Port of Corpus Christi to hold meeting in Port A

The Port of Corpus Christi will host a “community conversation” about the port’s plans to remove pile remnants and marine debris along the south side of Harbor Island.

The meeting, which will be open to the public, will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 11, at the Port Aransas Community Center.

Dinner will be provided. Organizers are requesting that folks RSVP by sending emails to community@pocca.com.

The Port of Corpus Christi Commission in May awarded a $15.2 million contract with T&T Salvage LLC of Galveston for the pile and debris removal.

The contractor is expected to begin work at the site around Monday, Oct. 16. Boat traffic will be limited in areas immediately adjacent to the work area, near the shoreline.

The port conducted a demolition project at Harbor Island in January 2019. The project included removing buildings, a boat ramp, three docks and submerged debris, according to a port staff report compiled for the commission.

“After encountering challenging conditions removing the piling, it was decided to halt the project in August 2019 in the anticipation of adding the remaining scope to a larger development contract,” the report said.

“That contract was not executed leaving the piling in place. Efforts have been made to maintain buoys and permanent signage on the remaining piles with poor results. The devices either fail or are vandalized within months of being installed,” the report said.

The port is now seeking to complete removal of the pile remnants and debris “to remove the remaining hazards to marine traffic and to prepare the site for future dredging projects,” the report said.

The site lies near where the port is seeking a permit to build a terminal for a type of ship known as very large crude carriers.

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