Students return

Students return

District still settling into new portables

Nearly 400 students were in attendance as Port Aransas ISD welcomed students home on Monday, Oct. 16, 52 days after...

New hangout

New hangout


Anglers no longer can use the Ancel Brundrett Pier, at the north end of Station Street, due to heavy damage...

Old Town Festival is Saturday

Old Town Festival is Saturday


Port Aransas will celebrate its 107th birthday and surviving Hurricane Harvey’s destructive force with the annual Old Town Festival. The...

City eyes bonds to replace docks

City eyes bonds to replace docks


Port Aransas City Hall is working on a plan to restore the hurricane-ravaged town’s economically vital marina by issuing bonds...

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Straus takes offensive on bathrooms

After defending against the “Bathroom Bill” in the legislative sessions earlier this year, Texas House Speaker Joe Straus is going on offense. Straus and his...

We’re feeling the love

Port Aransas is feeling the love – from within and from without – in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. From within, several lodging properties are...

Trump head, Pence is tail

If a metaphor could be used for this White House, it might be a two-sided coin with President Trump the head and Vice President Mike...

Island Agenda


Organizations are asked contact the South Jetty once programs and activities resume. Daily • Shuttle: 10 a.m.-5:55 p.m. Wave down anywhere along the route from Roberts Point Park to Beach...

Race for state

Race for state

PAHS cross country teams to race at regionals for an opportunity to reach the state meet

Fourteen Port Aransas High School cross country team members will race at a regional meet on Monday, Oct. 23. The meet will be held at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, where...

PAHS cross country teams are heading to state


The Port Aransas High School boys’ and girls’ cross country teams qualified for the state meet this morning. The teams qualified by their performances at the regional meet, which took...


Students return

Students return

District still settling into new portables

Nearly 400 students were in attendance as Port Aransas ISD welcomed students home on Monday, Oct. 16, 52 days after the district closed due to Hurricane Harvey. School officials were...

New hangout

New hangout


Anglers no longer can use the Ancel Brundrett Pier, at the north end of Station Street, due to heavy damage inflicted on the structure by Hurricane Harvey, but pelicans are...

Old Town Festival is Saturday

Old Town Festival is Saturday


Port Aransas will celebrate its 107th birthday and surviving Hurricane Harvey’s destructive force with the annual Old Town Festival. The event set for Saturday, Oct. 21, will include surfing contests,...

City eyes bonds to replace docks

City eyes bonds to replace docks


Port Aransas City Hall is working on a plan to restore the hurricane-ravaged town’s economically vital marina by issuing bonds that reportedly wouldn’t require a tax increase. The city council...

Water, water everywhere

Water, water everywhere


Beachgoers picked out a spot to set up camp between the surf and a tidal pool on a recent day. High tides have been sending water onto the beach up to the dunes, making finding a dry spot of land difficult to find.

Free surfing movie set Friday to kick off Old Town Festival


Surfers, get “ramped up” for the Expression Session Surfing Competition by seeing a surfing movie on Friday, Oct. 20. Organizers of the Old Town Festival are hosting this kickoff event and invite all to see the movie “The Duct Tape Documentary.” Doors will open in the Parish Hall at Trinity-by-the-Sea...

Wine, Whine

Wine, Whine

Openings are available for workshop slated on Sunday

Bring out your inner artist, unwind and take some time out from the post-Harvey workload at the Port Aransas Art Center. Spots are still available at a Wine, Whine and Design Painting Island Style workshop on Sunday, Oct. 22. The class is set for 5 to 8 p.m. Monica Garcia...

After the storm . . .

Poem focuses on the positive

The South Jetty typically does not provide a venue for poetry, but we are making an exception to that rule because we are living in an exceptional time. The South Jetty will accept poetry related to Hurricane Harvey for the next several weeks, limited to one poem per person. The...

City drops lawsuit against resident

City drops lawsuit against resident


The City of Port Aransas is dropping a lawsuit it filed against a resident because city officials say they no longer have time to deal with it while also contending with Hurricane Harvey recovery issues. But the resident, Julie Shodrok, said her attorneys are seeking legal sanctions against the City...

Sunset songs

Sunset songs


The last Sunset Sounds concert of the year was performed on Friday, Oct. 13, at Roberts Point Park. Above: Humans and animals alike enjoyed the show. Below: Raeanne and the Ride crank out the tunes. From left are Armando Saldana, a guitarist from Laredo, singer Raeanne Reed of Port Aransas...

Scuba buddies

Scuba buddies


Tyler Sensinger of Corpus Christi helps his dive buddy, Lloyd Easterday, of Ingleside, with an air tank while preparing for a dive at the south jetty on Sunday, Oct. 15.

Halloween events slated for Oct. 28


Bring the kids and celebrate Halloween a little early on Saturday, Oct. 28, at two events sponsored by the City of Port Aransas Parks and Recreation Department. • Sand Pumpkin Patch. Carve a pumpkin in a sandy pumpkin patch from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., on the beach at Avenue...

Be aware of disaster-related hazards

Be aware of disaster-related hazards


The residents of the Coastal Bend continue to work diligently to restore their homes and businesses. Schools are preparing to re-open, as well. There have been improvements to the conditions in the disaster affected areas, but there are still hazards to be aware of. The Texas Department of State Health...

Doors are opening

Doors are opening

More businesses report they’re back

The following listing of the status of Port Aransas businesses damaged by Hurricane Harvey is updated weekly when owners or managers call the South Jetty. To add or update a listing, call Jackie Linn at (361) 537-5777 or email her at ads@portasouthjetty.com, or call Mary Judson at 749-5131 or (361)...

Welcome home!

Welcome home!

Port Aransas ISD welcomes students for the first time since hurricane hit

Students of Port Aransas ISD have been displaced since Thursday, Aug. 24, one day before Hurricane Harvey made landfall. On Monday, Oct. 16, PAISD welcomed back its students. Classes will be a little different from the beginning of the year....

PAISD tax collection expected to decrease

PAISD tax collection expected to decrease


Tax revenue and collection rates are expected to drop for Port Aransas ISD, said Carol Sue Hipp, executive director of business and operations. After studying previously hurricane-impacted areas in Texas, school officials hope the rate will be around 85 percent and not worse, she said. The tax collection will likely...

Stuffed animals

Stuffed animals


Cyndy Slovak-Barton, publisher of the Hays Free Press, collected stuffed animals for children who attend Port Aransas ISD in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Top: From left, are Amy Younts, of Buda, Slovak-Barton, Pam Cartwright, H.G. Olsen Elementary School counselor; and Alrene Monroe of Austin. Younts and Monroe joined Slovak-...

PAISD officials assess scope of storm damage


Port Aransas school officials are hoping elementary and high school students can return to their normal classrooms after the Christmas Break, said Sharon McKinney, superintendent. Brundrett Middle School students most likely will return to their campus later than that because it suffered more damage, according to James Gregory, president of...

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