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March 14, 2013
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The Island where Spring Breakers Come for Vacation and Leave on Probation Next Publication Date: 3/21/2013
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By Dale Rankin email@example.com It’s been anything but a routine week here on our sandbar. We’ve dodged speed traps while waiting for the Spring Breakers to show up and last weekend the high tides on some beaches flooded beach tents and dry sand in other places bogged them down. As of this writing there is an Audi buried up to the gunwales on the beach in front of the seawall. It seems no one is immune from the radar gun as late last week Island City Council person Colleen McIntyre was a casualty when she was pulled over near the bridge where one industrious officer has been running radar as half of a tag team with a motorcycle officer who then runs down the culprit. Then husband Jack got popped on Whitecap on his way home from work. Colleen inquired if the city had a Family Plan for tickets but was informed it is the same Family Plan as the one for the new Street Maintenance Fee the council is putting in place. Ouch. Here’s a radical idea to survive the Spring Break Crazy Season – drive the speed limit, it reduces your chance of a ticket by quite a bit. But so far traffic hasn’t been too bad and once the wind laid down the weather has been pretty close to perfect for Spring Break fun. One knucklehead decided that with all the police officers on The Island it would be a great time to burglarize some Island houses. For details see the Police Blotter in this issue, but suffice it to say his timing was a little off.
Offshore and canals The wind laid down enough late last week for fisherpersons to make a trek offshore and they report that fish are biting if you are willing to go out beyond the 35-mile mark where the water gets deep. Islanders have also reported sighting more dolphins in the canals of late. They’ve been working the Main Canal and the Intracoastal over by Snoopy’s and Doc’s.
Island Showcase The second annual Padre Island Showcase and Home Tour is on for Saturday, Sunday April 6-7. The event is sponsored by the Island Moon and the idea is to show off all the things that make up the Island lifestyle. Last year there were about thirty homes in the tour and a showcase for Island companies at the Seashore gym. This year looks to be even bigger, so if you are interested contact Mary Lou White over at Coldwell Banker at marylou. firstname.lastname@example.org 361-960-9460.
Farmer Market The farmers market over at Island Presbyterian Church has gone weekly. It will be held each and every Saturday starting at 9 a.m. at the church and any and all vendors of any kind are invited to set up at no charge. The good news is that the produce vendors will be there each week as well as a cheese vendor. For questions contact Kae over at the church and we’ll see you there.
Spring Break help Spring Break has produced its share of fender benders along SPID and Apollo Towing has set up at the Packery Parking lot to haul in the damage. But they are also offering, with help from L&F Distributing, any over-served Spring Breakers and their cars a free ride home. Just call 361 853-0003 and they will haul you and your car home for free. In the meantime say hello if you see us Around The Island.
20,000 Easter Eggs and Kids to Find Them Saturday, March 30 is the day, and Billish Park is the place. It’s the 16th Annual Kiwanis Easter Egg hunt and it’s free and everyone is invited. The fun starts at 11 a.m. with a Moon jump, bouncy house sponsored by Island Baptist Church, a merry-go-round, train, and face painting for the kids. The Island in the Son Methodist Church is providing hot dogs. Things kick off at 11 a.m. and the egg hunt starts at noon with categories from babies all the way up to 12 year-olds. There will be 20,000 eggs some of which will have dollar coins donated by First Community Bank. Billish Park is located at the corner of Gypsy and Fortuna Bay. For questions or to participate as a sponsor call Signa PappasPrather at 361 774-0424.
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By Dale Rankin In the 121 year history of the Flour Bluff Independent School District there have been two previous bond elections. In May of this year there will be a third for $48 million, with about half of that total going for improvements to the athletic facilities. A citizens committee made up of residents of Flour Bluff and Padre Island began meeting last year to focus on the needs of the district. They toured every school and campus in the district and recommended renovating and adding classrooms, improving student and staff safety, meeting state standards for public schools, and minimizing the effect of improvements on the tax rate. That committee recommended a Bond Election of $48 million to be put before voters on Saturday, May 11, 2013. The improvements include the following: $948,812 for the Early Childhood Center; $7.2 million for improvements to the library and cafeteria (which are currently shared) at the Primary and Elementary schools; $3.3 million for improvements at the Intermediate Campus; $5.9 million in improvements at the Junior Bonds continued on A6
Saturday, March 23
Annual Spoil Island Cleanup Is On!
Photo by Donald Hatch By Dale Rankin The first weekend of Spring Break 2013 is now behind us and I think it’s safe to say it has been a mixed bag. On the Padre end it’s pretty much been business as usual except for the Annual Thursday and Friday Spring Break Speed Traps.
We expect those as the Rites of Spring which mark the beginning of the summer season. Expect a massive traffic jam during mid-day on Saturday and Sunday, but if that’s all we have to endure that’s not so bad.
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Island Burglar Retires Trophy for Dumbest Crime Ever Alert Police Officer traps Island burglar on Yardarm
When plastic bags or trash are picked up by the wind they often end up on spoil island where they become a permanent eyesore and threat to wildlife, unless Islanders do some thing about it. On March 23rd starting at 9:00 a.m. Islanders will fan out across the spoil islands to help clean up the Spoil Islands & canals. The event is sponsored by the Island Beautification Trust and Padre Island Yacht Club. Owners of small boats and other volunteers are needed – please plan to muster at 8:30am at the PIYC courtesy dock or at the Cobo De Bara or Cartagena boat ramps to collect gloves, trash bags and other supplies. Boaters and volunteers will navigate through the Spoil Islands and canals collecting trash and debris. After filling trash bags, boaters will take them to dumpsters located at PIYC or Cobo De Bara or Cartagena boat ramps and repeat until around noon. The Beautification Trust will provide lunch… hamburgers, chips, soft drinks & PIYC will provide dessert around noon on the bottom deck of PIYC. Also, prizes and give a ways will be awarded during dessert, so come join in the fun and support cleaning up our Island. To participate just show up at one of the three dumpster sites to pickup gloves, trash bags. For any questions e-mail Vic at vicschreck@yahoo. com or call him at 214-668-6263. We’ll see you there!
Neighborhood Watch on The Island Getting Reorganized Here’s how you can get involved By Michelle Gouin After the string of robberies in our neighborhood (our next door neighbor included), I decided to call the police and start a neighborhood watch. I partnered with the Corpus Christi Police Department, and Brenda Rodriguez to find out how to best prevent crimes. I attended a meeting at La Palmera Mall Neighborhood Watch Meeting and found out the latest tips on staying safe and put them in a newsletter for our neighbors, and some of the tips were: 1.) Make sure your high dollar items in the house are engraved with your name, and the serial numbers are written in a safe place. Police cannot track your items once they are stolen if they do not have your numbers. It is easy to pawn items that are not etched or engraved with your name. 2.) Burglars are breaking in from your garage.
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In the interest of being a full service newspaper The Island Moon offers this advice to any would-be Island burglars thinking of holding an Island Garage Sale…don’t do it during Spring Break. Apparently the fellow who decided Sunday was a good day for Island thieving was the only person on The Island who failed to notice the heavy police presence during Spring Break week but that was only his first mistake.
the man decided it would be a good idea to open his Island Garage Sale on Dasmarinas – for the uninitiated IGS is the term coined by CCPD over the years to describe the process of burglars driving along Island streets looking for open garage doors and unlocked cars. CCPD has been telling Islanders for years to close their garage doors when not in use but we keep not listening very well.
It all started early Sunday afternoon when
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A Little Island History...
Jim Bowie Captures 200 Mexican Soldiers with 20 Men By Dale Rankin After his successful fight against the Tonkawa Indians Bowie’s fame as a leader meant that anytime trouble was brewing he was called on to lead. In July 1832 Texian colonists in Nacogdoches captured a Mexican vessel near the mouth of the Brazos River and radicals within the Texas camp were pushing Stephen F. Austin to declare himself in favor of the states rights Mexican government being formed by Antonio Lopez de Santa Annain Mexico City. Austin wished to stay clear of Mexican politics for fear that the central government would revoke his empresario status and ban the immigration of norteamericanos into Texas. The uprising in Nacogdoches, largely due to the heavy tariffs on imports by the Mexican government, threatened to inflate the conflict so Austin called on Bowie, who was back in the San Saba country looking for silver, to go to Nacogdoches and put down the trouble. The Mexican garrison was lead by Colonel Jose de la Piedras and the day before Bowie’s arrival 300 Texans had answered the call to “rouse up your neighborhood” had marched into Nacogdoches forcing Piedras’ 200 men to throw the rifles and ammunition they could not carry with them down water wells and
flee. At that point the 300 Texans ignored their commanders and became little more than a roving mob looking for trouble. Twenty good men and a strong bluff Bowie took charge and disbanded all but twenty men and went after Piedras’ troops. Why he would send 280 home in order to attack 200 Mexicans has been lost to history but that’s what he did. His small band raced toward the Angelina River to the south on the same road they believed the Mexicans had taken. Even with several hours head start History continued on A3
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Without a doubt the strangest thing I have seen so far was last Sunday at brunch at the Holiday Inn when I looked out at the beach and there was a Japanese Zero flying northbound about thirty feet above the surf line; Sundays and Zeros together make we Americans a bit nervous. But like my uncle at Pearl Harbor, by the time I realized what was happening it was too late to get a shot off so I got no photo. The thing just swerved out to sea to avoid the Packery Jetties then headed back over the beach and continued on north until it disappeared. I don’t think it was actually a Zero, I’m not sure exactly what kind of plane it was, but it sure enough had a red meatball on the fuselage.
There’s gonna be some raised eyebrows when Spring Breakers go back home and tell all their friends when they woke up on the beach Sunday afternoon they saw a Japanese Zero fly overhead… “Was the pilot a pink elephant?”
High tides and wet tents
High tides left beaches on the Padre end inundated and beachgoers scrambling for dry spots last weekend. Tent campers along Whitecap beach got a rude awakening Sunday as high tides pushed water up to the dune line as the few hardy souls camped out in tents tried in vain to stem in the oncoming tide by digging motes around their camp sites.
South of Packery Channel the beach was divided into several sections as large portions of the beach were covered in water pushing most beachgoers toward the dunes in search of higher and drier ground. By Monday everything was back to normal and the beach was near perfect. City crews have done a great job of keeping the beach free of litter, not an easy task given the crowds. No Extra Charges * Medicines Administered Every Pet is Examined * Soft Bedding Hill’s Science Diet * Grassy Exercise Yards Weekday Coupon $5 OFF/DAY Not valid on Holidays weeks or Fri-Sat-Sun
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On Sunday this fellow got stuck on the beach near the north end of the seawall and several Sand Crabs came to his rescue but they all wanted $40 to pull him out. He declined and instead dug himself out.
It was a peculiar beach configuration in front of the seawall as high tides cut the width of the beach in half and the only vehicle path was right up at the seawall. As we drove along we suddenly found ourselves in the middle of someone’s beach volleyball game.
The only part of the beach that was still nice and wide was at the south end of the seawall where crews only last week finished pumping in sand from Packery Channel to widen the beach. There is plenty of sand there but unless you have a serious fourwheel drive vehicle you will get stuck trying to drive through.
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North of the Packery things have been very calm. Traffic lanes cut in the sand in anticipation of maddening hordes left parking spots at each end; one near the end of Zahn Road, the other on the beach at Beach Access Road 3. They have been steadily full since Monday. So don’t be afraid. As Spring Breaks go this has been a relaxed
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The Mexicans crossed the river in force and, not being sure how many Texans they were facing, camped for the night. The next morning Bowie sent a note with a man named Bolina to Piedras with the bold demand that Piedras surrender. Piedras was unmoved by his second in command Captain Francisco Medina believed the 200 Mexican troops were in mortal peril and drew his pistol and placed it against Piedras’ head demanding he meet Bowie’s demand. Piedras withdrew his sword and handed it to Medina and his command along with it. Bowie rode up with the rest of his little band of men and disarmed the soldados. He marched the 200 Mexicans into Nacogdoches under guard by his twenty men to thunderous applauses. With twenty men he had done what the 300 Texans had failed to do only days before. In collaboration with his fight with the Indians this victory against overwhelming odds made Bowie the man to call when Austin, and later Sam Houston, needed a leader. He now had political power which he set out to turn into profit.
I eat horse The first goal was to move the capital of Coahuila de Tejas from Saltillo to the border town of Monclova. He arrived in San Antonio from Austin’s capital San Felipe along with his traveling companion Sam Houston who had just recently arrived in Texas. When they arrived in San Antonio they heard the news that the state’s governor had died and Bowie’s father in law Juan Martin Veramendi had been appointed to take his place. Bowie arrived in Saltillo on February 7, 1833 and immediately called on Veramendi who was caught up in the intrigue between the warring factions for control of Mexico. The men, along with Bowie’s companion Caiaphas Ham, sequestered themselves in Veramendi’s house with armed guards outside; anyone entering had to give the password, “como caballo” which loosely translated means “I eat horse.” Bowie’s exploits in capturing the Mexican soldiers at Natchitoches and his fight with the Tonkawas were well known in Saltillo and combined with his father-in-law’s influence and the blue broadcloth suit which he donned once he reached the city he soon made the acquaintance of the influential members of the state legislature. He soon became known as fanfaron Santiago Bowie – Bowie the braggart but as Juan Seguin said, “they all knew that he was absolutely brave, and that they could depend upon his being fair to foe and loyal to friends.”
Saltillo to Monclova In a few scant weeks Bowie and Veramendi had the votes to move the state capital from Saltillo to Monclova on the Rio Grande where, closer to home, they could extract land grants from the state government and sell them to speculators in Texas; a practice that had a hand in the coming war between Texas and Mexico.
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History continued from A1 the Mexican troops moved slowly enough that Bowie’s men were able to get ahead of them and were lying in wait at a crossing of the Angelina when Piedras’ troops approached. Bowie watched as Piedras sent a mounted advance party to the river to reconnoiter the crossing. While their horses drank a single shot rang out and a Mexican sergeant fell from his saddle in the water. The remainder of the Mexicans retreated while Bowie pulled his small force from the riverbank and did the same. He had put fear into the Mexican troops without revealing his strength – or lack of.
Bowie with his brother Rezin traveled to New York, Washington, and Philadelphia by way of New Orleans. When they returned to the South they found themselves in the midst of a terrible cholera epidemic. Gov. Veramendi took his family from San Antonio to Monclova to avoid the disease but they were too late in leaving; while there first Veramendi’s wife died of the disease in a single day after her symptoms began, Veramendi was next, followed by their adopted son, and finally Bowie’s wife Ursala. By March 1834 the widowed Bowie was back in San Antonio, drinking, fighting, and as always looking to get his hands on more land. The legislature in Monclova had realized that the effort to separate Texas into a separate state might actually work. So to make quick money at no real risk the government of Coahuila y Tejas began auction off land in Texas in quantities up to eleven leagues per buyer with a tendollar minimum for each 177-acre plot. If the land didn’t sell at auction it could then be sold to any applicant for the ten-dollar minimum. The same legislature ended the empresario system which had been in place previously meaning that developers such as Austin could no longer buy land for settlement. With his connections in state government Bowie was in the perfect position to grab land legally rather than by writing fake claims as he had done in Louisiana and Arkansas. Bowie borrowed $750, had William B. Travis prepare his passport, and headed for Monclova. Within days Bowie had grants on part of the four hundred leagues of vacant Texas land which was being sold to raise money to fight the Comanches. Bowie stayed through December of 1834 by which time he had claim to more than 300 leagues of Texas land.
Miles and miles of Texas But Mexican politics intervened as Santa Anna consolidated power in Mexico City he dismissed the state legislature and governor who had been so liberally passing out the land grants. Whether the grants would be honored under his regime was unknown. But Bowie, ever the chameleon, was able to ingratiate himself with the new government and by April held grants to 850 square miles of Texas. But Santa Anna had heard of the corrupt nature of the grants and sent his brother-in-law Perfecto do Coz to Monclova to clean out the corrupt nest of speculators. Bowie led the local militia out and did his best to spark a fight with the Mexican regulars but to no avail. Bowie rode along the south bank of the Rio Grande to Matamoros where he picked up $40,000 for one of his land deals but by the time he got back to Monclova Coz was back and had issued a proclamation charging that “two or three designing and naturally turbulent foreigners, somewhat crafty in their machinations” had fomented upheaval in the state in order to separate Texas from Coahuila. Coz seized Bowie and his fellow travelers and sent them to Matamoros where the Mexican government seized all boats in order to use them to transport troops and munitions to the Texas Coast for the coming fight. They heard there were 3000 soldiers in Saltillo on their way to points north. Then on June 12 he and others managed to escape and in the next ten days traveled up the Texas Coast to the Lavaca River, stopping at the hamlet of Texana.
one. If you have a boat it is a lot of fun to head out through the Packery and run up on the beach at NoPac. You can meet some interesting people that way.
Beach bollards are not popular in Port A If there is one thing we can say for sure after the first weekend of Spring Break 2013 it is that people don’t like bollards – those wooden posts that prevent driving on certain parts of the beach. The area of beach between Horace Caldwell Pier and the south jetty where bollards were recently installed was empty over the weekend, while the beach beginning at the Newport Dunes Golf Course where the bollards stop was packed. That continued through the early part of this week as new arrivals all headed south until the bollards ended before finding a spot on the beach. It’s just a fact that people, at least Spring Breakers and Texans, like to keep their vehicle close by rather than haul their supplies past the bollards out to the beach. The campers in the county campground didn’t mind paying the daily usage fee, as the area was completely full, because once the fee was paid campers could drive through the bollards to their campsite. But right next door where it was free to go it was almost entirely empty because it required parking at the bollards and schlepping your gear across the beach. I think it is safe to say that when it comes to beaches, bureaucrats who try to improve what Mother Nature gave us always fail. Leave the beaches alone.
Martial Law in Port A Each year when Spring Break comes around there is an elephant in the room that everybody talks about but so far newspapers have not covered; well, that’s about to change. When it comes to Spring Break we Islanders are not nearly as wary of Spring Breakers themselves as we are of the law enforcement presence they attract. Other than the traffic jams they sometimes create Spring Breakers tend to stay on the beach and out of the neighborhoods; not so for the out of town law enforcement that descends on Port Aransas. Every Spring Break our phones here at the Word Factory light up with complaints about the out of town officers who are brought in during Spring Break to augment the Port Aransas Police Department and the Constable’s officers. No sooner do they show up than locals start complaining about how they are treated as they go about their daily lives. Let’s be specific here; it’s not the Port Aransas Police nor the Constables from Bobby Sherwood’s office that we’re talking about, they treat people with respect and use common sense and we hear no complaints about them. It is specifically the out of towners, including Texas Department of Public Safety troopers and Homeland Security officers who implement what can best be described as martial law while they are here that draw the ire of locals and visitors alike. So far this week we have heard complaints about DPS troopers pulling people out of their
cars because their bumper was two inches into a crosswalk, asking for permission to search cars and when it is denied searching it anyway; homeland Security officers in full riot gear and carrying shouldered arms being aggressive with people on the ferry who are simply trying to get to Port Aransas to have a little time off and instead are treated like suspects before they even arrive.
One restaurant/bar had officers who identified themselves as being from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission walk in during the evening dinner rush to inspect each and every bottle behind the bar. Why then? This is not a place which is known to have problems.
One local counted thirteen DPS cars on Alister Street between Oakes and Avenue G last Thursday in the middle of the afternoon before the Spring Breakers even showed up; another local was walking home from the IGA with an armload of groceries and had to set them on the ground while he fished his ID out of his back pocket at the demand of some guy who flashed a badge of dubious origin – like walking down the street is a crime; another guy was pulled over on SH 361 after he failed to use his blinker when he pulled out of a Stripes parking lot (is that even the law?). Just about everyone in Port Aransas has a horror story and they get worse every year. There is a fine line between proactive policing and simple harassment. If you want to find out which category this behavior falls into just ask any Port Aransian and judge for yourself.
The questions asked each spring are always the same: What’s the goal here? Are we trying to keep the peace, run people off, or just get as much money as we can from the visitors while they are here? Do we not want Spring Breakers here? If so let’s just say that. Who is in charge here and why are they doing this? People have a right to know who is responsible for this and what is its purpose? Each year we debate whether to write about it, but ignoring it has just made it worse and this year it seems like it is worse than ever.
I saw a Spring Break crowd burst out of control on the beach in Port A many years ago when some idiot ran over a girl and instead of stopping stomped on the gas. The crowd erupted and pulled him from his car and was in the process of beating him to death when officers got to him. I get it; you need plenty of officers on hand in case things get hot and if there is a riot the first ones to get blamed will be law enforcement. But what does that have to do with pulling middle-aged locals out of their cars on shaky or non-existent probable cause and searching them and treating them like they are criminals just because they have the audacity to leave their homes during Spring Break?
At some point someone has to say enough is enough; I think we passed that point way back. Someone, somewhere, is making the decision to send these people down here; let’s find out who it is and have a talk with them. It’s time for participatory democracy to be heard from before an overbearing law enforcement presence kills the goose that laid the golden egg of Spring Break for local businesses. In this case enough is way too much.
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On to the Alamo Bowie spread the word of the coming invasion the interests of the War Party and those of the land speculators were conspicuously one in the same. One editor protested that Bowie and others “cry wolf wolf, condemnation, destruction, was, to arms. To arms! When their only real objective was to deceive many persons and make them believe that an army is coming to destroy their property and annihilate their rights in Texas.” If Bowie and his fellow land speculators could remove all control of Texas from Mexican hands they had a chance to cash in on their land grants. The stage was set for revolution in Texas and Bowie, more than any other person, had a hand in bringing matters to this point. The inevitable march to the Alamo was on.
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Editor’s note: We received this in the mail this week. Not sure why. Seems like Dasha Dariya may be lonely.
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Remembering the encounter in 1986, Peter could not help wondering if this was the same elephant. Peter’s summoned up his courage, climbed over the railing, and made his way into the enclosure. He walked right up to the elephant and stared back in wonder.
The elephant trumpeted again, wrapped its trunk around one of Peter legs and slammed him against the railing, killing him instantly. Probably wasn’t the same elephant.
This is for everyone who sends me those heartwarming stories on the Internet. Bob Nash Island Editor’s note: That was a heart warming story Bob, in its own way; but we Moon Monkeys can attest to the fact that tales of elephants having long memories is more than a myth.
For fifty weeks out of the year the same man fed the elephants in the San Antonio zoo. He and the elephants had an easy peace and things were fine until the regular feeder went on vacation. The fellow who filled in for him thought it was great fun to tease the elephants by holding their food out under their noses – well, not their noses but you get the picture - then pulling it back when they reached for it with their trunks. It may have been fun for the fill-in feeder but the elephants didn’t think it was so funny. They bided their time but they didn’t forget.
The next summer when the regular guy went on vacation and the fill-in feeder came in the cage with their food one of them grabbed him around the waste with his trunk and pile drove him head first into the pavement and broke his neck, killing him on the spot. In police parlance he wasn’t DOA, Dead on Arrival –no- he was DRT – Dead Right There.
By the time news crews arrived the guilty elephant was shifting back and forth from one side to the other swinging his big trunk and waiting to see what was going to happen. He knew he did something bad, but the guy was teasing him and he remembered.
In the end, nothing happened to the elephant. Hey, when you go in the elephant’s cage and tease the elephant you take on certain risks. But you can be assured that the next time the regular elephant feeder went on vacation the guy who took his place went straight to the elephants and handed over their food without any funny business; feeders, like elephants, have long memories too.
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The elephant turned to face the man, and with a rather curious look on its face, stared at him for several tense moments. Peter stood frozen, thinking of nothing else but being trampled. Eventually the elephant trumpeted loudly, turned, and walked away. Peter never forgot that elephant or the events of that day.
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In 1986, Peter Davies was on holiday in Kenya after graduating from Northwestern University. On a hike through the bush, he came across a young bull elephant standing with one leg raised in the air. The elephant seemed distressed, so Peter approached it very carefully. He got down on one knee, inspected the elephant’s foot, and found a large piece of wood deeply embedded in it. As carefully and as gently as he could, Peter worked the wood out with his knife, after which the elephant gingerly put down its foot.
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By Mary Lou White email@example.com 361-960-9460 I arrived early at the amounts do not reflect home values on The PIPOA Annual meeting, Island. Our cheapest detached home MLS so I could find a seat that would allow me to listing, on the Island is currectly $139,900. It see #1 and leave at a certain time, even if the is also true that tax exemptions can apply to full meeting was still in progress #2. Those few time residents, but many of our Island homes extra minutes meant I could look at the literature do not qualify, if they are second homes. If you that was displayed for public consumption. I are over 65 and have applied for and received did pick up a pamphlet that will be of interest exemptions on your homestead, the underlined to those on the Island. This is a chance to do bold print states you will not experience a tax your civic duty (vote) and let your opinions increase. Of course, future developments are be recorded. On Election Day, Saturday, 11 unpredictable and that tax status will eventually May 2013, there will be a Bond 2013 vote to change. It is imperative that each of us weigh determine the future of Flour Bluff Independent the consequences, make our decision and then School District. For those who are no longer VOTE! Our voting location is listed as Padre in the “kid business”, the Island is located in Isles Country Club and early voting is allowed: this school district. Yes, we have Island young April 29-May3 and May 6-7. people who can attend school on the Island up My Own Experience to and including the 8th Grade. However, High I came to the Island in 2004. I know for a School means OverTheBridge. fact, in my previous hometown, a large and Brief History high dollar Mall was built in one school district According to the literature, in the 121 year and a power plant and Kimberly Clark plant history of Flour Bluff ISD, there have been only (be still John White) was built in another. In two prior bond issues. The wonderful graph that just a few years, those two school districts had is displayed, shows we are currently paying more money than they knew what to do with. the lowest tax rate of the ten school districts The point is this: large investments in your displayed. If I understood the speaker correctly, community and school district can make a huge even if the bond issue passes, we will only move difference in your tax base and tax revenue. up one slot, to the second lowest rate. In 1979, Something to think about. Being informed is $11.5 million was used to build the Junior a good thing. High School, an auditorium, varsity gym and a music/ drama complex. The second bond passage came in 1997, allowing FBISD to use $8.58 2 Multi Family Units For Sale million for cafeteria upgrades, From $330,000 to $2,500,000 labs, restrooms, lockers and Commercial Properties For Sale classrooms in the High School 11 complex. Now, in 2013, the From $60,000 to $4,557,465 current bond amount, under Island Lots and Land For Sale consideration, is $48,040,000. 151 This number was compiled after 56 Parcels on a Canal or Water a tour of every campus by a From $99,900 to $998,500 citizens committee representing Flour Bluff and Padre Island. 95 Parcels not on the Water When this committee presented From $27,000 to $930,000 their recommendations to the FBISD Board of Trustees, 217 Padre Island Residences For Sale the vote was approved Attached Homes For Sale unanimously. For a full list of 98 From $58,000 to $529,000 bond projects, the pamphlet suggests viewing this website: 64 Detached Homes on the Water www.flourbluffschools.net
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High Campus; $2.4 million for improvements at the High School Campus; $259,900 in improvements to the High School Annex; $78,025 in improvements to the Band Hall and Auditorium; $1.4 million in improvements to the Special Education/I.T. Department (including security improvements at every campus); $151,800 for the SGDC Campus; $233,450 for improvements to the Central Kitchen; $1.7 million for the Transportation Department; $12 million for the Athletic Department (District wide, all sports, all grade levels, including stadium upgrades, tennis courts, gyms, weight rooms, practice areas and $11.8 million for a new Natatorium. The current tax rate for FBISD is just under 1.1 cent, the lowest in the area, with Robstown being the highest at 1.6 cents, followed by Kingsville at 1.5 cents. The next highest above FBISD is are Aransas County schools at 1.1 cents per $100 of property valuation. Traditionally, the higher the aggregate value of the property in a district the lower its tax rate per $100 of property will be; conversely, the lower the total value of the property in a district the higher its tax rate on each $100 of property will be. Property owners over 65 years old will not see an increase on their homestead if the bonds pass in May since their taxes are frozen unless they make considerable improvements to their property. If approved, the bonds will increase taxes on each $100,000 of taxable property in the district by $109.5 per year, or about $9.13 per month; and on each $150,000 of taxable property by $164.25 per year, or $13.25 per month. For more information see the link on theislandmoonnewspaper Facebook page.
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2. Secure back playground area near tennis courts 3. Fire alarm system tie-in modifications 4. Correct drainage across playground 5. Renovate rooms 31-39 6. Parent drop-off expansion 7. Repair sidewalk at annex Sub Total $946,812 Junior High School 1. Construct Science Wing - remove portables 2. Enlarge cafeteria/assembly area to one grade level
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Sub total $5,939,435
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4. Student restroom renovations 6. Replace/repair Band Hall storage cabinets Junior High Cafeteria 1. Install three compartment sink in dish room 2. Add walk-in cooler freezer and ice machine Sub Total $43,700
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1. Create separate climate controlled server room 2. Security camera additions/upgrades 3. New district-wide distribution
4. Relocate kitchen to be used as climate controlled server room (With #I.2) Sub total $603,750 Central Kitchen 1. Repair/replace epoxy floor
2. Provide additional meal transportation cabinets 3. Provide additional cooking equipment for Central Kitchen
1. Project Lead The Way improvements 2. Replace canopy covers 3. Repair rear parking lot 4. Classroom expansion/renovation 5. Courtyard improvements 6. Repair/replace ceiling in hallways 7. ROTC practice area
8. Construct fenced/controlled student parking lot Sub Total $2,345,253 High School Cafeteria 1. Replace four double ovens 2. Add steamer Sub Total $58,650 Auditorium/Band Hall/Choir/Drama 1. Provide wardrobe storage in choir room 2. Repair/replace instrument storage shelves 3. Replace grand piano Sub Total $73,025 SDGC 1. Replace portable classroom roofs 2. Provide covered portables and restrooms
6. Repair/replace hallway ceiling grid and tile
1. UP - renovate student restrooms
Sub Total $3,091,935
2. UP - renovate teacher workroom
3. Provide covered assembly area in courtyard
1. Correct drainage problems at courtyard
Sub Total $259,900
2. Repair brick joints
3. Add suspended ceiling
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3. Additional special education classroom 4. Additional water fountains at doors to playground 5. Acoustical improvements to back hall at cafeteria 6. Replace hallway exit doors Sub Total $4,021,800 Primary/Elementary Cafeteria 1. Kitchen and cafeteria expansions/renovation 2. Add student restrooms for cafeteria
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2. Repair/replace/add playground equipment and shade structure + rubber surface
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Sub Total $233,450
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3. Repair brick joints 4. Acoustical improvements 5. Replace stage curtains 6. Add walk-in cooler/freezer 7. Replace boiler 8. Add ice machine 9. Add steamer Sub Total $1,746,323 Elementary School 1. Reconfigure library space - new combined
2. Expand fenced bus yard to accommodate more vehicles Sub Total $1,740,000 Junior High and High School Athletic Improvements
1. New High School athletic facility to include weight room, indoor practice facility, athletic training facility, locker rooms for football, soccer (boys/girls), incl. equipment
2. High School tennis court renovations to include dressing facility with coaches’ offices 3. Construct a new 50m competition swimming pool facility to include 8 lanes with diving well; locker/dressing rooms; coaches’ offices and elevated spectator seating 4. Construct Junior High gym to include weight room and locker room facilities with heavy duty washing machines and dryers (compatible to what we have at Wranosky Gym)
5. Purchase field turf for varsity football and soccer stadium, renovate home side press box
6. Additional bleachers at baseball/softball fields; purchase new baseball scoreboard, renovate baseball/softball dugouts
7. Hornet Stadium renovations to include: restrooms and concession stands
8. Varsity gym renovations to include: public restrooms, dressing rooms, coaches’ offices, concession stand, and paint beams inside varsity gym 9. Wranosky Gym entry improvements. Renovate: front restrooms and coaches offices, weight room Sub Total $24,193,625
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Shelter operations are accomplished strictly by donations. Peewee’s does not get any government, city or federal funding. Peewee’s helps those animals no one else will - the sick and the stray. The volunteers at Peewee’s work tirelessly to rehabilitate poor orphaned pets in the hopes that they will find new, loving homes. The dogs and cats are spayed/neutered, given regular heartworm preventative, and are on flea & tick prevention and medications as needed. Peewee’s does not discriminate due to age or health conditions of the pet. Please visit Peewee’s Pet Adoption World & Sanctuary at 1307 Saratoga Road. You can call them at 361-888-4141 but they do not have staff to answer phones so please leave a message.
March 14, 2013
Island Sign of the Week
Winter Texans Paul and Wanda call El Constante home until March when their “Go Buckeyes” sign comes down and head back to Ohio. Photo by Mary Craft
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A Daily Astrological Timing Guide for All Signs Research & Analysis by Islander W. Lance Ferguson
Thursday, March 14. Same song, second verse. Stick to routine Thursday morning. Caution lights are up. The Moon finally ends a very long Void of Course cycle when she enters easygoing Taurus at 2:08 pm this afternoon. Green lights come on at this moment as the Skywatch clears. Luna makes a quiet kiss to dreamy Neptune at 9:08 pm suggesting a sweet bedtime story, or a nightcap. Note that the times given here are Central Daylight Time. Be sure to add an hour if you live on the east coast. Subtract an hour if you live in Mountain Time. And subtract two hours from the times given to get your local time on the west coast and PDT.
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Friday, March 15. Rise and shine. The Moon munches her way through Venus ruled Taurus on Friday. This is the Moon’s favorite sign and thus encourages us to trust our feelings and instincts today—common sense is an earth sign gift. Get organized first thing as Luna opposes realistic Saturn at 11:27 am. The kiss of the day follows as the Moon trines healing Pluto at 12:11 pm. Both markers suggest an excellent morning for important calls and appointments. Clear skies follow for the rest of the day and night. THE WEEKEND: Saddle up. The Skywatch on Saturday is excellent for work or play. The Moon is happy to be in grounded Taurus today and makes a connection to sweet Venus, a sextile, at 11:35 am Saturday morning. This is when you want to be getting your bangs trimmed or buying clothes or art. Venus rules Taurus and has very good taste. Another positive marker appears at 6:11 pm when the Sun and Moon form a balanced sextile. Luna turns Void of Course a minute later until she enters Gemini at 1:09 am early Sunday morning. And that means: New energy, new deck of cards, the party never ends… Foggy. The Moon in Gemini squares dreamy Neptune at 8:39 am Sunday morning and then squares Retrograde Mercury at 12:30 pm. This could be a moment of truth or cognition as Mercury finally begins forward motion at 3:03 pm Sunday afternoon ending the Retrograde cycle that began on Feb 23. Green lights kick on at this moment as the Skywatch clears. Luna then sextiles/harmonizes with friendly Uranus at 5 pm and conjuncts overindulgent Jupiter at 8:48 pm. Celebrations will be full of spirit and alcohol this evening. I certainly will hoist a pint or two. Mercury Retrograde is done. Happy St. Patrick’s Day! As times change. Monday, March 18. Heads up. Astrological skies cloud up over the next two weeks as a series of rare and challenging planetary combinations appear in the heavens. Moderation is the key in this time period as greedy Jupiter makes unfavorable inconjunct aspects to both Saturn and Pluto. Inconjuncts typically bring a time of stress in job and health matters—and that makes this a poor time to expand or complicate matters on the job. Get your rest and don’t burn the candle at both ends in the days ahead—
guard your health. Difficulties with the law, foreigners, government agencies and your plumbing (Pluto) are more likely, but are not indicated to be permanent as these aspects will quickly dissolve in April and never return. Scale back your plans and simplify matters as you can over the next two weeks and you’ll be ready for extra challenges. Delays are probably to your advantage. The rest of Monday’s Skywatch is stellar for work or play. Mercury has left the Retrograde cycle. The Moon is in Gemini today, ruled by Mercury. And the coast is clear. Green lights. As times change. Tuesday, March 19. Grumpy. The Moon squares lazy Venus at 7:18 am and then squares the Sun at 12:27 pm. Yes, it’s First Quarter Moon in your calendars. Squares bring times of challenge, tension and often arguments/ disagreements. Knowing this is happening is helpful as you can back off the throttle as this marker lines up. Don’t be surprised if kids and the emotionally challenged react in a negative way at this moment. And today the Moon turns Void of Course a minute later until she enters home sign Cancer at 1:55 pm. Green lights for important calls and business come on at this moment as the Skywatch clears. Trust your hunches and instincts this evening as Luna trines psychic and romantic Neptune at 9:39 pm. As times change. Wednesday, March 20. A change of seasons. The Sun enters Aries at 6:02 am this morning as we celebrate the Vernal Equinox and the beginning of Spring. Astrologers cast a chart of this moment and study it for an understanding of the energy ahead in the heavens. This chart has a conjunction of Mars and Uranus in Aries = explosive. These two planets are slowing moving towards each other and will exactly conjunct on Friday. The effect is like two magnets moving towards each other, the pull or resistance getting stronger and stronger. Save important calls today for a Moon Saturn trine at 11:41 am. Compromise as the Moon opposes Pluto at 1 pm. Caution lights come on as Luna then turns Void of Course until tomorrow night! Keep it simple once the Moon turns V/C. If your birthday is this week (Mar 17–23), you’ve got a pair of spicy and exotic planetary combinations in your new Solar Return, late Pisces and early Aries birth signs. Venus sneaks into your room this year and would love to love you as she sits right next to your Sun in this chart of your new year. Yes, this is a good year to get a new look and to make appearances—people will like your style. The second conjunction is a hot tamale. Mars and Uranus conjunct in impulsive Aries invokes an urge to experiment, make changes, be independent and maybe to take a walk on the wild side. You’ve never had this pair in this sign before in your life and you will benefit greatly by following your bliss in the months ahead. The time has come to be you. As times change.
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Do you have a new/hand me down computer with Windows 7 or Windows 8 and are needing help or any problems with these new fangled machines? The SENIOR MOMENTS COMPUTER INTERST GROUP can help. We meet Mondays 12:30-2 pm. Since the Ethel Eyerly center is closed for renovation, we are meeting at the Garden Center, 5325 Greely (Near Cullen Middle School). We discuss topics of interest and attempt to answer questions. You are invited to attend and have fun while learning. There are no dues or attendance fees. There is a wireless hot spot if you wish to bring your laptop or tablet.
A Recent Meeting Of The Senior Moments Computer Interest Group The Del Mar Senior Computer Program is offering the following classes during April and May. You can sign up for a class by calling 361698-1328 (Don’t call before March 18th, DMC is on spring break this week). If you have any questions about the program, please call Dotson Lewis at 361-949-7681 (I’m not on spring break). The tuition for one 20 hour class is a whopping four bucks. You are eligible to take these any or all of these classes if you have been around 50 or more years. The state of the art class rooms are located on the South Campus of Del Mar College, 3209 South Staples. That is just across Staples from Ray High School.
We could also use your help as a volunteer instructor (all of our instructors are volunteers). Bobby Dodd says happiness is taking a Senior computer class at DMC Dotson’s Note: Shown below are the relocation sites for the activities that were being held at the Ethel Eyerly Senior Center. We will keep you posted as to new changes. Call 361-937-3218 for update information.
RELOCATION SITES Ethel Eyerly Senior Center Activities For Persons Age 50 and Over DAILY ACTIVITIES NUTRITIOUS MEALS SERVED For Persons Age 60 and Over AT 11:30 p.m. ($1.50 SUGGESTED MEAL DONATION)
Waldron Baptist Church, 2042 Waldron Rd. (Flour Bluff) MONDAY-WEDNESDAY-FRIDAY Silver Haired Fitness-10-11 a.m. Caribbean Baptist Church-3125 Waldron Rd (Flour Bluff) MONDAY Computer Interest Group 12:30-2:00 p.m. Garden Senior Center, 5325 Greely (Near Cullen Middle School) Chair Volleyball –12:30 p.m.
Waldron Baptist Church 2042 Waldron Rd. (Flour Bluff) TUESDAY Table Games-12-1:30 p.m.
Waldron Baptist Church 2042 Waldron Rd. (Flour Bluff)
Here is the April & May 2013 class schedule. Please register soon to insure a seat in the classroom.
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South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center The Best Texas Has to Offer
By Brent Rourk A busy traveler can explore the corners of the world and enjoy many botanical gardens, wetlands, lakes, and nature centers, but few places have managed to create an environment that includes botanical gardens, exhibits, wetlands, nature trails, animal displays, live butterfly gardens, and more. One that has accomplished that feat is right in our backyard; the South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center. It should be on everybody’s ‘must see’ list and once you visit, you will likely return over and over. Located at 8545 South Staples in Corpus Christi, the grounds expand into a spacious
182 acre complex. From the parking lot visitors can see some of the attractive and active displays; a pond, several brilliant flower gardens, a Plumeria garden and viewing platform and a few greenhouses. But that is just the beginning. This Botanical Gardens includes animals, birds, reptiles, butterflies, a variety of additional gardens and more. Its carefully crafted design truly ensures a seamless transition with nature’s wetland habitats on South Staples. It is open from 9:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. every day of the year except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve Day, and Christmas Day. Quite an ambitious schedule, but it is purposely organized to be available as much as possible for public enjoyment throughout the entire year. Clearly, it is not the average botanic gardens. Executive Director Michael Womack and his small, friendly and efficient staff are successfully stretching the dollars to maintain the array of stunning exhibits and further are engaging in ambitious expansion plans. That is not a small task for 182 acres, thousands of plants, several gardens, wetlands, and a wide assortment of animals. Somehow, through membership fees, admissions, grants, plant sales, donations, fundraisers, and gift shop sales, they make it
happen. They also add more features, exhibits, and gardens to the grounds every year. There is bound to be something engaging and memorable for every age group, every interest, and every person who visits the Botanical Gardens.
What Sets This Botanical Gardens Apart From Others
Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center; the pond (feed the fish while you are there), Butterfly House, Butterfly Garden, Butterfly Wing Sculpture, Reptile House, and playground are all designed to cater to children’s wants and needs. Many visitors define the Botanical Gardens as the perfect place to ponder life, to find peace minutes from the bustle of town, and to enjoy a variety of soothing shapes, sounds, and sights. The Nature’s Boutique Gift Shop has something for all ages and interests as well.
Traditionally, Botanic Gardens were places where a several “flower lovers” went to view the ubiquitous garden and nothing more. Certainly, there are many famous and indescribably beautiful and traditional botanical gardens in The United States. In addition to the beautiful and varied flower gardens and greenhouses, there is more to see at the South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center. The wetland habitat that comprises part of the 182 acres is a “nature lover’s” paradise. Children have a lot to look forward to during a visit to the South
Spring is definitely planting time for many gardens and blooming time for several plants, so plan a spring visit. Also the Botanical Gardens features their BIG BOOM Plant Sale & Gardening Festival in April. For photography buffs, the grounds provide a wealth of photo opportunities. A wide variety of flowers, animals and insects make great subjects for your wide angle or macro lens. The landscapes, buildings, pond, and large gardens also invite artist’s eyes and active cameras.
If you have not visited the South Texas Botanical Gardens and Nature Center, consider planning a visit soon. Entrance fees are very reasonable, but the best deal is becoming a member because invariably you will want to return several times a year. We are fortunate to have such a place in our own backyard. The staff is incredibly friendly and very knowledgeable. They work tirelessly to make this one of the best attractions in Texas…and it is. For more information call 361-852-2100 or visit www. stxbot.org.
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