Our new look is for you


Mary Henkel Judson is editor and co-publisher of the South Jetty. She welcomes your input via an email to editor@portasouthjetty.com, calling her at (361) 749-5131 or sending a letter to P.O. Box 1117, Port Aransas, TX 78373.

Mary Henkel Judson is editor and co-publisher of the South Jetty. She welcomes your input via an email to editor@portasouthjetty.com, calling her at (361) 749-5131 or sending a letter to P.O. Box 1117, Port Aransas, TX 78373.

We at the South Jetty and our readers have weathered – literally and figuratively – a lot together.

While our history is much longer, the past five years have tested our strength and resilience as a newspaper and as a community.

Just since 2017, we’ve made it through a Category 4 hurricane, a pandemic that continues to this day and an historic week of freezing weather, part of which we endured without electricity, water and in some cases gas.

Throughout all those challenges you – our readers and advertisers – have supported us, and for that we are grateful.

During those trying times, we worked hard to bring you the information vital to surviving the ravages of the hurricane, the uncertainty and fear that a pandemic imposes on us and the extreme hardships of the deep freeze. We work to do more than just the minimum, and through all those challenges, we never missed publishing an issue of the paper. That took some doing.

Now, as Port Aransas is largely recovered from the hurricane, as the most recent surge of the COVID-19 omicron variant is on the wane, we want to do more.

To that end, this week we are introducing a fresh look to the South Jetty pages. For the most part, the changes are subtle, but they required months of work that went on while simultaneously producing this weekly collection of information. We were fortunate to have available to us the professional services of retired University of Texas journalism professor S. Griffin “Griff ” Singer. He is a weekly reader of the South Jetty, but in addition to that, he went over several issues of the print edition and critiqued everything from design to writing, reporting and photography. We hope you’ll like the result of that collaboration. (Full disclosure: Griff was my professor when I was in journalism school at UT, and he’s still rocking it.)

The South Jetty could not have gotten to be 50 years old and survived economic downturns, various local political calamities, red tides, oil spills, droughts, floods, the growing pains of a robust vacation destination, a Category 4 hurricane, a pandemic and the historic freeze of ’21 without the support of our subscribers and advertisers.

All this is personal to us. The staff at the South Jetty is made up of mostly locals, one with roots that were established at birth. They are dedicated to Port Aransas; they are educated and well-trained to do their jobs. Their collective goal is to provide accurate, solid news coverage with context as well as to create advertising that produces results for our advertisers. They care deeply about Port Aransas and are connected to our town through their friends and neighbors. They’re not just passing through.

So, while the South Jetty reports the news as objectively as humanly possible, a big part of what we do is encourage our readers to “shop local” and support the businesses that support our schools, churches and nonprofits.

We ask that you extend that philosophy to the South Jetty through your subscriptions and advertising that support those who are bringing you local news that is not available in the quality and quantity from any other source.

We sincerely appreciate the support of our regular and long-time subscribers and advertisers. Thank you for getting us to our 50th birthday last year and supporting us through the good, the bad and the ugly.

To those of you who have yet to subscribe or advertise, we invite you to get to know what we can do for you, which is to make you a better-informed citizen and voter and increase your bottom line.

We’re proud of our newspaper, and Murray and I are extremely proud of our staff.

The new look of the South Jetty is just a part of our continuing effort to bring our readers and advertisers the best little newspaper in Texas. We’ll keep doing that – with your continued support.

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