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    Coastal Bend Area Beaches Safe for Visitors

    Last updated 9 days ago

    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.
    Nueces County, the City of Port Aransas, and the City of Corpus Christi continue to receive weekly reports on water sampling conducted by the Corpus Christi-Nueces County Public Health Department with no indication of risks to the public.   
    “The Texas General Land Office regularly monitors our water quality.  I appreciate the work the General Land Office does and also appreciate their continued reinforcement of the high quality of water we have in the Coastal Bend.  Corpus Christi and Port Aransas are great communities.  Based on the General Land Office’s data, the beaches and marinas in Corpus Christi and Port Aransas are open for business and doing great,” said Nueces County Commissioner (Pct. 4) Brent Chesney.
    Several sampling sites are along the Gulf beaches and in area back-bay systems, where local county and municipal governments work with the Texas General Land Office (GLO) to conduct water quality sampling on a weekly basis.  Results from these sampling sites are posted on the GLO website,, and updated regularly.  Please note when visiting the interactive map at this website, the designation of “low” means “normal” by public health standards. 
    Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce President Foster Edwards said, “Coastal Bend Area parks and beaches are in great shape and among the healthiest on the Texas Gulf Coast.  We encourage vacationers to visit our beautiful beaches.”
     “Our beaches and quality of water are in tremendous condition this year, and the rain that has subsided actually has improved the condition of our beaches.  The openness of our Gulf-front beach allows guests to drive, park, and enjoy all aspects of spending time near the water with their family,” added Ann Vaughan, CEO and President of the Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce.
    If the general public has questions regarding the water quality of an area they will be visiting, please contact the local authority that has the jurisdictional management of the area about any advisories.  Nueces County Parks can be reached at 361-749-6117 or 361-949-8122 and the City of Port Aransas can be reached at 361-749-4111.  Additionally, the GLO website has information on area beach water quality at

    80th Deep Sea Roundup is 'Round the Corner!!

    Last updated 23 days ago

    Port Aransas Birders Win Big in Great Texas Birding Classic

    Last updated 27 days ago

    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.  The BIG SIT! team has staked out its birding spot at the Leonabelle Turnbull Birding Center for many years and this year, counted 111 species of birds.  Team leaders Dr. Joan and Scott Holt were joined by faithful birders Bobby Sherwood, Georgia Neblett, Julie Findley, Tony Amos, Mikael Behrens, Suzette Freeman and Becky Corder, and recruited newbies Sheri Henneberger, Jacob White, Beverly and Burt Moorehouse.  In a new category this year, the Human-Powered Tournament division, the “Local LOONatics” came in first place by spotting 126 species.   Congratulations to Dr. Joan and Scott Holt and Julie Findley for seeing so many bird species to bring home the win!

    One of two youth teams competing was the Woody’s Sports Center’s sponsored team, “Port A Chickadees” who won third place in the Roughwings Regional Tournament. This fine group, chaperoned by Dr. Joan Holt, consisted of Hannah Ramsden, Maddy Nienow, Calligraphy Lauseng, Samantha Ogle, and Zoey Montgomery. These young ladies spotted 96 species. Following just behind the “Chickadees” in the Roughwing Tournament with a fourth place win were “Toth’s Birders”, another Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce sponsored team. With Julie Findley as chaperone, this team of young men spotted 72 species and consisted of Max Nienow, Casey Feil, Thomas McGrady, Zane Bailey, and Dylan Linder. 

    Dr. Joan Holt commented that “birding was fun and busy this year with the youth teams, the ‘energy saver’ three-some and the Big Sit participants.  Fog all morning during the Big Sit slowed down our numbers but we plan to be back in the lead for next year’s 20th anniversary of the Classic.  "Port A" birding is the best,” she continued.

    Ann Bracher Vaughan, President/CEO of the Port Aransas Chamber of Commerce sends “congratulations to all of our dedicated and enthusiastic birders and delighted to see the youth become so involved” and is “proud that there is so much interest and support in our community to enjoy all that nature provides.”

    Contest Ends Today With Last Winner Announced

    Last updated 1 month ago


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