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Do You Prefer Mountains Or Beaches? Study Says It Reveals Your Personality

Do You Prefer Mountains Or Beaches? Study Says It Reveals Your Personality | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
Discover why your personality can be the reason you choose to travel to certain places. Are you an introvert or an extrovert? Prefer beaches or mountains?
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Beach life, on the other hand, promotes noise, attention, fun, interaction. A beach is more of a social dwelling where people like to hang out, meet, and be aware of one another.

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Small Businesses Lament There Are Too Few Mexicans in U.S., Not Too Many

Small Businesses Lament There Are Too Few Mexicans in U.S., Not Too Many | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
Small businesses complain there are too few Mexican immigrants in the U.S., not too many; as the labor market tightens and the population of undocumented immigrants shrinks, employers in low-skill industries such as hospitality, construction and agriculture are scrambling to fill jobs they say Americans don’t want.
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Clayton home building group unveils tiny home designer series

Clayton home building group unveils tiny home designer series | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

"Clayton approached us to design a series of five homes and this is the first one that they've actually constructed," he said. "Instead of me designing all of them, I have a talented crew that works with me, so everybody took a day to sit around and sketch, look at inspiration and share ideas. We took the best of the bunch and pursued those."  They range in size from 386-399 square feet.

 

The designers looked at different styles of architecture across the country and in Europe. "We looked at the low country in South Carolina, the Saltbox in New England, the Adirondacks in upstate New York, the French countryside, and beach huts in the Bahamas, Cape Cod or Malibu."

 

"We really loved the whole attitude of being at the beach and escaping and that's what little houses are about," said Dungan.

 

"Cloudbreak was inspired by beach style, surf shacks and places that sell beer and Jerk chicken in the Bahamas."

"It's more about designing much more meticulously, designing by the cubic inch rather than by the square foot," said Dungan, who is more accustomed to designing high-end residences with a minimum of 7,000-8,000 square feet.

Planning and then manufacturing a small home off-site comes with its unique set of challenges according to Dungan. "Everything was a little different," he said. "There were the restraints of working within 400 square feet — it couldn't be more than 12 ½ feet wide to get them down the road or more than 12 feet tall to go under bridges." This led to the modification of roof pitch in some cases.

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Best Wedding Apps | Wedding Application | Mobile App Creator | Visual.ly

Best Wedding Apps | Wedding Application | Mobile App Creator | Visual.ly | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
Create classy and easy to use Wedding App for your guests. Invite your friends, Share your engagement story, event details. Collect RSVPs, photos and
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Vessel Stuck in Sand Protected by State Law

Vessel Stuck in Sand Protected by State Law | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

A sailboat beached on South Padre Island is drawing a lot of attention. Officials said state law protects where it is located.

A storm five days ago, moving into the Gulf, wreaked havoc for a Long Island boater out on the Mo Dang Fun. The turbulent weather left the sailboat sunk on the shores of South Padre Island.

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The owner had to get off the boat and leave it behind. It’s been an unusual attraction for beachgoers.

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South Padre beaches all clear on bacteria; red tide subsides, too

South Padre beaches all clear on bacteria; red tide subsides, too | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

With the aid of wind, tide and current, South Padre Island’s beaches are clear of high levels of bacteria.

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Deepwater Horizon oil spill impacted bluefin tuna spawning habitat in Gulf of Mexico

Deepwater Horizon oil spill impacted bluefin tuna spawning habitat in Gulf of Mexico | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
The release of 4 million barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico during the Deepwater Horizon disaster during peak spawning season for Atlantic bluefin tuna could have both near- and long-term impacts on the population, new research shows.
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Corpus Christi Beach - Corpus Christi, Texas

North Beach (Corpus Christi Beach) in Corpus Christi, TX on 7/18/16 at 10a.m.
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Corps of Engineers say Lydia Ann barge mooring project must go

Corps of Engineers say Lydia Ann barge mooring project must go | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
The Corps of Engineers has revoked the letter of permission for the Lydia Ann Mooring company and ordered the removal of its mooring structures capable of harboring 100 barges near Port Aransas.
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Red Tide Causes First Reported Fish Kill

Red Tide Causes First Reported Fish Kill | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
The return of red tide is already affecting the people and fish of South Padre Island.

Beachgoer Rex Rivas said this isn’t the first time he’s been around for the red tide, but it’s the first time he’s encountered a group of dead fish.
Michael Stuart's insight:

Anyone planning a getaway to the island this weekend needs to make sure they are aware of the possibilities.

Those who suffer from asthma should try to avoid the beach all together, or wear a mask to prevent inhaling the toxins.

People should also avoid bringing their pets as they are highly susceptible to these toxins.

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9 Ways to Make Money While on Vacation

9 Ways to Make Money While on Vacation | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
It's more relaxing when you know the vacation is helping to pay for itself.
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1. Rent out your home.
Since you’re home will be currently unoccupied while you’re away, why not rent out your home to offset the costs? Thanks to Airbnb and HomeAway you can easily connect with travelers who are looking for a place to stay while on their travels.

Keep in mind that rates will vary based on the location of your home, along with the demand. Do some research in advance and find out what other people are charging for home rentals in your neighborhood so that you can be competitive.

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Latest Galveston Beach Restoration Project Set For October 2016

Latest Galveston Beach Restoration Project Set For October 2016 | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
Government funds for Hurricane Ike recovery will help pay for more than $20 million in Galveston beach improvements eight years after the deadly storm.
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Texas Coast Epic Burger Road Trips

Texas Coast Epic Burger Road Trips | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Corpus Christi: see the Art Museum of South Texas, the Selena Museum, the Selena Memorial–Mirador De La Flor, and PORT ARANSAS (45 minutes). Your seaside vacation rental and a pastel beach home at Cinnamon Shore, enjoy a seafood supper at Irie’s Island Food or Lisabella’s.

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South Padre (Sea Ranch) and Port Aransas (Cinnamon Shore) each have an epic burger joint according to Texas Monthly.

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Climate Adaptation

Climate Adaptation | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
The report can be a helpful resource for communities working to establish sound protections against the impacts of a changing climate.
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South Padre Pizza Place Gets Governor’s small business award

South Padre Pizza Place Gets Governor’s small business award | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — Arnie Creinin stood in front of more than 200 people as he accepted the Governor’s Small Business Award.
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Coco (2017 film) - Wikipedia

Coco (2017 film) - Wikipedia

Coco is an upcoming American 3D computer-animated film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. On August 15, 2015, Pixar confirmed the title of the film, inspired by the Mexican holiday Día de Muertos, at the D23 Expo. It was also confirmed that the film will be directed by Lee Unkrich ().

The main inspiration for Coco is Día de Muertos (or Dia De Los Muertos, as North Americans call it), a traditional Mexican holiday that takes place every year at the end of October to honor the dead. You're probably familiar with festival goers painting their faces like skeletons, but that doesn't make Día de Muertos gloomy in the slightest — it's a colorful celebration that is central to Mexican culture, and has been acknowledged in many other countries.

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Disney Animation Inspired by the Mexican holiday Día de Muertos

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Beach Art Genuine Texas Sea Glass, Art Holiday gift for couple, Birthday gift ideas

Beach Art Genuine Texas Sea Glass, Art Holiday gift for couple, Birthday gift ideas | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Beautiful Beach House art This beautiful Beach Scene was created using Genuine Texas Sea Glass and sea shells from many places I have traveled over the years.

 

  • The Sand Was created in the hopes of giving you the feeling you were walking along the beach. The sea shells and sea glass were added, reminding you what you might find along a afternoon stroll.
  • The ocean water is created using a wonderful and time consuming process. This piece was truly a labor of love, and reminds me of the wonderful afternoons the children and I spent on the amazing beaches of Hawaii.
  • This piece measures 12 inches by 9 inches Hand picked by myself and my children from the beaches of Galveston County Texas.
  • All Pieces of sea glass are surf tumbled authentic sea glass. Sea glass or beach glass is glass found on beaches that has been tumbled and smoothed by the water and sand, creating small pieces of smooth, frosted glass.
  • I like to think of it as the sea’s way of recycling glass for another use.

 

Did you know it takes the sea 30 years to make sea glass? The color of sea glass is determined by its original source. Most sea glass comes from bottles, but it can also come from jars, plates, windows, windshields, ceramics or sea pottery.

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Manta Ray Filmed One Mile Off Texas Beach (video)

Manta Ray Filmed One Mile Off Texas Beach (video) | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Mantas swimming behavior in mantas differs across habitats: when travelling over deep water, they swim at a constant rate in a straight line, while further inshore they usually bask or swim idly around.

Mantas may travel alone or in groups of up to 50. They may associate with other fish species as well as sea birds and marine mammals. 

Mantas sometimes breach, leaping partially or entirely out of the water. Individuals in a group may make aerial jumps one after the other. 

These leaps come in three forms:

  1. forward leaps where the fish lands head first,
  2. similar jumps with a tail first re-entry
  3. or somersault. 

 

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Manta rays are present in the Gulf of Mexico but sightings are rare and sightings with a mile of the beach are virtually unheard of in Texas.

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The Kindness Project Is Causing a Positive Ripple Effect Across Galveston Island

The Kindness Project Is Causing a Positive Ripple Effect Across Galveston Island | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
If you ask Erin Toberman, it doesn’t cost anything to be kind and that act of kindness has a ripple effect on the entire community.
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Waves in the Heart of Texas | SURFER Magazine

Waves in the Heart of Texas | SURFER Magazine | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
An interview with Doug Coors, Founder and CEO of NLand Surf Park, Texas' latest coming attraction.
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Algae bloom known as red tide shows up along Texas coast

Algae bloom known as red tide shows up along Texas coast | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
Agency officials say water samples Monday from Padre Island National Seashore, at Malaquite Beach, found moderate concentrations. Some peopl…
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Schlitterbahn honored as 'Best Waterpark in the World'

Schlitterbahn honored as 'Best Waterpark in the World' | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels has been named the "Best Waterpark in the World."
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Texas Coast blue-winged teal hunting season

Texas Coast blue-winged teal hunting season | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Bluewings are the focus of a brief but very popular hunting season held each September, a season designed to take advantage of the flood of bluewings pouring into and through Texas on their way to wintering grounds in Mexico.

Michael Stuart's insight:

About 70 percent or more of those teal will pass through the species' main migration corridor that covers the stretch of Gulf Coast from about Corpus Christi to the east side of Louisiana. Almost all of them are adult males, easily identified by the wide white "shoulder patch" on the leading edge of their wings.

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Florida Beach House with Turquoise Interiors - Home Bunch - An Interior Design & Luxury Homes Blog

Florida Beach House with Turquoise Interiors - Home Bunch - An Interior Design & Luxury Homes Blog | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
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It’s Costing More To Park At Some Galveston Beaches | Houston Public Media

It’s Costing More To Park At Some Galveston Beaches | Houston Public Media | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
Park officials say they’re trying to raise money to make needed improvements.
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