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    Rip Current Warning this Memorial Day Weekend

    Last updated 2 days 9 hours ago


    We want you all to have a safe and enjoyable visit to Port Aransas during this Memorial Day weekend and throughout the summer. Part of having a great time at the seashore is being informed of changing beach and weather conditions, including what to do if caught in a rip current.

    Rip currents are powerful, narrow channels of fast-moving water that flows away from the shore, moving up to 8 feet per second- faster than an Olympic swimmer! Even the strongest swimmers can be quickly swept out to sea. It is estimated that over 100 people are killed by rip currents annually. If caught in a rip current, don't fight it! You will get exhausted and put yourself at risk of drowning. Swim parallel to the shore and swim back to land at an angle. Please note there is NO lifeguard on duty at the National Seashore.

    **There will be a MODERATE risk for rip current TODAY and SUNDAY, and a HIGH RISK for rip current on FRIDAY and SATURDAY. Swimming is NOT ADVISED in these conditions- even very strong swimmers can quickly get exhausted and be put at risk for drowning!**

    We hope you have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend!


    Telly Award Goes to MDR Advertising and the Chamber of Commerce/Tourist Bureau

    Last updated 7 days ago

    MDR Advertising and the Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce/Tourist Bureau were thrilled to be a 2016 Bronze Telly Winner at the 37th Annual Telly Awards for the Locals Love Port A television campaign.

    The Telly Awards is a widely known and highly respected national and international competition and receives over 12,000 entries annually from all 50 states and many foreign countries.

    The Telly Awards honor outstanding local, regional, and cable television commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions, and work created for the web.

    National Bike Month

    Last updated 7 days ago

    April Showers bring May flowers and bicycling. May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to give biking a try especially in Port Aransas where our community is very bike friendly.

    Social rides, family friendly rides are a great way to make friends and explore Port Aransas especially riding the Farley Planter Self Guided Tour.  Pick up your tour guide at the Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce in May and throughout the summer at 403 W. Cotter and learn about our native plants and Port A history. Port Aransas artist Flint Reed used a model made by Jo Leta Gavit to design the planters. The planters can be seen in front of businesses. All are decorated in some manner, some much more flamboyantly than others. The Chamber of Commerce has a Farley boat displayed right outside the front door.

    About 6.5 feet long and 2.5 feet wide, they weigh about 1,800 pounds. The outside has a textured wood grain look. The Farley boat name is on both sides, and Port Aransas, Texas, is on the transom. Two planting areas are inside the boats.

    This tour is a combination of historical significance and eco-tourism showing off the native plants that can be grown on Mustang Island. There are 28 planters on tour with 20 planters featuring native plants.  In truth over seven hundred species of flowering plants grow on Texas beaches and islands.  This tour only touches the dirt surface by showing an amazing variety of native plants.  Native Plants are essential to our ecosystem survival and for many butterflies, birds and insects to live.

    While you are out touring wear brightly colored clothes and reflective gear and practice safe riding.  Look and listen for traffic, remember just because you can see a driver doesn’t mean the driver sees you. While riding never use a cell phone or headphones. Keep both hands on the handlebars, except when signaling.  Look left, right, left, and behind you for traffic, including pedestrians, bicycles, and cars.  When riding in the street ride single file and in the same direction as cars. Ride to the right side of the road, follow all traffic signs, signals, and lane markings. Ride in a straight line, not in and out of cars. Use hand signals.

    Check out the map and as you are riding and visiting the Farley Boat Planters take a picture and post your picture on our Facebook page Port Aransas Garden Club.  Enjoy biking … we hope to see you this summer in Port A on your bicycle.  If you can’t bring your bike with you there are several bike places in Port Aransas where you can rent a bike.

    Elite Redfish Series Tournament Adds Nashville Recording Artist to Lineup of Events Saturday in Port Aransas

    Last updated 12 days ago

    Elite Redfish Series Tournament Adds Nashville Recording Artist to Lineup of

    Events Saturday in Port Aransas

    (Port Aransas, TX) - The 2016 Elite Redfish Series Tournament, sponsored in part by the Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce and Tourist Bureau, being held in Port Aransas, Texas on May 18-21 has added some excitement to the festivities for Saturday, May 21.

    Free food and entertainment Saturday!

    3:00 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday: weigh in at the Dennis Dreyer Municipal Harbor.


    12:00-3:00 p.m. Saturday: Kevin Sport, Nashville recording artist and TV host of The Right Place with Kevin Sport, will perform at the City Marina Pavilion. Come sample food from the Conecuh Sausage Cooking Team from Georgia.

    Port Aransas is just one of four tour stops from South Texas to South Florida chosen to host the 2016 tournament season of the Yellowfin Elite Redfish tournament and television series.  Join host Pat Malone and some of the best redfish anglers in the country as they go head to head in this one angler pro fishing tournament. Don’t miss the festivities and final round of competition Saturday to see who captures the $50,000 top prize.  To find out more about the Elite Redfish Series Tournament visit

    Elite Redfish Series Tournament Heads to Port Aransas

    Last updated 14 days ago

    The 2016 Elite Redfish Series Tournament, sponsored in part by the Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce and Tourist Bureau, will be held in Port Aransas, Texas on May 18-21.

    This three day event features professional anglers, competing head to head, one per boat to see who will reel in the heaviest catch. This live weigh in allows for no more than three redfish per angler per day meeting Texas size regulations. The live fish will be placed in a tank and released after the weigh in is complete. The winner of the tournament will receive a boat, motor and trailer.

    Wednesday, May 18 will kick off the event with a captain's meeting. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the teams will weigh in at the Dennis Dreyer Municipal Harbor in Port Aransas at 3:00 p.m. Saturday’s competition includes only the top seven anglers from the prior two days. One of the Discovery Channel’s family of networks, Destination America will air the event in a full, one hour feature episode beginning in July.

     “It's going to be an exciting week to be in Port Aransas,” said Ann Bracher Vaughan, President and CEO of the Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce and Tourist Bureau. “We invite everyone to come out and watch the daily weigh ins and meet the tournament’s pros.”

     To find out more about the Elite Redfish Series Tournament visit



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