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They’re the champs Port Aransas High School was well-represented in track, baseball and softball this spring. The state track meet saw two Marlin contenders. The baseball team advanced to area and the softball team went as far as regional quarterfinals. Now, the seasons are over, and Marlin fans have good reason to be proud. Pages 10A, 11A

THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2012 ©2012


Beach elicits passion




Voters say ‘no’ Surfers salute to vending on the beach

Celebrate the arts in Port Aransas with ArtFest on Saturday and Sunday, and with Songwriters Showcase on Monday. 2A


VOL. 41 NO. 20


The Coastal Bend Law Enforcement Chili Cook-off on Saturday drew more than just chili heads. There was singin’ and dancin’ and fun. 1B


DAN PARKER REPORTER In the aftermath of the beach vending referendum, folks on the winning side said the people of Port Aransas have exercised their will to prevent over-commercialization of the beach and all of the negatives that could go along with that. Some on the losing side said the result was largely due to a lack of passion by the people who favored giving the city the freedom to someday possibly put additional vendors on the beach. The referendum on Saturday, May 12, was sparked by a 4-3 city council vote on July 21 to alter the city’s Coastal Management Plan (CMP) to give the city the power to later, if desired, create an ordinance to provide for food and drink concessions and beach-related services such as surfing or sailing lessons on the shore. Despite the council’s vote, the change never became official, because it had to get ap-

About 65 surfers form a circle in the water next to Horace Caldwell Pier as part of a ceremony on Saturday, May 12, to remember John “Jocko” Taylor, a 60-year-old surfer who died six days earlier. Taylor lived in Port Aransas


and Corpus Christi. In addition to the surfers in the water, dozens of other mourners gathered on the pier to participate in the remembrance. (More photos on the South Jetty’s Web site,

‘PASSION,’ Page 5A

These keepers were probably heading for the grill. Anglers are reporting nice catches, both in the bays and offshore. 4B



Paver sales at PAHS will fund some high-tech equipment. 9A







SPORTS BASEBALL ......................10A SOFTBALL ....................... 11A TRACK ...........................10A PASL SCHEDULE .............. 5B


Voter turn-out ‘good’

Beach vending referendum brings out voters

At just more than 23 percent of registered voters in Port Aransas casting ballots, Saturday’s voter turn-out rates well for an election with so few contested races. In fact, only one race was contested. It was for Place 1 on the Port Aransas ISD board of trustees between Lisa Shelton and Jim Brown. Shelton won, 402 (13 percent) to 276 (.08 percent) for Brown. Of the 3,108 registered voters in Port Aransas, 724

exercised their right to vote, and most of them – 379 – did so during early voting. The remaining 345 cast their ballots on Election Day, Saturday, May 12. Judging by the numbers, a referendum on allowing vendors on the beach is what brought voters to the ballot box. Voters gave a resounding “yes,” which means “no,” to beach vending, 534 (17 percent) to 172 (0.05 percent).

Voters cast “for” ballots to rescind a vote of the city council to change the Coastal Management Plan in such a way as to allow future councils to allow “certain kinds” of vending on the beach, to include food and beverage sales. An “against” vote was a vote to keep the change in place. ‘VOTERS,’ Page 5A

A gopher would know it 11th street work mostly underground

DAN PARKER REPORTER It’s been one year since Port Aransas voters approved a $6.4 million bond measure to widen 11th Street and do other work on the thoroughfare. It might be hard to see the improvements that have resulted so far, but that’s because you’d have to be a gopher to get a look at most of it. Workers have installed thousands of feet of new concrete drainage culverts, gas lines and water lines underground along the south end of 11th Street and along Beach Access Road 1A as part of the same project. “There’s a bunch of stuff that’s being done underground, that no one sees, so it’s hard for people to tell that we’re really making progress, but we are making a lot,” said Chad Littleton, general manager at Island Construction, the firm hired by the city to do the work. “If we were just laying curb and gutter, we’d be done with all of (11th Street) by now.” Work is proceeding on OPINION DAVE MCNEELY ................3A CAL THOMAS ....................3A MARY HENKEL JUDSON.......3A LETTERS TO EDITOR ...........3A CLASSIFIEDS REAL ESTATE .............. 6B-8B


Concrete example


Photographed from within a newly installed drainage culvert on Thursday, May 10, Island Construction worker Jorge Lujan adjusts metal rebar in a spillway under construction next to State Hwy. 361, just north of Beach Access Road 1A. Financed by a 2008 bond issue, the culvert will be tied into an 11th Street drainage system that’s also under construction. Island Construction workers are in the midst of installing hundreds of feet of concrete drainage culverts as part of a $6.4 million bond issue approved by voters in May last year to widen 11th Street, install drainage and make other improvements along the thoroughfare. The pictured drainage work will tie into the 11th Street improvements. CALENDARS ISLAND AGENDA ................ 2A ART CENTER .....................6A OUTDOORS FISHING REPORT ............... 4B TIDES ............................ 4B WEATHER ....................... 4B

CHURCH PASTOR’S PEN ................. 3B CHURCH DIRECTORY ......... 3B OBITUARY ......................... 3B • JOHN ‘JOCKO’ TAYLOR COLUMNISTS SCOTT BURROUGHS .......... 2B


schedule, Littleton said. Eleventh Street is a bumpy two-lane road that stretches for nearly two miles, from Access Road 1A to Avenue G. Lined by scores of houses and condominiums, it parallels the beach and becomes especially busy with traffic during the summer and big holiday weekends. It serves a part of town that has seen strong growth in recent years and is projected to see plenty more construction in years to come. The plan: Widen the road to give it three lanes, including a center turn lane; add a sidewalk to one side of the street and a hike-and-bike trail along the other side; install sturdier, higher-capacity gas and water lines; and insert concrete box culverts for underground drainage. (There never has been underground drainage throughout most of 11th Street before.) A lot of preparatory work had to be done before dirt

TONY AMOS ..................... 5B YOUTH EDUCATION NOTES .............7A SCHOOL MENUS .................7A ISLAND LIFE POLICE BLOTTER ............... 2B CONSTABLE’S BEAT ............ 2B


‘WORK,’ Page 8A

2A Thursday, May 17, 2012 Saturday, May 19

On the IslandThis Week

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Time to get out the boots and get down Country music and “redneck” attire will entertain guests at the Redneck Prom, held by the Port Aransas Community Theatre on Saturday, May 19. DJ Ken Yarbrough will play a mix of country from classic to contemporary. The dance will be at the theater, 2327 State Hwy. 361, from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.

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Tickets are $25 per individual and $40 for couples. They may be purchased at the PACT box office or at the door the night of the event for those 21 years and older. Food and beverages will be served. According to Lisa Shelton, prom coordinator, “Redneck attire is encouraged but certainly not required.”

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DAILY • Port Aransas Community Park Swimming Pool, 700 Clark Parkway: Open Tuesday-Saturday. Hours: Water exercise: Tuesday-Friday 8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and noon. Open swim: Tuesday-Thursday, 1-2 p.m.; Friday-Sunday 1-6 p.m. Lap swim: Tuesday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Friday 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday-Sunday lap swim only noon-1 p.m. and shared time 1-6 p.m. Adult and child swim lessons available. Call Harriet at the pool, 749-2416, for more information. • Computer Center, Monday – Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; closed Sunday. Hours subject to volunteer availability. 430 N. Alister St. Free e-mail. 749-4011. • Art Center for the Islands: Classes, workshops. 749-7334. • The University of Texas at Austin Marine Science Institute (UTMSI) Visitors Center: Open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. • Port Aransas Museum, Alister at Brundrett Street. 1-5 p.m. Thursday - Saturday. • Trolley: 10 a.m.-5:55 p.m. Wave down anywhere along the route from Roberts Point Park to Beach Access Rd 1A and State Hwy. 361 South. Maps, schedules available at the Tourist Bureau. • Flexi-B bus service between Port Aransas and Corpus Christi by appointment. Call City Hall, 749-4111 to make reservations. Picks up passengers at 7:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. Mon. – Fri. and at 10 a.m. Sat. Leaves Corpus Christi at 3:30 p.m. Mon. – Sat. $1.25 each way. Del Mar and TAMU-CC students ride free. • Alcoholics Anonymous open meeting, 7 p.m. Monday through Sunday and noon Tuesday and Wednesday, Sharp Pavilion behind Trinity-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 433 Trojan. 749-6449. • Alcoholics Anonymous, noon, Monday through Friday. St. Joseph Catholic Church parish hall, 100 Station St. Nonsmoking. WEEKLY • Free Wetland Education Center tours, UTMSI, 10 a.m. Tues., Thurs., Sat. • Port Aransas Running Club and Walkers, Too, 7 a.m., Tues., Wed., Thurs., community park swimming pool parking lot. Contact Steve Canion, 749-3388. • Rotary Club, noon Thurs., Pelican’s Landing Restaurant, 337 N. Alister St. • Adult water exercise classes, 60 minutes, 8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and noon, Tues.-Fri., community park swimming pool, 700 Clark Parkway. • Adult tennis, 7:30 a.m. Mon., Wed., Fri., and 7 p.m. Mon. and Wed., PAISD courts on Station Street. Free, no partner needed. Call Murray 749-4861 or 749-5131. • Port Aransas Museum tours of the Little Chapel on the Hill, first and third Friday and Saturday of each month at 9:30 a.m. Call or visit the museum for reservations, 749-3800. • Story Time, 10:30–11 a.m. Sat., Bill Ellis Memorial Library, 749-4116. • Port Aransas Volleyball Assoc. Mon., H.G. Olsen Elementary School gym, 100 Station St. • Birding on the Boardwalk, guided bird walk with Nan Dietert, 9 a.m., Wed. 749-4158. • Friends of the Library, alternating Wednesdays at the library, 710 W. Ave. A, 6 p.m. • Kiwanis Club, noon Wed., Seafood and Spaghetti Works, 710 State Hwy. 361. • Project FREE Free, anonymous and confidential testing for HIV, hepatitis-C, syphilis, gonorrhea and chlamydia, 10 a.m., first and third Tuesday of every month,JELM Center office,113 S. Alister St. Walk-ins O.K. • VFW 8-Ball Pool Tournament, 7 p.m., Wed., VFW, 311 N. Alister St. • Free hot lunches, 12:30 p.m., Sun., Grace Community Church, 1801 S. 11th St. • VFW meetings, 11 a.m., third Monday of month, VFW. • VFW Ladies’ Auxiliary, 11 a.m., second Tuesday of month, VFW. • Low impact aerobics, 8-9 a.m., Mon.-Wed.-Fri. JELM.


• Free movie at UTMSI Visitor Center, 3 p.m., ‘Science of the Deep: The Hostile Deep,’ 45 min.*


• Little Chapel on the Hill tour, Port Aransas Museum, 8:50 a.m. (See story Page 6A.) • Lifeguard class, Port Aransas Community Pool, 6 p.m. (See story Page 4B.)


• Lifeguard class, Port Aransas Community Pool, 8 a.m. (See story Page 4B.) • Little Chapel on the Hill tour, Port Aransas Museum, 8:50 a.m. (See story Page 6A.) • ArtFest, Roberts Point Park, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (See story this page.) • Anglers on Wheels Fishing Tournament, 1 p.m. (See story Page 4B.) • Redneck Prom, Port Aransas Community Theatre, 7:30 p.m. (See story this page.)


• Lifeguard class, Port Aransas Community Pool, 8 a.m. (See story Page 4B.) • Anglers on Wheels Fishing Tournament, 8 a.m. (See story Page 4B.) • ArtFest, Roberts Point Park, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (See story this page.)


• Free movie at UTMSI Visitor Center, 3 p.m., ‘The Life of Birds: Finding Partners,’ 55 min.* • Songwriters Showcase, Robert Points Park, 7 p.m. (See story this page.)


• Free movie at UTMSI Visitor Center, 3 p.m., ‘Next World: Extreme Tomorrow,’ 60 min.* • KPAB meeting, Ellis Memorial Library, 6 p.m. (See story Page 6A.)


• Free movie at UTMSI Visitor Center, 3 p.m., ‘Planet Earth: Shallow Seas,’ 60 min.*

*Movies are subject to cancellation without notice. May 26 May 29




Free youth surf lesson Golf Ball Drop

The Island agenda is free of charge to non-profit organizations of Port Aransas for announcements of meetings and special events. To list an event or meeting, call 749-5131 or e-mail BEFORE NOON MONDAY.

Water ride


Playing in the surf not far from Beach Access Road 1A, Gavin Cain, 5, of Somerset, catches a wave while astride a plastic float on Saturday, May 12. Gavin’s father, Cesar Cain, gave him a push to get him into the wave.

‘Atonement’ will be the topic of book club’s June discussion

“Atonement,” by Ian McEwan, will be the book discussed at the next book club meeting on Tuesday, June 12. The book club meets monthly in the library at 6 p.m. To check out a copy of the book, stop by the circulation desk at the Ellis Memorial Library, 710 W. Ave. A. A synopsis from the book’s publisher follows. Ian McEwan’s symphonic novel of love and war, child-

hood and class, guilt and forgiveness provides all the satisfaction of a brilliant narrative and the provocation we have come to expect from this master of English prose. On a hot summer day in 1935, 13-year-old Briony Tallis witnesses a moment’s flirtation between her older sister, Cecilia, and Robbie Turner, the son of a servant and Cecilia’s childhood friend. But Briony’s incomplete grasp

of adult motives–together with her precocious literary gifts–brings about a crime that will change all their lives. As it follows that crime’s repercussions through the chaos and carnage of World War II and into the close of the 20th century, “Atonement” engages the reader on every conceivable level, with an ease and authority that mark it as a genuine masterpiece.

The Seventh Annual ArtFest will be held Saturday and Sunday, May 19 and 20, followed

Admission is free. Paintings in watercolor, oil and acrylic, photographs, hand made jewelry of all kinds, glass art, sculptures, hand painted wooden surfboards, wooden artwork, pottery, shadow boxes and more will be for sale at the event. Contact the center at 7497334 for more information. The 29th Annual Songwriters Showcase will be in Roberts Point Park from 7 to 10:30 p.m. A $7 gate fee, which benefits the Port Aransas Art Center, will be charged. Bring a cooler and lawn chairs or a blanket and enjoy original music by a wide variety of musicians. Musicians include Woodie Ray Lawson of Triggerfish, Mark Wilks, Guy Le Roux, Hamp Bro ck man, Janet (O’Connor) Drew, Tyler McCumber, Carol Elliott, David

“Bottlehead” Miller, Perry Wing, Melissa Brooke, L.Leon Sands, Alma Squillante and Luis Villarreal of Havana Daydream. The weekend of art and music was kicked off on Tuesday, May 15, with the Port Aransas Art Center’s Fiesta de Mayo at the Sand Castle Conference Center.

ArtFest, Songwriters Showcase up next for art center’s events

by the Songwriters Showcase on Monday, May 21. At ArtFest, booths will showcase arts and crafts from a wide variety of artists in Roberts Point Park from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Elizabeth K. Weaver

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New board members elected Crawford was chosen for president and Balcom was elected vice president. The new secretary will be Elizabeth Waters and the treasurer is Ann Appling. Darlene Secich, PACT theater manager, said she “would like to thank all the new members for taking on

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Thursday, May17, 2012 3A

Romney’s top performance

GOP flap in Texas Senate

The Texas Senate has generally been a bit quirky. DAVE There’s more MCNEELY lately. Follow closely: One Texas state senator emails his colleagues that a fellow senator is spreading untrue rumors about him. The accused senator says the accuser’s accusation is untrue -- which the accuser could have learned had the accuser called him before accusing him to other senators. And, both accuser and accused want to preside over the Senate. Sen. Dan Patrick, the very conservative Republican radio host from Houston, has accused fellow Republican Sen. John Carona of Dallas of spreading malicious rumors about Patrick and his wife. Patrick e-mailed his 30 fellow senators, which quickly went viral with the help of the Quorum Report on-line newsletter. Carona responded that it wasn’t true. He questioned whether Patrick, who he called a “snake oil salesman,” was trying to sandbag Carona’s attempt to preside over the Texas Senate, while promoting his own. Both hope to preside over the Texas Senate as lieutenant governor should current Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst be elected to the U.S. Senate this year. If he is, senators will choose from among them a senator to act as lieutenant governor for the remaining two years of Dewhurst’s four-year term. A lieutenant governor elected by Texas voters will be chosen in the 2014 election. Carona hopes at least 15 of his 30 colleagues will vote for him to replace Dewhurst if he wins the U.S. Senate seat. Patrick, sensing his colleagues wouldn’t choose him, wants senators to choose a place-holder who won’t run in 2014 – when he is considering running. Three Republican statewide office-holders are considering the race: Comptroller Susan Combs, Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples, and Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson. The part of Patrick’s e-mail that drew the battle line: “Members, I wish I didn’t have to address this issue with you, but I’ve been put in a position where I have no choice. . . . “I was in Dallas last week and learned that Senator Carona has told people outside the Senate that Jan and I are separated and may get divorced. He added in a few other negative comments about me in an obvious attempt by him to discredit me for some reason. . . . “For John to do this to (my wife Jan) is a despicable and low thing to do. . . . There is no excuse or justification for his actions. He could have easily checked the story out to see if it was true. He didn’t care if it was true. “Whether Senator Carona is the one who made up this lie, or is simply guilty of spreading it, it is equally offensive. . . .” Patrick then asked that Carona apologize to Jan Patrick, and signed off. Carona, whose reputation is that you better not ask him to fight unless you really want to, sent this response: Dan: “The email which you blasted to our colleagues and then provided to the media is false and you would have known that had you called or emailed before sending it. “Though I have heard rumors regarding your marital status and sexual preferences for a while now, at no time have I told anyone that you are either separated, divorced, or gay. These are private matters between you, your family, and your minister and none of us wishes to engage in the public discussion that you have now commenced. “Call me cynical, but I believe your motivation for pulling this stunt centers around your paranoia over the 2014 Lt. Governor’s Race (for which you appear to have declared candidacy) and your concern that no other Senate Republican emerge as a threat to your ambitions. “As you know, if you truly believed I had said something unflattering, you could have simply asked. I’ve never been shy about sharing my dislike and distrust of you. Put bluntly, I believe you are a snake oil salesman; a narcissist that would say anything to draw attention to himself. “Before you rely upon gossip next time, why not just give me a call. You might avoid making yourself look silly.... again.” John Carona” Longtime Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, then e-mailed Patrick, saying his e-mail was the first she’d heard of the rumors. “I simply cannot imagine Senator Carona ever spreading any rumors about anyone. Your email judges him and assumes that all of us will too—on the basis of an anonymous accusation. “I know him well enough to know that he says what he means and means what he says—and isn’t shy about it. He also believes in (and practices) face-to-face interaction, not backstabbing. “My questions follow: “1) Who said this to you? Given your earlier email, we have a right to know. “2) Why didn’t you contact Senator Carona, instead of accusing him before the entire Senate?” This probably isn’t over. And, there’s always the chance that Dewhurst loses the U.S. Senate race, and remains as lieutenant governor. Contact McNeely at or (512) 4582963.



Behind closed doors - again

Last year at this time, we published an editorial, written by staff writer Phil Reynolds, taking exception to Port Aransas ISD trustees going behind closed doors to elect board officers. Trustees did the same thing in 2010, and we wrote an editorial condemning the action as unnecessarily secretive. The board meets tonight, Thursday, May 17, and on the agenda is a closed session to elect board officers. Once again, the South Jetty respectfully disagrees with the school board. Tonight, three trustees (two new to the board – Lisa Shelton and David Parsons – and one veteran, Janice Roberts who was appointed to fill the vacancy created when Chuck Borders resigned almost a year ago) will be sworn in. Last year, after two new board members and one who was re-elected (sounds familiar, doesn’t it?) were sworn in, the board went behind closed doors for nearly an hour, convened in open session to attend to other business, then went behind closed doors again. Here, we will repeat the editorial (as it turns out, an award-winning editorial) by Reynolds: “The agenda justified the closed-door sessions by citing “… Texas Government Code 551.071 thru 551.083.” “Probably the board was (is) aiming at section 551.074, which says a government body (including a school board) needn’t hold an open meeting “to deliberate the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or dismissal of a public officer or employee.” “The board justifies closed doors because it’s discussing “reassignment or duties” – i.e., the next board president, vice president and secretary. “That sounds much like sophistry.”

Reynolds reported that when the board returned to open session after its second closed session it whizzed through officer elections with only one nominee for each position. Votes were unanimous. He questioned why that required more than an hour of secret discussion Then-board president Chuck Borders explained that the board has always gone into executive session to discuss board offices. We contend that “because we’ve always done it that way” is probably the worst reason for doing just about anything, and in this case, it’s the continuation of doing the wrong thing. In response to Reynolds’ query, Superintendent Dr. Sharon Doughty e-mailed that, “it is quite permissible for the board to convene a closed session to discuss themselves, including roles, responsibilities, and their own reorganization.” Reynolds’ editorial continued: “That’s not what Ed Sterling, who watches government activities for the Texas Press Association, said. It’s not what the spokesman for the Texas Attorney General’s Office said. And it’s not what Nueces County Attorney Laura Garza Jimenez, hearing the meeting described, said on the phone: ‘That doesn’t sound good.’ “Some things the board needs to discuss should be done in private. Contracts, property acquisition and student discipline fall under that mantle. School board officers are not one of those things. “We suggest that it’s better to err on the side of transparency than on the side of secrecy.” We made that suggestion in 2010, in 2011, and we make it again in 2012. This year, we hope the board will think better of the public it serves and opt for transparency. --Mary Henkel Judson and Phil Reynolds

Dewhurst follows Perry’s lead Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is following in Rick Perry’s footsteps. That’s probably a good reason not to follow. Dewhurst’s campaign – he’s hoping to replace Kay Bailey Hutchison as United States senator – announced he will not meet with newspaper editorial boards. No real reason was given, other than that the campaign is going in other directions. May I take the liberty of filling in the real reason – for both Dewhurst and Perry? They can’t take the heat. Politicians have a better chance of controlling a sound byte than they do sitting down with newspaper editors and editorial writers who ask hard, in-depth questions. In those sessions with newspaper editorial boards, follow-up questions are asked. Candidates are asked “Why?” and they don’t let politicians get by with sounds bytes for answers. They probe. They want more. Newspaper readers want more. I am a newspaper editor, but I also am a newspaper reader. I may see a story on the national news, and the next morning, I’m eager to get the full story from the newspaper.

LETTERS Dog park needed

Voters should be wary of candidates who MARY from HENKEL shy newspaper JUDSON editorial boards. It’s a signal they don’t know the issues well enough to withstand intense scrutiny, a signal they’ll be found out as facades for intellectual beings. If a politician has the goods, he/she should welcome the chance to let voters know it by sitting down with newspaper editorial boards and clarifying his/her positions, their history, their plans. Had Perry met with those boards at the outset of his ill-fated campaign for the GOP nomination for president, it would have saved him a lot of embarrassment and grief, not to mention saving millions of Texas tax dollars. Mary Henkel Judson is editor and copublisher of the South Jetty. Contact her at, (361) 749-5131 or P.O. Box 1117, Port Aransas, TX 78373.


I came from a large city, Santa Fe, that has three dog parks – one of which is next to the shelter that benefits both tourists and locals. I understand that $22,000 is earmarked for a dog park in Port Aransas and a $5,000 matching donation available. If Port Aransas claims to be a dog-friendly town, then why is there so much delay after years of just talking about it? There should be one at the shelter – the land does need some work, like cutting the grass, removing the thistles and flea prevention. Really, how big a park was the council going to put into the other possibility? Very dedicated people take care of our homeless animals and they want to share it, so what is the problem? Maybe the people who are sitting on a fence should volunteer at the shelter and see what goes into the care of all the animals. Most of the people that I have brought up this issue to said they favored it at the shelter. Please listen to your citizens – petitions were already done. Do the right thing and let’s get going on this project and quit just talking about it for the good of all our fourlegged friends. I own a dog and just recently adopted a


kitten from the shelter and also became a volunteer there. Dog parks are a necessary element in any community that supports pets in their apartments, condos, motels and hotels like our great community of Port Aransas. I will even volunteer to help with its development. Let’s get it done – now! Emily E.J. Regier Port Aransas

Team work

Thanks to the South Jetty for reporting on the first annual Port Aransas Cart Club Treasure Hunt held May 5. But it needs to be said, I didn’t take first place alone. Barbara Rochester, who owned and drove her cart (I, unfortunately don’t own one), my eagle-eye super-sleuth daughter, Jennifer, and I earned the top ranking. It was totally a team effort! We had so much fun getting the clues, working together to figure out the clues and finding the spots. We loved the bonus point clues, which had us watching for license plates, signs, weathered grocery sacks and more. What a great job the organizers did! Peggy and Dave did a wonderful job making and

See ‘Letters,’ Page 6A

LYNCHBURG, Va. -- It wasn’t exactly the belly of the beast Republican CAL presidential candidate Mitt THOMAS Romney vis(c) 2011 TRIBUNE MEDIA SERVICES, ited recently on a picture-perfect commencement day at “the world’s largest Christian University,” but his appearance was a test as to whether the conservative school, founded by the late Jerry Falwell, would embrace a devout Mormon. And Romney passed. The more than 30,000 assembled in Liberty University’s stadium to hear his commencement address not only applauded him when he proclaimed that marriage was a relationship between one man and one woman but also when he appealed to a “common purpose” in pursuit of shared goals, regardless of theological differences. While President Obama is all about coolness, Romney is the sober grown-up. Republicans support Romney not because of his personality, but because he credibly addresses our shared critical challenges. Mark DeMoss, president of the DeMoss Group, an Atlanta-based public relations firm, and also a member of Liberty’s board of trustees and a Romney adviser, introduced Romney. DeMoss’ late father, Arthur S. DeMoss, was a generous donor to the university in its early days. DeMoss said of Romney, “I suspect I won’t agree with Mitt Romney on everything -- but I will tell you this -- I trust him. I trust him to do the right thing, to do the moral thing, to do what’s best for our country. I trust his character, his integrity, his moral compass, his judgment and his perfect decency. And finally, I trust his values -- for I am convinced they mirror my own.” That’s a better endorsement than some evangelicals give each other. In an interview following the commencement, I talked with Romney about his campaign and about the recent Washington Post story that claimed he took part in a bullying incident in 1965. I wanted to know why he didn’t hit back harder at the charges and why he hasn’t challenged the Post for not delving deeper into the president’s past. Romney said simply, “That’s probably not my nature. “We’ll see how the campaign develops over time. We may take on some of those issues, but probably our best course will be that the president wanted to turn around the economy and he hasn’t and that it is bumping along the bottom. A lot of people like him. You can’t forget the fact that a lot of people who voted for him last time I need to have vote for me this time.” When I asked him about the unfulfilled promises from previous Republican presidents to reduce the size and cost of government, it produced his longest answer: “I’m in this to get America right. I’m absolutely convinced that the future of liberty, not just for us, but for many in the world, depends on America changing its ways. And we are going to have to dramatically cut back on the scale and influence of government, or else we’re going to become a second-tier nation, unable to defend ourselves and defend our liberties and the liberties of friends around the world. “I’ve learned it’s not just about slowing down the growth of programs, because what will happen four or eight years later is someone will just raise the growth of these programs and we’ll be right back to where we started. If you’re going to change things you must eliminate programs.” Romney says many programs that “are still good” can be sent to the states “and then grow the funding at the rate of inflation,” or in the case of Medicaid or Food Stamps, or workforce training programs, “maybe inflation plus one percent.” He predicts if structural changes are made, federal spending will be reduced to “20 percent of GDP, rather than the 25 percent it is today.”

Good ideas, but not new for Republicans. The challenge will be getting them through Congress, which even when it is run by Republicans has been difficult. While evangelical voters blew hot and cold on other GOP candidates during the early primaries, Romney’s reception at Liberty University is a sign they are slowly warming to the idea of him as president. (To read the entire transcript of my conversation with Mitt Romney, go to www. Contact Cal Thomas at Tribune Media Services, 2225 Kenmore Ave., Suite 114, Buffalo, N.Y. 14207, or e-mail him at



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Passion made the difference in election

Continued from Page 1A proval by the Texas General Land Office first. The matter never got to that stage, because a citizens’ petition and the resulting referendum came about first. As currently written, the CMP allows the city to have only one vendor, and the document specifies that the business must be the kind that rents items like umbrellas and chairs. The vendor also must sell beach parking permits. The CMP’s language doesn’t allow for sales of food and drinks or for beach services. Council members Charles Bujan, Edwin Myers and Glenda Balentine voted against the CMP amendment, and they got behind the petition drive that garnered more than 400 signatures of people against changing the CMP. The petition prompted the council to call for the referendum. Some 534 voters cast ballots opposing the council’s move to change the CMP. Only 172 voted in favor of allowing the city to someday permit more vending. Bujan said he was pleased by the election’s outcome. He said he wasn’t particularly surprised that it went the way it did, though he was a little worried before the election that the ballot’s wording could

confuse voters. People who didn’t want more beach vending had to vote yes to enact an ordinance to overturn the council’s earlier action to allow for the possibility of more vending. Voters who wanted more vending, or at least the possibility of it, had to vote no to oppose enacting the ordinance. While supporters of beach vending showed little to no organized efforts to sway voters their direction, folks against additional beach vending took out newspaper ads, wrote letters to the editor, sent out fliers and posted outdoor signs advertising their positions. “I think one of the key phrases was, ‘Vote yes to say no,’ ” Bujan said. A majority voted the way they did because “their vision of beach vending is carts and vending trucks and trash, and they simply don’t want that,” Bujan said. “They don’t want that type of atmosphere on our beaches. There are a number of other reasons.” One of those reasons was rooted in a concern that more vending would produce more trash on the beach. “They know they pay a lot in taxes to get that picked up every year,” Bujan said.

It was the ‘ocean-related services’ part that bothered a lot of people.

Bill Sims For rescinding council vote

Port Aransan Bill Sims, who publicly has spoken out against more beach vending, said he believes many voted to disallow more vending because the wording of the proposed CMP change was overly broad. “It was the ‘ocean-related services’ part that bothered a lot of people,” Sims said. “Those people on this council or on a future council could do with this whatever they wanted to. It was a Pandora’s box. It covered a lot of ground.” Those against more beach vending also have argued that beach vendors could rob eateries in town of business. Mayor Keith McMullin

was the one who originally brought the idea of the CMP change to the council. Asked for his reaction to the vote, he said he didn’t take the outcome personally. “It was the Democratic process at work,” McMullin said. “Exactly as the city charter scripted it is what transpired, and I think all of those that were passionate in their concerns over the potential expansion of beach vending are to be commended for getting organized and having their voices heard and getting the vote out.” McMullin said he wasn’t surprised at how the referendum turned out. What it boiled down to was passion, he said. People on the winning side “were passionate in their dislike of what they could envision the beach being (as a result of more vending),” the mayor said. “The people who are in favor of giving the city options down the road – they’re not passionate about that. I’m the one who thought it was a good idea in the first place, and I’m not even passionate about it. I think it’s the right idea, but I’m not passionate about it. It’s about positioning the city for the future, and it’s hard to get all hot

Voters OK amendments

and bothered about that.” Even if the CMP change had gone through, it wouldn’t have automatically meant more beach vending would have been allowed. The current council or a council in the future would have had to go some steps further, first directing city staff to draw up a proposed ordinance to set up an expanded vending program and then holding votes at three separate public meetings to approve the ordinance. A majority of council members went on the record a few months ago as saying that, while they favored changing the CMP change, they didn’t favor creating an ordinance to bring in more vending right now. Still, four of them – McMullin and council members Steve Lanoux, John Price and Keith Donley – said they wanted the CMP changed so the city would have the flexibility in the future to allow more vending if it became a good idea. David Bendett, owner of Coffee Waves, is part of a small number of people who have spoken publicly in favor of more beach vending. Part of the reason for the referendum’s results lies in the fact that few who wanted more

beach vending made their voices heard, he said. Bendett said he would have set up a trailer to do business on the beach in Port Aransas if the referendum hadn’t gone the way it did and the city would have moved forward with an expanded vending program. The election result is “a real loss for our community,” Bendett said. “As someone who is local and cares deeply about our beaches and our economy and hires a lot of staff and puts a lot of money into this community, I feel like it was a real loss for our community in a variety of areas.” Bendett said his vending trailer is doing good business on North Padre Island. He said he hired seven employees, all from Corpus Christi, to staff it, and so now the money being generated by the operation is going out of town. It’s a pity, Bendett said, that the mobile service won’t be able to employ Port Aransans on Port Aransas beaches or generate tax or fee revenue that the city could have used to combat litter along the shore. Questions? Comments? Contact Dan Parker at (361) 7495131 or dan@portasouthjetty. com.

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That was not to be as the margin of voters wanting to keep further vending off the beach ruled the day. (See related story by reporter Dan Parker in this edition.) Voters also ruled on five proposed amendments to the city charter, all of which passed by fairly large margins. Mayor Keith McMullin said he has looked at vote totals in past city charter elections and found that many were close votes. Many were contentious, he said. McMullin said he was pleasantly surprised to see that all five of the proposed amendments in the Saturday election passed by large margins. “Just because of the legal (language) associated with the ballots, they are long, cumbersome and, perhaps to some, tiring,” the mayor said. “So, I give credit to voters for taking the time to read stories (about the proposed amendments) published in the South Jetty and for taking the time to read the ballots themselves. All passed by wide margins. it’s really pretty tremendous for Port Aransas.” City secretary Esther Arzola gave some historic perspective to the 23 percent voter turnout this year. It was “pretty good,” she said. “Usually, bond issue elections draw 18 to 20 percent, and this turn-out was just over 23 percent.” Last year, when there was only one contested race for city council and the 11th Street bond issue on the ballot, voter turnout was 19 percent. In 2010, with only two contested races on the school ballot, 18 percent of registered voters cast ballots. In 2009, with two contested races on the ballot (one for city council, one for school board), voter turnout was 19 percent. Contests were heated in mayoral contests in 2008 and 2006 (Claude Brown vs. Charlie Zahn and Brown vs. Georgia Neblett, respectively), when 30 and 39 percent, respectively, of registered voters cast ballots. Results for the remainder of this year’s ballot are as follows: School board, Place 2, Janice Roberts, 476; Place 7, David Parsons, 491. City charter amendments: Proposition 1 -- 533 for, 119 against (Shall Article III, Section 15 be amended by re-titling it and to provide that city council inquiries into the official conduct

One last push


Candidates for Place 1 on the Port Aransas ISD board of trustees, Lisa Shelton above with a supporter, and Jim Brown, below with wife Windy, remind passersby of the election on Saturday, May 12. Shelton won the position.

of departments, agencies, offices, officers and employees who or which are under the control of the city manager must be directed to the manager?) Proposition 2 -- 411 for, 246 against (Shall Article IV, Section I (e) (7)

be amended to allow additional time, not to exceed six months after the end of the city’s fiscal year, for the audit to be presented to the council?) Proposition 3 -- 420 for, 225 against (Shall Article VII, Section 3(a) be

amended to provide for the proposed budget to include the use of reserve funds, provided however that the proposed budget shall always provide for reserves equal, at a minimum, to 25 percent of the proposed budget?) Proposition 4 -- 410 for, 227 against (Shall Article VII, Section 4(a) be amended to provide for a supplemental non-budgeted appropriation for the use of reserve funds, provided however that the budget shall always retain reserves equal, at a minimum, to 25 percent of the current fiscal year’s budget?) Proposition 5 -- 467 for, 168 against (Shall Article XII, Section 5 regarding conflicts be changed to provide exceptions where it is in the best interest of the city and to define the word “officer” to mean only the council and the manager?) None of the city council members whose terms were expiring drew opponents, so their names were not on the ballot. Those council members are Place 2 Councilman John Price, Place 4 Councilwoman Glenda Balentine, Place 6 Councilman Steve Lanoux and Mayor Keith McMullin. McMullen, Price and Lanoux are completing their first terms, and Balentine is completing her second term. The city charter limits the number of consecutive terms a council member or mayor may serve to three two-year terms.

New for voting


Port Aransas election judge Maudina Bomarito shows one of the four new voting machines that the city recently bought.

New voting machines used in recent election New voting machines got their first use during the recent Port Aransas city elections. The city purchased four of machines at a total cost of slightly more than $14,000, according to City Secretary Esther Arzola. The city received them earlier this year. Two of the machines were used for early voting, and the other two were used on Election Day, Arzola said. State law doesn’t allow the same

ones for both during the same election season, she said. The new machines feature a touch-screen method for voting rather than a dial method employed by the machines used earlier by the city. The earlier machines were leased by the city from Nueces County, but the county informed municipalities last year that the county no longer would lease the machines, Arzola said.


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Bound for freedom


Xavier Harrison, treasurer of Friends of the ARK, shows a Kemp’s ridley sea turtle to a crowd of spectators just before the turtle was released on the beach in Port Aransas on Saturday, May 12. The turtle earlier was rehabilitated at the Animal Rehabilitation Keep.

TxDOT seeks public input The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is inviting anyone interested to attend one of four public meetings on proposed highway improvements in the area. The nearest meeting is Thursday, May 24, at the Sinton Community Center in Sinton. An open house begins at 5:30 p.m. and a public hearing starts at 6:30 p.m.


Pageant crowns Wyatt

Claira Faye Wyatt of Port Aransas was crowned Most Photogenic at the 2012 Miss Shrimporee pageant on Sunday, April 29. Wyatt competed in the junior division. Her grandparents are Debra and Larry Williams of Port Aransas and great-grandmother is Clara “Smitty” Wilbanks of Fort Worth (formerly of Port Aransas). Her proud parents are Misty and Shawn Wyatt of Aransas Pass. The Shrimporee isn’t until June, but the pageant is held early to choose the winners before the festival.

Other hearings, with the same times, are on Monday, May 21, at the TxDOT maintenance office in Robstown; Tuesday, May 22, at the TxDOT maintenance office in Beeville; and Wednesday, May 23, at the TxDOT office in Alice. The hearings will cover proposed highway improvements in Aransas, Bee, Goliad, Jim

Wells, Karnes, Kleberg, Live Oak, Nueces, Refugio and San Patricio Counties. A TxDOT news release said public opinion, changes in design or environmental concerns could push a project forward or backward, depending on state and federal funding. The hearings cover projects planned over the next four

After months of spiraling upward, Port Aransas’ sales tax rebates leveled off and dipped a bit this month. Compared with April of last year, sales tax rebates from the Texas State Comptroller’s office were down 3.54 percent, representing revenue of $142,654.06. In April of last year, the comptroller’s office sent $147,899.11 back to the city. For the year to date, however, Port Aransas remains in the positive column. For the first four months of the year, sales tax rebates were up 10.45 percent. That’s $485,640.26 in 2012, compared with $421,942.47 last year. The trend was upward in the nine cities the South Jetty tracks for sales tax revenue: Besides Port Aransas, only Galveston reported less taxes this month than the same month last year. Statewide, Texas Comptroller Susan Combs said tax revenue was up 10.9 percent compared


Sales tax rebates level off in April FROM SALES MADE IN MARCH 2012 THIS PERIOD YTD* PORT ARANSAS ...................-3.54 .................... 10.35 CORPUS CHRISTI ................... 9.89 .................... 18.09 ARANSAS PASS .................... 3.25 ...................... 7.94 INGLESIDE ............................ 8.04 .................... 14.18 ROCKPORT ........................ 10.00. ...................... 8.01 P ORT ISABEL........................ 3.71 ...................... 1.11 SOUTH PADRE ISLAND ........... 3.02 ...................... 2.90 GALVESTON .........................-2.16 ...................... 1.88 SAN ANTONIO ....................... 2.87 ...................... 8.85 *YEAR-TO-DATE CHANGE

with last year. “Sales tax revenue has now increased for 25 consecutive months. Recent strength in sales tax collections continued in both business and consumer spending categories,” Combs said. “Growth was led by the oil and natural gas-related

sectors, while significant gains also came from retail trade and restaurants.” The sales tax figures represent monthly sales made in March and sent to the comptroller’s office in April to be rebated to cities and other taxing entities in May.

First Friday


Patrons of the Port Aransas Art Center check out the art at last week’s First Friday event held on May 4. The event included live music, food and wine. As the event’s name suggests, First Friday exhibits are held on the first Friday of each month at the art center, located at 323 N. Alister St. The Port Aransas Art Center is non-profit organization.

Presses not holding

Holiday moves up newspaper deadlines

Advertising and news deadlines will be adjusted for the May 31 edition of the South Jetty due to the Memorial Day holiday the weekend before. Deadline to submit advertising will be 5 p.m. Friday, May 25.

RTA wants your opinion on bus routes

If you’d like to change the Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) bus system, you’ll have two chances to try in the coming week. The RTA will hold hearings at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 22, at the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Center, 5151 McArdle Road, Corpus Christi, and at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 23, at the Boys and Girls Club, 3902 Greenwood Dr., Corpus Christi. Specifically, the agency wants to hear about issues with proposed route changes. However, comments are also welcome on what part of the system works well and what customers would like changed. Other issues about service will also be discussed including on-time performance, how often buses operate, how often buses are overcrowded, transfer connections and bus stop locations and facilities. A map of proposed route changes will be available for review and comment, an RTA news release said. Port Aransas is part of the RTA system and is served by a circulating trolley and by the Flexi-B bus that makes trips to and from Port Aransas and Corpus Christi on weekdays.

years under the state’s Transportation Improvement Program. The program is available for review at the Corpus Christi TxDOT office or at area offices in Corpus Christi, Sinton, Alice and Karnes City and at maintenance offices in Alice, Beeville, George West, Goliad, Kingsville, Refugio, Robstown, Rockport and Sinton.

1. CALL TO ORDER 2. PLEDGE AND PRAYER 3. CANVASSING OF VOTES AND ADOPTION OF ELECTION RESULTS A. A Resolution canvassing votes and declaring the results of the Special Referendum and Charter Amendment Elections held on May 12. 4. SWEARING IN OF NEWLY ELECTED CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS 5. CITY COUNCIL TO CONSIDER ELECTING MAYOR PRO-TEM FOR THE YEAR 2012-2013 AND TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION 6. PRESENTATIONS AND PROCLAMATIONS A. Presentation to Betsy Churgai for dedicated service. B. Proclamation declaring May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. CITIZEN COMMENTS AND REPORTS: In accordance with the Open Meeting Act, Council is prohibited from acting or discussing (other than factual responses to specific questions) any items brought before them at this time. Comments will be limited to three (3) minutes or less. 7. FINANCIAL REPORT: A. April Financial Report B. Quarterly Investment Report 8. APPROVAL OF MINUTES: April 19 9. REGULAR BUSINESS A. Discuss city’s oil spill response plan. B. Second reading of ordinance revising locations of mean high tide line and 1000-foot dune protection line. C. Resolution authorizing city manager to execute agreement with Texas Department of Transportation regarding improvements at the airport. D. Discuss and take appropriate action regarding city attorney review of existing hangar leases. 10. OTHER BUSINESS A. Update on windstorm insurance from Mayor Keith McMullin 11. CITY COUNCIL COMMENTS AND ITEMS FOR FUTURE CONSIDERATION 12. ADJOURNMENT

News items must be submitted by 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 29. The South Jetty office will open an hour earlier than usual, at 8 a.m. that Tuesday, and go to press as usual late Tuesday afternoon. The South Jetty office will

be closed on Monday, May 28. To report breaking news, call 749-4861 or (361) 442-6419. The newspaper will be on newsstands late Wednesday afternoon, May 30, and in Port Aransas post office boxes Thursday morning.

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The winner is...


The Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce welcomed many faces into the Visitor’s Center throughout last week’s Travel and Tourism Week. Daily drawings were held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, May 8-10. Pictured above are, from left, Rachel Wells of Coffee Waves, a drawing winner; Jane Marslender, executive assistant at the chamber; Sheri Henneberger, chamber communications manager and Ann Bracher Vaughan, CEO and president of the chamber. Other winners not pictured were Julie Sims of The Islander and Mike McClure of the City of Port Aransas Parks and Recreation Department. Prizes included gas cards, fishing and dolphin excursions, as well as dining certificates and more.

Little Chapel tours begin tomorrow

Tours of the Little Chapel on the Hill begin tomorrow, Friday, May 18, with a second tour on Saturday, May 19. Reservations are required due to limited space. Register by visiting the Port Aransas Museum Thursday through Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m., or by calling 749-3800. Leave a name and telephone number to get on the tour list. Participants should meet in the Port Aransas Museum parking lot about 8:50 a.m. to catch the tour to the chapel at 9 a.m. Tours last approximately one hour, starting with a short orientation at the museum The idea of the Little Chapel on the Hill was conceived by and built for the Poet Laureate of Texas, Aline Carter, in

the 1930’s. It sits in the highest point in Port Aransas, atop a sand dune 26 feet above sea level. Inside, the walls and ceiling are decorated with frescoes depicting the history of Christianity, which were painted by Austin artist John Cobb. A video of the chapel history and an interview with the man who painted the ceiling is available at the museum. For more information on the tours and other activities at the museum, visit the museum’s Web site at http://portaransasmuseum. org/about/tours. Tours are offered the first and third Friday and Saturday of each month by the Port Aransas Museum.

For the past 14 years, May has served as National Stroke Awareness Month. On May 11, 1989, then-President George Bush signed Presidential Proclamation 5975, designating the month of May as National Stroke Awareness Month. Groups such as the National Stroke Association have been able to increase public awareness and in doing so continue to move one step closer to preventing strokes. Bringing awareness to this issue is extremely important, because without awareness and knowledge, the risks often become greater. One of the important things to know is just what a stroke is. According to the National Stroke Association, a stroke, or “brain attack,” is the result of a blood clot blocking an artery in the brain (this is known as a Ishemic stroke) or when a blood vessel breaks, thereby blocking the blood flow to that area of the brain (this is known as a Hemorrhagic). If either of these types of strokes occurs, brain cells begin to die, thus causing brain damage. If brain damage occurs, and depending on which section of the brain it occurs in, abilities such as speech, movement and memory can be affected. Today, in the United States, strokes represent the fourth leading cause of death and a leading cause of serious long term adult disabilities. Each year, approximately 133,000 people are lost due to strokes. In fact, this year alone

STATE REP. TODD HUNTER there will be roughly 795,000 incidents of individuals suffering from a stroke. That is nearly one stroke every forty seconds and the taking of a life every four minutes. Below are some interesting and surprising statistics about strokes: Each year approximately 55,000 more women than men have a stroke. Ishemic strokes account for about 87 percent of all strokes, while Hemorrhagic strokes account for approximately 13 percent of strokes, but are responsible for more than 30 percent of all stroke related deaths. In 2010, the direct and indirect cost associated with individuals having a stroke was roughly $73.7 billion dollars in the United States. It is critical to know, however, that while some groups may have a higher risk of strokes, strokes can still happen to anyone at any time, regardless of age, race or gender. One of the most important things you can do if you think you or someone else is having a stroke is to remember FAST and if needed call 9-1-1. FAST stands for: F = Face Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop? A = Arms Ask the person to

raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward? S = Speech Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence. Does their speech sound slurred or strange? T = Time If you observe any of these signs(independently or together) call 9-1-1 immediately! While there are some risk factors associated with strokes that you can’t control, like age, gender, race or family history, there are some risks factors you can control. Some of those are: • High blood pressure – It’s critical to know and control your blood pressure -- not just for strokes. • High cholesterol - Like blood pressure, it is important to know what your cholesterol is too. • Physical inactivity - Include exercise in your daily routine. For more information on risk factors and strokes in general, go to . Remember, the more you know about the causes and signs of a stroke, the more likely you could save your life or someone else’s. If you have questions regarding any of the information mentioned in this article, please do not hesitate to call my capitol or district office. Todd Hunter, R-Corpus Christi, is the District 32 State Representative. Contact him at E2-808, P.O. Box 2910, Austin TX 78768; (512) 463-0672, the district office at (361) 9494603 or todd.hunter@house.


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Taking the next step

Splish-splash!! That is the sound of frogs with enthusiasm and energy leaping into bigger ponds, not really any different than Port Aransas ISD’s fifth- and eighth-graders who are preparing for their transition into middle school and high school. Think back to the first time you rode a bicycle without the training wheels, or swam all the way across the deep end of the pool. Those feelings of exhilaration and accomplishment completely replaced any worry or fear that existed before the feat. For our middle school students, accomplishing new and difficult skills STAFF PHOTO BY DAN PARKER happens often, and sometimes leaves students (and the Brundrett Middle School Principal Gina McKeever, second from right, makes a point during adults around them) breathless a coffee held in the school library on Friday, May 11, for parents of students who will be with the speed at which these sixth graders during the upcoming 2012-12 school year. The session was held to familiarize changes happen. With every new experience, parents with the new world of middle school. Two of the parents attending were Christina students learn useful inforMeek, background, and Regina Love. mation. Sometimes the newfound knowledge convinces the student they need to have assistance a little longer, or that skinning a knee hurts, but it just provides the incentive to try harder next time. And sometimes students don’t need any specific help at all – just someone to listen as they reflect on what happened and what they might do next, and gather the courage to try the next scary and exhilarating challenge. For middle school students, every day provides opportunities for accomplishments in the classroom, on the athletic field or in the band hall, with very important social interactions happening in between. Parents and teachers often have experience and wisdom




to share in many areas, eager to guide and coach as their student acquires new skills. One of the changes that our students experience in their lives – technology – is not always something we adults are able to provide as much guidance as we would like. In fact, sometimes the students seem light years ahead of the adults in understanding and using technology – with the adults relying heavily on these “technology natives” for their guidance and support. Naturally, when our young adolescents encounter a problem, we as the caring and concerned older generation might either overreact, or have no idea how to help students navigate these new and changing times. We recently had Jerry Dugan and Adela Garcia, the community educators from the South Texas Women’s Shelter, join us at Brundrett Middle School to lead a discussion on social media and cyber bullying with our sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students. Having had the opportunity to sit in on the discussions with three of the six small groups, I was so impressed by the wisdom our students had to share with each other on the topic. When the students were asked what they wanted adults to know about social media and cyber bullying, I was quickly reminded by the na-

ture of their responses that sometimes adolescents don’t want the adults to react at all; they just want us to hear what “kids of today” are dealing with, and many times are handling wisely. That evening, Dugan returned to the BMS library to meet with parents, sharing a few statistics and some of what the students had discussed that afternoon on the topics of social media and texting. Port Aransas Police Chief Scott Burroughs also provided information for the parents as we all learn how to best help our youth learn to use this media to interact with others. The evening interactions reminded me that as much as we adults would like to prevent our children from having to deal with any challenges, “knees are going to get skinned” -- especially as they test their boundaries and independence using today’s technology. But it is how they negotiate and plan the next move, especially after a “fall,” that builds their self confidence to face new challenges ahead. So in these weeks to come, listen to the concerns these transitioning students may have. Keep reminding them they are moving into a “bigger pond” that will allow them to stretch, grow and take on new challenges. Surrounding themselves with trusted adults and friends who support their good choices will be like having “safe lily pads” to step onto if they feel they are getting into water that is too deep. Gina McKeever is principal of Brundrett Middle School.


Enjoying a nice day by the pool at Cline’s Landing are H.G. Olsen Elementary School employees during a teachers appreciation lunch provided by the school’s Parent Teacher Organization on Wednesday, May 9.

In the swim


Cas Ward, 11, strokes through the pool at Port Aransas Community Park on Wednesday, May 9. They were taking part in the Port Aransas Swim Team’s try-outs and registration for the summer competitive swim season.


In appreciation


In the school library, Brundrett Middle School employees are served some tasty treats by members of the school’s student council during a teacher appreciation function on Tuesday, May 8. Parent Anne Denton sponsored the event.


PORT ARANSAS ISD MAY 21 - MAY 25 Breakfast

(Includes juice & milk)

MONDAY Assorted cereal, graham crackers TUESDAY Pancake wrap WEDNESDAY Breakfast pizza, bagel THURSDAY Breakfast on a bun FRIDAY Assorted cereal, graham crackers Lunch (Includes fruit & milk)

MONDAY Salisbury steak (Olsen Elementary and PAHS) Chicken fajita, rice, gravy, carrots, bread (BMS) TUESDAY Burrito, pinto beans, salad WEDNESDAY Chef salad, crackers, broccoli cheese soup (limited amount of soup) THURSDAY Macaroni and cheese with ham, spinach FRIDAY Hot dogs with or without chili, tater tots, vegetables

Marlin star


Marlin senior Storm Bales, a wing on the 2011-2012 Port Aransas basketball team, will play in this year’s Coastal Bend Coaches Association All-Star basketball game on Saturday, May 19, coach Joe Kocurek said. Kocurek, the Port Aransas head basketball coach, and assistant Kris Jones will coach the East All-Stars in the game. Bales is shown here in a game against Kenedy earlier this year.

Pre-k sign-up Tuesday

Pre-kindergarten pre-registration for the 2012-13 school year will be held on Tuesday, May 22, at H.G. Olsen Elementary School. Sign-up will be from 8:30 to 10 a.m. and from 1:30 to 3 p.m. at the school office at 100 S. Station St. Parents who have children who will be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1 this year may register for the half-day program. The school requires that parents present a Social Security card, an immunization record, proof of residency, parent identification (a driver’s license or other government-issued iden-

tification) and a certified copy of the child’s birth certificate from a vital statistics bureau. The registration process won’t be complete unless all of the required documents are presented. More information is available by contacting Kathy Forrest at the school at (361) 749-1212.


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could be turned in this project. After voters approved the bond in May last year, engineers extensively surveyed the road. Utility lines and property boundaries were located. Elevations were plotted. Highly specific construction plans were drawn up. City employees approved the plans, and the city advertised for construction firms to bid on the project. The city engineer reviewed the bids and made recommendations to the city council. After the council awarded the project to Island Construction, the low bidder, work began on Feb. 3, when heavy equipment started clearing vegetation from the edges of Access Road 1A between 11th Street and State Hwy. 361. The project is being undertaken in three phases. Phase One is underway now. That stretches from Access Road 1A to the area of Royal Palm Drive. Phase Two will be from Royal Palm Drive to Avenue J. Phase Three will be from Avenue J to Avenue G. Each phase will be almost completely finished before the next phase begins, said Rick Snyder, an Island Construction supervisor.


Port Aransas got a good, soaking rain on Thursday, May 10. Clockwise from above: A pickup truck plows through a big puddle on Alister Street near Beach Street; a man is outfitted to avoid getting wet as he pedals his bicycle down Station Street near White Street; and Jana Snow leads her children, Pablito and Ashby on a sprint through the rain as the children left H.G. Olsen Elementary School just after classes let out Thursday. Some 3.42 inches of rain fell at the University of Texas Marine Science Institute (UTMSI), said Tony Amos, a UTMSI research fellow who does weather observations. A total of 7.67 inches fell Thursday at the Mayan Princess condominium, on State Hwy. 361, the Island Road, just outside the Port Aransas city limits, according to Doug Vogelsang, observing program leader at the National Weather Service office in Corpus Christi.

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packaging clues and Mike was able to round up a super slate of prizes. Thanks to the business that served out the clues and donated prizes and money. I encourage everyone to join in the next time they have a hunt. I actually think it should be semi-annual. Pam Greene Port Aransas

an hour or more for someone to arrive. So, if you need help, look to our local businesses and merchants. Why call for help from across the “pond” when it’s in your own backyard? Thanks much for proving once again that gentlemen in Port Aransas live the example of the Port Aransas attitude -- taking care of our own. Jean and Gordon Peters Port Aransas We are so lucky to live in a community where folks look out for one another and shopkeepers are willA very personal note of ing to help someone with a thanks to (South Jetty reproblem in a timely manner porter) Dan Parker. Were it with a smile and a hand- not for his very fine article shake. explaining the voting proWe were in a parking lot cedure regarding the (city and found ourselves in a charter) amendments, (refsituation where we needed erendum) etc., I would not the help of a tow truck and have voted the way I wanted wench. Went over to one of to vote. I read the sample in our local businesses and in the paper many times and about 20 minutes had the came away dumbfounded, problem resolved and were thinking early Alzheimer’s on our way. had definitely already set There are not many places in! these days where one could Perhaps, the wording of have asked for help and re- these amendments could be ceived it without waiting for improved vastly in the future so that citizens would not balk at voting one way or another because they simply could not figure out what was being said, and reticent to admit to same. Bess Mitchell Port Aransas

Help at home

Fine reporting

Trashy piers

We were in Port Aransas from May 4 to May 10. We visit to fish on Station Street pier and Charlie’s Pasture pier. This year we were very disappointed in the removal of trash from the piers. In years past, the garbage cans on the piers were emptied every day that we were there. This year, the trash from Station Street was not collected from at least Friday to Monday. At Charlie’s Pasture, we first went there on May 4, and the last time we were there was on May 9, and the trash had not been collected at all in that period. We have always felt the island did a good job of keeping up with the trash on the piers, but this year we were not impressed at all. We felt that this was a black eye to the island since so many people come to fish, and had to put up with the view and smell of several days of old trash. Maybe someone was sick and couldn’t come in to do the job, but there should have been a stand by. Gene and Karen Paulus Denton

Super support!

The TAG (Talented and Gifted) Team of H.G. Olsen Elementary School would like to give a great thanks to our community. We have been doing many projects with help from some very generous people. First, we would like to

thank the garden club for helping us establish our Certified Wildlife Habitat. They have taken time out of their days to help plant flowers, pull weeds and make our reading garden beautiful. After reading a book about the Great Chicago Fire, the Port Aransas Fire Department helped us learn more about firefighters, safety equipment, what to do in case of fire, and fire in general. Many thanks to the PAFD who selflessly volunteer to keep us and our community safe.” The younger TAG students are working on an adaptation of the classic story, “The Little Red Hen.” Their production is actually “The Little Red Rooster” and is receiving some great coaching and staging from Ken Yarborough. Arlene Hughes (“Aunt Mimi”) taught us how to create beautiful murals, which we were able to share during the Whooping Crane Festival. We thank her for her artistic and instructional talent! Last, but certainly not least, we give many thanks to the South Jetty staff. We are putting together an 1871 newspaper, and with the help of the experts at the South Jetty we got some great ideas to make our newspaper better. We are very fortunate to have such a generous community to help us with our projects. Thank you, everyone, for supporting our TAG program at H.G. Olsen. We couldn’t have done it without you! The H.G. Olsen TAG Team

Members of Keep Port Aransas Beautiful will elect new officers and board members for 2012-2013 at their next regular meeting on Tuesday, May 22. The meeting will be held at the Ellis Memorial Library meeting room at 6 p.m. Only members who have paid their dues for 20112012 will be eligible for nomination or allowed to vote. Members that have been nominated so far are Mike Secich, chairman; Julie Findley, first vice-chairperson; Suzannne McCann, second vice-chairperson; Jack Dreessen, treasurer and Peggy Srader, recording secretary. Nominations for the executive board are Joan Snyder, Theta Kenney, Harry Snyder, Darlene Secich, Deno Fabrie, Dave Srader, Pam Greene and Jill Smith. They also will choose one Port Aransas High School student, usually the president of the Planteers Club. Anyone who wishes to run for officer or board member may show up at the meeting and nominate themselves or have someone else nominate them.

Utility work will be done at the beginning of each phase, followed by a ripping out of the old asphalt and pouring of new. So far, in Phase One, workers have installed gas and water lines from Access Road 1A to Royal Palm Drive, Littleton said. They also have put in water lines from Hwy. 361 to 11th Street. Officials are hoping to finish Phase One by mid-July, Snyder said. That’s realistic, as long as bad weather doesn’t slow workers down, he said. Work on Phase Two is expected to last a year or more, Littleton said. That will be longer than the other two phases, because it is the most densely populated part of the street. That means there are more driveways and existing utilities to deal with. “There are a lot of houses we’ve got to tie into,” Littleton said. Phase Three will last only about two months, Snyder said. It’s only about 1,000 feet long, plus a sidewalk and curbs and gutters already are in place along that section of 11th Street. Questions? Comm e nt s ? C o nt a c t D an Parker at (361) 749-5131 or dan@portasouthjetty. com.

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REGULAR MEETING, 6 P.M., THURSDAY, MAY 17 ADMINISTRATION BUILDING I. Call to order A. Moment of silence and pledge of allegiance Ii. Comments A. Public comments B. Board of trustees acknowledgements III. Canvassing of election ballots IV. Swearing in of newly elected board members V. Recognition of retiring board members VI. Closed meeting A. Pursuant to 551.074, the board will discuss the appointment, employment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline, or dismissal of a public officer or employee 1. Roles and responsibilities of board members 2. Employment of a teacher VII. Return to open meeting A. Consider and take possible action to reorganize the board of trustees B. Consider and take possible action to hire a teacher VIII. Presentations/information A. State audit results-Amy Boulanger B. Integrating technology and poetry-Clare Adams C. School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) 2011-2012 report IX. Reports A. Business reports 1. April 2012 expenditures 2. Tax collections B. Superintendent’s reports 1. Enrollment and attendance 2. New elected board member training and the summer leadership institute San Antonio conference June 14-16 3. Changing of the June 14 board meeting to June 21 X. Consent agenda A. Consider/take possible action on the minutes of the regular meeting on April 12 B. Consider/take possible action on the investment report C. Review and take possible action on NCAD minutes as necessary D. Consider/take possible action on PAISD 2012-2013 budget calendar XI. Discussion and/or action items A. Consider/take possible action to approve the contractor for the Port Aransas ISD wireless environment project B. Consider/take possible action to approve a budget amendment XII. Adjourn

Buy piece of gym at school shop sale

Do you have fond memories of playing basketball in Doyle Marek Gym at Port Aransas High School? You could own a piece of that gym if you make a purchase at the school’s annual shop class fundraiser sale on Saturday, May 19. Among many items up for sale at the event will be wooden utility tables made from the hardwood maple gym floor slats that were junked after the floor was replaced two years ago, according to teacher Randell Buttler. All of the items to be sold were made by PAHS students in various classes: principles of architecture and con-

struction (this one actually includes some eighth-graders), piping and plumbing and welding I and II. Buttler teaches all of the classes. In addition to the tables made from the gym floor, items up for sale will include barbecue grills made from pipe and steel, copper pipe yard sprinklers and a meat smoker that’s about four feet long and five feet high. The outdoor sale will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the south side of the high school building, just outside the shop classroom. Proceeds will go back to the school’s shop program for specialty items, field trips and other student activities.

Pledging allegiance


Fifth graders at H.G. Olsen Elementary School begin the day on Friday, May 11, by saying the Pledge of Allegiance.

To fund high tech

‘Hall of Fame’ pavers for sale

Port Aransas High School is turning to some low tech to help it with high tech. In a campaign called “Paving the Future,” the school will offer brick pavers for donors who can choose inscriptions for them. The pavers will be installed at the front entrance to the school, known as the “Port Aransas High School Walk of Fame.” Funds raised will be used to buy iPads, laptop computers and similar equipment for student use. High school Principal Sharon McKinney said the pavers will be professionally installed, and that the Port Aransas Garden Club will add landscaping to the area. McKinney wants to have all the orders for the first batch of pavers in by Thursday, June 12, so they can be installed by the start of the 2012-2013 school year. Pavers will come in two sizes: 4 by 8 inches, for $50, and 8 by 8 inches, for $100. Checks should be made payable to PAHS, and donations are tax deductible. The smaller pavers will have one or two lines of 16 characters each; the larger ones can have up to five lines of 16 characters each. Characters are any letter, number, space or punctuation

Ready for the future

Port Aransas High School freshmen Hunter Roos and Emily Roberson show off sample pavers like those that are being sold for installation at the entrance to the high school. Proceeds from the salles will be used to buy high-tech equipment for students to use. Deadline for the first orders of pavers is Thursday, June 21; order forms are available at the high school or at .

mark, and McKinney cau- and click on “forms”) or at tions to allow spaces between the high school office. Sample words. She said multiple pavers can be bought, but a separate order form is needed for each paver. Payment can be made for all at once. Order forms are available on the South Jetty Web site, www. (scroll down the left side of the page

PAISD bands to perform Did you enjoy the music from Grease? How about John Williams’ score for Star Wars? George Gershwin, who wrote Porgy and Bess and Rhapsody in Blue, as well as many pop classics? Smokey Robinson and the Miracles? If any of those is among your favorites, you’ll enjoy a concert by the Port Aransas ISD bands in the high school gym on Thursday, May 24, at 7 p.m. The concert will feature what band director Jim Cole called “some of Port AranSTAFF PHOTO BY DAN PARKER sas’ most talented young people.” Bands from H.G. Port Aransas High School students stand with tables, cookers and other items they made Olsen Elementary School, in the school’s shop. The items will be sold at the school’s annual shop sale fundraiser Brundrett Middle School and Saturday, May 19. Tables made from the old gym floor will be among offerings. Port Aransas High School will play. The event is free and open to the public.

Shop talk



Port Aransas High School students who meet academic standards pose outside Fin’s Grill and Icehouse at this year’s banquet on Monday, May 7, to honor them. Back row, left to right, are Paul Voyles, Sydney Hogan, Connor Collins, Fallon Zollars, Austin Scott, Jenna Ward, Chris Eggleston, Jake Roberts, Aaron Kenigsberg, Rachel Davis, Hannah Ferguson Johns, Hudson Marraro, Mamta Patel, Samantha Falconer, Sarah Falconer. Front row, left to right, are Jocelyn Flood, Sophia Chapman, Hazel Morris, Samantha Richardson, Ty Morris, Nazmi Sayed, Megan Hardegree, Mary McCann, Colin Barr, Emma Shannon, Taylor Griffin, Katelin Lindell, Michelle Arnold. Brenna Martin and Matt Fries are not pictured. Seniors must post grades averaging 90 or better over their four years of high school; the top five students in each of the other grades are chosen.


pavers are also available at the school office.

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Two Marlins in top 10 at state track meet Two Port Aransas High School athletes placed in the top 10 in their respective events at the state track meet in Austin on Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12. Senior Matt Fries took seventh place on Friday in the 3200-meter run with a time of 10:34.85. Saturday, he placed eighth in the 1600-meter run, doing the course in 4:47.45. Teammate junior Tyler Pate jumped 6’ in the high jump to take eighth place in that event on Friday. Pate missed the opening game of the Marlins’ three-game area-level baseball series against D’Hanis to compete at the state meet. He had originally elected to play baseball, but baseball coach Brian Flack told him to compete in track instead. Fries’ time in the 1600-meter run was faster than his mark at the regional meet, where he ran the distance in 10:35.93. However, his 3200-meter time at the

state meet was slower than his mark of 4:42.13 at the regional event. He placed second at the regional level in both events. Pate’s 6’ jump in Austin was slightly lower than his secondplace 6’ 2” finish at the regional meet, where he also placed second. “We are very proud of what Matt and Tyler have accomplished,” track coach Stephanie Cowen said. “Finishing the season at the state track meet is always exciting.” Cowen said the Port Aransas High School track team had a “wonderful season” overall, with increased participation and nine regional track qualifiers. STAFF PHOTO BY MARNIE PATE “We are also excited about our JV boys winning the district championship,” she said. “It just Port Aransas High School junior Tyler Pate, fourth from in Austin on Saturday, May 12. Pate competed in the high shows more success is coming.” right, stands with fellow competitors at the state track meet jump competition.

Among champs

Top athletes to be named at banquet on Monday

The male and female Athletes of the Year as well as the Millie Wise Sportsmanship Award and outstanding athletes in each sport will be presented during the Marlin Athletic Booster Club’s annual athletic banquet on Monday, May 21, at 6 p.m. at the Civic Center, 710 W. Ave. A. Admission is free; however, meals cost $10 per person. Tickets are only available at the door. The booster club invites everyone to attend to show support for Port Aransas High School student athletes, and to applaud their accomplishments.

Running hard


Port Aransas High School senior Matt Fries, second from right, runs in the 3,200-meter race at the state track meet in Austin.



Matt Fries, left, and Tyler Pate get warm wishes from fellow Port Aransas High School students during a send-off the two received just before heading to Austin on Thursday, May 10, for state track competition.

Baseball season ends at area level PHIL REYNOLDS STAFF WRITER The Marlins took it down to the wire – the third game in a best-two-out-of-three series in Shiner – but lost finally to D’Hanis in the area baseball playoffs. The series was originally scheduled to begin at San Antonio with the second and third games at Rockport-Fulton High School, but all three games were moved to Shiner because of bad weather. The Marlins took the first game, 5-2, on Friday, May 11.

But they lost the second game, 8-2, on Saturday, May 12, and 30 minutes later were defeated in the third game, 6-3. The loss puts an end to a Port Aransas season that at one point saw the Marlins ranked as high as fourth in the state 1Å baseball poll. Caleb Rogers got the win in the first game, going five innings with nine strikeouts, two walks, one hit and two runs, neither of which was earned. Andrew Groseclose took over in the sixth inning,

striking out two, walking one and allowing no runs. The offense came from Andrew Follet (three for four with a double and three RBIs), Nick Maxham (three for three, a double and three runs), Rogers, one for three, Jake Roberts, one for four, Groseclose, one for four, and Thomas Winton, one for three.

The game Friday night was just awesome.

Flack said. “We didn’t have the same intensity,” he said. “I don’t know what was going on. We watched a lot of pitches.” Tyler Pate was on the mound all seven innings, striking out two batters while allowing eight hits and hitting two with pitches. Follett and Alex Groseclose were each one for three at the plate. In this game, the Marlins picked up only two hits and collected three mistakes; D’Hanis had no errors. By innings: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E

PA 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 2 3 DHS 0 2 0 4 0 0 2 8 8 0

While the third game of the series was better than the second, the Marlins simply couldn’t get the big hits they needed with men on base. “We just made mistakes at crucial times of the game,” Flack said. Andrew Groseclose started on the mound for Port Aransas, going five innings and allowing six runs, three of which were earned. He walked three and struck out six. John Amundsen took over in the sixth frame and walked one but allowed no runs.

Pate went two for three with a double and Winton went one for two with a double. Rogers was two for four and Maxham and Andrew Groseclose were each one for three at the plate. The series brought Port Aransas to a 23-6 record for the year. “The boys had a great year. I am very proud of them,” Flack said.

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Brian Flack Baseball coach

“The game Friday night was just awesome,” coach Brian Flack said. “(Rogers) pitched one of the best games that I have seen at this level. They could not hit his left-handed breaking ball. Follet and Maxham hit shots to the 370-foot STAFF PHOTO BY KAREN COLLINS mark and turned in great hitting erformances. Everyone Andrew Groseclose of the Port Aransas High School Marlins fields the ball during a playoff game against D’Hanis this night hit the ball hard.” In fact, the Marlins scattered Saturday, May 12. 10 hits through the game and committed only one error.

Eyes on the ball

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The second game in the Port Aransas High School Marlins player Alex Groseclose throws to teammate Connor series – the first to be played Collins to get the force-out at second base during a play-off game against D’Hanis on on Saturday – was different, Saturday, May 12.

The team


The 2012 Port Aransas High School Marlins baseball team is, Zollars, Thomas Winton, Christian Johnson, Zach Cleveland, from left, John Amundsen, Andrew Follett, Ely Bennett, Jake Connor Collins, Andrew Groseclose, Daniel Campbell, Caleb Roberts, Blue Shodrok, Nick Maxham, Blake Goodwin, Ryan Rogers, Tyler Pate, Austin Scott and Alex Groseclose.

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Lady Marlins stopped at quarter finals PHIL REYNOLDS STAFF WRITER The Lady Marlins put everything on one roll of the dice on Saturday, May 12, but the fifth-ranked Lady Trojans of Charlotte High School ended the Port Aransas softball season, 2-1, at the regional quarter-finals level. In a game played at George West – site of the Port Aran-

sas girls’ triumph in the area playoffs the previous weekend – the Lady Marlins managed only three hits against their opponents. Their only run came in the fourth inning; Charlotte scored in the second and seventh innings to put the game, and the regional quarter-finals title, away. The hits came from Madi-

son Ray (who was one for one at the plate), Summer Hernandez and Devan Murray, who also batted in the Lady Marlins’ only run – Hernandez, who came home from second base on Murray’s ground ball double to right field. Savannah Ortiz was, as usual, on the mound for the Lady Marlins, striking out 11 batters and walking two while


Getting the out

allowing six hits and two runs, both earned. “It was a tough end to the season but I am very proud of these girls,” said coach Steve Reaves. “We gave the number five team in the state all they wanted. We played with them all game, just couldn’t get that big hit when needed. These girls have come a long way since we started at the end of February.” Reaves pointed out that of the 10 girls who had most of the varsity playing time this year, three are freshmen, four are sophomores and three are juniors. That’s 10 potential starters coming back for the 2013 season. This year’s team finished the season with a 13-12 record, and at the end of the season was tied for 10th-ranked 1A softball team in the state in the Texas Girls Coaches Association poll.

By innings: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H PA 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 3 CHS 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 6

Let’s talk


Port Aransas High School Lady Marlins coach Steve Reaves holds an infield conference with Kellie Owens, Summer Hernandez, Brenna Martin, Missy Gilbreath, Savannah Ortiz and Jordan Morris during a regional quarter finals play-off game against Charlotte Saturday, May 12.

Port Aransas High School Lady Marlins fielder Maddison Ray prepares to catch a fly ball while teammate Summer Hernandez stands ready for a throw to keep an opposing first base runner from getting to second base. The Lady Marlins were playing against Charlotte in the regional quarter finals on Saturday, May 12.

BMS tennis sweeps district tournament Brundrett Middle School seventh- and eighth-grade tennis teams played on one tournament this season, district. And they swept it. The Port Aransas youngsters hosted teams from the London and Woodsboro ISDs on Monday and Tuesday, May 7 and 8, and brought home first places for the girls and boys seventhand eighth-grade teams. “The kids played great and had a lot of fun. It was a great tennis season this year,” said coach Dante Cage. Individual results were as follows 7th Grade Mixed Doubles Lominick Cartwright/Aubrey Sergeant Lominick Cartwright/AubretySergeant (Port Aransas) defeated Esparza/Scrimpshier (Woodsboro), 8-5, for first place.

Girls Doubles Semi-Finals: Marissa Harder/Kourtney O’Malley (Port Aransas) defeated Danielle/ Raliegh (Woodsboro), 8-1. Finals: Harder/O’Malley defeated Vivian Nhan/Charlotte Ramsden (Port Aransas), 8-2, for first place. Semi-Finals: Nhan/Ramsden defeated Brittany Walker/Kayla Kirby (Port Aransas) 8-2, for second place. Semi-finals: Nhan/Ramsden defeated Walker/Kirby, 8-2; Walker/Kirby defeated Danielle/Raleigh (Woodsboro), 8-3, for third place. Girls Singles Sophia Marraro Semi-finals: Sophia Marraro (Port Aransas) defeated Hailey G. (Woodsboro), 8-0; finals: Marraro defeated Julia Morales (Port Aransas), 8-1, for first place. Quarter-finals: Grace Flood (Port Aransas) defeated Linsi Lavien(Woodsboro), 8-1; semi-finals: Morales defeated Flood, 8-4, for third place. Semi-finals: Morales defeated Flood, 8-4; finals: Marraro defeated Morales, 8-1, for second place.

Boys Singles Cooper Sowers Q u ar ter-f ina ls: Foster (Woodsboro) defeated Cooper Sowers (Port Aransas), 8-1. Mathew Allen Semi-finals: Esparza (Woodsboro) defeated Matthew Allen (Port Aransas), 8-3; Allen defeated Larza (Woodsboro), 8-0, for third place. Boys Doubles Semi-finals: Humpal/Robles (London) defeated Hunter Frost/Travor Truax (Port Aransas), 8-0; George Clower/ Ben Milligan (Port Aransas) defeated Frost/Truax, 8-0, for fourth place. Semi-finals: Kyle Jones/ Samuel May (Port Aransas) defeated Clower/Milligan, 84. Clower/Milligan defeated Frost/Truax, 8-0, for third place. Finals: Humpal/Robles defeated Jones/May, 8-2, to give the Port Aransas team second place. Team Results Boys Port Aransas- 1st place with 40 points Woodsboro- 2nd place with 33.5 points London- 3rd place with 20 points Girls Port Aransas- 1st place with 70 points Woodsboro- 2nd place with 5 points 8th Grade Mixed Doubles Finals- Miles May/Shelby Takahashi (Port Aransas) defeated Foster/Bingenhimer (Woodsboro), 8-4, for first place. Boys Singles Semi-finals: Wade Thomas (Port Aransas) defeated Quasada (Woodsboro), 8-5; Blaine Lancaster defeated Quasada, 8-1. Finals: Lancaster (Port Aransas) defeated Thomas, 8-6, for first place. Boys Doubles Semi-finals: Hank Brennan/Connally Waight (Port Aransas) defeated Pena/Fisher (Woodsboro), 8-0; finals: Brennan/Waight defeated Jesse Marraro/Nathan Pahany (Port Aransas), 8-4, for first place. Semi-finals: Marraro/Pahany defeated Pena/Spears (Woodsboro), 8-1. They took second place. Girls Singles Semi-finals: Ashley Mack (Port ARansas) defeated Bingenhimer (Woodsboro), 80; finals: Lauren Allen (Port Aransas) defeated Mack, 8-4, giving Port Aransas first and second place. Girls Doubles Finals: Brooke Perry/Hailey Zollars (Port Aransas) defeated Eryn Murray/Julie Johnson (Port Aransas), 8-4, for first and second places, respectivelyl. Team Results Boys Port Aransas- 1st place with 70 points Woodsboro- 2nd place with 15 points Girls Port Aransas- 1st place with 70 points Woodsboro- 2nd place with 5 points

She slides!


Port Aransas High School Lady Marlins player Maddison Ray slides into second base during the play-off game against Charlotte on Saturday, May 12. She was safe.


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Port Aransas South Jetty

Early voting continues through tomorrow


H2 - Oh, yeah!

Renatta Vincent, 8, and her twin sister, Rhiana, play in the surf near Sandcastle Drive on Saturday, May 12. The girls were visiting Port Aransas from their home in the town of Celina, north of Dallas. Beach matters were central to a referendum election held in Port Aransas the day before. Voters decided they wanted no food or drink sales, nor oceanrelated service businesses on the city beach.

Obama is challenged by Darcy G. Richardson, John Wolfe and Bob Ely. Vying for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senator are Addie Dainell Allen, Grady Yarbrough, Sean Hubbard and Paul Sadler. Republicans will vote for either Craig James, Glenn Åddison, Curt Cleaver, Lela Pittenger, Joe Agris, Tom Leppert, David Dewhurst, Ted Cruz or Ben Gambini. Democrats Murphy Alade Junaid, Ronnie C. McDonald, Jerry J. Trevino and Rose Meza Harrison are campaigning to be in the election for U.S. Representative, District 27, while incumbent Republican Blake Farenthold is challenged by Trey Roberts, Don Al Middlebrook and John Grunwald. Both parties also are asking voters to say yes or no to propositions. The propositions on the Democratic ballot are: • Make any Texas high school graduate who has lived in the state for at least three years eligible for in-state college tuition • Ask the legislature to reduce higher education fees and tuition to make them more affordable • Allow Texans to vote to legalize casino gambling, with funds generated being used for education. The GOP asks voters to tell it • Whether state funding for education should “follow the student,” allowing parents to put their child in a private or public school while receiving state money • Whether Congress should repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) • Whether government should be “prohibited from restricting the content of public prayer” • Whether “out of control spending” should be limited by constitutional amendment • Whether current court-imposed legislative districts should be redrawn.

Election judges report 17 people voted in both Republican and Democratic primary elections on the first day of early voting, Monday, May 14, with three of those being Democrats and 14 being Republicans. Early voting for both party primaries is at the Port Aransas Community Center, 408 N. Alister St. Early voting continues through Friday, May 18, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, May 19, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, May 20, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.; and May 21-25, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Election Day, Tuesday, May 29, polls will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. All voting is at the Community Center. Drawing the most attention is the race for Republican presidential nomination. Ron Paul, John Davis, Jon Huntsman, Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney, “Buddy” Roemer, Rick Santorum or Newt Gingrich have been in the running, although Huntsman, Bachmann, Santorum and Gingrich have suspended their campaigns. Political analysts in USA Today and The Guardian said on Monday, May 14, that Paul also was likely to close his campaign. On the Democratic ticket for president, President Barack

Second annual golf ball drop to be held May 29 Get ready for the second annual Golf Ball Drop, which will be held Tuesday, May 29th at 5:30 p.m. The event will happen just before the Port Aransas High School scholarship awards ceremony. The event is sponsored by

Christensen Construction, LLC and Island Construction and hosted by the Kiwanis Club. Here’s how the drop works: A maximum of 1,000 numbered golf balls will be dropped from the fire department’s hook and ladder truck toward a hole. The

Residential yard

person whose ball lands in the hole, or is closest to the hole, as declared by a judges’ panel, will take home $1,000. This year’s judges are Constable Bobby Sherwood, Police Chief Scott Burroughs and Mayor Pro Tem John Price. Balls are being sold for $10

each, or a dozen for $100, and may be purchased from any Kiwanian or at American Bank. You also may contact the Kiwanis Club at portakiwanis@gmail. com to purchase balls. Any tickets still available will go on sale at 4:30 p.m. while the putting green and hole are being put in place. Tickets holders do not have to be present to win. Ken Yarborough and Mike Jones will be the masters of ceremonies and will announce the winner. Proceeds from the golf ball drop help provide scholarships for PAHS students.


The Port Aransas Garden Club has chosen the home of LuAnn Ferguson and Randy Johns, located at 612 Lantana, as April’s residential yard of the month. The front yard is loaded with all sorts of plants including firecracker, lantana, zinnia, hummingbird bush, petunias, moss rose, pigmy date palm, yucca, esperanza, evolvus, cardboard plants and palm trees. A sanddollar path leads to a back yard haven filled with many more plants, a birdbath and a fountain.

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Chillin’ with chili Cook-off included wide variety of fun The Coastal Bend Law Enforcement Chili Cook-Off had a good turnout and the weather was great, according to Port Aransas Constable Bobby Sherwood.

Besides the cook-off, Lyrical Bynge played live music, there were rescue demonstrations by the U.S. Coast Guard, and a kids play area entertained the ‘Chili,’ Page 8B



Park play

Clockwise from upper right: Guitarist Donald Aguirre and singer Edna DeLa Garza of Lyrical Bynge jam; 6-year-old Juliette Gartman, left, and Carissa Gartman, 7, both of Corpus Christi, test their hula hoop skills; from left, Jean Pospisil of Portland and Corrine Clark and Alicia Little, both of Corpus Christi’s Aye Chihuahua cooking team, sing a song as part of their team’s presentation; Port Aransans Melissa Shook and husband Garrett Smith sample chili as a ‘deer hunter’ keeps a look out of a booth window; and cooks Todd Hampton, left, and Mike Harp, both of the U.S. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Association, show off a big pot of their team’s chili. STAFF PHOTO BY DAN PARKER

Publishers meet in Port Aransas Publishers, ad managers and other staff members from 19 newspapers in the Texas Gulf Coast Press Association will convene here starting today, Thursday, May 17, for the association’s 74th annual conference. Headquartered at Port Royal Ocean Resort, the conference will include in-depth sessions on photography and creating videos to go on newspaper Web sites. Awards in the association’s annual Better Newspaper Contest, recognizing work published during 2011, will be presented during the conference. Publishers get to work Friday morning, May 18, when they will hear and see a session on photography by award-winning photographer Joe Duty. He shoots for the Wise County Messenger, a semi-weekly newspaper in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex community of Decatur. Bill Clough, a veteran journalist whose name may be familiar to National Public Radio fans as host of “The Shape of Texas” and a former

staff member at KEDT public radio in Corpus Christi and Victoria, will take on the second session Friday morning. He will give tips on creating video for newspaper Web sites. He is lead videographer for the Beeville Bee Picayune, also a semi-weekly newspaper. The South Jetty’s own Dan Parker will address the farewell brunch on Saturday, May 19, with a talk on messages in bottles. He has collected stories from coast to coast and may one day publish the stories in a book. On the lighter side, publishers, their staff members and families will be welcomed tonight at a reception at the home of South Jetty publishers Mary and Murray Judson where Frank Massey will treat guests to his fried shrimp. (Massey’s wife, Ginger, is the South Jetty’s long-time circulation and office manager.) Friday afternoon, TGCPA members will be free to explore Port Aransas, and that evening they’ll enjoy dinner on the deck at Fin’s Grill and Icehouse with entertainment by Shaken and Stirred Productions, Inc. (Mike Jones and Ken Yarbrough). The Judsons, who both have served as president of the association, are co-first vice-presidents and convention chairmen.





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2B Thursday, May 17, 2012

Become a better pet ‘parent’


10:17 A.M.

• A clerk in a store in the 4300 block of State Hwy. 361 reported someone stole a pair of sunglasses valued at $75.76.

• The owner of a business in the 2000 block of South On the Beach reported that someone jimmied a lock on a door to the business overnight and stole $165.

• A youngster reported a bicycle worth $100 was missing from the yard of a home in the 4400 block of Red Lantern.

• At a minor accident in the 500 block of West Cotter Avenue, a man was cited for no driver’s license and no liability insurance.

• A man who police say had been warned before about trespassing on property in the 700 block of South Alister Street was charged with criminal trespass.

• EMS crews took a sick person from the 700 block of Sixth Street to a Corpus Christi hospital.

10:20 A.M.

1:46 P.M.

3:43 P.M.

TUESDAY, MAY 8 2:21 P.M.

• Firefighters extinguished a blaze in a motor home on Piper Boulevard. Nobody was in the motor home at the time and the damage was reportedly minor (see related photo).

8:15 P.M.

• An officer charged a man with DWI during a traffic stop at Cotter Avenue and Oleander Street.

FRIDAY, MAY 11 3:12 A.M.

10:55 P.M.

11:59 P.M.

• A man was charged at State Hwy. 361 and Sea Isle with PI.

SUNDAY, MAY 13 2:06 A.M.

• During a traffic stop in the 100 block of South Ålister Street, a man was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

• At a traffic stop in the 2600 block of State Hwy. 361, a man was charged with DWI and a woman was charged with PI.

• At a disturbance in the 300 block of J.C. Barr Boulevard, a man and a woman were each charged with public intoxication (PI).

• The owner reported someone had tried unsuccessfully to force his way into a storage building in the 1200 block of State Hwy. 361.

• During a traffic stop at Brundrett Avenue and Alister Street, a woman was charged with possession of a controlled substance.

• EMS crews took a sick person from Pole 1 on the beach to a Corpus Christi hospital.

8:19 P.M.

10:52 P.M.

SATURDAY, MAY 12 2:39 A.M.

• A man was charged at Lantana Drive and Station Street with DWI.


10:19 A.M.

8:06 P.M.

8:24 P.M.

• Police reports show someone broke the legs off a statue of a moose in the 100 block of North Alister Street and escaped with them.


Firefighters battle a blaze that started in the bathroom of a motor home on Piper Boulevard on Saturday, May 12. Nobody was around the RV at the time of the fire; Fire Chief Dwight Kirkpatrick says damage was confined to the bathroom and is minor.

Club: Computer center could close without more volunteers

Volunteers give two summer unless residents step up to fill volunteer hours a week to the cenvacancies left by Winter ter, at 430 N. Alister St. They should be stable, Texans. responsible, live in Port A r ans a s an d h ave a ONSTABLE S EAT phone. Shifts are available for FROM NUECES COUNTY CONSTABLE, PRECINCT 4, RECORDS most days of the week, computer club officers THURSDAY, MAY 10 SATURDAY, MAY 12 said. The center is open 4:45 P.M. 2:15 A.M. • A deputy separated the • Two women in the 800 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday parties in a fight on Station block of Tarpon Street were through Friday and 12-4 p.m. Saturdays. It is closed Street. charged with PI. on Sundays and holidays. FRIDAY, MAY 11 SUNDAY, MAY 13 Couples can volunteer to 4:12 P.M. 3:55 A.M. • A deputy responded to a • Investigating a report of do a two-hour shift toreport of drunk men at Ava burglary in progress on gether. Nobody involved enue G and Alister Street; Cut-off Road, a deputy with the non-profit center one man was charged with found a man trying to get receives any pay. public intoxication (PI). into his own vehicle. To volunteer, stop by the center and fill out a volunteer form; if the center is closed, call (361) 876-4810.

T h e Po r t A r a n s a s Computer Club warns that the computer center may close during the


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No one wants to leave their home, especially when it is in paradise, but evacuation orders are given to mitigate injury and the loss of life, not only to property owners, but also to the first responders that must attend to those that stay behind. Everyone should have an evacuation plan. Because the area impacted by storms may be large and unpredictable, multiple evacuation destinations should be included in your plans. if you intend to evacuate to the Rio Grande Valley or to the Houston area and stay with friends, you should consider that those locations may also be impacted by a storm that hits Port Aransas. So instead of staying with someone you like, you may have to stay with your in-laws in Waco. The best way to evacuate is in your own vehicle. State evacuation plans assume that entire families will

travel in only one vehicle. But, we all know that we will head out in multiple vehicles and/or tow trailers, boats and RVs when we go. The additional vehicles frequently lead to extreme congestion. Additionally, most people plan their routes along main highways, so the primary evacuation routes are often jam-packed. It is prudent to also plan alternate routes. Although the alternate routes may be a longer distance, they are usually underutilized and may actually be faster than traveling on overcrowded highways. At any rate, be sure to account for extra time between pit stops. The city will provide help for those who are not able to provide their own trans-

portation. If you will need assistance, you should call 2-1-1 today and register. Shuttle buses will pick up local residents and take them to a transportation hub in Corpus Christi. From Corpus Christi, evacuating persons will be transported either to San Antonio or to one of the other shelter hubs throughout the state, but you may not be able to choose your destination city. Although the state will provide shelters, they are easily overwhelmed and will provide only basic needs; they should be considered a destination of last resort. Scott Burroughs is the chief of the Port Aransas Police Department. Contact him at sburroughs@cityof or at 7496241.

Mother’s Day Special



919 ST HWY 361 Suite 101

Just a drill

409 W. Cotter, on each Tuesday and Thursday (eight classes total) in June. Classes are an hour long. A minimum of 12 must sign up in order for the class to be offered. Cost is $80. Animal Friends of Port Aransas asks folks to pay in advance. Checks may be mailed to: AFPA, P.O. Box 301, Port Aransas, TX 78373, or sign up at Island Images Salon, 2217 State Hwy. 361. Information and signup forms are available from Connie Beane at the salon. Beane has instructions for pet parents to pick up prior to class, along with the forms to fill out and dog commands to start studying. Call Beane for more information at 749-4129 or 749-4494.


Nobody home

City to host storm seminar

The city will host a hurricane preparations town hall meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6, at the Community Center, 408 N. Ålister St. The keynote speaker will be John Metz, the severe weather planning coordinator for the National Weather Service office in Corpus Christi. Several city leaders will also be on hand to answer your questions about local plans. One topic of discussion will be evacuations. The decision to evacuate or to shelter in place is a personal decision that we all may have to make at some time. We (the city) will provide you with information to assist in your decision-making process, and the mayor or county judge may even order a mandatory evacuation; but ultimately, it is your decision to obey the warnings/ orders or not. Just like our decision to order an evacuation is not taken lightly, your decision to obey or disregard the order should be well thought out. There may be legal ramifications for making the incorrect decision and the consequences could be deadly.

an orientation at the first meeting as to what “dog parents” need to provide in class. These classes will benefit shelter volunteers as well as local pet owners. Classes will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the shelter,

9:04 P.M.

THURSDAY, MAY 10 3:54 P.M.

• A man was charged in the 2000 block of South 11th Street with possession of drug paraphernalia.

classes are part of a fundraiser for Animal Friends of Port Aransas. Instruction will be given by Tony Bender, owner of Master Trainer in Corpus Christi. Bender is a veterinarian and certified dog trainer. He will give

7:55 P.M.

• At a minor accident at State Hwy. 361 and Beach Access Road 1A, a man was charged with PI.

• Police are investigating a report of a forgery in the 500 block of South Alister Street.

Want to be an even better dog owner? B eginning Tuesday, June 5, and Thursday, June 7, training classes for dog owners will be held at the Port Aransas Animal Shelter through the month of June. The

7:05 P.M.

7:16 P.M.

• Emergency Medical Service (EMS) workers took an injured person to a Corpus Christi hospital from the 200 block of East Avenue C.

Group offers training for dog owners

5:46 P.M.

• The owner of a vehicle said while it was parked in the 100 block of West Cotter Avenue, someone ran into it and drove away.

• During a traffic stop at Pole 14 on the beach, an officer charged a woman with driving while intoxicated (DWI).

Port Aransas South Jetty


Deckhand Cristoval Ruiz places ‘Oscar,’ a drill manequin, on a man-overboard platform on a Port Aransas ferry during a safety demonstration on April 26. Ruiz was showing how to recover a victim who falls from a ferry into the water. Ferry workers conducted several demonstrations while observing National Work Zone Awareness Week.


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Thursday Summer

Music Series Kicks Off!



Port Aransas South Jetty


Thursday, May 17, 2012 3B


Our debt has been paid

Power play


A worker from AEP, the electrical utility, does some work on power lines along 11th Street, near Royal Palm Drive, on Thursday, May 10.

Texas Coastal Bend Regional Tourism

Council will learn about avian and marine life rehabilitation The Texas Coastal Bend Regional Tourism Council (TCBRTC) will convene in Port Aransas as for its monthly meeting at Trout Street Bar & Grill on Tuesday, May 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The council consists of 17 Coastal Bend counties and includes chambers of commerce, attractions, accommodations and economic development personnel. The group will gather to learn about the rehabilitation of marine and avian life at the Animal Rehabilitation Keep, located on the campus of the University of Texas Marine Science Institute. Tony Amos will speak on his more than 30 years of tracking, studying and rehabilitating animals of many species in and around the Port Aransas area. Interested parties who might want to join the group may do so by contacting Jane Marslender at the Port Aransas Chamber of CommerceTourist Bureau, which is host for the event, at the chamber office 749-5919 by Friday morning, May 18. TCBRTC is a non-profit organization that promotes tourism in the Coastal Bend. The council is comprised of those involved in tourism, or tourist related activities in the counties of Aransas, Bee, Brooks, Calhoun, De Witt, Duval, Goliad, Jackson, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Kleberg, Live Oak, McMullen, Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio, and Victoria. People employed at chambers of commerce, convention and visitors bureaus, as well as private entities within the Coastal Bend serve on the council. Members represent the area at trade shows, festivals, fairs and other functions on an on-going basis.

If you watch the news very often you are familiar with terms like national debt and budget deficits. The numbers that are discussed are almost mind numbing, but then I think back to my own personal experience with learning how to handle my finances. As a young man entering the work force and attending college, I thought I had arrived when I got my first credit card. I managed it pretty well for a while. As bills and responsibilities increased, I thought it would be okay to use the credit card to handle items that really should not have been put on the credit card. I soon realized that this was not a good idea, and made arrangements to pay off my personal debt. Today, my wife and I still use a credit card, but we always pay it off and use the benefits for our family vaca-

tions. In other words, we let the credit card company pay us, instead of us owing them. 1 Peter 2:24 NIV He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. Every person alive has a spiritual sin debt. If you have ever lied, stolen something, cheated, etc., you sinned. That means you made charges to your spiritual account. So often we go through life not understanding the amount of spiritual debt that we have accumulated, but it only takes one charge (sin) to put us over the limit. When we die, the

balance is due. There are two means of payment accepted: 1.) a perfect life (since no one is perfect, this means of payment is not applicable to you or me), and 2.) payment by a third party. That is where the above verse comes in. Jesus paid for our sins when he died on the cross. The transaction becomes complete when we pray and admit to God that we are not perfect and we need Jesus to pay our debt, and to help us live for Him. The beauty of this spiritual payment is that it also comes with benefits. God lives inside of us when we ask Jesus to change us, and he helps us with our daily decisions. He gives us help, courage, strength and abilities that we otherwise would not have. Now that is a plan with benefits! William Campbell is pastor at First Baptist Church of Port Aransas.

1990. A c cording to the family, Taylor loved his f a m i l y, Corpus Christi, Port Aransas and beaches worldwide. His son Tyler shared this passion for hunting and water sports and they could be found side by side enjoying both pursuits throughout Texas and Mexico. Taylor served as a commissioner on the City of Corpus Christi Planning and Zoning Commission, the Bold Future Initiative, and many other civic groups. He was instrumental in

assisting with the creation of the Texas Surf Museum. Taylor is survived by his wife and son; two brothers, Mel (Leslie) Taylor of Houston and Jeff (Brenda) of McKinney; a brother-in-law, Steve Lofties (wife Timmy) of Guymor Okla.; and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held Friday, May 11 at All Saint’s Episcopal Church in Corpus Christi. A paddle-out ceremony was held in his honor on Saturday, May 12, at the Horace Caldwell Pier in Port Aransas. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Texas Surf Museum, the American Red Cross, or to the charity of one’s choice.




John S. (Jocko) Taylor died May 6, 2012 following a surfing accident in Port Aransas. He was born on May 16, 1951. Taylor is preceded in death by his father, William M. Taylor, and his mother, Jane Stewart Taylor, both of Harlingen. He attended Harlingen High School, graduated from Sam Houston State University and obtained his masters from Texas A & M University. At the time of his death he was the president of the Associated Builders and STAFF PHOTO BY JUDY K. KRANTZ Contractors where he had success growing the membership throughout the Corpus Christi Sandi Stout, of the Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce, area. discusses some of the brochures available at the chamber He married his wife, Pam, in

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with Patty Ballard of Cars and Carts. The chamber is celebrating Travel and Tourism Week by hosting an open house that ends today at 5 p.m. Everyone is welcome to stop by and learn what Port Aransas has to offer our visitors.



Daughter was born to Ramsdens Lanie and James Ramsden of Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y., announce the birth of their daughter, Loretta Rose Ramsden, on Monday, April 16, 2012. She was born at 5:20 a.m. and weighed seven pounds, 1 ounce. She measured 20.5

inches long. She was welcomed by her 22-month old sister, Annabel Rose. Lanie Ramsden was the 1999 valedictorian of Port Aransas High School. She is now a veterinarian on Long Island.

James Ramsden is a Merchant Marine officer. Maternal grandparents are Mary Jo and the late Paul Matthews of Port Aransas. Paternal grandparents are Carol and Tom Ramsden of Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y.


Couple celebrates 57th anniversary

Celebrating their 57th wedding anniversary, Elfriede and Wayne Crawford went to Hawaii, where they did some deep-sea fishing. They caught and released a nice-sized striped marlin at Kona, off the island of Hawaii. The marlin was one of the biggest ones caught recently and even made the West Hawaii daily newspaper’s “big fish list” for the quarter. The

fish weighed an estimated 80 pounds. In Honolulu, the couple celebrated their anniversary at the Hotel Hale Koa Luau, where they were asked to come to the center of the stage as the master of ceremonies sang the Hawaiian wedding song. The Crawfords said, “It was a great trip, but it is always nice to come back to Port Aransas and our paradise island here.”

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Red Cross lifeguard certification classes are being held Friday-Sunday, May 18-20, at the Port Aransas Community Pool. This is one of two sessions available to receive a lifeguard certification from the American Red Cross. The second session will be Friday-Sunday, May 25-27. The course costs $175. For both sessions, classes will be 6-10 p.m. on Fridays, and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Total course length is approximately 37 hours. To register, contact Bonney Maurer at (361) 779-8388. The class will teach participants lifesaving skills that can help keep themselves and others safe in, on and around the water. Since American Red Cross lifeguard certification is recognized nationwide, anyone who receives their certification can get a job as a lifeguard anywhere in the United States.

Beachcomb with a guide Friday, May 25 B eachcomb ers have a chance to learn all about the critters and everything else one finds on the beach in a free guided tour, offered by Shirley Fischer, on Friday, May 25. Participants should meet at 9 a.m. under the under purple flag near Horace Caldwell Pier. The walks are held on the fourth Friday of each month and are sponsored by the Port

Aransas Parks and Recreation department. Combers are advised by Pam Greene, community program coordinator, to wear sunscreen, appropriate shoes, hats and clothing and to bring a container for any treasures they find. For more information about the walks, contact Greene at 749-4158 or

The Anglers on Wheels fishing tournament gets underway this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May19 and 20. Anyone with disabilities who would like to go fishing is invited to participate, as well as family members. Anglers will be fishing the bays and flats around Port Aransas. The tournament is sponsored by Door in the Wall of San Antonio, an organization that works to provide adaptable, accessible sports for persons with disabilities. For tournament rules and more information, visit Door in the Wall’s Web site at www. Online registration is available at sign-up.html, or to register by phone call (210) 637-8316. Door in the Wall will call everyone back with a reservation confirmation. Anyone who does not receive the confirmation call should contact the organization. Confirmation packets with a map and more information will be sent to participants. Anyone who doesn’t receive a packet is asked to call (210) 592-6898 or (210) 254-2310. Anglers are welcome to bring their own ice chests on board. Fishing trips are four hours each and will be Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 8 a.m. to noon. A free fishing license will be provided courtesy of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department as anglers board

the boat. Participants are responsible for their own accommodations in Port Aransas. The sponsor motel for the event is the Tropic Island and R.V. Park, 315 Cut-off Road, (888) 221-7179. Groups are limited to four fishermen per family. Fishing poles are limited and will be given to those with disabilities first. Anglers will be fishing on a converted ferryboat that is completely wheelchair accessible and covered to offer protection from the sun. A bathroom is on board the boat. Bait, tackle and deck hands are available to assist anglers free of charge. A tip jar on the boat is for anyone who would like to donate to the crew volunteering for the event. Cash prizes for first, second and third place in the tournament will be awarded. First place prize is $125, second place is $75, and third place is $50. On Saturday night, a free barbecue will be provided in Roberts Point Park at Fred Rhodes Memorial Pavilion. Dolphin watch nature tours in the bay will be offered for family members free of charge during the May event. To book a tour, call Woody’s Sports Center at 749-5252 and tell them you are part of the Anglers on Wheels event. A second tournament will take place Saturday-Saturday, Sept. 22-23.

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Offshore trips have brought back plenty of shark lately; kingfish are moving back in, and anglers are still catching ling, dorado, snapper, amberjack, African pompano and grouper. Bay guides continue to catch limits of redfish, black drum and plenty of speckled trout. Peggy Sexton at Deep Sea Headquarters said offshore anglers have been catching ling, including one 41-pounder on Saturday; dorado, vermilion snapper, shark and kingfish. Bay guides caught limits of redfish, black drum and a few trout. Art Singleton of Woody’s Sports Center said offshore trips returned with state-legal red snapper, ling and dorado, and more shark have been showing up lately. On the Island Queen, anglers caught whiting, gafftop and shark. Bay guides caught their limits of redfish, large catches of black drum, and nice catches of speckled trout. Scott Garrison of Fisher-

man’s Wharf said offshore trips have had good catches of vermilion snapper, lane snapper, ling, amberjack, shark and a few dorado. He said bay guides have been bringing in nice catches of redfish, black drum and speckled trout. North jetty anglers also have been catching redfish and speckled trout, as well as Spanish mackerel. Gary Carter at Dolphin Dock said their offshore trips returned with vermilion snapper, kingfish, Atlantic sharpnose shark, grouper, dorado and a few African pompano. In the bay, anglers caught redfish, gafftop, and a fourhour state water trip returned with black tip shark. Carter said for the most part anglers used fresh dead shrimp for bait. Joan Miller at Horace Caldwell Pier said quite a few people were fishing on the pier on Sunday, which was Mother’s Day. They caught plenty of trout, redfish, pompano, whiting and shark. Anglers continued to get nice catches of trout as of Monday.


Celebrating Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 13, were (left to right) Capt. Gary Cooper, Samantha and Steve Youngblood of Flour Bluff and Judy and Glenn Martin of Port Aransas. They caught their limits of redfish, including four tagged redfish, black drum and one flounder. The total catch weighed 180 pounds.



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Wrong-way turtle eventually gets to Gulf TONY AMOS

I got a good measurement on the Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center’s largest alligator yesterday. From end of tail to tip of snout, it measures 12 feet, plus or minus two inches. Note I said “it,” because you cannot easily tell the sex of an alligator without turning it over and inserting your finger into a rather delicate place. It was hard enough to get the tape measure on the tip of its snout without being devoured. I imagine doing an airport-type intrusive search on this beast would be sheer lunacy. (Actually I must admit I did all measurements without contact because it conveniently aligned itself with the boardwalk, so don’t try this at home … his/her home, that is.) We released the tumor turtle (named Sister) on Saturday, May 12, and the results were very interesting. We normally let the big turtles walk their way to the sea over several yards of sand, but because this turtle had undergone extensive surgery to remove a large tumor, leaving a stillhealing scar, we took her down to the water’s edge and

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let her go. But she didn’t go. Instead, she turned around and started walking back up the beach toward the dunes. I had anticipated that she might be ready to lay another batch of eggs but didn’t realize she might get the urge right away. We let her go some distance. (I had already determined that the wound closure could stand some abrasion safely.) She stopped a couple of times on the flat sand on mid-beach but didn’t look like she was about to dig there, so we carried her to the toe of the dunes, and she immediately started climbing the upslope. She stopped some way up, and I thought she showed signs that she might start digging (a nest) but after a couple of minutes,

to be but they did see Valentine, Anonymous and Sister enthusiastically take off swimming when that first wave met them at the shore. We did get the results of the tests on the tumor. According to the lab report, she had a large pedunculated fibrovascular mass approximately the size of a cantaloupe (ouch!), probably a benign polyp. *The last time I did a false crawl was during that Port Aransas Olympic Games event of long ago called “The Bar Room Bicycle Race.” Tony Amos is a research fellow at The University of Texas Marine Science Institute in Port Aransas and director of the ARK – Animal Rehabilitation Keep.

Above: On Thursday, May 10, Tony Amos photographed an odd cloud formation off Mustang Island. At right: Amos shot a photo of this large waterspout while looking east from the Mustang Island Gulf Beach on Tuesday, May 8. Although the funnel is invisible halfway down, its effect on the water can be seen near the bottom of the photo. The water spout was part of a variety of disturbed weather that moved through the Coastal Bend that week.

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she resolutely turned around and made a beeline for the sea. We picked her up, examined the wound (it looked none the worse for her excursion), and took her down to the shoreline where she purposefully swam out to sea through the surf. Amazing! Sometimes a sea turtle emerging from the sea to lay eggs will not like what she sees, or she gets disturbed and turns around without nesting and goes back to the sea, leaving what’s called “A False Crawl.”* The crowd watching the release got to see what nesting turtle tracks look like, what a false crawl is, and joined in on our anticipation that she might nest before their very eyes. That was not


Seven-month-old Kash Holley of Tyler plays in a wading pool on the beach near Sandcastle Drive, with assistance from his mother, Whitney Holley, on Sunday, May 13. Beach matters were central to a referendum election held in Port Aransas the day before. Voters decided they wanted no food or drink sales, nor ocean-related service businesses on the city beach.

Surfing lesson offered Surf ’s up! 26, near Horace Caldwell Pier. A free surf lesson will be The lesson will run from 9 a.m. offered for youth ages five to to noon. eighteen on Saturday, May The lesson is provided by Morgan Faulkner, of Texas PORT ARANSAS Surf Camps, and the Port SOFTBALL LEAGUE Aransas Parks and Recreation MEN’S LEAGUE Department. THURSDAY, MAY 17 Anyone under the age of 7 P.M. 18 must be accompanied by WHITE CAP V. ISLAND BOYS** a parent so they can sign the 8 P.M. required forms. Parents do not CASTAWAYS V. COAST GUARD 9 P.M. have to stay the whole time, EL GATO CHARTERS V. WOLF JAW* but they do need to be there THURSDAY, MAY 24 for registration. 7 P.M. According to Pam Greene, WOLF JAW* V. EL CASTAWAYS community program coor8 P.M. dinator for the parks and EL GATO CHRTS V. WHITE CAP recreation department, the 9 P.M. COAST GUARD V. ISLAND BOYS** lesson may need to be divided *WINTON’S ISLAND CANDY CO. in to groups, instead of one big **GULF COAST TAXI

lesson for everyone, depending upon how many people participate. Greene said the primary focus of the camp is to provide a free surf event for local kids. The collaboration between the two entities is held at the beginning of the summer each year.

City aims to change laws on dune line, high tide location DAN PARKER REPORTER The Port Aransas City Council is scheduled today, Thursday, May 17, to give a second reading to an ordinance that would change location of the designated high tide and dune protection lines. The topic will be one of several on the council’s agenda when the body meets at 5 p.m. at council chambers at 710 W. Ave. A. It will take three readings to pass the proposed ordinance. The third reading could take place in June. The proposal would be an update to the erosion response plan within the city’s Coastal Management Plan, according to Deputy City Manager Dave Parsons. When a person proposes to build a beachfront structure, the city checks to see if the construction would take place within 1,000 feet of the mean high-tide line. If it would, the property owner has to get a dune permit. City officials believe the officially recognized location of the high-tide line should be adjusted, because the last time it was laid out was after a survey done 18 years ago, and the beach has been accreting since then, Parsons said. The city had a new beach survey done from the south jetty to the southern city limits last summer and found that the

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Steve Canion of Port Aransas walks his dogs along dunes south of Access Road 1A on a recent day.

mean high-tide line should be adjusted seaward from 60 to 130 feet, depending on what part of the beach is being addressed, Parsons said. “We’re trying to be good government,” Parsons said. “We don’t want people to have to spend $5,000 on a dune permit when they may not have to.” Questions? Comments? Contact Dan Parker at (361) 7495131 or dan@portasouthjetty. com.

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THANKS TO THE Citizens of Port Aransas for your support of the referendum to defeat beach vending and related activities. To the following citizens who devoted time and financial support during last year’s petition phase of this effort and this year’s effort to get out the vote, your dedication and committment made this process successful. All of you can be very proud of the result and of being part of democracy in action. Bill Sims, Jr., Sally Marco, Dianne Niemann, Laura Amstead, Ann Gibbs, Kenneth Jones, Ashley Harris, Tonya Chambers, Sandy Sherrill, Duffey Albright, Dianne Albright, Martha Stroman, Robert Chancellor. A special thanks to fellow councilmembers Edwin Myers and Glenda Balentine for standing with me in opposition to beach vending and related activites. Charles Bujan THANKS TO JON at Woody’s Jr.for his help having come to our aid quickly with a smile and a handshake. If you need auto help call Jon! THANK YOU, THANK you Port A voters for the landslide victory on eliminating beach vending once and for all! Thank you for spreading the word, the great signs, the editorials, and the prayers. Life at the beach is good and God is great! With Gratitude, Sally Marco DEAR PARENTS AND middle school students, We teachers would like to express our thanks for the wonderful treats, food and gift certificates presented to us on this Teacher Appreciation Week. We have had several occasions that demonstrate your appreciation of our care and teaching. We work with diligence and dedication to provide an excellent education for your kids and it’s nice to feel appreciated. The food was wonderful, the desserts exquisite and the service at our meal, in the school library, created a quiet atmosphere for us to relax and enjoy your gifts. Thanks to the parents who covered our classrooms so we could all take part. We are fortunate to work in this community in which the populace supports our every efforts and the students’ needs. We would like to thank you all for the many ways that you contribute to the Port Aransas ISD staff and students. Sincerely, The teachers and staff from Brundrett Middle School

Legal Notices ON MAY 24, 2012 the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission will consider accepting the donation of approximately 80 acres of land as an addition to the Big Tree area of Goose Island State Park, Aransas County. The meeting is at 9 a.m. at 4200 Smith School Road, Austin. Public comment may be submitted to Ted Hollingsworth, 4200 Smith School Road, Austin, Texas 78744, by e-mail at ted., via the TPWD web site at tpwd., or in person at the meeting. THE CITY OF PORT Aransas is accepting applications for three (3) positions on the Board of Adjustments & Appeals. A candidate’s list for the selection of an appointee to this board will be compiled for Council consideration at the June 21 City Council meeting. Deadline for accepting applications is May 31. Applications may be obtained at City Hall, 710 W. Avenue A or on the City’s website at: under City Government, click on Boards and Commissions. EOE

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2013 WINTER TEXAN RATES 4BR, ocean view, 983 Banyan Beach, $2200; 3BR condo, pets ok unit 123 at Blue Heron $1600; 4BR townhome unit 8 at Twin Palms $1800; 3BR home, ocean views, $1800 Lost Colony; New 3BR home, pets ok, 419 Spencer’s Landing $1800. For more info call 800-656-5692 or to see inside properties stop by 107 Cut-off Road by the ferry. DAILY, WEEKLY, MONTHLY. Condo suites with full kitchens, private balcony, pool, hot tub, free cable and internet. Walk to the beach and pier. Sea Breeze Suites, 407 Beach Avenue 361749-1500. FOR LEASE LONG term $2800/mo., 3BR/2BA/2-car garage, furnished house on canal in Island Moorings. Electric paid up to $100, all other utilities paid, yard maintenance included. Please call Debby Kalke 361-319-2925 to make appointment.


Vacation Rentals BEST CONDO ON the beach. Grand Caribbean. Daily-weeklymonthly rentals. You deserve the best. Call for fall/winter reservations. 361-749-1974. www. FISHERMAN’S DREAM. DOWNTOWN private barn loft efficiency apartrment with secure storage. All amenities. Two day minimum. Cash or checks. For reservations call 206-307-7814. CLINE’S LANDING SPECIAL. Luxury condo, 2BR/2BA, great view, all the amenities. Available January 1. Call 210-4922583 or 210-663-6062. WHY SPEND BIG money on a condo? Keep your RV at our clean, quiet park and enjoy Port A anytime! Newly renovated spaces, complete with stone path, fresh grass and beautiful landscaping (large corner space availabe with yard, tree and privacy). Perfect location between beach and town. Friendly, on-site managment and laundry facility. Best value in Port A. Gulf Breeze RV, 33 years in business. 361-749-5691 or 361-332-1760. Come by and see the park at 413 Trojan St. next to the Episcopal Church and three blocks to the beach. Short-term rentals also available.

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SANDCASTLE CONDOS now hiring housekeepers. Great benefit package. Apply in person Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. 800 Sandcastle Drive, Port Aransas.

MUSTANG TOWERS CONDOMINIUM has full time housekeeping positions. Medical and dental insurance provided. Apply in person. 6109 SH 361 Port Aransas.

THE TARPON INN and Roosevelt’s Bar & Grill is now accepting applications for housekeepers, a laundry attendant, PT front desk clerk, PT dishwasher and waitstaff. All interested applicants can fill out an application at 200 E. Cotter Avenue, Port Aransas, TX 78373 or call John Marrat 361-876-0809.

DEEP SPLASH BEACHWEAR stores now hiring full time and part time sales people. Call 361-877-1115.

tion. Duties include: monitor activities in swimming areas, clean/refill swimming pool area, pool chlorine water testing, give swimming instruction, officiate at swimming meets and other duties as may be required. Applicants tentatively selected for either position will be required to pass physical, drug screening test, and a skills test held at the facility. Applications should be submitted to Personnel Office, City Hall, 710 W. Avenue A., Port Aransas, TX 78373-4128. Phone: 361/749-4111.

MAINTENANCE POSITION AVAILABLE. Must be a team player, able to work flexible hours and weekends. Pay dependent upon experience. Apply in person at Seaside Motel & Condominiums, 841 Sandcastle Dr., Port Aransas. No phone calls please.

ADECCO EMPLOYMENT SERVICE has immediate openings for: traffic control technicians. $9/ hr and traffic control technician supervisor $11/hr for the Port Aransas Ferry Landing. Please call 361-814-2342 for immediate consideration. Toll Free 1-866923-2342. Fax or email resumes to 361-814-2346 or

PORT A PIZZERIA is now accepting applications for delivery drivers. All applicants must have a driver’s license, car and insurance. Top pay plus tips. Must be reliable and flexible. Apply in person at 407 E. Avenue G daily TELLER - LARGE INDEPENDENT financial institution is before 5 p.m. seeking a full-time teller in the FIX IT RIGHT Remodeling - help Port Aransas area. Must be wanted - Sheetrock, tile, general able to work from 9 a.m. to 6 labor. Must pass drug test. Call p.m. M-F and rotating Saturdays. This position is primarily 361-765-4098. responsible for processing teller POOL/SPA SERVICE technician transactions as well as presentneeded. Experience with pumps, ing/selling all bank products and motors, heaters, etc. preferred, services. Retail sales, extensive but will train. Full time position. cash handling or previous teller Must have reliable transporta- experience strongly preferred. tion. Paid vacation and sick Excellent salary and benefits. leave after a year. Pay based Qualified individuals may apply upon experience. Please email on-line at www.americanbank. resume to com Equal Opportunity Emor call 361-749-4853 or apply in ployer. person at 135 Avenue J, Port LABORERS - OPERATORS Aransas. FULL time wanted for utility & HIRING COOK/DELIVERY driv- paving company. Must have er. Good driving record and atti- valid TDL. Pass drug test & comtude imperative. Apply in person plete background investigation. 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. weekdays. 503 N. Good benefits. Apply in peson Alister St., Port Aransas at5 420 E Cotter, Port Aransas. THE DUNES CONDOS is now accepting applications for full time maintenance person and window washer. Apply in person. 1000 Lantana Drive. DRIVERS: CDL-A LAREDO based drivers - earn up to $1200 per week or more! (Minimum $1000 guaranteed) New $2400 sign-on bonus. Home weekly, great benefits, great equipment. Apply online at or call 1-877-6286806. You can even stop by 407 InterAmerica today to get started. THE CITY OF PORT ARANSAS is accepting applications for PART TIME POOL LIFEGUARDS. $8.00/hr. Must have current Lifeguard Certificate from a nationally recognized organization, First Aid Basics Certificate, and CPR for the Professional Rescuer Certifica-

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HOUSEKEEPERS & HOUSEKEEPING Supervisor, full and part time. Call or apply in person. Executive Keys Condominiums. 361-749-6272. HARBOUR LIGHTS GRILL @ Woodys, sportscenter is now hiring experienced coooks with guest service skills. Breakfast and dinner shifts available. Apply in person M-T, 12-5 p.m.@ 136 W. Cotter. Must have food handler’s permit. WANTED INDIVIDUAL TO clean one bedroom condo at Mustang Isle Condominiums on a regular basis. I live in San Antonio and rent this unit out. Contact Tracy @ 210-725-4960. email eagles953@sbcglobal. net RETAIL OPPORTUNITY IN Port Aransas Seeking a company that will appreciate your efforts. treat you fairly and offer comparable wages? We offer stability (since 1967), an excellent benefit package and a pleasant working environment. You will have the opportunity to grow through training and we treat our associates with dignity and understanding. Now Hiring.. Cashiers- flexible shifts Bakery/ Deli Clerks- flexible shifts Priority Stockers- mostly evenings No experience?.... no problem we will train. We could be what you are looking for! Phone calls welcome! Malinda at 361-8156980. Or please come by Family Center IGA at 418 South Alister Street Port Aransas Texas to fill out a short application to start the process. We look forward to meeting you. Application also available on line. Fax number 361 749 5807 WE ARE AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. RESERVATIONS AND FRONT desk help needed. Apply in person, Coastline Adventures, 107 Cut-off Road. 749-7635. FRONT DESK CLERK needed at Tropic Island Motel. Part time, but full time starting June 1. Apply in person. 315 S. Cutoff Rd. EL CORTES VILLAS has immediate openings for houskeepers. Must have own transportation. Apply in person at 4901 SH 361.


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CONSTRUCTION HELP NEEDED in Port Aransas, Texas. Please call 361-688-1034. PORT ROYAL OCEAN Resort is accepting applications at our resort property for A/C techs, lifeguards, cooks (day & night), dishwashers, bartenders and servers. Must be able to work weekends. Ask about our $200 sign-on bonus! Please apply online at or apply at 6317 SH 361, Port Aransas, TX, 78373. Pre-employment drug screen required. EOE PART-TIME FRONT DESK help. Must be flexible. See Jennifer at Shark Reef Resort, 314 Cut-off Rd.361-749-6993. HIRING ALL POSITIONS. Apply in person, daily between 2 - 5 p.m. Trout Street Bar and Grill, 104 W. Cotter. ZARSKY LUMBER NOW hiring drivers and yard hands. Please apply in person @ Zarsky Lumber, Port Aransas, 2120 SH 361 - 361-749-5100.


WEEKEND WARRIORS ASSISTANT - Do you have tasks to complete but only have the weekends to make any progress? Call Karl with any task you may have around the house/ condo. I’ll be your extra set of hands! 361-749-5100 or PET CARE/HOUSE sitting - will care for and provide companionship for your pets, water plants, pick up newspapers, etc. Local references. Call Jeanne at 512-638-6807.

Lost & Found LOST - GRAY CAMERA bag with Canon EOS Rebel camera. Reward. If found call 361-2157674. REWARD! LOST OUR GE digital camera while vacationing at Port A the first week of May. Camera is worth $90. Memory card is priceless. Presumed to have been lost while walking between the Pelican Club and Bay Quest. Please keep the camera but send memory card to Michael Smith, 8000 Washington Ave., Kansas City, KS 66112. Phone 913-271-0611.

OFFICE OR SMALL BUSINESS for lease. 720 sf on Avenue A. Call 749-4274 for info.

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307 Sea Isle, Port Aransas, TX 78373 “White Glove Service”


Storage 411 Bralley 3/3/1 Inground pool, updated interior, bamboo floors, quiet area close to beach, tropical landscape, Perfect beach house! $315,000

NEW LISTING 216 Gulf Street, 2/1/2 Completely Redone, walk in glass block tile shower, deep mahogany hardwood floors, granite tops, glass tile backsplash, large fenced yard, oversized 2 car garage, quiet neighborhood. Hurry won’t last $185,000.

129 Gulf 4/2 half lot with small rental trailer. Newer roof, kitchen and A/C, Large rooms for family, appliances included, Great Price but Bring an offer! $189,000

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Continued from Page 1B younger folks. Winners of the judges’ tasting were the Kleberg County Sheriff ’s department for first place, Team Extreme (Nueces County Sheriff ’s department) in second place, and Team DEA of Corpus Christi in third place. The People’s Choice awards went to Aye Chihuahua, which was the team from the Corpus Christi Police Department, for first place; Team Winos of the Corpus Christi Regulardores for second place and Los Jefes of the Brook’s County Sheriff ’s department in third place. For showmanship, the judges chose Aye Chihuahua for first place, Team Winos for second place and Los Jefes for third place. Team Aye Chihuahua raised

$585.42, Team Winos raised $421, and Los Jefes raised $343 for law enforcement and military families in need.

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PART TWO - AREA. Pick it well. Orchids can’t grow west side, and okra can’t grow east side. It ain’t right for lemons on the north. Mango Jim. (361) 332-8488

BUSINESS EXECUTIVE SUITE availalbe for $300/mo., all utilities paid at Finns Landing inside the Bay Area Title office. Call 361749-1581, ask for Dennis.

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HAULING. BIG MESS? We haul it! We clean up anything. Got a dirty job, (of any size) more than you can handle? Call 361-558-5221. Have trailers, will travel.

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