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Why longtime islanders gripe

Why longtime islanders gripe

New residents might be taken aback by how grumpy longtime Port Aransas residents can be about the changes this town...

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Pig in a poke? A red herring, a pig in a poke, or a wolf in sheep’s clothing, call it...

Deluded Dems and Biden’s broken America

Deluded Dems and Biden’s broken America

So I turn on the news …. We’ve got wars raging in Ukraine and Israel. We’ve got nuke-carrying Russian warships...

MAGA is two-faced on justice system

MAGA is two-faced on justice system

Hunter Biden, the president’s son, was found guilty of illegally buying a gun while using narcotics. While he stood trial,...

Sunset Sounds

Sunset Sounds

Party beside the ship channel at the Sunset Sounds concert on Friday, June 21. The Palacios Brothers will bring their high-energy sounds to the Patsy Jones Amphitheater stage at Roberts...

Crazy Cart Crawl set Saturday

Crazy Cart Crawl set Saturday

Golf carts are a popular and fun way for folks to get around Port Aransas. The City of Port Aransas Parks and Recreation Department has scheduled the Crazy Cart Crawl...

Harbor master office ribbon cutting slated

Harbor master office ribbon cutting slated

The City of Port Aransas has invited the public to attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new harbor master’s office and updated Fred Rhodes Memorial Pavilion at 1:30 p.m. on...

Outdoor movie, Slime Fun Run slated Friday, Saturday, June 28-29

Outdoor movie, Slime Fun Run slated Friday, Saturday, June 28-29

Everyone is invited to an outdoor movie and a fun run to be hosted by the City of Port Aransas Parks and Recreation Department. Movie in the Park Bring the...

Library events ongoing

Folks at the William R. “Bill” Ellis Memorial Library have scheduled some upcoming events for kids as part of the summer program, “Adventure Begins at Your Library.” Adult events will...

Getting clearance

Getting clearance


Logan Lamberte, 17, of Belton flies high during a pole vaulting competition at Roberts Point Park on Friday, June 14. Some 326 people signed up for the annual event, called...

All Stars

All Stars


The 2024 Port Aransas Little League Minors All-Star team played in the All Star Tournament, the first time since 2003 that a Port Aransas team has advanced that far. They...

Passport photo

Passport photo

Jason Baird, an incoming 6th grader at Brundrett Middle School, gets his photo taken by Sophie Cabrera, library aide at William R. ‘Bill’ Ellis Memorial Library on Thursday, June 13....

William “Bill” Frank Myers

William “Bill” Frank Myers

With Heavy heart we share the death announcement of William “Bill” Frank Myers of Port Aransas. Bill was born in...

Murder witness

Murder witness

Coffee Girl

Last Sunday, Rick and I celebrated our tenth anniversary. We whisked off to the San Antonio Riverwalk for a couple of days, with plans for a bigger trip later this...

2024 Partners Of The Week

2024 Partners Of The Week

From the President’s Desk

Small businesses are the backbone of our community and tourism industry. Day in and day out we are blessed with some great leaders, workers and businesses. Once a week we...

Recognize brain disorders

Recognize brain disorders

State of Affairs

This year, the month of June has been designated as Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month. When people think of being healthy, generally we think of our external physical health. However,...

State Highway 361 passable, ferries operating despite high tidesFree Access

Despite rain and high tides produced by Tropical Storm Alberto today (Wednesday, June 19), State Highway 361 is passable between Port Aransas and Aransas Pass and between Port Aransas and North Padre Island, according to a Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) spokesman. In addition, the Port Aransas ferry system is...

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Waters from a high storm tide creep from the beach up the first 100 feet or so of Lantana Drive as Port Aransas city workers remove debris pushed up by the tide this morning. (South Jetty staff video © 2024 by Dan Parker.)



Chamber adopts ‘Envision’ strategy

Chamber adopts ‘Envision’ strategy

Enhancing quality of life while fostering a healthy visitor economy are the focuses in the Port Aransas Tourism Bureau and Chamber of Commerce’s new three-year strategic plan. The bureau developed the plan, called “Envision Port Aransas,” earlier this year based on input the chamber collected from the community and with the help of representatives from the hospitality sector, local businesses,...

Public works building design nearly done

Public works building design nearly done

The City of Port Aransas is making progress on its efforts to build a new building for its Public Works Department, but when construction will start hasn’t been determined yet. City officials want to wait until more progress is made on the construction of the new fire station so two major projects aren’t going on at the same time right...

Historic Port A house faces perilous future

Historic Port A house faces perilous future

A Port Aransas house identified in a historic resources survey report as a top priority for preservation has gone up for sale, raising the question of whether the next owner might decide to demolish it in favor of building a modern house. The 217 E. Brundrett St. bungalow, which is nearly 100 years old, is described on the Zillow.com real...

Fishin’ and rockin’

Fishin’ and rockin’

Among teams competing at the Ladies Powder Puff Fishing Tournament in Port Aransas on Saturday, June 15, was the Reel Rockstars. From left, they are Sarah Raney, Alexis Kadonsky, Tracey Hankins and Jessica Rogers, all of North Padre Island. Results from the competition, plus more photos, are inside on Page 8A.

A warning

A warning

Grace Walsh of the City of Port Aransas Surf Rescue Team raises a red flag on the beach at Avenue G on Monday, June 17 to indicate that rough surf was present and beachgoers should be careful. The rough surf was being caused by a tropical disturbance.

Port A Police identify the woman who died at beach

Police have released the identity of a woman who died at the beach in Port Aransas on May 3. Mary Toulou, 60, of Corpus Christi was unconscious when she was pulled from the water by members of the Port Aransas Surf Rescue near Pole C at about 11 a.m. No cause of death has been determined yet. Law enforcement officials...

Bird rescue

Bird rescue

Buildings identified for preservation

A historic resources survey in 2006 identified 15 buildings in Port Aransas that should be high priorities for preservation. In the 18 years since the survey was published, five of those structures have been demolished or dismantled: • The Community Presbyterian Church building, a gothic revival structure built in 1941 in the 100 block of South Alister Street. Hurricane Harvey...

Building the walls

Building the walls

Workers continue to build the city’s new public safety building in the 700 block of West Avenue A on Friday, June 14. Work started on the structure in July 2023, and the $10.1 million project is expected to be completed in early 2025.

Wrong turn puts car in marina waters

A woman sustained no injuries when she accidentally drove her vehicle into the water at the boat ramps at the Dennis Dreyer Municipal Harbor on the morning of Wednesday, June 12. The 42-year-old Aransas Pass woman was able to get out of the vehicle safely while it was in the water, said Lt. James Stokes of the Port Aransas Police...

Above the bulkhead

Above the bulkhead

The newly revamped bulkhead adjacent to Charlie’s Pasture stretches into the distance along the Corpus Christi Ship Channel, as seen from a small plane on Tuesday, June 11. The Porpoise Point neighborhood is at the bottom of the photo. The $7.36 million project included replacing 300 linear feet of concrete bulkhead that was destroyed by Hurricane Harvey in 2017. Workers...

Bennett wins runoff for appraisal board

Bennett wins runoff for appraisal board

Ed Bennett has defeated Shirley “Mayday” Madej in a runoff election for the Place 3 at-large seat on the Nueces County Appraisal District’s Board of Directors. After voting was over on Saturday, June 15, Bennett had garnered 1,911 votes to Madej’s 744. They had to go to a runoff because neither got a large enough percentage of the vote in...

Family Game Night

Family Game Night

A group of folks showed up to play trivia at the City of Port Aransas Parks and Recreation Department office on Thursday, June 13, for Family Game Night. The group played a lively Jeopardy-type game with electronic buzzers. Prizes were given to the winners. Kristi Stevens, community program director at parks and rec said that those who attended had so...

Summer time is beach time

The first official day of summer is Thursday, June 20, but the beach in Port Aransas already has been drawing thousands of people for weeks now.

41st Powder Puff draws 107 anglers

41st Powder Puff draws 107 anglers

A total of 107 women anglers competed in the 41st annual ladies Powder Puff Fishing Tournament on Saturday, June 15. In all, the tournament hosted 11 non-guided and 17 guided teams. “We had perfect weather conditions and a successful tournament with the help of our team of board members and...

DSR early registration pricing will continue through July 1

Anglers are encouraged to take advantage of early registration pricing for the 88th Deep Sea Roundup, set Thursday through Sunday, July 11 through 14. The Roundup is the oldest fishing tournament on the Texas Gulf coast. Anglers who sign up by Monday, July 1, can take advantage of early registration...

Good eating!

Good eating!

These anglers returned to the dock at Fisherman’s Wharf on Friday, June 14, with this swordfish. The fish weighed 135 pounds and was 104 inches from tip of tail to tip of bill and 66 1/2 inches from bottom jaw to fork of tail. From left is Mark Barrett of...

Boat works offering summer workshops

Farley Boat Works is offering workshops this summer where folks can create a variety of items made from wood. The workshops are for all ages, but kids under 13 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to assist with their projects. Each workshop will run Tuesday through Friday, from...

Big pompano

Big pompano

Bobby Chaney of Lampasas caught this 40-pound, 46-inch pompano on a trip aboard the La Pesca on Sunday, June 2. He was with Capt. Chris Moerbe out of Dolphin Dock.

Research cruise tough but rewarding

Institute Insights

If you find the chance to combine work and adventure, do it. Some of my most memorable work experiences are when I took the opportunity to volunteer on a scientific research cruise. In fact, I enjoyed it so much, I...

Just for fun

Just for fun

Throwback Thursday

The sirens were wailing and the kids were smiling when the Port Aransas Youth Council’s “Just for Fun” parade went marching along the streets of Port Aransas on Friday, July 1, 1983. The kids got dressed up, got on their bikes or pushed their puppies in strollers – anything they wanted to do in the parade was, after all, just...