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UPDATE: Friday, 11:21 a.m. – The City of Port Aransas Police Department’s nonemergency phone line is now operational. The main phone line at the Port Aransas Police Department is down this morning, Friday, May 17. Folks needing to contact police for non-emergency matters may reach them at (361) 533-4785. It is not known when the main line will be restored, […]

2024-05-16 E-Edition

When pigs fly

Pigs, fish, octopi and lots more flew above the beach in Port Aransas on Saturday, May 11, as part of the Fun Kite Fly, a free event hosted by Fly It! a kite shop in town. This photo was shot near Marker 15, looking south. Look for more inside.

Visiting officials admire PAISD



Dozens of school administrators from all over Texas visited town last week to get a first-hand look at the strength and ingenuity involved in educational programs at Port Aransas ISD. Afterward, the leaders were bubbling with praise for H.G. Olsen Elementary School, Brundrett Middle School and Port Aransas High School. “Port Aransas is the epitome of what all small schools […]

Bugs released to control pepper trees



Tiny bugs called thrips are being released in the Port Aransas Nature Preserve to control the spread of Brazilian pepper trees, an invasive plant species. While the insects can hinder the growth and spread of pepper trees, they won’t pose problems for the rest of the environment, said Justin Quintanilla, a natural resource specialist with the city’s parks and recreation […]

Wrong-way birdies pose Port A mystery



Port Aransas is known as a birding hot spot where many dozens of species can be seen, from tiny warblers to endangered whooping cranes. But sometimes, even more is in store for birders when they come upon the unexpected: the sighting of birds that rarely if ever are seen here. Such birds that have been spotted in recent weeks in […]

Water works

Workers from Nueces County Water Control and Improvement District No. 4 fix a broken main water line in the 400 block of Cut-off Road on Friday, May 10. An 8-inch water pipe was broken around 3 p.m. Friday as a result of underground utility work being done in the area. Cut-off road was closed for several hours between Avenue C […]

Island Agenda

This Week Thursday, May 16 • City Council meeting. (See Agenda Page 10A.) Friday, May 17 • Anglers on Wheels tournament. (See story Page 8A.) • Sunset Sounds concert. (See story this page.) Saturday, May 18 • Anglers on Wheels tournament. (See story Page 8A.) • Color Splash Dash. (See story this page.) Tuesday, May 21 • PAISD Scholarship assembly […]

South Jetty sets early deadline for May 30 issue

Folks wishing to place ads, submit letters to the editor or non-breaking news in the Thursday, May 30 edition of the South Jetty should take note of an early deadline. Monday is the usual deadline, but the office will be closed on Monday, May 27, in observance of Memorial Day. The deadline for advertising, letters to the editor and nonbreaking […]

Municipal offices to close for Memorial Day, May 27

Certain city and other public employees will have the day off on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27. City of Port Aransas business offices and the Municipal Court will be closed on Monday. Police and EMS workers will be on duty; however, administrative offices will be closed. The Port Aransas Community Park pool and offices will be open for the Memorial […]