Council talks naming policy, RV beach parking and more

City of Port Aransas staff are developing a naming policy that can be used when the City Council wants to dedicate a building or structure.

The City Council directed staff to do so during its regular meeting Tuesday, Dec. 15. The policy was brought up during council and city staff discussion about an agenda item to “discuss and take possible action on renaming the J.P. Luby Pier,” overlook point at Roberts Point Park and the new harbor master’s office being built Dennis Dreyer Municipal Harbor. City Councilman Kelly Owens put the item on the agenda.

“When the J.P. Luby Pier was completely demolished, I said, ‘Hey, it’s technically a new facility, and most likely probably needs to go through the naming process,’ ” Parsons told the council.

The pier was destroyed by Hurricane Harvey in 2017. The city started construction on the $2.2 million replacement pier in March. Work is expected to finish in December, and the pier is slated to open to the public in January.

The J.P. Luby Fishing Pier was dedicated in 1985 in honor of J.P. Luby, who was the Precinct 4 Nueces County Commissioner at the time. The Luby family has contacted the city and would like the new pier to keep the J.P. Luby name, Parsons told the council.

The city broke ground on a new harbor master’s office at Dennis Dreyer Municipal Harbor in October. The new two-story, 10,561-square-foot facility will be located on the east side of the Fred Rhodes Memorial Pavilion. The pavilion is 5,551 square feet in size and is also being upgraded. Council is not considering renaming the pavilion.

The $7.2 million project is slated to last 14 months.

Other notable council actions:

• approving the final reading of an ordinance requiring recreational vehicles to park perpendicular to the water on the beach year-round.

• directing the city attorney to review a draft Board, Commission and Committee Handbook. The handbook would list all the guidelines and policies for members of city boards, commissions and committees. The handbook will come back to council for consideration at a later meeting.

• authorizing the purchase of an ambulance for the EMS department. The ambulance is being bought from Siddons Martin Emergency Group for $340,391.

• Entering into a contract with Delisi Communications for legislative consulting during the 88th Texas Legislature.

• tabling a discussion on the Old Town Advisory Board for the December meeting.

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