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September 4, 2013

The Island where we can never have too much Peace or Ice…

Around The Island

By Dale Rankin We all breathed a sign of relief on Monday afternoon as we bade farewell to the 2013 Tourist Season. It was a big one and we have started gathering all the numbers to see just how big and hope to have those in the next issue once they are all compiled by the people who compile such things. We think it is safe to say that after this year’s record-busting tourism year we all had a bit of Tourist Fatigue. Judging by the turnout for Edwin’s Post Tourist Season Let Your Hair Down Party at Giggity’s last Monday night it looks like the folks in the service industry, while appreciative of the seasonal business the visitors bring, were ready to push in the clutch for a few months and coast on The Coast. One of the new ways we locals judge the crowd on weekends is by trying to get online on our cell phones. It’s a sociological fact that as passengers in vehicles approach the Packery Bridge heading OTB, everyone including the driver, will be on their phone, sending texts to the folks back home, or trying to get directions to someplace. When they hit the road they use up all the space on the cell towers and provide a snapshot of how bad the traffic is. It’s the New Island Traffic Gauge. If you can get online and stay online for more than about ten minutes at a time then the traffic is about a 4 on a 10 Scale and you can get to the store if you take the back route. If it takes more than ten minutes then it’s best to ride your bike. If you can’t get online at all just go sit by the pool because if you get out on the street you’re just going to be sitting in your car or dodging traffic on your bike.

Next Publication Date: 9/13/2013

La Posada Logo Contest

In a related matter, we’re told that the backups on northbound SPID between Whitecap and Commodores on recent weekend afternoon were caused by a faulty timed light at the Commodores/SPID intersection. It was fixed and then vandalized all in the same weekend and finally is now fixed, hopefully for good; so we got that going for us. We have our Island back and now we get two months of Chamber of Commerce Weather.

Reef on the way The new reef planned for water 73 deep off Packery Channel is close to becoming a reality. Current plans call for the SEA organization to begin bringing the reef out next Tuesday. A crane will begin loading the cement and other material and then begin hauling it to the spot about ten miles northeast of the Packery to deposit on the bottom. We Moon Monkeys are on hot standby waiting for word on when to go. Jay has a ride lined up for us so we can get pictures of the big event. There are two more similar reefs permitted and planned for the near future. These will add new attractions for fisherpersons and divers to enjoy. We send a Moon Attaboy out to the folks at SEA for making this happen.

South Beach Style The good folks over at Port Royal opened their new $4 million pool last week with a party that showed off a little South Beach style right here in South Texas. The pool features outdoor lounges and a newly enlarged swim-up bar. Go check it out.

Look for us in the shallow end. In the meantime say hello if you see us Around The Island.

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Year 16, Issue 490

Paddle for Parkinson’s Fills the Canal

It will be here before you know it! By Brent Rourk The Padre Island Yacht Club is sponsoring a contest to design the official logo for the 2013 La Posada Lighted Boat Parade and events. The winning logo will be used on both the official La Posada T-shirt and the new La Posada Flag as well as other La Posada sponsored events. The winning design must include the Island Symbol (the fish sculpture welcome sign you see when you come to the Island over the JFK). It should also include the words ‘La Posada’ and ‘Toys for Tots’ in the design. Other considerations include lighted boats, houses decorated in festive holiday lights and whatever else your own great imagination can create. The winner of the contest will be awarded a ride for 2 on a boat in the Saturday Night La Posada Lighted Boat Parade. The winner will also be included in all parties where your boat stops during the parade and be recognized in The Island Moon Newspaper as the Logo Contest winner for La Posada 2013. Logo designs must be submitted by October 15, 2013. Please email all designs to the La Posada Committee at For more information call Fred Edler (361-9494749) or Brent Rourk (361-244-7603). All profits from flag and t-shirt sales will be donated to the U.S. Marines “Toys for Tots” program. La Posada will be held December 13th and 14th this year so circle and reserve those dates. The annual La Posada Kick-off Party will once again be held at Scuttlebutts on December 3rd. Last year over 4200 toys were donated by those attending and contributing to La Posada events. Those toys, distributed by The United States Marine Corps, found welcome homes in Texas. Your generosity and spirit are what help make La Posada so successful. Good luck on the La Posada Logo Contest.

See you next year!

Photo By Miles Merwin

Casino Night Coming to Port Aransas

By Brent Rourk Get ready to have an amazing evening of fun on Saturday, September 14th at the Port Aransas Community Theatre (PACT) as Casino Night promises to entertain everybody in grand fashion. The doors open at 6:30 P.M. and close at 10:30. You will not want to be late for this one

The 2013 Paddle for Parkinson’s was a huge success again this year raising around ten thousand dollars. The ‘Catch the Cure’ event has contributed over sixty-two thousand dollars to Parkinson’s disease research since 2007. The canals were filled with kayak’s and stand up paddleboard’s this past Saturday for the event. The top winners for the 4th annual event were: Karl Clausewitz for individual kayak male, Ceanne Richter for individual kayak female,

By Joey Farah

How to Pick Your Yak

Farah’s Fishing Adventures

I stood in the surf shop today and ran my fingers over the hand carved boards, imagining just how each one would slide over the sea. I was like a young boy, my eyes moving from one board to another. Each style and length made for a certain style of surfing, and types of waves. The most difficult decision is which one matches your soul. Problem number one is my soul could fall in love with any of them. We must have eight or more at our house but there is always room for one more. From the other side of the store I could hear Frank Floyd and his son Nathan talking to a couple about kayaks. These people were not grossly experienced by far, and I listened as Nathan asked them questions about what kind of uses and experiences they had envisioned themselves using the boat for. Frank joined in after a few minutes and invited the couple to test out a few of the boats that they thought that they might like. A short trip across the street and they could slide one in and doa

Are you a magician? A musician? If you would like to be part of the entertainment during Casino Night, then contact Ashley Knotts at If you are interested in becoming a dealer for the evening, then contact Ken at Sponsored by PACT and the Port Aransas Kiwanis, Casino Night will cost $20.00 in advance or $25.00 at the door. PACT is located at 2327 Hwy 361. Call 361-749-6036 for ticket information or to purchase tickets in advance for $20.00 go to or Everything Beach Boutique at 600 Cut off Road, Port Aransas, TX (hours are 10-5)

Island Trivia Question of the Week How much did Padre Balli pay for the developed part of Padre Island when he bought it from the Spanish Crown? For the answer see the end of Greg Smith’s column.

Custom fit your boat to your needs. test paddle. Frank told me that they had at least one rental for every model in the store as well. As I looked up and scanned the surfboard rack I wished that you could have that kind of chance when picking out your next surf board.

Advances in Yak design

On the extensive venue will be Vegas Style Live Entertainment, Belly Dancers, Comedians, Music and a visit from Elvis, all on stage. For those who fancy themselves as card players and lucky at the gambling tables there will also be Texas Hold ‘Em, Red Dog, Blackjack, and Roulette. With admission every entrant will be given a supply of chips to begin their gambling. Food and drink will be available for purchase. Take a chance at winning some terrific raffle items. In addition, a one night stay at a casino will be given away.

Shane Martin for individual tandem kayak male, Katrina Aggelopoulos for individual tandem kayak female, Lee Bonofiglio for individual SUP male, Russell Ohm for individual foot kayak male, Patti Knight for individual foot kayak female, Donna Hohn for team kayak, Belinda Bustamante for team tandem kayak, Tyler Tscwitter for team SUP and last but not least Brandon Schaefer team other Scuttlebutt’s. good job everyone. We’ll see you next year.

Dakota and Austin showed their dads up this afternoon on the Laguna Madre

In the last 15yrs kayaking has boomed to unbelievable proportions, and so has the innovations in design. Fishermen have really fine-tuned these boats to accommodate every need of the angler for fishing in streams, flats, and the open ocean. The first sit on top style ocean kayaks were great and gained immediate recognition with beach life guards and sportsmen alike. The advancement in streamline Backwater continued on A9

A little Island history

The 1916 Storm Wipes Out Island Houses

By Greg Smith Ninety four years ago on September 2 a tropical storm formed far out in the Atlantic that would change the Corpus Christi Pass and Corpus Christi forever. When Pat Dunn arrived on the Island after the 1916 storm he found nothing remained of his headquarters house on the Corpus Pass (now known as the Packery Channel) save a few pilings from the wooden foundation. Almost all other traces of the house Pat Dunn’s Island headquarters in 1913. The and its contents were gone, swept new house was built behind the dunes left of the away by surging water and waves old house. from the Gulf. One small item that was a line of large dunes just east of the old was in the house was found though, not far house and it was six hundred feet from the from the spot of the old home. It was Pat’s channel and behind these dunes he picked to friend, Mr. Blumfields false teeth. At least build his new headquarters. someone had something to smile about after the devastation of the storm. Rebuilding after the storm After seeing the destruction wrought by the hurricane on the exposed channel he decided to rebuild in a more protected area. There

The new house was much smaller, a single bed room, kitchen and living area. A porch History continued on A6

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Daring Island Man in His Flying Machine


4, 2013

The Island from The Sky The Island Moon Air Force took to the sky this week to get a bird’s eye view of the Island. So here you go…maybe you can see your house from up there.

By Bob Algeo Islander Bill Fintel has a Bucket List and for years flying around in one of these contraptions was on it, but no more. Sunday morning, August 18 Bill did his Wright brothers imitation and soared skyward in his Powered Chute from Aquarius Park. It was his second flight taking off from Aquarius Park and he said it was a little harder this second time, because of some wind turbulence. But he made the circuit and landed safely even though he bounced the nose on touchdown. Bill says his Powered Chute is built on a lightweight frame of aircraft aluminum, has a 60 horsepower Rotax engine with a four bladed propeller, it seats two and weighs about 500 pounds empty.  He controls it with left and right steering cables, and the throttle controls the altitude and speed.   Its gotta be a beautiful view, flying around like a bird over Padre Island!






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Port A Happenings…

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Friday, Sept. 13, 7-9 pm, she will entertain her with country, rock and hip hop at this free concert. Melissa has performed as opening act for Josh Abbott Band, Pear Ratz, Pat Green, Cody Johnson, Turnpike Troubadours and more. She was nominated for “2013 New Female Vocalist of the Year” by the Texas Regional Radio Association. It will be held in the Patsy Jones Amphitheater in Roberts Point Park.

The Greenes were hit by a car on the 4th of July and have been recovering since. Both received trauma to their right leg/foot as they were on their motorcycle. Pam had one surgery; Pappy has had two. Both are healing much faster than expected, but have been out of work since the accident. Medical bills and no income have created a big problem for the couple. Pam has graduated to a walker and a boot; Pappy will be in a wheelchair for some time. Since he is the owner and sole operator of Pappy Motive Services, he has not had any income for more than two months.

Bring a chair, friends, food, and drink and enjoy an evening of musical entertainment as the sun sets over the Corpus Christi Ship Channel. This free concert series is held the second Friday of the month (unless otherwise noted) from April through October. Remaining Concert 2013 Schedule Oct 11…..Russell Edge & Shirley Fischer….. Classic Country/Classic Rock & Roll…..7-9 pm

Yoga on the Beach

Both consider themselves extremely lucky as the prognosis after first [and immediate] surgeries was multiple surgeries and slower recovery. They attribute it to all the prayers of friends and family, the wonderful well wishing, care and help from the community and their constant looking on the bright side. They are grateful to everyone who has and continue to help them through this difficult time.

Cooler water will make it more fun to do the monthly Yoga on the Beach. Saturday, Sept. 14, meet yoga expert Nancy Myers for a free class courtesy of the City of Port Aransas Parks and Recreation Department. Meet her at 8 am, next to Horace Caldwell Pier at end of Beach St. This event is held the second Saturday of each month.

Pam & Pappy Greene Benefit

An account has been established in their name at American Bank for those wanting to contribute as well.

Friends of Pam and Pappy Greene will be holding a benefit for them Sunday, Sept. 15. It will be at Roberts Point Park Pavilion, beginning at noon.

Tickets for the lunch may be purchased at Everything Beach Boutique, 600 Cut Off Road, Suite 10 in Port Aransas [next to Dr. Russell]. 361-749-7263.

It will include a barbecue dinner for $6, wine & beer for donation, live & DJ’d music, raffles, silent auction and more. Like a big party with lots of fellowship among friends.

Anyone wanting to donate items or help in any way may text [preferable] or call Sandra Anderson at 361-749-2348. She also may be reached by email [preferable] at sander@ Any help is welcome.z

by Devorah Fox

Coming Attractions Summer isn’t over until the autumnal equinox. Nevertheless, all the back-to-school excitement and the Labor Day weekend tend to put me in an end-of-summer frame of mind and I find myself looking forward to Fall. The autumn months are busy ones in Port Aransas with a calendar full of events. One of my favorites is the PA ArtAbout, the Port Aransas Art Walk. The 7th Annual ArtAbout is scheduled for October 19th, 2103, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sponsored by the Port Aransas Art Center, a 501 (C) (3) Non-Profit Corp. and The Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce the ArtAbout is held “to encourage and promote art and culture and let everyone know Port A is Port Arty!” Starting in Old Town and winding out the Island Road, aka Highway 361, this is a self-guided tour of these arty locations. Art-walkers can start the tour at any point and follow the map which will be available at all locations. Artists aren’t the only stops on a tour which this year includes boutiques, a museum and a cafe. It’s one open house after another with signature refreshments and gracious hospitality. The whole city seems to turn out for this making it a blocks-long celebration. Mid October is several weeks away but I got a chance to preview the ArtAbout. I took a friend on a mini art walk over the Labor Day Weekend. John Ombler was visiting from England. He spent plenty of time doing what people come to Port A to do: boating and

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The complete list of stops on the ArtAbout at this writing is as follows:

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Australia. She had a stoneware pottery studio in Illinois for 25 years before coming to Port Aransas and opening Potters on Cotter. Until recently her expertise has been finishing and glazing. Achieving the soft, pastel “beachy” colors for which Potters on Cotter are known isn’t easy. As if making those unique glazes come out right isn’t enough Brenda has charged herself with learning to “throw” — building up roundly-symmetrical works on the revolving potter’s wheel. It’s something she’s finding to be a challenge but she’s excited about being able to create an entire work herself from start to finish.

Our final stop was the Mustang Island Art Gallery at 2222 Highway 361. It’s owned by Flint and Jill Reed and the gallery is also their studio, so Flint’s paintings and Jill’s pottery are well in evidence. Their art has taken them all over the world. They’ve lived Europe and on a boat in the Caribbean, as evidenced by the scenes in Flint’s paintings. However, since they opened the Port Aransas gallery in 2006 they don’t travel as much and Flint paints more local subjects. In addition to Flint’s oil and acrylic paintings, there’s paintings by Graydon Foulger, Sherry Wooley, Dalhart Windberg and others as well as watercolors. The gallery exhibits sculptures by Kent Ullberg, Jill Reed’s pottery, multi-media creations by Kathy Sayre, wood carvings, and photographs by Tony Amos. The gallery itself is just a pleasure to stroll through. The ArtAbout at the Mustang Island Art Gallery is always a delightful and well-attended party.

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Our first stop was Potters on Cotter at 413 E. Cotter Street. Brenda Barnett has been working with clay for decades, in California and even

Next we visited Island Made Art in Suite G at 722 Tarpon Street. This gallery/studio is shared by Jan Dineen, Jane Gillette, Patti Yoachum and Debra Greenway who work in a variety of media. Jan and Patti gave us a preview of their latest creative enterprise: printed pillows. The artists begin by creating a painting. Patti likes to paint marlins while Jan is painting redfish. The women could paint directly onto fabric but would have to price the end result out of most buyers’ reach. Instead, they’ve discovered a technology that faithfully reproduces their paintings on various fabrics with all the true color and detail of the original. They can then fashion affordable decorative pillows and other items from the printed fabric. The Island Made Artists will be showcasing their latest creations during ArtAbout.

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beachgoing in our abundant sunshine and toasty temperatures. However, since he is himself an artist and retired art instructor, I thought he’d like to “have a wander” and get a peek at Port Aransas’s creative side.

For the ArtAbout, Potters on Cotter will have pottery-wheel demonstrations and show off their latest work.

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Also Pammy dolls, pocket pets and medicine bottles will be for sale. They are being made by volunteers and have Pam’s giggle in them. The idea came from her water exercise class attendees. Last Christmas, one of the Marlin Academy kids asked her parent for Ms Pam for Christmas. She didn’t find out in time to do it, but was honored by the request. After the accident, her friends were trying to think of ways to help the couple and this idea came to mind, as Pam has a unique laugh. Pool Supervisor Bonney Maurer knew a place to order recording devise to use and the project began.

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Coffee Waves Art- 1007 Highway 361 Studio L. Leon - 1307 Whispering Sands St. Felder Gallery - 1726 St. Highway 361 (Tower Center) A Mano - 1726 St. Highway 361 (Tower Center) Mustang Island Art Gallery - 2222 Highway 361 So you can see that on our mini-tour John got just a taste of what Port Aransas and the October art walk have to offer in the way of art. Mark your calendar now and plan to visit as many stops on the tour as possible. For more information about the PA ArtAbout or the artists and shops on the tour, visit the Port Aransas Art Center Web site at www. or the Port Aransas Art Center at 323 N. Alister Street. Call 361-7497334 or send an email to artcenter@centurytel. net. I’ll see you there. —

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Schlitterbahn update

4, 2013

The Travelling Moon

Site Work Continues, More Crews and Equipment Arriving

In nine months this site will be a waterpark. The new canals at the Schlitterbahn Beach Country project continue to push their way south (top left) where they will eventually connect with the existing canal system near the Cruiser Bridge.


More equipment, workers and trailers continue to arrive at the site. Digging of new channels on the east side of SPID, and in Lake Padre is expected to begin in the near future.

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Aquarius Wrong for Dog Park

Mike Ellis, Founder

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As a longtime homeowner on the island---I would hope I qualify as a dog and pet lover. Both our dog and cats were strays and rescue animals. We give yearly to both Pewees and the Gulf Coast Humane society. Also---a huuuggge fan of Dr. Kresser---here on the island. I would love to see a dog park-------but not where it is proposed at Aquarius park.

( blind spot) where the dog park would start.

When one reads about any successful dog park----on line---or better still go visit one, 2 things are in the forefront.

If you put a dog park here---on this very busy street, you will have all the folks that come to use this----especially those who do not live on the island-----PARK IN THE STREET…

1. The park should be away from any residence…It should not back up to 30 yards of one’s back fence.

Island Delivery Coldwell Banker

2. The park should have plenty of parking…

Advertising Jan Park Rankin

For all the proponents of this location---you would negatively affect more than 30 home owners---at least….

Patrick Kelliher Office

That is not a neighborly thing to do----just because it does not back up to your home…

Lisa Towns Classifieds

But more importantly----I would like to bring up the injuries that will happen---on point number 2-----the parking,

Arlene Ritley Design/Layout Jeff Craft

We have 3 great churches on the island, St Andrews , Island Presbyterian and Padre Island Baptist. All have ample parking lots----which the dog park---will not.

Contributing Writers Joey Farah Devorah Fox

On Saturday evening and Sunday morning----you will see at all 3 churches all the parking that takes place on the side streets of each church.

Mary Craft Maybeth Christiansen Jay Gardner

This is human nature. It is not an issue at any of the churches---however, all 3 are for a very limited time---and all are located on streets that are not only ---very busy---but require coming to a full stop from either end.

Todd Hunter Danniece Bobeché Ronnie Narmour Brent Rourk Dr. Donna Shaver

The Aquarius dog park is located on Aquarius.

Photographers Miles Merwin

Aquarius---with its full completion now to CVS/Park Road 22---is now the second busiest street----just behind Whitecap.

Jeff Dolan Mary Craft

Like Whitecap------you will see most cars--driving fast either 40 to 50 mph. Unlike the 3 churches above-------that both have plenty of parking-------the dog park will not. Unlike the 3 churches above---- you have a busy, busy, street…… with traffic moving twice to three times the rate of speed than that of the streets where the churches are. Office Security/Spillage Control Riley P. Dog

Unlike the 3 churches above---- you have no slow down areas---and if approaching from Whitecap----there is actually a bend in the road

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The Island Moon is published every Thursday, Dale Rankin, Editor / Publisher. 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. News articles, photos, display ads, classified ads, payments, etc. may be left at the Moon Office.

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The money could be better spent on a few cameras that would provide excellent evidence of wake breakers to TPW who could issue a ticket and video for the cops in case of theft. One important thing is getting the culverts open on Encantada so when the water exchange bridge is built, much better flushing (and fishing)in the canals would happen.One to two shifts a week split between Flour Bluff and the Island means four to eight hours of patrol time.How much is the Bluff kicking in?Two beers and your B.W.I.. Do you really want that?Cop had a bad day and searching your boat and person.Do you really want that?

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Aquarius now has a walking/bike lane one each side…with it’s full completion. This now gets used a ton---as it should be. I see all kind of kids riding their bikes in these lanes---as well as parents walking with their kids---and then the joggers and folks just walking their dogs.

That is a guarantee…. It will happen….. When this happens---all the above folks who now use Aquarius …..listed above…will be forced to go out into a very busy Aquarius to go around the parked cars, you will have a child on a bike----hit by a car. It will not be the drivers fault----even if speeding. It will not be 100% of the child’s fault----as that child was just trying to go for a bike ride. It will be the fault---of putting a dog park---in a location----that should never have been… I am for a dog park—and it the right spot---will even help contribute financially to that….. But in the right spot---and Aquarius---is not the right spot. Thanks for listening….. Doug Snyder

Bali Better for Dog Park To our representatives: As a resident near Aquarius Park, I urge you to use Bali Park for a dog park location and not any of the parks located near homes. A dog park brings many disturbances including smell, noise, high traffic, and the frightening behaviors of dogs fighting for dominance when together. Locating a dog park away from homes and neighborhoods minimizes the number of people who are forced to put up with this. Further, parking for the dog park would have to be in the walking and biking lanes on Aquarius or on the sharp curves of Schooner Drive, neither of which is a safe option. We ask you instead to develop the Aquarius Park with paths and playing fields that all of our neighbors can use and enjoy.

Little Yellow Bug I saw a sad story in the paper about a little yellow ‘Bug’ being hit by the garbage truck. While I think it’s wrong and sad, I will say that I think these garbage truck drivers have a VERY TOUGH job here on the Island. There are so many cars and trucks parked on very narrow streets with little room to make tight turns. Also, many people will put out their cans tightly together so that the truck driver can’t get the ‘claw’ thing easily around the can. No easy solution. I’m just saying I do have a bit of sympathy for the driver as well. I doubt it was done maliciously. Jodie Scales

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A friend mailed me a copy of The Island Moon from mid July. It is a very calm, human, friendly paper. I used to have family members in Aransas Pass, and think your paper represents the relaxed, friendly life that many people aspire to have. You are doing a good job, and I hope the enterprise puts sufficient money into your pocket. You might want to tell one of your writers that the plural of “ferry” is “ferrys,” not “ferry’s”. Ed McCullough

Wakemakers Is it possible to mention that there are wake zones here and that you can not hop on your jet ski full blast and jump other boats wakes and make more waves to jump while going down past the our homes...It makes it impossible for those of us who might want to jump in the water but too unsafe with these types of inconsiderate people...

Statue Stolen Had a 36” concrete Blue Heron statue stolen from my front yard last week. So if you had one show up in your yard there’s a good chance it was stolen. The Island Thieves are really getting brave taking other peoples property while they are at home under the cover of darkness. These kinds of people probably have never done an honest days work in their lives. I wonder if they even have a conscience. Well, I hope you enjoy your new ornament, and that you think about it during those last few seconds of your life whenever that day comes. Of course people like you will probably have a very long list and most will be worse than stealing someones yard ornament. Wally Zelinski

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Skip The Plastic Recognizes Aislynn Campbell as ‘Bag Hero’ The Bag Hero Program is a campaign to educate and encourage the use of reusable bags in the Coastal Bend. We recognize community members who set a positive example by bringing reusable bags when shopping for groceries or other goods. Skip the Plastic is recognizing Aislynn Campbell, Executive Director of GROW Local STX, as its September Bag Hero. The mission of GROW Local STX is to cultivate a healthy community by growing the local food system and improving access to nutritious, affordable foods. A large part of their mission is managing the Downtown Farmers’ Market on Wednesday evenings. The word “community” resonates strongly with Aislynn, a Coastal Bend native. “Civic pride is a number one priority. There needs to be this ownership of our city. Moms, dads, and sisters are beginning to form a better community.” “We’re learning how to create something sustainable in this community,” she continues. “We need to bring our own bags and focus on the kinds of food we buy.” Thank you, Aislynn and GROW Local STX, for showing us how it can be done! Previous Bag Heroes include the team at the Texas Sealife Center, Casey Lain with the House of Rock, Threads resale shop owner

Jennifer Reid, KORO-TV News Anchor/ Reporter Daniela Sanchez, marine biologist Jeff Francis, mom Lisa James, fireman John Keller, Mayor Nelda Martinez, Ice Rays player Ryan Chiasson, Tony Amos of the ARK (Animal Rehabilitation Keep) and former Mayor Joe Adame. Partners in the Bag Hero Program include: Coastal Bend Surfrider Foundation, Skip the Plastic and the Coastal Bend Green Team. For more information visit http://skiptheplastic. org or call 361-765-4445.


Club News The Island Moon provides this space for Island organizations. If you are a member of a club and want to get the word out about your events and/or projects send them along and we will get them in. Be sure to include a brief description of what your organization does and a contact person for those interested in joining. Send the info to and we will include it. Or call us at 949-7700. PIDOG. PI Dog Group (PIDOG). A group of Islanders is working on setting up a dog park for our 4-legged friends and in the process have started a dog group so dog owners can find more opportunities to play with their pups. If you’re interested in joining the dog group you can call Bev Hoffman at 949-7551 or sign up on the website. Speaking of the website, you can learn more about the park as well - just head over to: IUPAC (Island United Political Action Committee): Maximize representation of Corpus Christi residents on Padre and Mustang Islands in area government by promoting and supporting, by the endorsement process, proactive and unified voting in non-partisan races and other issues and referendums put to public vote. Contact Persons: President – Linda A Walsh 361-445-7999. Secondary Contact Person: Member – Brent Hess, 361-774-0089. Meetings: Open to the public, meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month. Coming up: October 14th 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. at the Seashore Middle Academy (SMA) gym. Todd Hunter will present the Constitutional Amendments that we will be voting on in November. He will also discuss HCR56 – Cruise ship industry in South Texas and HCR59 – Water Desalination. Council Member Colleen McIntyre will discuss all of the city bond issues that we will be voting on in November. P.I.E. Padre Island Enrichment Club, Inc. Mission Statement: To enrich the lives of residents on Padre Island (women) through social activities and community involvement. Motto: “Bloom Where You Are Planted” On September 13th the program will be Larry Running Turtle who will present the Native American spiritual path. He is the author of the book “The Pipe and the Pen.” Make your reservations by noon Wednesday, September 11th to For membership, call Sheila at 949-2702 or email Or President Cheryl Henry 361-2154622. Padre Island Yacht Club - A members only Club, however we invite all Island residents to visit us. The PIYC is about boating, friendship and enjoying living on Padre Island. We collect more toys than any other organization in the area for the US Marines “Toys for Tots” program with La Posada events, including the Lighted Boat Parades. To schedule a visit or find out more information please contact Susie Paramore, Rear Commodore & Membership Director @ 361-589-4097. From the Commodore: There are some misinformed members that continue to spread incorrect information that I’d like to clear up: The PIYC Board is NOT discussing nor in the past discussed donating funds to the CCPD Canal Patrol Boat! Parrot Heads of Port Aransas – A not-forprofit organization whose purpose is to assist in community and environmental concerns and provide a variety of social activities for people who wish to volunteer. Founded in 2009 the club Their motto is “Partying With a Purpose.” Everyone is invited to the Parrot Heads Big Party on Oct. 4-6 in Port A at the Sand Castle Hotel. There will be a Friday night sunset cruise and beach bonfire (w/hot dogs), a turtle release by Tony Amos on Saturday morning, a bar crawl in pirate boats or a poker shopping run thru Port A and Saturday night will be the big dance with Jerry Diaz and his band. There also will be a Cheeseburger in Paradise burger bar and a Chinese auction and live and silent auctions. On Sunday there will be a recovery/ farewell brunch. A.R.K. Animal Rehabilitation Keep. Located in Port Aransas the ARK is affiliated with the UT Austin Marine Science Center. We are raising funds for the A.R.K. of Port A and the Food Pantry. Please come and join us for a weekend FULL of fun so please come to our Latitude and give your Attitude a Port A adjustment!! You can see more info and sign up at To participate or for questions call Donnie Simpson 210 367-2674. Tony Amos is the Director. 750 Channel View Dr. Port Aransas. 361 749-6793, 361 442-7638. afamos@mail. POA - Padre Isles Owners Association. The Association’s primary responsibility is to maintain the Common Areas, assess and collect the annual fees and provide information and assistance to property owners. .. Membership in PIPOA is automatic for anyone acquiring record legal title to any property within Padre Isles. Their office is located at 14015 Fortuna Bay Drive on The Island. (361) 949-7025, Island Strategic Action Committee. A 14-member committee which meets (usually) the at 5:30 on the first Tuesday of each month at the Padre Isles Country Club. The committee’s purpose is to advise the Corpus Christi City Council on matters pertaining to The Island. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, September 10 at Padre Isles Country Club. Island’s PIPPs Chapter of Corpus Christi Red Hat Society. In 2004 a group of Island ladies got together under a Palapa and founded the Padre Island Palapa Pals (PIPPs). Our only rule is that there are no rules! We are all about fun and friendship. We meet once a month for lunch and various fun outings from cupcake making to CPR.

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Letters to Riley By Riley P. Dog

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by Dale Rankin

But for me September is the month when I missed my chance to be on Late Night With David Letterman. I was working at the CBS station in San Antonio and Letterman’s producer sent out a fax – it was a while ago – asking for any dog stories that came along. Letterman was doing his Stupid Pet Tricks shtick and was looking for material. I kept an eye out for such opportunities because I had recently made $500 by answering a similar plea from the Oprah Winfrey Show looking for medical mistakes. The former City Manager of San Antonio went in for a hip replacement and they replaced the wrong hip.

Dog’s name is Lucky It was the last week of September and a cold front blew through. Any police reporter knows to listen carefully to the Fire Department scanner during the first cold snap because everyone in town with a gas heater turns it on at the same time. At least one exhaust vent somewhere in town will be stopped up by a bird’s nest or a squirrel or some critter and the carbon monoxide will find its way into the house while they are asleep and there will be some kind of a story; either multiple deaths or a hero story. I know it’s cynical but that’s life in the Big City. So when the call came in I dispatched a crew. Five people down. Crew calls back. Everybody okay. Saved by a dog. Yea Baby! Letterman money here I come. It got even better. The dog was a rescue dog that the family, couple with three kids, had decided they couldn’t keep and were looking for a new home. Dog’s name is Lucky.

My sisters names are Missy and Princess. They are Stoopid Cats. Stoopid even by cat standards. They are both fifteen years old and one of them is the mother of the other but they are albinos and I can’t tell them apart except the daughter sleeps on my bed and I have to sleep on the floor. I am completely confused about this. How can the mother and the daughter be the same age? It doesn’t make any sense. Cats are crazy. For a while I could tell which one was the daughter because she had claw marks on her back where the giant owl tried to carry her away and eat her. But it turned out that even Great Horned Owls don’t like my cats. I don’t understand why humans let cats in the house. When dogs take over cats will stay outside where they belong Paxton. Stoopid Cats. My favorite chew toy is a hotdog Paxton. A hotdog or catfood but I can’t get either anymore because Dr. Christi put me on a diet. And I don’t understand why cats get the mushy stuff and we dogs get the hard stuff. How did that happen? It just doesn’t make any sense. What tipe of dog am I Paxton? I’m a hungry dog. I’m on a diet and my humans are starving me. I’m withering away here Paxton. Can you help? Send one hotdog

to the Save The Riley P. Foundation in International Falls, Minnesota. They will send it to me. Help me Paxton. Help me. Do I live in a manchin or a house? Where are you from Paxton? I live on The Island. All we have are condos. Condos I say. Even our manchins are condos Paxton. Condos. Do I chase cats? Does a wild Pope live in the woods Paxton? Or a bear, or something. Of course I chase cats. I’m a dog. I don’t trust those little yappy dogs who think they are too good to chase cats. I see a cat I’m chasing it. Birds too. Not cars though. I almost caught a cat once but he was a fast mover and he outsmarted me and I fell into the canal. Stoopid cats. And after I lost some weight I snatched two tail feathers out of a heron who waited too long to fly. I never caught a car but that’s okay because I don’t drive anymore. I can’t see at night. And when my feet reach the pedals I can’t see over the dashboard. My humans said no more driving. Now I ride my bike. My favorite food? Whatever you can send to the Save The Riley P. Foundation in International Falls, Minnesota Paxton. They route it to me through Canada in a box with a plane brown wrapper that says “This is not Viagra” on the outside. Don’t send me Viagra Paxton. I had an operation. Send me a hotdog Paxton… International Falls, Minnesota…

September 4, 2013

Stuff I Heard on the Island

September is a bittersweet time of the year for me. We don’t really have a fall season here on our sandbar; we just have two seasons – Hot and Not As Hot.

Well, Paxton I didn’t get to all your questions last week so here goes.

You can’t make this stuff up. Dog’s down on the floor where the gas is not so thick. He senses something is wrong and starts barking but his Humans don’t respond. Dog, somehow, someway, for some reason goes over to the phone setting on the floor and starts jumping up and down on it. It was one of those phones with the big colored buttons for Fire, Police, and Ambulance. He knocks the receiver off the hook and somehow gets the Police. Dispatcher says, “Hello, what is your emergency? “Bow. Bow Wow.” “Sir this is not funny” “Bow Wow Wow.” (Little Timmy’s in the well!). After a while the dispatcher traced the call thinking it was a prank and the police were dispatched to file a complaint. When they got there they heard the dog barking and broke in the door to find the humans all unconscious but breathing and the dog talking on the phone. Fire Department shows up and hauls everybody out of the house. You can’t make this stuff up.

Network Money The best part was that there was a recording of the call through dispatch. This was Letterman Gold. I pulled the fax out of my desk and called the number. I knew that when it came to the entertainment side of the house at CBS money was of little concern; I was going for the Perk Trifecta – trip to New York, two rooms at the Essex House (rooms are bigger than the Plaza), $2500 travel money. I talked them into stretching the rooms into three days. CBGBs here I come. They went for the whole enchilada.

The TV Gods were shining on me.

Meet the Boz Letterman shot two shows on Thursdays; the Friday show was done right after the Thursday show. Call time was 4 p.m. for a 7 p.m. shoot. Four airplane tickets, one for me, one for a photographer, one for the father, one for the dog – after all he’s the star. We’d shoot video of the dog riding in his seat for the show. Then when we got to New York more video of the dog getting fitted for a sweater and dog booties. When chances like this present themselves you got to milk ‘em man. Kirk Douglas and Boz Scaggs were on one show and Springsteen was on the other. Meeting Kirk Douglas didn’t do much for me but Boz was just about the coolest Texan there was then and The Boss was The Boss. I was looking forward to hanging out in the Green Room – with all the free stuff and The Boz and The Boss. Things were swinging my way. This is the stuff newsroom legends are made of. I got to the house and talk to the father. He’s a cook – if that’s the right word – at a Taco Bell. The house is a dump. It’s a mess. After a few minutes it was clear that the dog was the brains of the outfit. I tell the guy I’ll meet him at the airport at 10 o’clock the next morning and we’ll go over everything else on the plane. Then as I’m walking out he says, “What are you going to say when you get on the show?” “I’m not going to say anything. I’m not going on the show. You are. The dog didn’t save my life, he saved yours.” He turned the color of a chicken enchirito. “Me, why I don’t know what to say. I thought you were going on the show.” “Don’t worry. Letterman will prompt you. It’s what he does. Just answer the questions.” Enchirito white. Next morning Jan and I are at the airport with the newly purchased dog carrier and $2500 cash. She’s going to fly up the next day. Comes 10:15 – 10:30 no Taco Bell. I’m calling the house and it rings. Producer in New York screaming on the phone. We’ll have to take a later flight. I call the Taco Bell headquarters, guy didn’t show up for work last night. We drive to the house. No dog, no family, no Taco Bell. District Manager shows up, we’re calling his co-workers, next of kin, knocking on neighbors’ doors. No Taco Bell. By now the producers in New York are scrambling. It’s Wednesday morning and they got a Thursday night show to fill. Letterman is angry. Producers smell a rat, think I made the whole thing up. “No, I’ve got copy of the dispatch call,” I say. “I’ve already sent it to you by satellite. You have it.” Finally the newsroom calls, “The guy called and he’s freaked out about going on the show. He’s not coming.” I call the producer, “I’ll come on the show with the dog.” “The dog didn’t save your life you dumb hick.” I still think I could have talked him down out of the trees if I could have talked to him. I found out later he was at a friend’s house in Pleasanton. I had to send back the cash, and they cancelled the tickets. I guess someone else got my rooms at the Essex House. I didn’t make it to CBGBs, didn’t meet The Boz or the Boss. All I got was a lousy dog carrier and a story to tell in the Island Moon thirteen years later. Turns out the dog was the brains of the outfit.

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ran the length of both sides of the structure, one side overlooking the Packery and the other side with a view down the vast pasture of Padre Island. After his son Burton’s harrowing ordeal of riding the ‘16 storm out on top of a sand dune a “storm house” was also built. This was a simple ten by ten foot windowless structure built of three inch thick wood planks. It was nestled in the dune complex near where the City water tanks are today on Sand Dollar. Little did Pat know that in just three short years the Island was going to be struck again Pat Dunn’s head of the Island camp house in the 1930’s. It by a powerful storm, this one is located between Packery Channel Road and Villa Maria Isabel Dr. leaving a trail of death and destruction that Corpus had Trivia answer: never experienced in its eighty Padre Balli paid twenty dollars to the Spanish Crown for the one year history. half league of land which is all of Nueces County. The Crown wanted twenty-five dollars but he talked them down to twenty due to the lack of fresh water.

Will You Take Me Home? This kitten was born at the airport 9 weeks ago. He was born in a culvert with the rest of his litter mates. All the other mates fell prey to coyotes, and traffic. This kitten got under a dumpster and stayed put for three weeks. He would only dash out from under the dumpster when it was being emptied and dash right back under when the truck would leave. He would also hide up in engine blocks and we had a few instances of narrow escapes! He was finally captured ten days ago. Kitten now has his first set of shots done, he is very healthy. He loves to be around people, so far a gentle player and also does not mind being alone for extended periods of time. He has met a dog already and has done quite well. He has some beautiful markings (tiger stripe legs, cheetah spots on belly). Please consider this little guy if you have room in your home. Please contact John at 361-877-8521.

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By Jay Gardner I had been hearing the juvenile cardinals for several days following around momma crying for food before I saw them. The cardinals had nested in my back 40 again this year, and I was anxious to see how many were in the brood this year. First one was a little male, and he’s a scraggly little guy, and I’m amazed that he even made it at all. I had heard something different moving around the family however. My fears came true when I saw the whole family come into my feeder the other day, the bright red male cardinal, the drab female, and the scraggly little guy followed by, what the heck?! A bronzed cowbird…. Cowbirds are brood parasites, which means that the female cowbird will find a nest of a different species of bird and lay an egg or two in it. This leaves the unsuspecting parents to raise someone else’s kids. To be sure, some birds figure it out fairly quickly and either get rid of the foreign egg, or go somewhere else and try nesting again. Cowbirds have a long reproductive period with a very short interval between clutches, so they can parasitize many nests in a season. So the cowbird was following my new buddy around, and both parents were feeding it my sunflower seeds, although you could tell they were favoring the young cardinal. One of the other adaptations that young cowbirds have is that they grow up a little quicker, and are much louder and aggressive than typical birds, which allows them to get more food. I was disappointed to see this occurring; however the cowbird will eventually migrate whereas the cardinals will mostly stick around. One thing I was not disappointed in the other day, however, was the mobilization of the contractor to get materials out to Lapp Reef (just off the shoreline of Goose Island State Park) and begin placing them. We got out on the Skimmer (a tour boat out of Rockport) and Capt Tommy and my good buddy Jay Tarkington took us out to see how the work was doing. The barge was headed out and finally began placing the materials. Dr. Jennifer Beseres Pollack was also along, and explained why they had a variety of materials to be placed. They had some smaller

boulders of crushed concrete to form the base so that the other materials wouldn’t sink into the mud and be covered. Then she had some river rock to spread over that to provide a cultch base. Some of the other reefs are also to receive a covering of recycled oyster shell on top of the crushed concrete. This will be an experimental reef with varying components that will be measured as time goes on to determine the best material to re-construct oyster reefs with. Kudos to you Jenni for getting this project going in the beginning, and I’m glad my CCA Committee could help out with some funding to make it a reality. Speaking of reef placement, next week should be the culmination of a project I’ve been involved with for several years. They finally are staging the concrete pyramids over there at Rincon in preparation for deployment here pretty quickly. There will be some concrete culverts deployed first, then 470 of those pyramids. I’m pretty excited to get some pictures, and that reminds me, I need to get the Donzi ready to get out there for the deployment too. Well, it looks like it’s going to be a pretty busy fall here folks, with a lot of great things going on, including Babes on Baffin and Blue Womens fishing tournament, the Poco Rojo Kidfish out at the hatchery in the Bluff, the Sharkathon fishing tournament, and a couple of other things that are currently slipping my mind. If you try to wedge in a few hunts for dove season, and maybe a couple trips down the Seashore, you’ll realize that your dance card is full, which doesn’t leave me much time On the Rocks. Say hi if you catch me out there.

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Hurricane Preparedness – Put Your Plan in Place By Todd Hunter, District 32 We are now in to the hurricane season and it is important to get your plan in place. Being prepared for hurricane season can help keep your family safe. The 2013 hurricane season officially began on June 1 and will end on November 30, 2013. It is during this time that most tropical cyclones form in the Atlantic Basin pose a threat to the United States. Nueces is included among the 14 Tier One counties along the Texas coast. This means that these counties are most likely to be affected if a hurricane makes landfall. It is important that our area, as well as all Texans, prepare for hurricanes by staying informed, creating a disaster plan and following necessary steps to keep their families safe. When hurricanes make landfall or get close to land, they can affect the lives of thousands of Texans along the coast and across the State of Texas. There are various tips on being prepared in case of a hurricane. Some of the tips include the preparation of a family disaster plan. A family disaster plan includes planning for hazards that could affect your family as well as home. Vulnerability to storm surge, flooding and wind should be reviewed. You should locate safe rooms or places in your house to store items if a hurricane hazard develops. It is important that families determine evacuation and escape routes from your home and places to meet in case of an emergency. Also, have an out-of-state friend as a family contact so that all family members have a place of contact. Don’t forget to plan for taking care of your pets in case of evacuation. In addition, families need to create a disaster supply kit. A disaster supply kit includes gathering blankets, pillows, seasonal clothing and special items for infants and the elderly. Please have flashlights, batteries, telephones, radios and sufficient tools in case of an emergency. It is important to have a good first aid kit with medicines and prescription drugs ready and organized.

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Living along the coastline also means reparing for hurricanes by retrofitting your house. It is important to strengthen the outside of your home so wind and objects do not tear openings in your roof or walls. Some people may want to find out about flood insurance. The National Flood Insurance is a pre-disaster flood program designed to reduce flood disasters. The National Flood Insurance program can be called at 1-888-CALL-FLOOD, Extension 445. In addition to getting your family, pets and homes safe and prepared, there are various state websites for hurricane preparedness and evacuation, including telephone numbers. Some important contacts include Statewide Road Conditions which can be called at 1-800452-9292 and going to Texas Online - The Official Portal of Texas at www.texasonline. com. You can also go to my website which will provide you links, websites to various sources for hurricane preparedness, planning for an evacuation, tips on hurricane preparedness as well as state and federal government resources. Also, if you are elderly or disabled and need hurricane evacuation assistance, you can call 2-1-1. This service will assist you in hurricane evacuation. Overall, being prepared for a hurricane and living in a coastal region is very important. Please again feel free to check out the campaign website as well as the information that we’ve provided in this article. Hopefully, this will be a quiet season and a safe one.

Effort to reopen Cedar Bayou gets $1 million boost

Natural fish pass closed during 1979 oil spill to get money from offshore drilling The decades-long effort by fishermen and coastal experts to reopen a natural fish pass near Rockport is getting a $1 million boost from the Texas General Land Office. Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson today announced he will award $1,071,032 in funding derived from offshore drilling in federal waters toward the effort to reopen Cedar Bayou. “Reopening this natural fish pass will restore the connection between the bay system and Gulf,” Patterson said. “It will be good for the whooping cranes and good for fishermen.” Cedar Bayou and nearby Vinson Slough connect the Aransas and Mesquite bay systems to the Gulf of Mexico. That connection was closed in 1979 to protect the bays from a massive oil spill caused by the Mexican state oil monopoly Pemex. Since then, coastal experts, activists and fishermen have worked to restore the natural connection. The partnership to reopen Cedar Bayou, led by Aransas County, includes the Coastal Conservation Association, the University of Texas Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s

Here’s a look at some of the new laws that take effect today: Boating: As we wrote in the last issue it is now illegal to uproot seagrass with a motor boat propeller. Switchblades: A new law ends a decades-long prohibition on the knives. Since the 1950s, it had been a Class A misdemeanor to have, make, repair, sell or transport a switchblade in Texas. See HB1862 for details. Indoor tanning: Texans under 18 may no longer use indoor tanning beds — even if their parents say it’s OK. Before now the age limit was 16. So there will be a lot of pale 17 yearolds. Drones: It is now a crime to use an “unmanned vehicle or aircraft” to take photos or videos of people or private property — with the goal of monitoring or conducting surveillance — without permission. This new law makes it a Class C misdemeanor, with a fine of up to $500, to photograph or video private property without the owner’s or occupant’s consent. Drug tests: Some Texans seeking unemployment benefits must take drug tests. Texas Workforce Commission staffers will create a system that will lead to drug tests if answers to a questionnaire show potential drug use. People who refuse or fail the test won’t receive benefits until they pass it SB21. Farmers markets: The next time you visit a farmers market, you may find samples, cooking demonstrations and more. There are now clear standards allowing some cooking and sampling. HB1382 Move over: Texas drivers already know to slow down and switch lanes when passing a

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The effort is expected to cost more than $8.3 million. The $1 million Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act funding Patterson awarded will bring Cedar Bayou backers to within $1.3 million of their final goal. The General Land Office has contributed nearly $1.4 million to the cause, cumulatively. Bays and estuaries serve as nurseries for the Gulf of Mexico’s juvenile shrimp, redfish and many other marine species. Restoring the hydraulic connection between the Aransas and Mesquite bay systems with the Gulf of Mexico will re-establish their life-cycle migration route. It will also bring nutrients to thousands of acres of tidal wetlands and allow mature blue crabs — the favorite diet of the endangered whooping crane — to return to the bays to spawn. The effort to reopen Cedar Bayou enjoys support from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Aransas County.

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SMA 8th grade takes 1st in tournament. Photo by Tara Haney

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first responder or law enforcement vehicle on the side of the road. Now motorists need to add Texas Department of Transportation vehicles and tow trucks to that list. Drivers must move over a lane to pass such vehicles or slow down to 20 mph below the posted speed limit if it’s not possible to get in a different lane. SB510 New Year’s Eve curfew: Texas wineries may now stay open after midnight one night a year — New Year’s Eve. They don’t have to close until 2 a.m., helping them market their facilities for New Year’s Eve celebrations. SB131

It seems like such fun. You drive down to The Coast and then you hang onto the outside of the vehicle while your friend bobs and weaves her way down the beach, the wind in your hair. A great day to be alive…and then you lose your grip, go flying across the sand, and get run over by your own car or the golf cart coming along behind you.

Driving near schools: Motorists may no longer use cellphones anywhere on school property — even outside a school zone — unless their vehicle is stopped or they are using a hands-free device. Parents need to get off their phones when in lanes and parking lots on school property. HB347

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Home bakers: Texans may now make and sell from their homes even more foods — baked goods, candy, fruit butters, canned jams, fruit pies, dehydrated fruits and vegetables, cereal, popcorn, pickles, mustard and more. Home bakers may sell at farmers markets, farm stands and community events. HB970 Hit-and-run: Any motorist who flees the scene of an injury accident no longer faces a third-degree felony with a prison sentence of two to 10 years and a fine up to $10,000. It will be a second-degree felony with a sentence of two to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000. SB275 School buses: Fines for illegally passing school buses when the lights and stop signs are activated will rise from $100-$1,000 to $500$1,250. If a person has two or more violations within five years, the fine rises to between $1,000 and $2,000. HB1174 Air bags: From now on, anyone who makes, sells or installs counterfeit air bags — or purposely alters a legal air bag so it no longer meets federal safety regulations — faces more time in jail. The offense rises to a state jail felony punishable by up to two years in a state jail and a fine of up to $10,000. HB38

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659 new state laws took effect September 1

Anyone who flees the scene of an accident will face a longer prison sentence and a bigger fine. Underage Texans won’t be able to use indoor tanning beds. And some seeking unemployment benefits will have to be tested for drugs.

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As always, my offices are available at any time to assist with questions, concerns or comments (Capitol Office, 512-463-0672; District Office, 361-949-4603).

Neither Liberty nor Property is Safe as Long as the Legislature is in Session The Texas Legislature meets six months out of every two years. The recent group passed, and Governor Rick Perry signed, 1,571 of them into law, and 659 of them took effect Sunday.

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Continued from A1 design for easy paddling, storage, stability, and much more have made getting off the bank an inexpensive reality for many anglers. A short look around Wind and Wave Surf Shop at the corner of Laguna Shores and the start of the JFK causeway will find a MONSTER selection of kayaks ranging from six hundred dollars to two thousand. But most of the best boats were rigged out ready to fish for around a grand. That won’t get you much when you are hunting for a motor boat. THE DIFFERENCE IS KYAKS DON’T BREAK DOWN OR BURN GAS!

be put on small trailers. There are unlimited fishing opportunities within reach of vehicle access; this amount multiplies by a hundred when you add in a short paddle in a kayak. For the many of you that have them perhaps this piece might get you to wash them off and take them out on an adventure. For the many of you that are looking for a way to enjoy the outdoors easily here in the Coastal Bend stop by Wind and Wave and ask them about trying one out.

Yakin’ the flats Live croaker are still working for those still morning trout.

Just add water Take a ride down the channels out here on the Island and you will see most every home has a kayak somewhere on the dock or yard. Some may have not been used for a long time, but even after years of sitting all one has to do is jump on and add water. These versatile boats can fit easily in a pick-up truck, strap down on top of cars with proper racks, and can even

Some of the best hidden fishing spots are easily reached and effectively fished from a sit-on-top ocean kayaks. The flats just off of the JFK are teaming with fish every day. Most of the water outside the marked channels is less than three feet deep. Posting up along the edges of the channels and fishing with lures and live bait is an easy way to get into fish fast. Launching from the Bridge keep a watchful eye for boaters and move along the edge of the Intracoastal

Canal, find a part of the East side of the channel and secure the craft. This side is very firm and makes for great wade fishing in only shin deep water. The steep drop-off is ideal for working soft plastics along the grass. Redfish will be behind you in the shallow flats waiting for your small top water or gold weedless spoon. Flour Bluff shoreline The shoreline along Laguna Shores in Flour Bluff is another great place to get into some Yes those mornings on your way to work looking over the world class fishing. water, You’re MISSING IT!!!! Some of the best big monster trout angling on the Texas Coast is along this shoreline. Paddle our area and the ideas will pop out at you all out against the wind and make drifts back into over. The most important thing to remember is to be safe, wear a lifejacket, and not just have the beach. one on the boat. Second plan your trip against Bird Island Basin or sideways with the wind to allow an easier The eastern shorelines north and south of Bird return. I realized today that sometimes less is Island Basin inside the National Seashore is best. Get a wild hair and plan an adventure, a protected by the dunes of Padre’ Island and romantic cruise with your someone, or open up offers boaters a hard sand beach and a defined endless opportunities for expeditions big and drop into three feet of grass bottomed flats. The large. quiet loneliness of this shoreline during a Fall Kayak rentals are between $50 and $65 and weekday cleans the soul. Frank, Nathan, and Ryan have been hooking people up with fun for over twenty years. I’ll P.A. to JFK – Go Get Bit! be in the shop dreaming of my next watercraft The miles of trails and shoreline marshes myself, see you there. Follow all our Hook-up’s between Port Aransas and the JFK are up for on Facebook at JoeyFarah’s Fishing. GO GET you to explore at will. Open up any map of BIT!!

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