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Coastal Bend Area Beaches Safe for Visitors

June 26, 2015 (Corpus Christi, TX) - Texas Gulf Coast Beaches along Mustang Island and North Padre Island are not experiencing elevated levels of bacteria of concern to public health.

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Windstorm Insurance Reform Bill Signed By Governor Abbott

June 16, 2015 (Port Aransas, TX) - State Representative Todd Hunter announced today that Governor Abbott has signed the windstorm bill which will revamp the funding structure and the makeup of the board of the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association (TWIA). Rep. Hunter anticipates that the changes this bill provides will make windstorm insurance for the 14 coastal counties who primarily rely on TWIA for coverage more affordable and fair for our residents.

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Port Aransas Birders Win Big in Great Texas Birding Classic

For as many years as the Great Texas Birding Classic has existed (this was the 19th year), the Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce sponsored teams have been winners in their categories.  The "Port Aransas Spoonbills" BIG SIT! Tournament team secured a second place win in the Central Coast division. 

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Bent on Boats

Sawdust shivered on the lumber, work surfaces, and tools piled high on the surrounding shelves: clamps, tape measures, levels, saws, hammers, drills, and buckets of brushes. With the final signature complete, the builders attached the floorboard with screws and glue, completing an age-old tradition that marks the end of a boat's construction and the beginning of its seaward life.

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Reflections on Glass

I hoped to find something locally made, preferably a piece of jewelry inspired by the sea. After a quick Google search for Port Aransas artists, I learned about Port A Glass, an art gallery and studio on the island owned by glass artist Sheri Hargrove. Port A Glass occupies a small space in a strip center about four blocks from Alister Street, the town's bustling main drag. Once I stepped inside, though, I realized that the nondescript exterior belies the explosion of color and texture Hargrove creates inside the shop.

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Reptilian Grace

Padre Island National Seashore is the epicenter of Texas turtle activity. It's the only place in the state where nests from all Gulf of Mexico turtle species have been found, and it's the base for sea turtle conservation programs that provide the public a chance to observe the ancient species in their natural habitat.

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