Location Port Aransas is the only established town on Mustang Island and inhabits 8 miles of the 18 mile long barrier island. Mustang Island is located north of Padre Island, the longest barrier island in the world and south of San Jose Island, renowned for its shelling. Running parallel to the mainland, barrier islands protect the coast from the full force of powerful storm waves. Surrounding waters include the Corpus Christi Bay, the Gulf of Mexico, the Lydia Ann Ship Channel and the Corpus Christi Ship Channel. Scattered about are several small islands that contribute to our reputation for great fishing, shelling, birding and nature adventures.
Air Service Mustang Beach Airport, State Hwy 361 South, 3,500-foot lighted asphalt runway. Part-time airport manager. Automated aviation fuel available. Contact City Hall at 361-749-4111 for details. Trolley service available between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. daily.
The Ferry The Port Aransas Ferry System operated by the Texas Department of Transportation provides FREE transportation service seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day. The short ride connects Mustang Island and Port Aransas with the mainland via Aransas Pass. The number of ferry boats in service at any time depends on demand. Two new larger vessels have been added to the fleet, each capable of carrying 28 passenger vehicles. This now provides eight boats to bring visitors to and from 'Port A.' During peak hours, especially during holidays and summer months, some travelers may experience a wait while the ferry makes the trip back and forth across the channel. A 24-hour radio message advisory (AM 530) provides information on ferry regulations and can be used for live broadcasts in case of emergencies. Wait time links along with live ferry cams are located below. A total overall length (for combined vehicles such as a car and boat) is 85 feet. The maximum width allowed is 96 inches. A maximum of 13 feet 6 inches in height is allowed. Peak months are June, July and August, however, the winter months can be busy with our influx of "Winter" residents.
The Trolley Shuttle and Flexi B Bus The Port Aransas Shuttle travels daily through the city. Whether you're up for a morning of shopping, relaxing at your favorite restaurant for lunch, or spending a lazy afternoon at the beach, the shuttle can get you there and back in air-conditioned comfort! All the main streets and several side streets leading to the beach are served and the entire route is repeated every hour, from the first stop at about 10:00 a.m. to the last one at about 6:00 p.m. Remember, we are on 'Island Time,' so the times may vary slightly, depending on the season. Catch the shuttle at designated locations or just give one a wave and climb aboard anywhere along our route. Download the Shuttle Schedule
Library Bill Ellis Memorial Public Library: On the east side of the City Hall Complex; 27,215 volumes including audio books and videos; subscriptions to 80 periodicals; 51 Texshare - online subscriptions. Hours: Tuesday 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.; Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.; Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.; closed Sunday and Monday.
Computer Club The Port Aransas Computer Club located at 430 N. Alister, offers free Internet to locals and visitors as well as use of a scanner, printer, memory card reader or digital cameras, CD and DVD burner and game night for the kids. For more information, call 361-749-4011.
Camping I B Magee Beach Park on northern tip of island -- 361-749-6117 Mustang Island State Park 12 miles south of Port Aransas on SH 361 -- 361-749-5246 Port Aransas Beach three day limit -- beach parking permit required. Available at the Chamber of Commerce and various other locations. R.V. beach overnighting restricted to three day limit during a three week period. Ordinance subject to change annually.
Police Department: Twenty-three employees including officers, dispatchers and staff Fire Department: Twenty-two all volunteer firemen with seven trucks
Emergency Medical Service: Three paramedics and three emergency medical technicians (Hospitals in Aransas Pass, 20 minutes and Corpus Christi, 30 minutes)
Natural Gas: City of Port Aransas Gas Division - 361-749-4111
Telephone: CenturyLink of Port Aransas Inc. - 800-201-4099
Water & Sewer: Nueces County Water Control & Improvement District No.4 - 361-749-5201
Maximum daily capacity of 5.4 million gallons and a 1.9 million gallons daily average. Overhead storage, 650,000 gallons; ground storage, 3.04 million gallons. Wastewater treatment capacity 1.38 million gallons per average day.
Waste Disposal: Privately contracted through the city with commercial hauling through Republic Services. Residential curbside recycling. Residents may utilize the city collection station located at 1430 Ross Ave.
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