailing it to Nancy Donley at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call her at 361215-3498. The dinner sells out every year, so take this opportunity to insure your place and help support these wonderful institutions. Dinah Bowman donates art piece for raffle.
From the Port Aransas Art Center (323 N. Alister Port A, 361-749-7334). Well known local area Artist- Dinah Bowman has donated a piece of her work titled-Corpus Christi Bay it is an Original Gyotaku (fish print) /Collage, with a Trout chasing a Shrimp and a Redfish
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Gophers continued from A1 all the new homes going up on The Island the gophers are moving to the vacant lots and their concentrations there make it look like there are more of them.” Just think of them as the first locals displaced by newcomers to The Island. So who are these gopher neighbors of ours and what makes them gopher broke now?
The Island Queen is in dry dock in Port Aransas. Photo by Donald Hatch
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Dredge pipe moves the sand from the channel to the seawall.
The dredge is still hard at work in the Packery.
Our neighbor the Pocket Gopher First of all they are not called Pocket Gophers because they have pockets in their pants, or even pants for that matter; or because you can fit one in your pocket. They’re called Pocket Gophers because they have fur-lined pockets in their cheeks that they use to transport food and sometimes dirt, or in this case sand. They like moist soil, have litters of two to five pups, and their life span is between one and two years. They use their bushy tail to feel their way around tunnels when they walk backwards. The next time you see a new gopher hole in your yard just picture that little dude walking around down there in the dark, with his cheeks full of sand or seeds, feeling around with his tail. There’s something comforting about that but still a little strange. They eat seeds and roots and are very territorial and if left to their own devices will stake out a piece of ground about 1/3 of an acre is size. They are non-seasonal since the chances are they will only live through about two of each season so they are aggressive little guys when protecting their turf. So if you are trying to get rid of one try to avoid a Caddyshack situation. So how do you get rid of them? The best way is to call Bill. But there are all sorts of methods that various people use: Pine-Sol down the hole (mixed reviews), shotgun down the hole (Redneck method not recommended
due to potential collateral damage), water down the hole (yard becomes giant sinkhole full of quicksand – entertaining for neighbors, maddening for homeowner), and traps (these work).
Bill says the biggest problem for professionals in getting rid of Pocket Gophers is when their burrows cross property lines.
“It’s like robbers running over the state lines,” Bill says, “Legally we can only chase them to the property line of the people who hire us, after that we need the permission of the neighbor.
So there’s the Pocket Gopher story. The Pocket Gophers are running from development and running out of space. A check of the Internet over at Al Gore’s house reveals there currently is no such thing as the Pocket Gopher Festival anywhere in the country. We sense opportunity here.
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From Port A Parks And Rec We’re Having Fun Get out and make something special each week at the We’re Having Fun (WHF) Activities. Every Tuesday we learn how to ~or not to~ make or do something [sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t]…but we always have fun! They are held in the Girl Scout hut, 739 W. Ave. A, at 2pm. All activities are FREE with supplies provided unless otherwise stated. Open to everyone. Jan. 29: Garden Glove Wall Hangings Feb 5 – Painting Carpet Squares Feb 12 – Beignets for Mardi Gras Feb 19 – Shaped Flowers Brown Bag Lecture Series Wednesdays at 12 Noon at the Community Center, 408 N. Alister St. Doors open at 11:30 with Marion Fersing playing piano. Bring a lunch and learn about different topics from people in the know. Free, open to all. Jan. 30: Bryan Black, Tree Rings, Fish Ears & Global Change. He is an Assistant Professor at the UT Marine Science Institute in the Dept. of Marine Science. He originally trained as a forest ecologist and has used techniques of treering analysis (dendrochronology) to describe forest and climate histories prior to the start of observational records. He now applies those tree-ring techniques to the growth increments of long-lived marine and freshwater organisms including fish, clams, and corals. Feb 6: Tony Amos, Animal Rehabilitation Keep at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute
Beach walk Find something you can’t identify on the beach? Bring it along and let Shirley tell you what it is. Our fantastic beach guide Shirley Fischer will amaze you with her knowledge as you talk a guided beach tour on Friday, Jan. 25. Meet her at 9 am, under the purple flag near Horace Caldwell Pier at the end of Beach Street to be included. The up-to-two-hour stroll will take you from the pier toward the jetties. Shirley will show her boards of treasures picked up on Port A beaches over the years and her charts and books. Bring a bucket or container of some sort to hold whatever you find. The walk is provided the fourth Friday of each month by the City of Port Aransas Parks and Recreation Department.
Pedaling in the Preserve If you are up to a little ride, bring your bike and meet in the pavilion at the Port Aransas Nature Preserve at Charlie’s Pasture at the end of Port Street. The next ride is set for Monday, Jan. 28, 10 am. This is open to everyone and is not a race, more of a slow ride through the trails. The rides are held the second and third Monday of each month, courtesy of the Parks and Recreation Department.
10am, Saturday, February 2 in the Pollock Center MINNESOTA, ORGANIZERS, John and Diane Hushman, 1pm, February 2 in the Pollock Center CANADA, ORGANIZERS, Norma and Anthony Griffith, 10am,Saturday, February 9th in the Pollock Center MICHIGAN, no organizer as of yet, 1pm, Saturday, February 9th in the Pollock Center - if you would like to host this event, please contact the JELM at 749-5321 ILLINOIS, Organizer, Pat Reilly, 1pm, Wednesday, February 20th in the Pollock Center NEBRASKA, ORGANIZERS Pat and Ritch Stopak, Wednesday, February 27th in the Pollock Center These coffees are sponsored by the JELM every year. The JELM gives you the coffee and paper products, the space. You provide the volunteers to set-up the tables and make the coffee. You are also responsible for the cleanup. The JELM also makes flyers for you and does a press release. You have to post the flyers. If you would like to host a coffee social for your state and you don’t already have one, there is still time. Contact the JELM and talk to Pat Reilly.
FROM THE JELM Community Presbyterian Church, 113 S. Alister, Port Aransas, TX 361-749-5319 3 L’s Luncheon The lecture series at the JELM – known as the 3 Ls Luncheon, leisure and learning is held on Tuesday afternoons at noon in the Pollock Center. The speaker for January 29th is David Lund and he will have a slide presentation titled “Birding Across South Texas”. Participants are asked to bring in their own lunch and listen while David talks and shows his slides. Questions are answered from the crowd. Valentine’s Day Bus Trip to Portland Country Club The JELM has slated a bus trip to the Portland Country Club on Valentine’s Day. The afternoon is called “Frank Sinatra and Friends”. A buffet style luncheon will be served along with dancing to a live band. All of this for $30 each. Seats are limited on our bus, so sign-up early! The bus leaves the JELM at 9:30am and returns by 5pm.
Scrabble Tournament The JELM will be having their second Scrabble tournament on Wednesday, February 20th at 1pm to 3pm in the JELM. There is a prize for the top score. We use the Scrabble rules and Dictionary. Please sign up for this tournament so we can know how many people to expect.
Terry Smith Concert There are still tickets for the Terry Smith concert on Wednesday, February 6th both for the 1pm and 6pm performances. These tickets are free but there will be a collection for a free will donation at each concert. Terry Smith is a singer-song writer from Nashville and he has done several concerts here at the JELM. These shows take place in the Pollock Center. The JELM will be selling soft drinks and snacks to raise funds for the JELM. Doors open one prior to each performance. Seating is first come, first serve.
Goldwing Express Concerts
Cruise with Capt. Tom Doran and his wife Linda on the annual winter Parks & Rec Cat Cruises. Trips have been scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 29 and 30, if they fill up. On Tuesday, Jan. 29, there will be two: a 9-11 am and a 2-4 pm. On Wednesday, there will be two: a 9-11 am and an 11:30 am–1:30 pm.
The Goldwing Express will be at the JELM on Monday and Wednesday, February 11th and 13th both at 1pm and 6pm. These tickets are $8 each. These four shows will open one hour in advance with first come, first serve seating. Again, the JELM will have a snack bar to raise funds. Both of these concerts, Terry Smith and the Goldwing were arranged by Carl Erwin, our music director for the Golden Oldies. The Golden Oldies is our jam sessions which are held in the Pollock Center every Tuesday and Friday evening at 6pm. All are invited to attend. We offer cookies and coffee and a lot of great entertainment.
Groundhog Day Stroll
Come out and find Port A Phillip at our annual Groundhog Day event. Like Punxsutawney Phil, we have our own search each Groundhog Day. Meet at the pavilion in Roberts Point Park on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 10 am, to disperse and hunt for the elusive varmint. Everyone is welcome. T-shirts and pennants will be given to those with the lucky ticket and the winner who actually finds Phillip. Cookie and drinks will finish out the event. Participants are encouraged to wear the oldest commemorative t-shirt they own. We’ve been doing this for many years, and it’s always fun to see who has the oldest one. Join the fun of the hunt and start your own t-shirt collection.
We will have a class teaching how to make the Amazing Gracelet on Wednesday, February 13th at 11am in a JELM classroom. This gorgeous bracelet has beads telling the Jesus story. Each bead depicts a phase in the life of Christ. There are 3 star beads which represent the three wise men. It has a cross representing when Christ was crucified and it has beads representing the 12 Apostles. There is a gift box and explanation card with each bracelet. Deena Stafford is the instructor and the cost is $20. There is a signup sheet in the JELM. You must sign-up and pay in advance.
2nd Annual Hobby Day
We still have tickets for the PACT performance of the play “Jerry Finnegan’s Sister” with our Wine and Cheese Reception beforehand. The date is Saturday, February 16th. You pay $15 per each person and purchase your tickets at the JELM. We have a seating chart and you can pick out which seats you prefer. We open the doors for the Wine and Cheese reception at 7pm and the play starts at 7:30.
Got a hobby? Show it off at the Parks and Recreation 2nd Annual Hobby Day set for Monday, Feb. 4. From 12 noon to 3 pm, people will be able to show what they do in their spare time. Contact Parks and Rec Community Program Coordinator Pam Greene at 749-4158 or email@example.com to be included. It is open to all and is free. It will be a great way to spend the afternoon, admiring others’ talents, getting ideas on ways to entertain yourself, and learning how to do something new.
Winter Sounds The second concert this year will feature Shirley Fischer, and is set for Monday, Feb.4. She will perform at 7pm, at the Port Aransas Community Theatre, 2327 State Hwy 361. The concert is free and is limited to first come, first serve seat availability. Fischer is a longtime island resident, who sings a variety of folk, country, blue grass and old-time rock-nroll on guitar and vocals. This is the fourth year PACT partnered with Parks & Rec to provide the musical entertainment. Wine, beer will be available for a donation to PACT and soft drinks, water and snacks will be sold by PACT. The State Coffees at the JELM IOWA, ORGANIZER PAT BYERS, Friday 1pm, February 1 in the Pollock Center WISCONSIN, ORGANIZER, Barb Buckley,
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Frostbite Betty Continued from A6 chasing a Crab on a chart of Corpus Christi Bay-Valued at $3,000. You may buy a ticket for the drawing during Gallery hours 11-5 Mon.Sat., 12-4 Sunday, or at any of the 1st Friday receptions.Each Ticket is for One Chance in the Drawing which will be held August 2nd at the First Friday. Tickets are $10 each and Proceeds Benefit ~ Port Aransas Art Center Land/ Building Fund. The Art Center is a 501 ( C) (3) Nonprofit Celebrating Art & Education since 1996.You may buy as many tickets as you wish. If you are from out of town & win, it can stay at the center (for a little while) till you can come to town to pick it up or if it is to be shipped the winner is responsible for the shipping costs.
PACT Performance: Jerry Finnegan’s Sister
Arts & Crafts Show and Sale There will be an Arts and Crafts show and sale at the Pollock Center on Saturday, February 16th at 10am. All the art students at the JELM are encouraged to display their works and the crafts people can sell their jewelry and crafts. Sign up for a space at the JELM beforehand. All participants are asked to bring snacks, finger foods or sweets to serve the crowd on a buffet. The JELM will provide coffee and tea.
Two Sisters Crafts The Two Sisters Crafts will make a BOA scarf and matching pin on Thursday, February 7th at 1pm – class cost is $5 and this for your materials. These classes are held in the JELM building in one of the Classrooms. Check the JELM bulletin board for examples of these projects. Gretchen Burt still has openings for her February 6th, 1pm jewelry class in the JELM. Wire Wrapped beach glass necklaces are the project and materials are $15.
Man Charged in Death After Two People Are Run Over on the Beach
Man Charged with Intoxication Manslaughter after allegedly running over two people on the beach near Zahn Road January 12 12:40 a.m. Intoxication Manslaughter 11400 Gulf Beach Road
Police were called to Hwy 361 and Zahn Road for a traffic accident on the beach. Upon their arrival, Officers were told by witnesses that a woman and a man had been struck by a red Dodge Ram pick-up truck. According to witnesses, the driver Dahlton Osborn, 19, had been driving recklessly on the beach and into the dunes when it struck the two pedestrians. Both pedestrians were taken to Spohn Memorial by CCFD Emergency Personnel. The 25-year-old woman had serious leg injuries and the 41-year-old man was later pronounced deceased at the hospital. The truck fled and was stopped by Officers with the Port Aransas Police Department shortly after the vehicle information was broadcast. Osborn who appeared intoxicated was turned over to Officers with our Police Department. He was administered Standard Field Sobriety Tests and a Breath Test. He was arrested and booked at the City Detention Center. Osborn was charged with Intoxication Manslaughter with a Motor Vehicle, Intoxication Assault with a Motor Vehicle and two counts of Accident Involving Injury or Death. His bond was set at 150,000.
71st Police Academy Session Starts The Corpus Christi Police 71st Academy Session Started January 21. The Corpus Christi Police Departments 71st Academy Session began Monday with 25 Cadets. Although all have been measured for uniforms, not all the uniforms arrived from the vendor which left a few cadets to wear civilian clothes until the uniforms arrive. Each applicant to the Corpus Christi Police Department completes an entrance process that includes a background check, a polygraph examination, an oral board interview, a psychological evaluation, a complete physical examination by a physician, and then a drug screen. Not all qualified applicants are accepted into the Police Academy. Most are not selected because of the limited quantity of positions approved for hire. Each Academy session has a unique quantity of cadets approved by the city of Corpus Christi based on the unique circumstances each hiring session. The 71st Police Academy Session has 25 cadets; 13 men and 12 women. The most qualified applicants selected to be cadets begin their career in the Corpus Christi Police Academy. The Corpus Christi Police Department Training Academy is located at 4510 Corona Dr. Cadets attend classes Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. However, some nighttime and weekend functions are a part of the required curriculum. Cadets do not reside at the academy and must commute to class daily. The Police Academy is composed of several components primarily with classroom instruction. Cadets are instructed on the policies and procedures of the Corpus Christi Police Department and how officers function on duty. Classroom instruction on, criminal, juvenile, traffic, and civil law is provided during the 29-week academy. Cadets are expected to maintain a high level of academic standards and must make a 75% or above on all academy tests. Cadets must pass each written exam and/or skills test administered to successfully complete the academy. The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Education (T.C.L.E.O.S.E.) Basic Peace Officer’s licensing exam must be passed in order to qualify for graduation and state licensing as a Texas Peace Officer. A second component of the training includes firearm instruction. Cadets are trained with the standard issued police weapon at the Corpus Christi Police Department firing range and must pass department qualifications to successfully complete the academy. Cadets are also trained to use a shotgun and other law enforcement tools. Another component of the academy is physical training. Cadets are required to maintain themselves in excellent physical condition through a strict course of running, weight lifting, and exercises designed to enhance the body’s flexibility and endurance. Cadets must pass the academy physical fitness test with an overall average of 70% to successfully complete the academy. The cadets graduate on August 9 after successful completion of the 29 week Academy program that has equipped them with extensive education, training, and skills required to serve as Corpus Christi Police Officers.
OTB Crime-A reminder of why we don’t live there Note to criminals – if you steal a car don’t put it on Facebook January 21 a.m. Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle 800 Roseanne Senior Officer A. Guerra was given information that 16-year-old was driving a
stolen minivan which had been reported stolen from the 7400 block of Skyking Drive earlier that morning. The juvenile female had been boasting on her Facebook Page about cruising in a stolen vehicle. Officer Guerra advised Senior Officer R. Pena and asked him to check the Flour Bluff address for the stolen car. Officer Pena and back-up Officers A. Ostermiller and A. Guzeldere found the stolen car in the 800 block of Roseanne along with the car thief. The juvenile was detained and booked at the Nueces County Juvenile Justice Center. She was charged with Unauthorized Use of a Motor Vehicle which is a State Jail Felony .
Man thought it was love, until they sicced the dogs on him January 20 2:50 p.m. Aggravated Robbery 3101 Surfside Boulevard Police were called to Blackbeard’s Restaurant and contacted a 37-yearold man who reported he had been robbed. The man told Officer’s he made arrangements to meet Rachell Fulton, 24, at a local hotel on North Beach via an internet escort service. Upon arriving at the hotel, he was confronted by Fulton and Randal Moore, 26, who was armed with a firearm. Moore demanded the victim’s money threatening to have Fulton release the two dogs she had with her. The victim complied and ran to the restaurant where he called police. Officers were told the couple ran towards Pier 99 where Senior Officer R. Burton quickly apprehended them. Officers were also able to recover the victim’s money. Moore and Fulton were positively identified by the victim. They were both arrested and charged with Aggravated Robbery. The dogs were also picked up by Animal Control.
Woman “Moonwalks” Herself to Jail January 18 3:20 a.m. Driving While Intoxicated Flynn Parkway/Schanen Blvd Senior Officer J. Rhodes observed a black Cadillac CTS parked in the intersection of Holly Road and Flynn Parkway despite the fact the driver had a green light. The driver then turned onto Flynn Parkway and was traveling southbound in the northbound lane. Officer Rhodes pulled the Cadillac over and contacted the driver Coral Li Rape, 23, who appeared to be intoxicated and unwilling to cooperate with Police. When asked to perform Standard Field Sobriety Tests, Rape “moonwalked” towards Officers. Officer J. Sanders placed her under arrest and booked her at the City Detention Center where she was also given a Breath Test. Rape was charged with Driving While Intoxicated with a Blood Alcohol Content over .15 which is a Class “A” Misdemeanor punishable by a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.
Island Police Calls 13900 block Fortuna Bay 9:45 p.m. January 19 Aggravated assault with deadly weapon 13700 block Cayo Gorda 12:44 p.m. January 17 Burglary of habitation 15300 block SPID 4:41 p.m. January 18 Gasoline theft Whitecap and Windward 12:47 a.m. January 20 Abandoned motor vehicle 14900 block Compass 5:14 p.m. January 18 Found property 14900 block SH 361 3 a.m. January 20 Burglary of vehicle
Flour Bluff Police Calls 4000 block East Street 8 p.m. January 20 Criminal Mischief 3300 block Cartegana 3 p.m. January 19 Interfere with child custody 3000 block Waldron 10:10 p.m. January 18 Gasoline theft 1400 block Ramfield 4:57 a.m. January 19 Dead on arrival 2700 block South Sea 12:07 p.m. January 21 Found property 300 block Hustlin Hornet 3:45 p.m. January 18 Interfere with child custody 1100 block Ontario 10:15 a.m. January 18 Theft 800 block Roseanne 7:25 p.m. January 17 Assault with injury 1800 block Caribbean 9:18 a.m. January 18 Aggravated assault with deadly weapon 2200 block Sentinel 10 a.m. January 18 Burglary of habitation 1900 block Sandy Way 5:40 p.m. January 17 Credit Card abuse 900 block Grand View 2:30 a.m. January 21 Theft from vehicle 700 block Briston 12:27 p.m. January 20 Building fire 1100 block Waldron 4:31 p.m. January 17 Criminal trespass 200 block Porpoise 5 p.m. January 18 Assault by contact 900 block Lakeside 3:30 p.m. January 17 Assault with injury
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Did Ya Hear? The UT Marine Science Center is starting a new year of their popular lecture series Thursday, January 31st at 7 pm. The title of this first lecture is “Fish Tales from the Ears and Scales” By Dr. Skye Woodcock. The lectures are free. Call 749-6805 for more info.
Quality Boat Matchmaker Dee Wallace can help you find your “dream-boat” at a great price and help sell your old one. Dee has 35 years of experience and knows boats from bow to stern. Let this professional handle your next boat deal. Tis the season – do it now! Call 815-1612.
The 9th Annual Winter Beach Clean-up will be Saturday, February 9th 9 am – noon at four local beaches. To volunteer in Port A call Deno Fabrie at 749-0256 or email him at deno. fabrie@texasadoptabeach .org. To participate at Padre Island National Seashore contact Buzz Botts at 949-8068 or email buzz.botts@ texasadoptabeach.org.
C.C. Chamber Music Society presents The Miro Quartet at Richardson Performance Hall at Del Mar College January 26th at 7:30 pm. They will be performing at the Havana Club on Friday, January 25th at 7 pm. Visit corpuschristichamber.org or call 884-5775.
The 25th Annual Port Aransas Garden Club Home Tour will be held Saturday, January 26th. Tours will originate at the Community Center at 408 N. Alister and will feature visits to remodeled older homes, fantastic beach front homes, cozy cottages and new construction. Bus tours are $20 and leave at 9 am and 11 am. Self-guided tours are offered 1 pm – 5pm and are $15. Tickets can be purchase at Gratitude, Island Art Gallery and Susan Castor or at portaransasgardenclub.org.
Ellis Memorial Library Book Sale & Silent Auction will offer thousands of books at bargain prices. There will be much more than just books. Look for DVDs, CDs, magazines, vinyl records, audiobooks and VHS tapes. The sale will be held Saturday, February 2nd 9 am – 5 pm and Sunday 9 am – 3 pm. The library is located at the Port Aransas Civic Center at 710 Avenue A. For more info call 749-4116.
Duckworth Antiques in Port A are reopening for the season. It is a fun place to shop for unique gifts, art, small furniture and décor. They also have temporary henna tattoos in a variety of designs. They are located at 219 W. Cotter. Call Tiffany and Joe at 409-996-3741 for more info.
The Farmer’s Market at the Island Presbyterian Church will be held Saturday, January 26th starting at 9 am. Get there early to take advantage of the produce and fresh eggs from local farmers and gardeners.
Barefoot Mardi Gras will have two kickoff parties on the Island. The Office Lounge is the spot on Friday, February 1st with live auction, raffle tickets and party tickets. Johnny D’s Restaurant will be the host on Saturday, February 2nd with their own crawfish shrimp boil, jambalaya and gumbo.
Daddy’s Still Dyin’ at Port Aransas Community Theater
Fair Has Healthy Turnout
Runs through January 26 Port Aransas Community Theatre Announces the production of the Comedy “Daddy’s Dyin’... Who’s got the Will” written by Del Shores, Directed by Emily E.J. Regier, who directed the very successful production of Desperate Ambrose earlier this year. The play is set in a small town in Texas, in anytime, USA. Dyin’ Concerns the reunion of a family gathered to await the imminent death of their Patriarch, who has suffered a stroke. This is not a story of the demise of a father, but a rebirth of the spirit of the family unit. It is fast, delicious, having tense, funny, touching moments, as well as characters you can care about.
By Mike Secich KPAB Chairman
The cast includes, Connie Beane, Diane Mandarino, Denise Keller, Patsy Balcom, Bill McKinney, Chuck Thompson, Brent Rourk and Katie Sikes.
The Health Fair held this past Saturday the 19th was a success. Over 200 people came through the doors of the Community Center. We had a total of 10 vendors participating. The Bloodmobile collected 30 pints of blood that could save as many as 90 lives. We exceeded our goal by 10 pints. Thanks to all who gave the Gift of Life. I have attached several pictures from the Healtht Fair.
Moon readers know Brent as our travel writer, photographer and regular contributor to the Moon. The production is slated for January 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 & 26 at 7:30 nightly. Matinees are January 6, 13, 20 & 27 AT 2:30.
Also don’t forget that the monthly business meeting of Keep Port Aransas Beautiful is next Tuesday the 29th of January. It will be held at 6:00 pm at the Girl Scout Hut in the Parks and Recreation Department building.
Tickets can be purchased at http://www. brownpapertickets.com/ or by calling the Theatre at 361-749-6036. PACT, is located on 2327 HWY 361, in Port Aransas.
Mary Ann McShane, Realtor, GRI, SRES e-mail: email@example.com Corpus Christi Realty Group
Port Aransas Home Tour January 26 On the day of Home Tour 2013, Saturday January 26, the Community Center will be filled with fresh baked cookies and sweets, coffee and tea, baskets for raffle and silent auction items. Raffle tickets will be $1.00/ticket or 6 for $5.00. Purchase of raffle tickets and bids on silent auction items will be begin at 8:30 AM and end at 4:30 PM. While sipping your coffee and munching on your cookies you can peruse the many gorgeous baskets and place your ticket for the one you want or place your bid before heading out to view the homes. Valentine’s Day is coming up and you will sure want to put your ticket on this basket. Celebrate the day with your sweetheart along with a bottle of chocolate wine, wine glasses, snack plates $ food pies, a movie CD, assorted love snacks and more. While you are in Port A why not go on a picnic--place your tickets on our wicker picnic basket. This basket contains a set of 4 plastic plates, table cloth donated by Amano’s, bottle of red wine and wine caddy along with other picnic items and a 3 hour golf cart rental donated by Cars and Carts.
Have a day in Port A with the grandkids or anyone young at heart. This basket includes sand toys, boogie board, two beach towels and several gift certificates from local merchants – two hours golf cart, from Nautical Wheels, Island Candy and $40.00 gift certificate from Port A Pizza. Along the day you will be able to enjoy ½ dozen cupcakes from The Cupcake Shoppe. A small plastic tote is included in this basket to carry your stuff. We have many silent auction items. Just a few are a bowl and vase donated by Mustang Island Art Gallery, a Skill Saw from Zarsky’s Lumber, jewelry, UT items for the fan and several ‘dine around’ options. An original painting of a “Bird of Paradise” by Larry Charles awaits your bid. Mr. Charles is a former resident of Port Aransas, shows frequently at the Art Center for the Island and was a member of the PAGC. This original piece of art will add to your décor and make you want to grow the plant in your yard.
page Port Aransas Garden Club Home Tour 2013 or contact Virginia Moser, chairperson, at 361-834-4130 or email portagardenclub@ hotmail.com for more information. Morning bus tours will be available for $20.00 per person at 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM. Selfguided tours are offered between 1:00 PM and 5:00 PM. The self-guided ticket is $15.00 per person and tour maps will be provided at the Community Center. Bus tours and self-guided tickets can be purchased at Island Art Gallery 2222 Hwy 361; Gratitude 316 N. Station Street, and Susan Castor 106 East Roberts Avenue, and 3636 S. Alameda, Corpus Christi. Tickets can also be purchased through PAGC website www. PortAransasGardenClub.org and on tour day at the Port Aransas Community Center. Bus tour tickets are limited to 90 per each tour, selfguided are unlimited. Port Aransas Garden Club formed in 1964 to encourage interest in beautification of the city. Proceeds from Club activities are used for landscaping, various civic projects and scholarships for Port Aransas High School seniors. PAGC is a 501©3 non-profit organization. All contributions are tax deductible. PAGC is a member of the Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce, KPAB, and the Corpus Christi Garden Council.
Speaking of cookies, there will be close to 100 dozen various cookies and taste treats to choose from on Tour day so make your way to the Community Center to pick up your map and brochure , grab a goodie to munch on and view the wonderful raffle baskets and silent auction items. If you’ve not purchased your tickets ahead of time you can do so on Tour day at the Center. Then head out to view the beautiful homes and partake of a few historical surprises along the way.. At the end of the day we will be calling the lucky winners. Look forward to seeing you on Saturday January 26. Follow us at our website www. PortAransasGardenClub.org and our Facebook
Port Aransas 2013 home tour raffle items
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New Construction on the Island. 4/3/with study. Over 2300 sq.ft., stained cabinetry, granite countertops throughout. $239,900. Call Beth for plans 779-4943.
Enjoy the Good Life. This two bedroom, 2.5 bath at El Constante comes fully furnished. Awesome views of the Gulf of Mexico. Call Terry 549-7703.
13541 Ducat fabulous waterfront home on 75’x120’ lot. 3-4 bedrooms, 3 full baths, Trex decks. Too many extras to list $600,000. Call Cindy Molnar 549-5557.
15397 Caravel Beautiful totally updated home on fingertip lot 3/2.5/2 with 2 living areas, wood/ tile flooring and granite throughout. $649,900. Cindy 549-5557.
15905 Punta Bonaire $595,000. 3 bedrooms, 3 full baths, concrete saltwater pool, boat lift, too many extras to list. Call Charlie Knoll 443-2499.
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Beautiful Golf Course Home! 4/2.5/2, two living, covered patio, crown molding, granite countertops! 14006 Rudder Ct. $315,000. Call Shonna today 510-3445 to see.
3442 Paradise Dr. 4/3.5/3 $324,900. 1.7 acres of land with lots of mature trees, water well, 2 living and 2 dining. Call Charlie Knoll 443-2499.
New construction by Seaquist Homes. 4-2-2 on Punta Espada. Open floor plan, split bedrooms, landscaped front yard, builder’s warranty. Call Cheryl 563-0444.
13721 Cayo Cantiles 3/2/2,1926 sq.ft of living area, nice deck area w/great views. Located on a wide canal w/quick ICW access. Call Terry or Charlie. $295,000.
15942 El Soccorro Loop stunning stucco home on East facing lot w/room for a pool. 3/2.5/2 with a study, boat lift & many updates. $405,000. Cindy 549-5557.
Beautifully Updated 3-2-2 w/ multi purpose room. Split bedrooms. Gas stove. Tile & bamboo floors. Plantation shutters. Large backyard. Cheryl 5630444.
13846 Topsail—charming 3/2/2 waterfront home. Bright, open floor plan. Exceptionally well cared for home on a very nice street & canal. Call Ana 443-7771.
This two story home sits on over 1 acre of land. Water well with sprinkler system. Four bedrooms with four baths. 3 car garage. Two living & 2 eating areas. Call Terry Cox 549-7703. $379,900.
Anchor Resort—Fully furnished & move in ready unit. 2 bedrooms plus a loft, 1.5 bathrooms. $85,000. Call Laura (361) 8152116.
722 St. Lucy $149,900 3/2.5/1. 1624 sq.ft of living area. 2 living areas. All bedrooms up. Nice landscaping. Above ground pool. Charlie 361-443-2499.
Mediterranean Bea uty — Waterfront, new construction by Seaquist. 3-2.5-2. Huge game room. Master down. High impact windows. Still time to choose colors. Cheryl.
25,570 sq.ft. feet int. lot in Coquina Bay. Two story with 4 bdrms-2207 sq. feet- $209,000. Call Dorothy @ 563-8486.
15713 Cuttysark 3/2.5/1 lovely Island home. New roof 2010, new exterior paint 2012. Large yard with room for a pool. $149,900. Laura Wallace (361) 815-2116.
13817 Doubloon impeccable waterfront with separate quarters for guest or family. 4 bedrooms, 4 baths, 2 living and 2 kitchens. $439,900. Call Cindy 549-5557.
Mystic Harbor condominium furnished one bedroom, one bath first floor unit with deeded boat slip, security entrance and onsite pool. $89,900. Cindy 549-5557.
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14126 Coquina Bay. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths + den/office, 2 car garage. 1859 sq.ft. of living area. Tile and granite throughout. Open floor plan. $208,208. Charlie Knoll 443-2499.
2426 Vialoux—3 bedroom, 2 bath home located in Flour Bluff. New roof, new tile in kitchen. Double paned windows throughout. Nice sized backyard. $119,000. Charlie Knoll 443-2499.
Open Sunday Jan 20th 2‐5
Open Sunday Jan 20th 2‐5
Mediterranean Beauty—3-2.5-2 East facing patio & deck on large water. Master down. Free flowing floorplan. Courtyard entrance. Call Cheryl 361-563-0444.
3266 Roscher—zoned for horses, near 5 acres. 2 story home 3-2.52. Backs up to the Oso Bay, private beach, fishing pier, pool. Cheryl or Mary Lou.
121 Gulfstream $209,900 Beautiful 1st floor unit, ss appliances/granite countertop. Updated furnishings. Easy pool/beach access. Call Shonna 510-3445.
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