From planning a building’s demolition to honoring the late Tony Amos, the Port Aransas City Council addressed a variety of topics on Tuesday, May 24.
It’s going down
The council approved a resolution awarding a contract to Coastal Bend Demolition Inc. to tear down the city’s shuttered law enforcement center building.
Located in the 700 block of West Avenue A, the structure has been vacant since being ruined by Hurricane Harvey in August 2017. Police, constable’s deputies and municipal court employees have been operating out of temporary quarters ever since.
Coastal Bend Demolition will be paid $110,000 to tear down the building.
The city is planning to build a new law enforcement center at the same location.
City Manager Dave Parsons said he expects demolition to begin in late June. He estimated that ground could be broken for construction of the new law enforcement center around January.
The council approved a resolution to memorialize Beach Access Road 1 as Tony Amos Beach Road.
Amos was a University of Texas Marine Science Institute researcher and founder of the Amos Rehabilitation Keep (ARK). It was called the Animal Rehabilitation Keep for years, then was renamed after Amos died in 2017.
A staff report said new signs will go up on the road, but Parsons said people’s official addresses there won’t change.
Amos’ wife, Lynn Amos, spoke briefly at the meeting.
“I just want to thank everyone for the gesture,” she said. “I love you all.”
Beachgoers have done a good job of complying with a new city ordinance requiring that RVs must be parked perpendicular to the water, Port Aransas police Lt. James Stokes told the council.
“ I can tell you, in 25 years, I have never seen compliance as well as we (have) had. This was almost 100 percent self-policing,” Stokes said.
“We got almost zero pushback when we did have to contact people,” he said. “I’ve never seen anything like it when we had to do something new like that.”
The change went into effect on Friday, May 20. The purpose of the ordinance is to prevent RVs from taking up so much parking space on the beach.