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October 4, 2012

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By Dale Rankin

Ahhhh…October. It’s often been said that we Islanders pay for our October and our April with our July and August. So as October dawns we have our sweltering months in the weather bank and get ready for October’s Chamber of Commerce Weather. The beach has been beautiful of late with nice packed sand that keeps us moving and the water has been as clear as it can be hereabouts. The fishing out on the Packery has been spotty but that’s okay as snorkelers have taken to the clear water to land their share of Mangrove snappers and other fish along the outside of the jetties. It’s that time of year when the hot weather breaks, the water turns a little bluer, the wind (hopefully) lays down, and we have our Island to ourselves in the lull between the summer and Winter Texan seasons. Get out there and enjoy it.

Harvest Moon You may have noticed that big cornbread moon up there of late. The Harvest Moon showed itself on September 30 but we get another one, sort of, later this month. The Harvest Moon is the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox and in the Northern Hemisphere the autumnal equinox came on September 22, making the September 29-30 full moon the Harvest Moon. But then here on The Island we have the Harvest Moon Regatta when the sailors from up Houston way make their annual overnight sail to Port Aransas for a weekend of fun and that event doesn’t happen until October 25-27 under a waxing moon just before what will technically be the Hunter’s Moon which peaks on October 29. But hey, when has our Island ever stood on a technicality huh? If October 25-27 is when the Harvest Moon sailors blow into town then dadgummit that’s the Island Harvest Moon.

Signs of the times

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Update on Island projects

Work Begins on Schlitterbahn Rides, Construction Equipment Expected on Site This Month By Dale Rankin Prefabrication work has begun on rides for the planned Schlitterbahn Resort and Waterpark. The work is being done in the shops of the park’s headquarters in New Braunfels, the location of the original Schlitterbahn park between San Antonio and Austin, according to one of the project’s developers Paul Schexnailder in a briefing to the Island Strategic Action Committee at the Padre Isles Country Club on Tuesday. “We were on the site today looking at how we want to start moving dirt,” Schexnailder told the group. “We will have equipment on the site this month.” The projected opening date for the waterpark remains the spring of 2014. Park Road 22/SPID Water Exchange Bridge. Permitting is ongoing for the building of the bridge with the plans currently in the hands of TxDot for approval. The Corpus Christi City Council has approved funding for the $8 million project from 2008 bond money. The city will fund the bridge while the developers of the Schlitterbahn and surrounding property will build the canals to connect it with the existing canal system on the west and Lake Padre on the east. Duck Hunting. With duck season just around the corner the city, at the request of the Island Strategic Action Committee is moving to place No Hunting signs around a 1000-foot parameter surrounding homes along the Intracoastal Waterway.

Clear water off the jetty- Photo by Mary Craft

Study at Texas A&M Says Gulf Floor is Littered with Bombs

Current city ordinances prohibit discharging a firearm within 1000 feet of a habitable structure but lax enforcement in recent years has led to a standoff between hunters and homeowners. Projects Continued on A4

Hearing Set on Cruise Ships in Coastal Bend

The possibility of cruise ships docking in the Coastal Bend will be the subject of a hearing at the Ortiz Center at the Port of Corpus Christi on Monday, October 15, at 10 a.m. The event is a meeting of the joint Interim Committee on Cruise Industry Development and the public will be invited to give input. For more information contact Angie Flores with State Representative Todd Hunter’s office at 361 695-2048 or e-mail at Political signs keep multiplying like so many mushrooms all over our Island. The sign police continue to do their thing and we hear that about a dozen signs for a candidate in the Mayor’s race have disappeared; the big ones too that don’t come cheap. This happens from time to time and sometimes can be blamed on the wind, except we haven’t had any wind of late and it seems odd that Mother Nature would only take the signs belonging to one candidate and not the other.

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The 28th Annual Island Foundation’s Golf Tournament Set for Friday, October 5

Election dates

The 28th Annual Island Foundation Golf Tournament will tee off at Newport Dunes on Friday October 5.

Early voting for the November 6 election kicks off on October 22 and the Nueces County Clerk’s office is ginning up for the 100,000 or so voters who are expected to turn up.

The event is a four-person scramble at $150 per person or $500 for a team of four, tee off is at 8 a.m. The fee includes green fee, cart, and lunch. Sponsorships are still available.

Here on The Island the voting will be at the Presbyterian Church for those who live south of Whitecap, and at Padre Isles Country Club for those who live north of it. In the last Presidential race Islanders turned out at just over 80% which would mean about 4000 voters this time.

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Ours is not to reason why…

Poll watchers were told this week that if a runoff is needed in any of the races – most require a majority rather than a plurality – the date will be December 21. That seems like a long wait between elections and would run voting right up into the holiday season. Ours is not to reason why…

Copperhead road We got a report this week that a homeowner found a very aggressive Copperhead snake on his patio over on Encantada. The fellow made a dash to get in the house and tried to make his way up a wall. We’re not sure if Copperheads are regular visitors to The Island but combined with the recent rattlesnake bite in Port Aransas it’s enough to get our attention.




Hooray for Habitat!

Celebration of the Big Tree Unit at Goose Island State Park on Saturday, October 13 Come join in celebrating Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s acquisition of the Big Tree Unit at Goose Island State Park Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012 with a day of wildlife interpretive programs and celebrations.

The snakes crawl at night…that’s what they say.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and The Nature Conservancy worked for several years to obtain funding to acquire the 80-acres located West and North of the famous Big Tree. An oil spill settlement provided the $2 million to buy the land known originally as Big Tree Ranch. The land is important habitat for endangered Whooping Cranes and many other species.

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Birding Continued on A5

Millions of pounds of unexploded bombs and other military ordnance that were dumped decades ago in the Gulf of Mexico, as well as off the coasts of both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, could now pose serious threats to shipping lanes and the 4,000 oil and gas rigs in the Gulf, warns two Texas A&M University oceanographers. William Bryant and Neil Slowey, professors of oceanography who have more than 90 years of combined research experience in all of the Earth’s oceans, along with fellow researcher Mike Kemp of Washington, D.C., say millions

of pounds of bombs are scattered over the Gulf of Mexico and also off the coasts of at least 16 states, from New Jersey to Hawaii. Bryant says the discarded bombs are hardly a secret. “This has been well known for decades by many people in marine science and oceanography,” he explains. He will give a presentation in San Juan, Puerto Rico Monday (Oct. 1) about the bombs to a group of oceanographers and marine scientists in a conference titled “International Dialogue on Underwater Munitions.” Bombs Continued on A4

A little Island history

The Island Before Civilization Showed Up

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of stories from the autobiography of Louis Rawalt. Rawalt moved to The Island in 1925 and lived a life that would be impossible here now. As you will see from the stories he built cabins from material he found on the beach at several locations and knew The Island in a way that probably no one else ever will. He collected relics from over thirty sites on The Island and knew where all of the shipwrecks were to be found, including the Spanish gold ships from the 16th Century and when the Padre Island National Seashore was founded it was Rawalt who led the researchers around The Island and showed them ten sites which they studied as part of the due diligence for founding the park. Everything Rawalt found he documented; where he found the road traveled by the troops of General Zachary Taylor in the Mexican War, the longgone Singer Ranch and numerous shipwrecks. Rawalt was a smart and educated man who studied at the Sorbonne in Paris. His story here begins in a hospital where he was recovering from a mustard gas attack he suffered through in World War I.

He left behind this typewritten account of his time on The Island and we run it here without editing. He called it…

The Island of Reprieve

By Louis Rawalt It was the summer of 1925. I was seated near the desk of the chief surgeon in the Military Hospital at Chelsea. The bulky form of the surgeon was across the desk from me. He looked at me with speculative eyes. Finally, he said: “If you have any business that needs attention, you had better return to your home in Texas and take care of it.” He leafed through a chart on his desk, “Prognosis, six months,” He looked straight at me. “A lot of them didn’t have any time left,” he said encouragingly. “I’ll do it,” I replied. “I’ll have to.” I rose and started for the door. I had expected his verdict, and had already made up my mind what I was going to do ---that is, if Viola would consent. I had talked to her about the long white sands of the Karankawa Indians, where I had gone as a child with my father on fishing trips. It was the only place I History Continued on A6

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The Great Pumpkin is Here!

The “Island Pumpkin Patch” is back at Island in the Son United Methodist Church beginning October 7th through the 27th. Pumpkins will be delivered to our grounds where they will be for sale daily until dusk. A large variety of pumpkins will be available, priced according to size. This is our 5th year to have a Pumpkin Patch available on the Island and it has proven to be popular with local residents and passersby on Highway 361. Come on buy and pick from the patch! Island in the Son United Methodist Church is located at 10650 Highway 361 on Mustang Island between Newport Pass Road and Beach Access Road #3 (2 miles north of Packery Channel, 12 miles south of Port Aransas). For more information call the church at 316-749-0884 during office hours, 9 AM-2 PM, Monday through Thursday.

Travis Goes Home

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This is Travis the adult male Kemp’s ridley turtle who was outfitted with a satellite transmitter and released Wednesday. By his side in the photo (from right to left) are Travis who rescued the turtle, Dr. Shaver, and personnel from the ARK rehabilitation facility (Tony Amos, Guy Davis, and Amanda Terry).

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Members of the Seashore Middle Academy 8th grade volleyball team celebrate their first-place tournament win at the Bishop Garriga tournament held on Sept. 21-22. Team members include: (front) Aldyn Ewing, Haley Morgan, Dani Finzel, Aubrey Banda, (back) Celeste Branstrom, Hannah Curry, Julia Delgado, Angel Gaines, Shelby Reed, Sandy Bernal, Maggie Libby, and Amanda Mangan.

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Travis was captured by accident on hook-andline at Padre Island National Seashore in July. As he was being reeled in by the angler, a shark bit his left flipper. The ARK took excellent care of him during his recovery from this injury and now he’s back in the wild. Watch out for sharks Travis!

Squirt, the fastest dog on the Island stares down Riley, the slowest dog on The Island.

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Story and Photos by Debbie Noble It was a beautiful Island night with views of the sunset and bay from the putting greens of Treasure Island as candidates and constituents gathered for the second annual Putting with Your Politicians event to benefit HELP. The festivities opened on Thursday, September 20, with a putt challenge between Police Chief, Floyd Simpson, and Fire Chief, Robert Rocha. Three of our esteemed mayoral candidates teed up next, and soon were followed by District 4 City Council Candidates Colleen McIntyre and Jano Andrasik. Businesses and candidates for races from Tax Assessor to State Board of Education were on hand to sponsor holes and shake hands for charity. The Texas Roadhouse provided delicious food and a life sized golfing armadillo. Also serving up samples and snacks were Atomic Omelette, BonnA-Petit, Coffee Waves, Fajita Junction, Carino’s, Jack’s Dinner Bell, and Takeniwa. HELP provides educational services to at-risk children through programs aimed at dropout prevention, enhancing vocational skills, counseling, mentoring and intervention services. Many of the HELP students and graduates were on hand to, well, help with the event. If you would like to help HELP, please check out their website at www.


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Letters to the Editor

I noted that Howard Ludlow was critical of alternative energy subsidies by the government in his Oct. 20 Letter to the Editor. I would refer him, and others who are of this opinion, to the article on the front page (bottom) of the Oct. 24 Caller-Times, where the history of shale oil development, which has taken many years, millions of government dollars, and billions of tax incentive dollars to develop an industry which is now showing great profits, but was doubted by many as to when or if this process would ever be profitable.

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I believe this does a dis-service to the island by giving the impression to visitors and maybe some residents who are not aware that most of the entries are not on the island that we have more crime here than really exists.

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What is your intention by doing this??? And Dale, you should cut down your articles by about 80%. Your stories are much tooooooo long so I (and I know of others who) just skip them. If I want to read a book, I’ll buy one. I don’t think you get it, didn’t Mike have a warning about long newspaper articles? It was GREAT advice, no offense but please take it. I intend to live forever~so far, so good!

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Jeff Dolan

The breakup of the SW Conference was BS.

There is another factor often glossed over, or totally missed by conservative petroleum proponents: When the shale gas and petroleum supplies start running out, as we all know they will, likely within this century, what then?

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I was going to high school in Arkansas when Texas beat Arkansas in 1969. I remember President Nixon being interviewed on TV at halftime saying Texas was a second half team and not to count them out. And he was right on the money!

Why does the Island Moon publish stories under the heading “Island Police Blotter” when in fact many of the incidents are NOT on the island?

Don Gentry

Dr. Donna Shaver

Great article in the Island Moon.

The same men who led efforts to develop shale energy are now proponents of continuing federal support for alternative energies. They state that, while wind and solar projects, and the Chevy Volt require millions in government subsidies to continue, this same was true only a few years ago with shale oil.

While fossil fuels continue pumping carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, wind and solar power do not. Maybe the last denier of human-caused global warming will give up if warmer oceans cause a runaway release of oceanic methane hydrates, and our planet begins to resemble Venus.

Jay Gardner

Name not provided

Interfaith Concert to Feature Whirling Dervishes from Turkey

Just wanted to thank you for running the pictures from our beach clean-up crew in the Sept. 20 issue. The coordinator of this program, Diane Gierhan, is a real beach trash warrior! Connie Harris, Admin. Ass’t. Island in the Son United Methodist Church 10650 Highway 361



The Island Moon is published every Thursday, Dale Rankin, Editor / Publisher.

I have been made aware of a State Rep Oliveira from Brownsville that has a beef with the way GLO administers the leases on cabins in the Laguna, including cabin permits. Evidently he feels they aren’t charging Lessees enough money. He intends to push for legislation to charge more and do more regulating.

Total circulation is 10,000 copies. Distribution includes delivery to 4,000 Island homes, free distribution of 3,000 copies in over 50 Padre Island businesses and condos, as well as 600 copies distributed in Flour Bluff, 1,400 copies on Mustang Island and Port Aransas businesses.

If you know this guy, send him a message with your feelings. And send letters or emails to your Representatives. They need to know what this guy intends to do.

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U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), along with Senators John Barrasso (R-WY), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Jon Kyl (R-AZ), John Thune (R-SD), Roy Blunt (R-MO), and James Inhofe (R-OK), sent a letter to President Obama regarding potential use of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). In their letter, the Senators outline that the SPR was created for use only in emergencies to safeguard our economy and national security against severe oil supply disruptions - not as a political mechanism to control the price at the pump. They also detail how a political raid of the SPR would increase the amount of taxpayer money needed to refill the SPR to pre2011 levels. After last year’s drawdown by the Obama Administration, refilling the SPR would cost around $1 billion.

Photo by Mike Ellis Next Tuesday, October 9, marks the passing of our friend Patsy Jones who was a transplanted Nashvillian who called The Island home and brightened things up with her singing and positive personality. She wrote the Island theme song, “That’s My Island” and she and Moon Mike often teamed up for a show and tell that had Patsy singing Tumbling Tumbleweeds with her band while Mike rolled and tumbled his way across the stage as he applied his pantomime to her lyrics. We keep Patsy’s familiar hat hanging in the Moon office to remind us of the times and people that were. Both Patsy and Mike have gone on but we still have the memories of times shared. That’s all for now. Say hello if you see us Around The Island.

At 5:30 pm on Sunday, October 7 in the Performing Arts Center at Texas A&M University an Interfaith Concert of Freedom & Peace will be held for the entire community. This will be a follow up to last year’s 9-11 Service of Remembrance presented by Corpus Christi’s Abrahamic Faiths - Jewish, Christian, Muslim – which are joining together in the common denominator of music. These congregations represent Christian, Muslim and Jewish citizens of our Community, as well as the Institute of Interfaith Dialogue, the interfaith Community and other congregations around the city. All local singers are invited to join the Community Massed Choir, directed by Ross Bernhardt and Dennis Richardson which will rehearse that Sunday, October 7 at 4pm in the TAMUCC Center of the Arts then sing on the concert. Music will be provided. Other featured organizations will include the Del Mar Children’s Chorus, the Gospel Choir of Holy Cross Catholic Church and Mariachi Torero. The highlight of the evening will be the Whirling Dervishes from Turkey, who represent the Sufism branch of the Islamic faith. This order of Sufis is renowned for its practice of self-discipline and concentration, leading through dance and music to an ecstatic trance in which one’s entire being is centered on the spiritual purity of the self. There is no admission charge. For information contact Brad Kisner at First United Methodist Church, 884-0391.

“The SPR is America’s rainy-day fund. We ask you to preserve it for a truly rainy day when an unanticipated emergency or severe supply disruption occurs. We also request that your administration provide to each of us no later than 30 days from the date of this letter a detailed plan explaining how you intend to fully refill the SPR to pre-2011 levels. There are plenty of storm clouds on the horizon. The government must adequately shelter the American people and vigorously protect their rainy-day fund,” the Senators wrote.

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Date Set for La Posada Lighted Boat Parade The Padre Island Yacht Club has announced the date for this year’s La Posada Lighted Boat Parade. The two-night event will kick off on the north side canals on Friday, December 7. The parade through the south canals will be the next night, Saturday, December 8. The Friday event will start at 7 p.m. while the Saturday event will kick off at 6 p.m. The U.S. Marines will collect for Toys for Tots on both nights. The loading of the toys will begin at 9 a.m., December 9 at the Yacht Club with brunch to follow. There will also be a kickoff party at Scuttlebutt’s Restaurant, no date has yet be set for that event. Jim Witherill who has been the Parade Marshal for the past ten years is hanging up his radio after this year and is looking for someone who is interested in taking over that role. If you are interested contact the Yacht Club or call us here at the Moon and we will pass it along.

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“This subject has been very well documented through the years,” Bryant explains. “My first thought when I saw the news reports of the Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf two years ago were, ‘Oh my gosh, I wonder if some of the bombs down there are to blame.’” Military dumping of unused bombs into the Gulf and other sites started in 1946 and continued until 1970, when it was finally banned. Millions of pounds – no one, including the military, knows how many – were sent to the ocean floor as numerous bases tried to lessen the amount of ordnance at their respective locations. “The best guess is that at least 31 million pounds of bombs were dumped, but that could

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miles out. The next closest dump site to Texas is in Louisiana, not far from where the Mississippi River delta area is in the Gulf. Some shrimpers have recovered bombs and drums of mustard gas in their fishing nets.” Bombs used in the military in the 1940s through the 1970s ranged from 250- to 500- and even 1,000-pound explosives, some of them the size of file cabinets. The military has a term for such unused bombs: UXO, or unexploded ordnance. “Record keeping of these dump sites seems to be sketchy and incomplete at best. Even the military people don’t know where all of them are, and if they don’t know, that means no one really knows,” Bryant adds. He believes that some munitions were “short dumped,” meaning they were discarded outside designated dumping areas. The subject of the disposal of munitions at sea has been discussed at several offshore technology conferences in recent years, and it was a topic at an international conference several years ago in Poland, Bryant says.

be a very conservative estimate,” Bryant notes. “And these were all kinds of bombs, from land mines to the standard military bombs, also several types of chemical weapons. Our military also dumped bombs offshore that they got from Nazi Germany right after World War II. No one seems to know where all of them are and what condition they are in today.” Photos show that some of the chemical weapons canisters, such as those that carried mustard gas, appear to be leaking materials and are damaged.

“The bottom line is that these bombs are a threat today and no one knows how to deal with the situation,” Bryant says. “If chemical agents are leaking from some of them, that’s a real problem. If many of them are still capable of exploding, that’s another big problem. “There is a real need to research the locations of these bombs and to determine if any are leaking materials that could be harmful to marine life and humans,” Bryant says. For more information about the underwater munitions conference, go to http://www.

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ISAC members said if the signs do not work the city may consider broader measures. Gypsy/Whitecap intersection. At the request of the Island Action Committee the city staff will conduct a traffic count at the intersection of Gypsy and Whitecap streets where increased traffic has made the intersection treacherous. City engineers told the ISAC that they do not want to place a traffic signal there but once the traffic study is done may consider some type of traffic control device such as a traffic circle. Improvements near JFK Causeway. Two projects are moving forward simultaneously on each side of the JFK Causeway. Improvements to the street and the installation of a new waterline there are on the portion of the $55 million upcoming bond package that can be approved by voters without necessitating a tax increase. On the other side of the JFK, between the causeway and Packery Channel, final plans are nearing completion for the paving of the parking lot and for landscaping. The project will allow for about one hundred parking spaces under the causeway for vehicles with trailers. Bidding in the $1.2 million project is expected by the end of October with construction to begin in January. At least one of the boat ramps at the site will be open throughout the construction. Packery Dredging. Dredging in the mouth of the Packery Channel and in its turning basin

2012 Corpus Christi Paddle Prix & Rally Twenty mile long kayak race

“Our community is rich with natural resources that give each of us opportunities to get outdoors and be active. This is the third year that we host this event with the purpose of inviting more people in Corpus Christi to the sport as a way to enjoy our natural resources, and live healthy and active lives,” said Stacie Talbert, Assistant Director of the Parks & Recreation Department.

The bombs are no stranger to Bryant and Slowey, who have come across them numerous times while conducting various research projects in the Gulf, and they have photographed many of them sitting on the Gulf floor like so many bowling pins, some in areas cleared for oil and gas platform installation.

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The city plans to place signs showing where hunting is permitted and where it is illegal. The spoil islands will remain open to hunters but the private property located along the south side of the Laguna will be posted and trespassers subject to fines. The signs are expected to go up in the next few weeks.

This year, the event will feature a 20-Mile Race for the serious and experience paddlers starting at Labonte Park, winding down the Nueces River to the mouth of the Nueces Bay, then doubling back to the finish line at Labonte Park. As usual, the Rally will begin at the Port of Corpus Christi Boat Launch and wind up the river to Labonte Park. Paddlers may use a wide range of vessels including kayaks, stand up paddle boards and canoes.

With the ship traffic needed to support the 4,000 energy rigs, not to mention commercial fishing, cruise lines and other activities, the Gulf can be a sort of marine interstate highway system of its own. There are an estimated 30,000 workers on the oil and gas rigs at any given moment.

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Projects continued from A1

The 2012 Corpus Christi Paddle Prix & Rally event is designed to encourage everyone to stay fit while enjoying the vast natural resources the Coastal Bend has to offer residents and visitors. It serves as one of the Mayor’s Fitness Council’s signature events. It will be held on Saturday, October 27, 2012.

“Is there an environmental risk? We don’t know, and that in itself is reason to worry,” explains Bryant. “We just don’t know much at all about these bombs, and it’s been 40 to 60 years that they’ve been down there.”

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October 4, 2012

FEES: Rally Fee is $15.00 per paddler. Race Fee is $25.00 per paddler. $5 discount for all American Canoe Association members (must list ACA membership # on form). REGISTRATION: Registration Packages will be available online at or at the Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department on the Third Floor of City Hall (1201 Leopard Street, Corpus Christi, TX 78401). Online Registration will close at 5:30pm on October 24, 2012. Paddlers who register early will receive a Corpus Christi Paddle Prix & Rally t-shirt. For their entry fee, participants will also receive a goody bag containing various free items from the race sponsors. If you are interested in sponsoring a portion of this event, please contact Stacie Talbert at 361826-3460. For more information about the event, call 361826-3460 or visit

near the mouth to Lake Padre is expected to begin in November. The project was cut short in the spring as crews were not able to finish before the beginning of the turtle nesting season and they could not place the dredge spoils on the beach. They stopped about 300 feet short of the mouth of the channel and the next round of work will pick up there. Lighting at North Packery parking lot. Work is set to begin shortly on the placing of street lights in the parking and boat ramps between Packery Channel and Zahn Road. When complete the lighting will also cover the cabanas and picnic tables along the north shore of the channel. Aquarius Extension. The Aquarius Extension is complete and AEP is currently working on streetlights. In the meantime, vandals raided the site and stole the plants installed only a few months ago as part of the landscaping. A temporary barrier has been placed at the site where the road was originally designed to go to keep out trespassers. Design on a permanent barrier is underway. Regional Parkway. Long-term planning is underway for a Regional Parkway which would run from Calallen to The Island and connect the north and south sections of Nueces County. The plan is in the early stages and will take 1012 years at the minimum to complete and there currently is not funding in place. The long discussed roadway would mean the building of a second bridge to The Island which would come across the Laguna Madre and connect to The Island near Sea Pines. A group is meeting monthly and holding public hearings on a route. The project is opposed by farmers near Robstown who fear the loss of farmland.

Did Ya Hear?

By Mary Craft Send your business news to:

New Advertisers Navy Army Credit Union is offering an auto rate sale starting at 3.5% fixed rate through October 31st. Call 1-800-622-3231.

Business Briefs CVS is coming to Port A. They plan to open across from the new Whataburger by next spring. Sharkey’s Texas Music Festival and Chili Cook-Off will be held Saturday, October 6th. Entertainment for the day will be provided by Melissa Brooke, L. Leon Sands, bassist Woodie Lawson, Bonnie Lang and Todd Dorn and the Sea Drifters Port Aransas Art Center is hosting their First Friday Reception October 5th 5:30 – 7:30. This month’s theme is Focus on Art featuring many area photographers. Moon photographer Miles Merwin is one of those showcased. Need an oil change? No need to go OTB. Drop by Island Tire for fast, friendly service. Tell Sally the Moon sent you! Costa Sur Cevicheria & Cafe inside Mail n More has a new sandwich El Pezguchon that has seared fish of the day, lettuce, tomato, salsa criolla and spicy mayo. They have several salads including the Twisted Tomato with mixed tomatoes and basil tossed in olive oil vinaigrette with feta cheese. They are open weekdays 10 am - 6pm and Saturday 10 am - 2pm. Hero of Hope speakers with a wide variety of cancer experiences are prepared to share their story and inspire participants at your event. One of the local heroes is Islander Bob Himes who is a pancreatic cancer survivor. Bob was diagnosed in 2004 and by sharing his courageous struggle he hopes to give others hope. Contact American Cancer Society Relay for Life at 1-800-ACS-2345. If you have business news, please email Mary Craft at

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Seeks Texas Volunteers for 2013 Season AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, the nation’s largest free, volunteer-run tax preparation and assistance service, is seeking volunteers across the state to help Texas taxpayers who are seeking assistance preparing and filing their 2012 tax returns. Volunteers do not need to be an AARP member or retiree to participate. Tax-Aide is particularly in need of volunteers who are bilingual in English and Spanish to support the increasing number of Spanish-speaking taxpayers seeking assistance. After receiving free training, AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers help taxpayers of all ages, learning new skills while giving back to their communities. “In 2012, Texans who took advantage of the free tax service provided by the AARP TaxAide program received more than $35 million in common tax credits. These, along with other deductions, resulted in just around $100 million in refunds, most of which finds its way back into the local Texas economies,” said Texas Western Regional Coordinator Ron Craig.

Last year, more than 1,700 Tax-Aide volunteers in 300 sites helped over 157,000 taxpayers across the state. They join over 35,000 TaxAide volunteers across the country, helping millions of taxpayers each year. For more information on how you can join the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide team, visit our Web site at AARP Foundation Tax-Aide is offered in conjunction with the IRS. AARP Foundation is working to win back opportunity for struggling Americans 50+ by being a force for change on the most serious issues they face today: housing, hunger, income and isolation. By coordinating responses to these issues on all four fronts at once, and supporting them with vigorous legal advocacy, the Foundation serves the unique needs of those 50+ while working with local organizations nationwide to reach more people and make resources go further. AARP Foundation is a charitable affiliate of AARP. Learn more at

Peewee's Animal Shelter Peewee’s Animal Shelter is located at 1307 Saratoga and has been in operations since May, 1997. Peewee’s presently houses over 300  animals, including dogs, puppies, cats, kittens as well as, pigs, goats, rabbits and other barn animals. Peewee’s relies on donations only for its operation. Shelter operations are accomplished strictly by donations. Peewee’s does not get any government, city or federal funding. Peewee’s helps those animals no one else will - the sick and the stray. The volunteers at Peewee’s work tirelessly to rehabilitate poor orphaned pets in the hopes that they will find new, loving homes. The dogs and cats are spayed/neutered, given regular heartworm preventative, and are on flea & tick prevention and medications as needed. Peewee’s does not discriminate due to age or health conditions of the pet. Please visit Peewee’s Pet Adoption World & Sanctuary at 1307 Saratoga Road. You can call them at 361-8884141 but they do not have staff to answer phones so please leave a message.

October 4, 2012

Island Moon

A Fine life

Mama, Mama, What Do You See? by Daphne Fine Perspective is a powerful thing. Like a lens, it frames the way I see the world. The awesome thing about a mama’s perspective is that it also frames the way my children see the world, and more importantly the way they see themselves. One of the books my kids loved when they were itty bitty was “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” by Eric Carle. If you’re a mama, it’s probably sitting on the shelf in your house too. Over and over again we read it in my lap until the whole book was memorized and they knew which Crayola-colored animal was coming next. With repetition I taught their little eyes what to look for on the next page.

children how to see the truth. When my 12-yearold piles in the minivan after school, struggling to find her place, it’s my job to help her see clearly. Throughout the day, her lenses may get foggy with emotion. Her vision might be blurry with fatigue. Her perspective may be skewed on the basis of a dozen other opinions about who she is. Gently I wipe away the grime from her lenses and remind her that she is precious, unique, significant just the way she is. I tell her what she already knows is true, but has forgotten.

My kiddos are learning to look for beauty. It all started the first evening I stood at the kitchen sink, looked out our west-facing front windows and got a pink and purple eye-full. “Everybody come quick! It’s an emergency!” Hustling out the door, we took in the sunset, accompanied by little “oohs” and “ahs.” Now, I regularly hear my children catch their breath and say, “Mom, it’s gonna be a good one tonight. Hurry up!” With Pavlovian instinct, we drop everything and run, watching in wonder as the sun melts into a watery horizon, every time just as appreciated as the one before. They tell me how much God must love us to paint such beautiful sky-pictures every day. Hmm, where have I heard that before? They have learned to see beauty for themselves. But even more than beauty, I want to teach my

The Celebration will be held at the Big Tree in the parking lot in front of the tree. The day will begin with a Bird Walk at 7:30 a.m. Experienced guides will host two simultaneous bird walks on the new property. A Big Tree Bird Walk where you will meet at the Big Tree and bird the wooded area on the West portion of the property and a Shoreline Bird Walk where you meet at the Big Tree and bird the shoreline area on the east portion of the property. At 9 a.m., two Interpretive Programs will be held: Tour of the Big Tree Unit and History of the Big Tree. Beginning at 11 a.m., a Ceremony will be held featuring the Director of State Parks for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Brent Leisure and The Nature Conservancy’s Land Protection and Easement Manager David Bezanson. Leisure will speak on the importance of this acquisition and conservation partnerships. Bezanson will speak about TNC’s role in obtaining funds to purchase the property. Representatives from the Texas State Legislature and officials from Aransas County will explain the importance of this acquisition to Aransas County. At 12:30 p.m., a Tour of the Big Tree Unit and History of the Big Tree Interpretive Programs will be repeated. Bring your binoculars and mosquito protection, if needed.

And that’s what I’m still doing. What a sweet privilege and a heavy responsibility to help them learn to see. And I’m doing it, even when I don’t realize I’m doing it. They learn to see as I see. They follow my gaze and fix their own eyes there. I’m not always proud of what they learn, but sometimes I get a glimpse of something that really humbles and excites me! To see them seeing on their own.

Birding cont. from A1

Organizations in the Lamar area such as the Lamar Woman’s Club and the Lamar Volunteer Fire Department will be on-hand with light refreshments and some seating.

Taking her by the chin, I lift her eyes to see her immense value again. I help her to see what I see. I help her learn what to look for on the page of her life. And when I see something, I’ve got to say something. I’ve got to continue to point out what’s beautiful and true to my children until they learn to see it for themselves. No other human being can take the place of a mother, can see what a mother sees, and say what a mother says. I don’t want to use my influence primarily to point out flaws and failings. Those are easy for children to see and they often focus on them too much. Instead I want to show them who they are, and are becoming. I want to teach them to look through a loving lens at themselves and others and find truth and beauty there. So Mama, what do you see? I see a privilege looking at me.

Aransas Pathways Announces Acquisition of Premier Birding and Nature Site The Aransas Pathways Steering Committee has announced the acquisition of a premier birding and nature site located at 4041 Hwy 35 North in Fulton. This acquisition was unanimously approved by the Aransas County Commissioner’s Court a few weeks ago. County Judge C. H. Burt Mills said: “Last year Aransas County voters approved the pathways Project by a two to one margin for the purpose of developing quality nature tourism sites like this one. We believe this site will help attract more visitors to Aransas County for longer stays.” Mrs. Debra Corpora, President of the Aransas County Bird and Nature Club and Chair of the Pathways Birding Technical Committee said: “This is one of the premier birding and nature sites in Aransas County and we are delighted to be able to develop it not only for tourists but also for residents of the County.” Development plans for the site include: refurbishing the entrance and establishing a small parking area for a few cars on the property, demolishing the old building but saving the slab for possible future use as a pavilion; refurbishing the well and using the water to set up bird and wildlife watering points around the property and perhaps to supplement the seasonal pond; setting up benches and viewing stations for birds and wildlife; landscaping the area with native species designed to attract birds, hummingbirds and butterflies. Ultimately a series of boardwalks and viewing platforms is envisioned. Purchase of this site and the subsequent development is funded by proceeds from the Venue Tax paid by visitors staying in local hotels and motels. This site will be named the Linda S. Castro Nature Sanctuary. Development activity will begin immediately and are expected to take several months.


2012 Corpus Christi Paddle Prix & Rally Twenty mile long kayak race

The 2012 Corpus Christi Paddle Prix & Rally event is designed to encourage everyone to stay fit while enjoying the vast natural resources the Coastal Bend has to offer residents and visitors. It serves as one of the Mayor’s Fitness Council’s signature events. It will be held on Saturday, October 27, 2012. This year, the event will feature a 20-Mile Race for the serious and experienced paddlers starting at Labonte Park, winding down the Nueces River to the mouth of the Nueces Bay, then doubling back to the finish line at Labonte Park. As usual, the Rally will begin at the Port of Corpus Christi Boat Launch and wind up the river to Labonte Park. Paddlers may use a wide range of vessels including kayaks, stand up paddle boards and canoes. “Our community is rich with natural resources that give each of us opportunities to get outdoors and be active. This is the third year that we host this event with the purpose of inviting more people in Corpus Christi to the sport as a way to enjoy our natural resources, and live healthy and active lives,” said Stacie Talbert, Assistant Director of the Parks & Recreation Department. FEES: Rally Fee is $15.00 per paddler. Race Fee is $25.00 per paddler. $5 discount for all American Canoe Association members (must list ACA membership # on form). REGISTRATION: Registration Packages will be available online at or at the Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department on the Third Floor of City Hall (1201 Leopard Street, Corpus Christi, TX 78401). Online Registration will close at 5:30pm on October 24, 2012. Paddlers who register early will receive a Corpus Christi Paddle Prix & Rally t-shirt. For their entry fee, participants will also receive a goody bag containing various free items from the race sponsors. If you are interested in sponsoring a portion of this event, please contact Stacie Talbert at 361826-3460. For more information about the event, call 361826-3460 or visit

Tour of Gardens Around the Bay October 21 By Betty White This fall the Corpus Christi Area Garden Council, Inc., is proud to be presenting a Tour of Local Gardens on Sunday, October 21, 2012, from 12:00-6:00 p.m. The tour, “Gardens Around the Bay” is a fundraiser to benefit the Corpus Christi Area Garden Council, helping fund its many projects. Tickets for the tour are $10 and can be purchased at Gill Landscape Nursery, Turner’s Gardenland, Green’s and Thing’s, the South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center, or from garden club members. The tour will feature five local gardens. Three are in Corpus Christi and two are in Portland. A free admission to the South Texas Botanical Gardens & Nature Center is also on the tour. The main Objectives of the Corpus Christi Area Garden Council are to conserve native plants and all natural resources, encourage civic planting, and educate members and the general public in the growing and artistic use of plant material. For more information: Linda Lamprecht, 9923184 ,

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Island Moon

Stuff I Heard on the Island

History Continued from A1

by Dale Rankin

wanted to go now…remote, desolate wilderness of sand, whipped by the Trade Wind, set like a gem between the blue immensity of the Gulf of Mexico and the green shallows of the Laguna Madre on the Texas Coast.

This is a story about my friend Buster. He has big ears and smells funny. Many years ago after the Japanese paid me enough money so that I didn’t have to work for a while I rambled around a bit and often made stops at my friend Mike’s house in Wimberley.

I had met Viola through her brother who was also a patient in the Chelsea Hospital. We were married in a few months. Vila was young, vital, beautiful, and accustomed to the cultured atmosphere of Boston. Would she catch the vision of Padre? Would she go there with me to spend the few months that that military doctor had given me to live?

I would cruise into town when Mike was at work and pick up Buster and head out for the Blanco River and sit in the river while Buster dug holes and chased fish. Buster was a dog. Well, he still is a dog but Buster shook off his mortal coils last weekend and went to the land where dog treats grow on trees and the cars drive slow enough that even a fellow with short legs can catch one.

That night, I spun my dream to her, a dream of the primitive island, untamed and uninhabited. Her eyes sparkled as I talked. Jumping from the sofa, she hopped around the room. She kicked off her shoes and did a little war dance. “Padre, here we come!” she exclaimed. For the first time since that soul-shattering verdict of death, I faced the future with a degree of hope. From that moment my mind was turned from its dark remembrance of World War I, with its aftermath of destruction. The doctors had done their best. In one hospital I had relinquished a kidney, in another a part of a lung. Along the way I had lost my vitality and more than fifty pounds that normally covered my six-foot frame. So, travesty of a bridegroom that I was, I sat beside my wife and together we laid the groundwork for a strange future. I could see that this healthy, young wife of mine could not comprehend the fact that it was only to be an interlude, and I was thankful for her optimism. We took a train for Texas the next day. In Kingsville, we spent a few days with my people while assembling the equipment essential for living on an isolated island. The upper end of Padre is only twenty-five miles from Corpus Christi; yet then, it was considered inaccessible to all but a few intrepid souls who would risk their cars and their necks crossing the crude wooden causeway that snaked its way across the treacherous waters of the Laguna Madre. My father had been one of those who dared. Together we spent many days on the island before my martial peregrinations. While he sat on a box or log fishing with his cane pole at the edge of the great, rolling waters of the Gulf, I tramped the beach and prowled the dunes. Many times Pop laid his pole down, back out of reach of the tide, and came looking for me thinking I was lost. I was lost, but only in the newness of this ageless island. At times the beach, between the water and the dunes, was as clean as a whistle. It looked as though it had been washed and smoothed by a giant trowel with only huge driftwood logs jutting up here and there to break the monotony. Again it was covered with litter from the seas. Seaweed, shells, jelly fish, and the flotsam and jetsam from ships. Nothings seemed too small or insignificant for close observation.

Back of the sentinel-like row of dunes, I found the happiest hunting ground of all when I came, one day, upon a flat where the wind had swept away the sand to reveal countless spear points and arrowheads. Then I was back in a lost century where breach-clothed Karankawas fought invading Comanches with their backs against the blue wall of the Gulf. I wandered through miles of course grass and over miles of blown sand, white and powdery. I stopped to pick up bits of pottery and examine strange, unnamable growths of vegetation. Curlews flew high over the swaying top of the sea grasses crying shrill warnings to their mates. Sand hill cranes waded the inland ponds and great blue herons clustered on the dunes. Occasionally, I saw the tawny form of a coyote watching me suspiciously from a distance. Jackrabbits leaped from clumps of grass, and I saw the dens of badgers and ground squirrels. I used to wish that I could explore every inch of the one hundred-thirty-two miles of the island; for Padre and Mustang were often joined together when the pass between them filled up with sand. Padre itself is one hundred-ten miles in length and varies in width from two to seven miles. This then, was the island to which I was taking my wife, and where I meant to spend my rapidly dwindling lifetime. Certainly Padre was not an island of story-book enchantment. Rather, it was a place of realities so stark and primitive that they gave an impression of unreality. The suns of long summers beat down on it with merciless intensity increased by reflection of sand and sea. Hurricanes periodically lashed its shores; huge driftwood logs and the hulks of boats rotting in the sand far above the normal tide line bore evidence of their force. In winter the blue Texas northers roared down across the plains and sent the sand swirling and drifting like snow in a blizzard. Next issue: The Rawalts move to The Island for good.

Can anyone help Hoja?

My name is Hoja and this is my story. Editors Note: We ran this story a couple of issues back and Hoja is still looking for a new home. We did get a note from her foster parents with an update since then. They tell us that Hoja is doing well. She is getting much stronger physically, and her personality is coming out. She is a three year old puppy who has never had a chance to play! She is learning some manners and is getting much better around other people besides her current parents.

In a bad place Well to my surprise as well as too many others I made it through the night and for the next thirty days I lived at the hospital and slowly I began to heal. During that time the family that saved me worked very hard to think about what would be the best option for me and the remainder of my life. After much thought and research they decided that when I was strong enough to be moved that I should be placed at a pit bull refuge and training center. Here I could finish my recuperation in peace, the medical issues that I still had would be addressed, I could be with others much like myself, and I would receive care and training directly related to my breed and abuse. I would then be placed using a strict policy of research and proper matching. I was placed at a facility called Spindletop Pit bull Refuge in Willis, Texas.

Spindlebottom If you have not heard the refuge was raided based on the information of former employees and their accounts of the cruelty that went on here towards the animals. Please look up Spindletop Refuge on your web pages and read the articles concerning the facility. I and 300 hundred other dogs were abused, mistreated, re-bred, medically deprived, and we were kept as prisoners in our own excrement in cages all the while that this organization was lying to the people who really cared for us. Many of the dogs are still unaccounted for and possibly in a large mass grave that no-one was supposed to know about! The people who took care of me ten months ago were informed of my situation by a friend

Long haired Weenie Dogs are a headstrong breed either made to hunt badgers in burrows or hunt bears in packs, depending on which expert you talk to at Riley’s On the Bone up in Wimberley. Riley’s On the Bone is called that because it’s located just outside of town on Devil’s Backbone Road which is a favorite road for bikers because, as the name implies, it’s a road that runs right along the top of a ridge that drops away on both sides and offers great views; mountains by Texas standards but anywhere else just big hills. But that’s not why Buster liked Riley’s On the Bone. The bikers would stop in and get food and they cooked these barbeque weenies on a grill there and that Weenie Dog liked those weenies so much that when we drove by on the way back from the Blanco he would set up a howl if I didn’t stop and so we always did and Buster would catch his fill.

Tallest dog in the river goes racing Buster had little bitty short legs and didn’t take naturally to the water. At the beach he would wade out to about two inches then body surf back in, but in the Blanco he wouldn’t go in and he’d just sit on the bank and bark. That is until one day I picked him up and took him to the middle of the Blanco where there was a big rock where the water was only about two inches deep. Once Buster figured that out he’d splash right in and swim out there and cool his parts. He was the tallest dog in the river. So one day we took Buster to the Weenienationals over in Buda where they race Weenied dogs for fun and profit. I told my friend Mike that people only went to those races to see Weenie Dogs crash but we went anyway. When they let those Weenie Dogs out of the gate man they went in every direction. You haven’t seen confusion until

There was a little girl eating Ho-Hos out of a bag when Buster arrived and went for the bag. Ho-Hos went everywhere and by the time we got over there the little girl was screaming and Buster had picked most of them out of the grass. It was a bad day to be little girl but a pretty good day to be a Weenie Dog. Buster’s fifteen minutes of fame consisted of being the dog that ate the Ho-Hos over there in Buda. Buster was living over in Brenham the last couple of years and he started having some health problems and was a short timer. So last weekend he went to Wimberley and spent the day chasing chickens in my friend’s backyard, playing with his friends and trying to get fish out of the backyard pond. He had a big day and went over and stretched out in front of the television. When Mike went to give him a treat Buster was gone. He had a big day and decided he was done. So long Buster, I’m glad you had a big day and went out on your own terms. We should all be so lucky. I figure that dogs are different from humans in one big way; they don’t dread the end. They’re just sort of like Woody Allen in that they don’t mind dying they just don’t want to be there when it happens. Humans spend a lot of time worrying about that but dogs I don’t think do. They just stretch out in front of the television and say, “Just give my treats to somebody else, I’m done.” We’ll see you on the other side Buster.

Friday & Saturday, Oct. 5 & 6 CEO - No Excuses! BBQ and Ziegfest 2012

Get your tickets now - will be a sold out event!!

Whataburger Field

Tickets available at ALL Island banks, AmericanBank in Port A, POA office and Padre Isles CC.

Meet & Greet - City candidates Chris Adler, Colleen McIntyre & Lillian Riojas, hosted by Mr. & Mrs. Gulley - 14202 Playa del Rey Padre Island Wednesday, October 10 @ 6pm - 8pm Meet & Greet - Nelda Rodriguez for Justice 13th Court of Appeals & Nanette Hassette for Judge 28th District Court Hosted by Mandy & Elsie DeLeon - 14833 Aquarius - Padre Island RSVP - (361) 889-3230 Thursday, October 11 @ Noon

Ziegfest Band Schedule Friday, October 5 West Parking Lot CEO No Excuses! BBQ Challenge Stage 4 p.m. -- Gates Open 4 p.m. -- Party of Three 5 p.m. -- Neal Edwards 6:45 p.m. -- Whiskey D. 8:30 p.m. -- Jesse Dayton Saturday, October 6

Padre Island Business Association Monthly Luncheon at the Padre Isles Country Club

The Whataburger Field

Introduction to all City Council candidates for Mayor, District 4 & At-Large $13 pp for lunch

3:45 p.m. -- RESZ (Ziegenbock Stage)

Tuesday, October 16 @ 5:30pm Padre Island Business Association Monthly Mixer & 1st Annual Padre Island Oktoberfest Hosted by Padre Landscapes & Nursery and Whitecap Liquor, Between Johnny D’s & island Tire & Auto, 15605 SPID - Padre Island in California who heard of our plight. They then had to review photographs of all of us and see if I was one of the survivors. The management at Spindletop would not help in the identification or produce any paperwork verifying who each one of us was. I was eventually found, sorted out, and brought back to Corpus Christi where all of this began. I still have heartworms, I have not been spayed, I have a lung infection, and I may have had another litter. I am still trying though and I just can’t give up yet.

Networking * Door Prizes * Food & Beverages * Live Music * Oktoberfest fare!

Please help

Friday, October 26 @ 11:30am - 5pm

I would like to find a forever home close to the family that has saved me now twice. Their situation has not changed – they already have three rescue dogs and a cat. I am very needy at this time and I hate to be alone or locked in a kennel during the day, and male dogs seem to scare me a bit right now. My attitude is good but I will admit I need some training on manners, people skills, and personal relationships. On the bright side I am learning to walk on a leash, I have no fear of noises, I love to ride in trucks, and I do sleep thru the night in my kennel. I am going to the beach this weekend to see if I can swim and if I like the water.

Coastal Bend Fellowship of Christian Athletes Annual Golf Classic

Wednesday, October 17 @ 5:30pm Padre Island Business Association Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening Sweet Swirl Frozen Yogurt - 14457 SPID Come celebrate with Sweet Swirl on their grand opening and PIBA membership Free samples, refreshments, ribbon cutting!

Padre Isles Country Club Sign up a team! Sponsorships available! For more info, call Coach Bear at (361) 563-1986 Wednesday, November 7 @ 6-9pm 25th Annual Taste Of The Island at the Port Royal Ocean Resort

Bud Light & Ziegenbock Stage 4:30 p.m. -- Jesse Dayton (Bud Light Stage) 5:15 p.m. -- Ian Moore Band (Ziegenbock Stage) 6:15 p.m. -- Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears (Bud Light Stage) 7:15 p.m. -- Shooter Jennings (Ziegenbock Stage) 8:15 p.m. -- Bob Schneider (Bud Light Stage) 9:30 p.m. -- Pat Green (Ziegenbock Stage) CEO-No Excuses! BBQ Challenge

Egyptian Cleric Lays Out Rules for Wifebeating According to a story this week in The Times of Israel Egyptian cleric Abd Al-Rahman recently explained on Al-Nas television how a man is permitted to beat his wife. “A good woman, even if beaten by her husband, puts her hand in his and says: ‘I will not rest until you are pleased with me.’ This is how the Prophet Muhammad taught his women to be,” Al-Rahman said in comment aired in August, according to a translation provided by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). “Islam instructs a man to beat his wife as a last resort before divorce, so that she will mend her ways, treat him with kindness and respect, and know that her husband has a higher status than her,” he said.

I love to be held and will fall asleep on your lap in under a minute if you rub my head, or just be in the same room where people are. I will lie down quietly just as long as I can see or hear you close by. My current medical bills will be covered by my present foster parents all the way to my heartworms going away, my lung infections healing, and my spaying operation. I would really like to be an only dog or in a home with only one other dog and live happily ever after. Thank you for your thoughts about me and others like me. My foster parents can be reached at 361-877-8521.

you’ve seen a pack of wild weenie dogs set loose on an unsuspecting crowd.

PIBA for October – No Excuses BBQ

Tuesday, October 9 @ 5:30pm

I’m sure that some of you remember me from last October 2011 and the things that I have been through during my short life of 3 years. For those of you who have never met me before on these pages I will tell you a little bit about my life to date. I was found last October under a tree dying from a head injury, multiple pregnancies, starvation, dehydration, internal organisms, heartworms, and red ants. I was not expected to live through the night when I was brought to the veterinarian hospital; and this is where I thought my problems would end; finally.

October 4, 2012

“I say to every husband: Do not rush to beat her whenever a problem arises. O servant of Allah, Allah said: ‘Admonish those of them on whose part you fear disobedience, refuse to share their beds, and beat them.’ One should not beat out of anger.”

Doc Blankenship at Taste of the Island 2011

Al-Rahman said that beating one’s wife is a matter of discipline. He said that the Prophet Muhammad beat one of his wives, Aisha, in order to instill discipline, not because he enjoyed it.

October 4, 2012

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Port A Happenings

Dunk Your Junk

No dumping charges at the City of Port Aransas transfer station mean there’s no excuse not to clean up your yard, garage and home. Keep Port Aransas Beautiful has set the date for the Fall event on Saturday, Oct. 6. From 9 a.m. to noon, residents may take trash to the city transfer station at the end of Ross Avenue at no cost. KPAB once again has partnered with the City of Port Aransas and Allied Waste to provide this free service. No hazardous waste, tires, commercial trash, paint, Freon, anti-freeze, dangerous fluids, sheet rock, drywall or roofing shingles will be accepted. KPAB is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to promote public interest to create a cleaner, more beautiful Port Aransas through volunteerism and education. It focuses on litter reduction, beautification and community involvement, to reduce/ reuse/recycle/rebuy/repurpose and provides environmental education.

Deep Water Aerobics Deep water aerobic classes are being held each week on Wednesdays and Thursdays. They start at 1 p.m., at Community Park Swimming Pool [700 Clark Pkwy, off Ross Ave]. Cost is $1.50 per person, and is open to all. Don’t forget our regular water aerobics held Tuesdays through Fridays, at 8:30 and 9:30a.m., and at noon.

Tot Time Tots in the area can spend time with other tots and parents at another new program from the Parks and Recreation Department. Tot Time will be held at 9:30 a.m., each week on Tuesday and Wednesdays. Bring your child to the Girl Scout hut, in the Parks and Recreation Department building at 739 W. Ave. A, on the corner of Cut Off Road. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Cost is $1.50, and all supplies are provided. “Playing and socializing for tots and parents, grandparents or guardians will provide interaction for the kids and stress relief for the adults,” said Parks and Recreation Community Program Coordinator Pam Greene. “At least, that’s the plan.” For more information, contact Pam at 749-4158 or pamg@cityofportaransas. org.

Walk and Talk Another just-for-fun activity will begin Thursday, Oct. 11. Meet at 9 a.m., at the pavilion in the Preserve at the end of Port Street, in the Port Aransas Nature Preserve at Charlie’s Pasture. Walk and Talk is not a nature tour, just an “out in the wild” casual walk. If we see nature that anyone attending can impart knowledge on, great. Otherwise, it is just a time to meet new people, get some exercise, socialize and get to know the preserve. The walk will be held every other Thursday morning at 9 a.m. Wear a hat or visor, use sunscreen and mosquito spray, bring some water … all the usual rules. It is free and open to all ages. You can walk as far as you choose.

Chuck Will’s Widow

unique approach to traditional and contemporary American folk music. Married for 38 years and musical partners for 13, they reside in Corpus Christi and provide the South Texas area with glimpses of the musical heritage that makes our musical past unique. Combining close-knit harmonies with a multi-instrumental approach, their songs wistfully echo the spirit of our country’s musical past in an honest and simple style. Elements of bluegrass, gospel, Texas folk and country all combine to provide a delightful blend of music that is as entertaining as it is artistic. This series is a City of Port Aransas Parks and Recreation Department event held April through October. The Parks Department will begin its Winter Sounds free concerts in January. This series is held once a month in January and February, partnering with the Port Aransas Community Theatre. They are held at the theater. Dates and bands will be announced closer to the events.

Yoga on the beach Stretch in the sun, soaking up rays as breathing in ocean breezes at the next Yoga on the Beach. Saturday, Oct. 13, at 8 a.m., meet at Horace Caldwell Pier, at the end of Beach Street. Yoga instructor Nancy Myers will lead attendees through yoga exercises at no charge. The free tutelage is provided every second Saturday of the month courtesy of the City of Port Aransas Parks and Recreation Department. Bring a mat or old towel that can be used on the sand. Our biking in the Port Aransas Nature Preserve at Charlie’s Pasture continues on Monday, Oct. 15. Meet at 10 a.m., at the pavilion in the Preserve at end of Port Street. Bring bike and join others on a leisurely ride every other Monday morning biking along trails inside the Preserve. This is not a race, and even novice riders can enjoy it. The event is free, just a social way of getting exercise in the great outdoors.

Lifeguard Class WANTED: Lifeguards (Ages 15 Plus) - for American Red Cross Lifeguard Training. Classes will be held 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 20-21 and 27-28, in the Girl Scout hut, in the Parks and Recreation Department building at 739 W. Ave. A, on the corner of Cut Off Road and at the Port Aransas Community Pool. Learn lifesaving skills to help keep people safe in, on and around the water. The cost is $175 for complete course. Contact Bonney Maurer at 361-779-8388 to register.

Where do we go from here?

Grab some friends or family and head to the park for the last free concert in the Sunset Sounds series for 2012.

Native Texans David and Barbara bring a

Danniece Bobeché, MSN Women’s Healthcare Nurse Practitioner Oh how I enjoy a dreary, rainy Sunday. Headed insanely early OTB to grab a rack of baby backs and a juicy papaya to satisfy a craving. Arrived home, anticipating a lazy day, slow cookin’ and snugglin’ up to my Kindle, when I heard a loud flapping noise under my exterior stairwell. It was a bird, scooting around on the ground, unable to take flight. A BIG bird, maybe a falcon, hawk, not sure, with about a 2 foot wingspan. What to do?

box and careful prodding with a broom was all it took. Put ribs in freezer, papaya on hold and headed to Port A.

After several phone calls, ten + texts and constant observation of the poor fledging bird, a couple of hours passed and it looked as if this poor creature was dying a slow death pulling its wings in and starting to slowly close her eyes. About the time I decided “final rites” were in order and helplessness settled as a lump in my throat, my neighbor reaches over to touch it. Talk about come to life; wings spread wide and a totally shreikish sound emitting from its throat, I knew there was hope.

When I reached the ARK, the bird seemed so lifeless, or maybe it didn’t enjoy my musical taste and thermostat control. Tony Amos was there to assess and determined there was no noticeable injury. He confirmed it was a female Chuck-Will’s Widow and told me that these birds are nocturnal and feed on insects. He assured me they would observe her for the next few hours and release her back into nature ASAP. According to Sibleys Guide to Birds, this is a part of the Goatsucker species also referred to as Nightjars. They fly around at night with their mouths open to feed on our pesky bug population. If we are lucky, she might possess the returning behavior of a pigeon and do a mouth wide open, fly by to gobble up a bit of our inevitable, post rain mosquito population.

Finally I connected with Guy Davis from the Animal Rehabilitation Keep (ARK) who was available to accept the bird for evaluation. But wait, “can you put it in a box” and bring it to Port A?, he asked. This thing is kinda vicious, not sure, I responded. Enter another concerned neighbor, she kindly brought over an animal crate but had other things to do. OK, I thought, I can do this. Strategic positioning of the cargo

I just spoke to Tony, he released her the same night at dusk in no apparent distress and she has now re-entered our environment. The ARK is a non-profit organization with the mission of rescue and rehabilitation of predominately injured birds and turtles. They deserve our respect and admiration; of course they appreciate donations and volunteers. More information can be accessed @

Peddling in the Preserve

Sunset Sounds concert

Friday, Oct. 12, from 7 to 9 p.m., David and Barbara Brown will serenade at the Patsy Jones Amphitheater in Roberts Point Park. The couple was due to perform in September, but bad weather made cancellation necessary. Bring a chair or blanket, any food or drink you desire, and come watch the sun set over the Corpus Christi Ship Channel to melodious sounds.


Island Police Blotter

Are You Looking for the Ultimate Driving Machine? Stop by our Monthly Auction

The C.C.P.D.’s commitment to “Keep Corpus Christi Safe” has continued with its “Zero Tolerance No Insurance Initiative” On Saturday, October 6, 2012, a total of 77 cars, trucks, and motorcycles will be auctioned at the Corpus Christi Police Department’s Vehicle Impound Lot located at 5485 Greenwood Drive during our monthly auction. The site has four paved acres for an auction lot.

Approximately 14 of these vehicles are “No Insurance” impounds. On Friday, October 5, 2012, the general public will be allowed to register and view the vehicles to be auctioned from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There is no registration fee. On the day of the auction, the general public can continue to register and view the vehicles from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. The auction will commence promptly at 10:00 a.m. The vehicles to be auctioned can be viewed at www. An auction list may also be downloaded from the same website.

Failure to Maintain Financial Responsibility and impounded 73 vehicles for the same charge.

Island Police Calls 13200 block SPID 2:47 a.m. Sept. 29 Public intoxication 13500 block SPID 3:28 p.m. Sept. 27 Assault with bodily injury 13300 block SPID 8:44 p.m. Sept. 28 DWI/ Open container 13800 block Sea Horse 12:30 a.m. Oct. 1 Burglary from vehicle 14000 block Cabana North 4:34 a.m. Sept. 29 Reckless driving 14400 block Cabana East 10:40 a.m. Sept. 28 Assault with bodily injury 14100 block Jackfish 11:30 p.m. Sept. 29 Theft from vehicle 14900 block Canadian Mist 5 p.m. Sept. 26 Burglary of habitation

The department’s strong stand and enforcement of this “Zero Tolerance No Insurance Initiative” will continue and all vehicles involved in accidents will be impounded and the driver cited if they are unable to provide financial proof of insurance. Driver’s license and proof of financial responsibility checkpoints will continue to be conducted at the Shift Captains’ authorization.

15400 block Salt Cay 9:24 Oct. 1 Theft over $50

Officers issued 5,509 citations and impounded 1,212 vehicles for Failure to Maintain Financial Responsibility during 2011. During September of 2012, Officers issued 345 citations for

6100 block Hwy 61 Sept. 29 Public intoxication

15300 block SPID 10 p.m. Sept. 28 Public intoxication

15900 block Punta Espada Loop 8:57 a.m. Sept. 30 Graffiti pecuniary loss 15300 block Bonasse 6:29 Oct. 1 Burglary of habitation

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Phins, Pheathers and Phantasies by Devorah Fox October 12 through the 14th, 2012, is the date of the third annual party sponsored by the Parrot Heads of Port Aransas. The fundraiser benefits the ARK (Animal Rehabilitation keep) and the Helping Hands Food Pantry located in Port Aransas. The ARK rescues and rehabilitates sick and injured sea animals and shorebirds. The Helping Hands Food Pantry provides food assistance to deserving families in Port Aransas. Held at the Sandcastle Condominiums at 800 Sandcastle Drive in Port Aransas, the weekendlong party features a beach bonfire and cookout, a Friday night sunset boat cruise on the Island Queen and a Saturday night party with music by Jerry Diaz and Hanna’s Reef. The band members will do double-duty as judges of the costume contest. The public is invited and the $50 registration fee includes a souvenir T-shirt and goodie bag as well as access to the parties (the cruise is $10 extra.) If conditions on Saturday morning permit, Tony Amos, director of the ARK, may release a rehabilitated loggerhead turtle back to the wild. The Phood, that is Food Committee has been working busily for months ensuring that there will be plenty of delicious eats and treats at the cruise, cookout and Saturday night party. The Wings party will also include a silent auction and raffle. Merchandise worth over $10,000 in retail value has been donated, including jewelry, copies of books written by Jimmy Buffett and Margaritaville-branded items. (I even donated a signed copy of my novel bundled with some other items to enhance the reading experience.) An ever-popular auction item is the “beer barrel” — a huge tub filled with a variety of alcoholic beverages contributed by members. The Parrot Head Club of Port Aransas is one of 200-plus clubs in Parrot Heads In Paradise, Inc. “Parrot Heads” are fans of the singer/ songwriter/author Jimmy Buffett whose music and books celebrate the life of tropical island leisure. Founded in 2009, the Parrot Head Club of Port Aransas claims to “party with a purpose” and it does. Last year’s Wings raised $11,450 for the ARK. The ARK used the money to add a roof for the outdoor tank that houses Barnacle Bill, a loggerhead too injured to be released back to the wild, and put in a walkway around the area. However, Parrot Heads of Port Aransas members don’t just talk the talk, they walk the walk, donating their energy and free time to the food pantry and ARK throughout the year. Member Diana worked six Tuesdays during the

October 4, 2012

News From Your By Maybeth Christensen

summer of 2012 passing out food at the Food Pantry while her husband Deno helped fellow Parrot Head Harold pick up food at the Corpus Christi food bank to stock at the Port A pantry. For three years, Harold has arranged for truck drivers to pick up food and joined them at least once a month. He finds the other volunteers to

What is Wrong with People?

volunteers have all used dog parks all over the United States and have seen how they work. In fact, one of the volunteers thought the idea was really dumb until she had to spend 6 months in the Houston area and used the dog park there. She is a convert and knows how wonderful they can be. When the volunteers have a design, they will present it to the Board. If the Board decides to support it, there will be meetings with neighbors, more information in the Moon and possibly a town meeting for folks to see and discuss.

be “upbeat’s a pleasure to work side by side with them.” He enjoys being part of team that provides a greatly-appreciated service. In addition to volunteering at the Port Aransas Animal Shelter and the Port Aransas Garden Club, Heather serves at the Food Pantry a few Tuesdays a month when the pantry is open and distributing food to clients. She verifies the clients’ residency and financial qualification as recipients. Gerry volunteers three to four weeks at the ARK. “I do it for personal satisfaction,” she says. Most of the animals’ “injuries and illnesses are the result of the carelessness of people or the encroachment of us on their home environment. The improper disposal of all kinds of trash is a big source of trouble for our wildlife, plastics. fishing line and lures to name the big ones.” In addition several members have been meeting on Wednesday evenings to handcraft “hangover” wind chimes, hands-free wineglass holders, beaded necklaces and other items to sell at Wings, various festivals like SandFest and at Beaches Café and Bakery. Registration for Wings can be mailed to the Parrot Heads of Port Aransas, P. O. Box 914, Port Aransas, Texas, 78373. Space is limited to 200 partygoers. Those who want to stay at the Sandcastle for Wings are eligible for a discounted room rate. For more information, visit the Web site at or check out the club’s Facebook page. You can also contact club president LuAnn Ferguson by email at luann@portaransasparrotheads. com to join the club or attend “Wings Over Port A: Pirate Island.” I’ll see you there. —www.

It seems that the older I get, the more things happen that simply astound me. Case in point, someone removed 3 of the plantings in the new Aquarius medians! I guess someone decided that since the City spent their tax money on paying for the plants, they could just help themselves to a few. If you see anyone removing plants, please call 911. But, don’t confuse the guys who are out there watering the trees for the thieves.

Brush The City has picked up all of the brush that was set out prior to Monday, October 1. If you put any brush out after that, you can expect a citation and charge on your City utility bill. The next set out dates are not until November 19 thru December 2 with pickup set for Monday, December 3. Putting the brush on a vacant lot is not an acceptable alternative. This is another issue which is hard for me to understand. Why do folks think trash stacked on a vacant lot looks OK?

Meanwhile, contrary to the various rumors (you gotta love the Island), a location has not been determined and construction contracts have not been let. We have a long way to go before we get to that point. Fundraising will be required among other issues.

Donate Blood The bloodmobile will be in the Island Presbyterian Church parking lot, this Sunday, October 7 from 8 AM to Noon. Stop by and give the “gift of life.”

Bingo on the Beach The Island Kiwanis Club has another Bingo on the Beach night set for Thursday, October 11, 7 – 10 PM at Briscoe King Pavilion. Admission is $5 which does not include the bingo cards. It is great fun and the money supports the Kiwanis work with numerous programs for young people.

A bunch of dogone rumors Dogs not on leashes continue to be a problem. That is why a group of residents have been working on designing a dog park. These

Nueces County E.S.D. #2 Firefighters Visit at Janet F. Harte Public Library!

Janet F. Harte Public Library will offer a special program for children ages 3-5 on Tuesday, October 9.

In honor of Fire Prevention Month, the Nueces County E.S.D. #2 Firefighters will talk about fire safety and exhibit their firefighting trucks at the Janet F. Harte Library on Tuesday, October 9 at 11:00 a.m. The Janet F. Harte Library is located at 2629 Waldron Rd. in Flour Bluff. For ages 3-5; free and open to the public.

costumes as well. Please sign-up your children at the circulation desk or by calling 937-6569, although walk-in’s may be accepted. The library is located at 2629 Waldron Rd. in Flour Bluff. For more information call 937-6569.

“Howl-o-ween Reading with Roxie” Dog Therapy Program at Janet F. Harte Public Library! Janet F. Harte Public Library will offer a special program for children grades K-5 on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Roxie, a certified therapy dog, and her facilitator, Christine Martin, will be at Harte Library for this program with children grades K-5. Roxie’s involvement encourages children to read out loud, while also improving word recognition and reading retention skills. Roxie will be appearing in a Halloween costume and children are encouraged to wear their

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Oktoberfest on the Island

97 year old Harvie takes a break after a two mile walk on the beach

Four year old Addison is treated like Island royalty at Lycos Nails 2.

Padre Island Mail Plus located in the yellow building on S.P.I.D. (The old Moon Office) now has Seaside Sudz. They are handmade soaps crafted by a former Island resident whom now lives in Grapevine, Texas. There are about 18 different scents and come in small and regular size bars. If you are a cigar smoker you’ll be pleased with the selection of cigars by Romeo & Julieta, Arturo Fuente, Cohibas and dozens of other brands. They also carry pottery by Chris Jordan and framed photographs by Moon columnist Brent Rourke. Stop by and say hello to David, Donna and Mascot Duncan. Photos by Jan Rankin

Has anyone seen Harley? He was last seen on Monday morning on Cruiser Street. If you happen to see old Harley call the Moon office at 361-949-7700.

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Magnificent updates as well as wonderful waterviews! 4/2.5 salt water pool. Master down. Call Beth for more information! 7794943. 13757 Eaglesnest.

Customized house, superb canal location, upscaled kitchen w/granite counters + bamboo flooring, plantation shutters, abundant amenities. Dorothy 563 -8486. $445,000.

Fortuna Bay Waterfront condo 3-2 w/boatslip. Recently updated. Furnished. Just bring your suitcase & enjoy. HOA pool, cabana & spa. Call Cheryl 361-563-0444.

15401 Cruiser 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2 car garage $198,000. 1305 sq.ft. Very nice inside and out. Located on a canal. Call Charlie 361-443-2499.

15905 Punta Bonaire $620,100. 3 bedrooms, 3 full baths, concrete saltwater pool, boat lift, too many extras to list. Call Charlie Knoll 443-2499.

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15422 Escapade 3/2/2 $189,900. 1600 sq.ft of living area. Granite countertops throughout. All tile floors, ss appliances, great location. Charlie 443-2499.

Extraordinary canal location and view– highly customized s/s kitchen with granite counters & much more. Surprises abound. Call Dorothy 563-8486.

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.

Waterfront Townhome on Mingo Cay. 3-2.5-2 courtyard entrance. End unit. Tile down & carpet up. 2 covered patios, multi level decking. Cheryl 563-0444.

13969 Mainsail 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath upscale Energy Star compliant home with inground pool, hot tub, outdoor kitchen and much more. $279,900. Call 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.

15257 Capstan 3/2/2 well maintained stucco home. Large backyard w/mature trees & covered patio. Tile in kitchen & baths. $149,900. Call Jeremy at (361) 960-7873.

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. $388,500.

Lovely Flour Bluff 1-story home on 1.3 acre corner. Spacious 4/3/2 w/2 living & 2 dining. Circular drive & water well for yard. Call Pam Morgan 2158116. $343,700.

13853 Topsail $289,000 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2 car garage, 1756 sq.ft on a nice canal. Tile roof, rock front and back yard. Well maintained. Charlie 4432499.

This Padre Island home offers three bedrooms, 2.5 baths with 2 living areas and is located on 3 lots. Open floor plan with over 3300 sf. Covered patio, pool & more. Terry Cox $399,000.

Exciting 2-story with great interior lot location. It is on a huge lot with unlimited potential & surrounded by PVC fencing. Call Dorothy @ 563-8486.

Reduced Price 15713 Cuttysark 3/2.5/1 lovely Island home. Large yard with room for a pool. Call Laura Wallace (361) 815-2116.

Investment opportunity! 4/2.5/2 waterfront with extra parking. Vaulted ceilings, fireplace and wet bar. $267,500. 13541 Royal Fifth. Call Shonna 510-3445.

722 St. Lucy $154,900 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.

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New Construction by TwoSaam. 14126 Coquina Bay. 3/2/2 plus den/office. Granite countertops & tile floors throughout. $219,900. Charlie 443-2499.

13917 Primavera bring your decorating ideas, paint & flooring samples. This 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath home is waiting for the right person. $149,900. Cindy 549-5557.

13545 Catamaran stucco and tile waterfront home offers multilevel deck, boat lift, 2 living areas, 3 bedrooms and 3 full baths. $339,900. Call Cindy 549-5557.

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.

6th floor side/front unit-long veranda-great gulf viewimmaculate-newer appointments. Call Dorothy Ernst at 563-8486.

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Mystic Harbor one bedroom corner unit on water. Canal access. Tropical pool. Hot tub. Security entrance. Sold furnished. Call Cheryl 563-0444.

Gorgeous East facing waterfront lot with open views. Very wide intersecting canal + short distance to IC Waterway. 15014 Tesoro. $184,500. Ana 361-443-7771.

13725 Eaglesnest Bay spacious 4 bedroom, 3 bath home w/ wonderful curb appeal, large covered veranda, boat lift & inground pool. $429,900. Cindy 549-5557.

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