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Family Has Close Encounter With Alligator at Texas Beach

Family Has Close Encounter With Alligator at Texas Beach | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
“A family had a close encounter of the giant reptilian kind when they spotted an alligator skimming the surf along the shore during a weekend trip to a Texas beach.” See video http://youtu.be/tIPkWimtCC0nd
Michael Stuart's insight:
IF YOU SEE AN ALLIGATORIf the alligator is not approaching people or otherwise posing an obvious threat, wait a few days if possible - even up to a week - before contacting TPWD. Usually, these smaller alligators will move further on in a week or two.If you hear an alligator hiss, it's a warning that you are too close. Alligators have a natural fear of humans, and usually begin a quick retreat when approached by people. If you have a close encounter with an alligator a few yards away, back away slowly. It is extremely rare for wild alligators to chase people, but they can run up to 35 miles per hour for short distances on land. Never make the mistake of thinking that an alligator is slow and lethargic. Alligators are extremely quick and agile and will defend themselves when cornered.
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10 Beach House Essentials

10 Beach House Essentials | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Whether the ocean is in your backyard or not, you can bring the beach home with these ten coastal essentials. see video at http://bcove.me/9tfohf2z 

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Wider blue and white stripes, and don't forget your night-light / bug zapper. Gets rid of the notorious sand fleas. 


This one works: http://www.amazon.com/Flowtron-BK-40D-Electronic-Insect-Coverage/dp/B00004R9VW/

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South Padre KOA on Twitter

South Padre KOA on Twitter | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
It's summer. It's Friday. It's s'mores night at the South Padre Island KOA. pic.twitter.com/YESbH8Zkxs
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Genuine sea glass bulk TEXAS Gulf Sea Glass beach treasure gulf coast jewelry supply home decor craft supply art coastal vintage supply

Genuine sea glass bulk TEXAS Gulf Sea Glass beach treasure gulf coast jewelry supply home decor craft supply art coastal vintage supply | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
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Glow Like a Celeb on the Beach: Humid Weather Skin-Care Tips From an A-List Dermatologist

Glow Like a Celeb on the Beach: Humid Weather Skin-Care Tips From an A-List Dermatologist | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Keeping complexions clear in humid weather may feel like a losing battle (The onslaught of oil)

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It's odd that putting on moisturizer helps reduce oily skin.....


Lancer reminded us to keep hands away from the face. "This is important in all climates, but especially important in very humid areas where you already have sweat and sebum sitting on the face—you don't want to add bacteria to the mix," he said.

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Texas-sized beach cleanup on April 18

Texas-sized beach cleanup on April 18 | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Volunteers are needed for the nation’s biggest all-volunteer coastal cleanup Saturday, April 18 


The 2015 Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Spring Cleanup takes place at three South Texas beaches. Volunteers can sign up online at texasadoptabeach.org to take part in a fun-filled day at the beach that makes a difference.


 “The Adopt-A-Beach Spring Cleanup is a great day at the beach for a great cause,” said Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush. “Come out for sun and sand and help keep Texas beaches clean at any of our 30 clean-up sites along the coast.”


The Adopt-A-Beach clean-up starts at 8:30 a.m. with registration and runs until noon.

Michael Stuart's insight:

The Cinnamon Shore Beach resort on Mustang Island is adopting it's beachfront for the program. 
http://www.cinnamonshore.com/cinnamon-shore-media-press/cinnamon-shore-adopting-its-beachfront-for-annual-texas-beach-cleanup/  


See all the cleanup locations: http://www.glo.texas.gov/adopt-a-beach/pdf/cleanups/Hotels-spring-2015.pdf  

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12 Travel Hacks Everyone With Wanderlust Should Know

12 Travel Hacks Everyone With Wanderlust Should Know | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Tips to Travel like a Pro and enjoy more of your vacation time.

1. Forgot your eyeliner at home? In a pinch, lightly press your mascara wand to your lash line.

2. Unless you’re traveling during warm weather, pack at least one infinity scarf.

3. Instead of a curling iron, pack a sea salt spray. Spritzing your hair, tying it up with a towel, and you’ll wake up to beach waves.

4. If you must pack a heat styling tool, wrap a potholder around it if it’s still warm when you pack it.

5. Leggings take up minimum space in your bag and they can be dressed up or down, worn to bed, or even worn when working out.

6. Bring along a balm that will work as an eyebrow tamer, hair smoother, lip balm, and cuticle cream.

7. Traveling wreaks havoc on your skin. Pack a single-use skin mask to get glowing mid-vacation.

8. Instead of packing your heaviest pair of shoes, wear them on the plane to save weight in your luggage.

9. If you’re not going to be away for long, pack small amounts of makeup in contact lens cases.

10. Pick one color scheme for your vacation outfits so that you can mix and match pieces.

11. Pack the items you can’t live without in your carry on.

12. While traveling, wear clothing with pockets.

Vacation isn’t about packing. It’s about visiting a new place and enjoying your time away!

Via: www.longwaitforisabella.com/2015/03/travel-hacks.html

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Search Continues for Spring Breaker on SPI

Search Continues for Spring Breaker on SPI | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
Federal, state and local authorities are searching for a missing spring breaker on South Padre Island. Jordan Britten, 20, was last seen Friday night. His mother arrived on the island after driving more than seven hours from Killeen to help in the search.
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Crews are searching by sea, land and air.

Britten's mother flooded the island with flyers, handmade with two photos of the son she describes as a "good kid with a bright future."

"This is not like him at all," Iliana Britten said.

The mother said she has not heard from her son in days.

  • Crews used helicopters, drones and boats to search for any sign of the student pilot.
  • Jordan Britten was on the island for the first time with two friends from high school. They stayed at the Super 8 Motel Thursday night.
  • He parked at Schlitterbahn Friday for the UME concert.
  • "They went to the concert, then they went to the beach then they lost track of each other on the beach, that's the last time they said they saw him," the student's mother said.
  • Jordan Britten's friends got back to Killeen without him. Police found his car still parked at Schlitterbahn. They are going through it in search for clues.
  • The student is not listed in any jail or hospital.


Now his family is asking for the public's help to locate him.

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Construction booms across Port Aransas

Construction booms across Port Aransas | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Construction continues to steam along in Port Aransas. City records show  development moving at a brisk rate.

Port Aransas is “a solid, healthy market with willing sellers and willing buyers,” Local Developer Lorette said. “These are individuals, people wanting to have a part of Port Aransas and come and enjoy it”.

Many buyers are longtime Port Aransas residents who see a strengthening economy happening all around them.“ They see prices going up and figure, if we’re going to buy something else, we’d better do it now.”

  • The Port Aransas real estate market is growing increasingly attractive to the San Antonio market. The South Padre Island market still is strong, but it’s not as attractive to San Antonio as it used to be. “You can’t go have fun in Mexico, because it’s not safe,” Lorette said.
  • Another Port Aransas growth factor lies in the fact that more and more people are moving to Texas and discovering Port Aransas. And many Houston area residents decided they like Port Aransas after visiting Mustang Island instead of Galveston in the wake of Hurricane Ike, which struck the northern Texas coast in 2008.
  • Port Aransas is attractive partly because it still contains relatively inexpensive property that’s close to the beach, compared to Florida, California and other coastal locations around the U.S.

Oil money is a big part of what’s driving the market, both directly and indirectly. Across South Texas, Eagle Ford shale gas and oil drilling has produced billions of dollars in wealth in the past several years. Many who have profited from the frenzied drilling are just now finding the time to take some time off and spend some serious time in Port Aransas.

Customers coming from Austin and San Antonio, that whole area,” said Harris, owner of Bay Area Title and Brite Star Construction. “They love Port Aransas, and they want to be in Port Aransas. We’ve seen a huge increase in traffic looking to buy property.” People see Port Aransas real estate as a safe investment, he said.

  • “It’s an investor’s dream, because you can use it part of the time and rent it when you’re not here,” Harris said.
  • Most new owners of short-term rental properties in Port Aransas never have to dip into their existing funds to make mortgage payments because rental income takes care of it, he said. Harris said he knows some folks who are a year ahead on payments right now.

The development firm of Koontz McCombs began construction on Village North, a residential development planned within the newly named Newport Dunes at Palmilla Beach golf course.

Further south down The Island Road, construction is underway on Two Town Center, a 15-unit condominium at the popular Cinnamon Shore development, said Lee Ann Peters, sales director at Cinnamon Shore.

Eighteen single-family homes also are under construction at Cinnamon Shore, Peters said.  A $1 million community swimming pool complex opened last spring at Cinnamon Shore. It’s the development’s second such pool.

Via http://www.portasouthjetty.com/news/2013-05-30/Front_Page/Construction_booms_across_Port_Aransas.html

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Mexico ripe for opportunity

Mexico ripe for opportunity | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
Just like both of its neighbors to the north, Mexico is primed for an energy revolution.
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Mexico plans to open itself to international oil and gas bidding next year for the first time in nearly 75 years after constitutional changes approved late last year.


Mexico is in the process of finalizing its implementation laws that include close to 10 new laws and about 30 amended laws. Private, international bidding is expected to begin in June 2015.

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South Padre in Top 5 spring break destinations

South Padre in Top 5 spring break destinations | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

South Padre Island is another popular party spot for a college student’s Spring Break vacation.   South Padre Island is at the southern tip of Texas, nearly crossing the border.

Michael Stuart's insight:

Since it is in the gulf, it is typically a great spot to get a tan and have some brews. South Padre Island has miles of beaches, as well as plenty of parties and events scheduled for the Spring Break season. Also, it is a great place to catch some waves. Surf’s up in South Padre.

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10 million 'missing' gallons from the BP oil spill turn up on sea floor

10 million 'missing' gallons from the BP oil spill turn up on sea floor | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Government officials and BP cleanup crews could not find millions of gallons of oil. 


It was known that a portion of the oil from the spill had settled on the Gulf of Mexico sea floor, but only a small fraction had been found so far, with 70% of the oil remaining "missing". But a new study published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology found up to 10 million gallons of crude that settled at the bottom of the Gulf.

Michael Stuart's insight:

It's now been almost 5 years since over 200 million U.S. gallons of oil were spilled over an area of around 68,000 square miles, and we're still picking up the pieces.

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Draw More People to Your Yard Sale by Showing Off High Value Items

Draw More People to Your Yard Sale by Showing Off High Value Items | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
When you host a yard sale, a big chunk of your customers are probably going to be people just passing by. Hook more of them in by taking a big play out of the retail playbook.
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NOAA study finds marshes, reefs, beaches can enhance coastal resilience

NOAA study finds marshes, reefs, beaches can enhance coastal resilience | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

NOAA study finds marshes, reefs, beaches can enhance coastal resilience.
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Via Grant W. Graves
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Five years after spill, Gulf Coast waits for fine money

Five years after spill, Gulf Coast waits for fine money | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON – Five years after the massive BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Gulf Coast communities are still waiting for the billions promised to help them recover from the nation's worst environmental disaster.
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Tax them

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Schlitterbahn South Padre Island opens for Summer Season!

Schlitterbahn South Padre Island opens for Summer Season! | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Schlitterbahn South Padre Island Waterpark’s weekend schedule will feature both the indoor and outdoor park for guests to enjoy. We encourage all guests to take advantage of our Transportainment system – which allows tubers to enjoy every attraction in the outdoor waterpark without ever having to leave the water!


At Schlitterbahn parking is free and guests are welcome to bring a picnic from home.

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There is no charge for tubes, life vests or boogie boards in the waterpark, these are available on a first come, first serve basis.

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Alligator goes for a swim in the Gulf of Mexico

Alligator goes for a swim in the Gulf of Mexico | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
As their springtime mating season approaches, it will soon be commonplace to find alligators in all sorts of unexpected places throughout the Houston area.
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"Everybody got a big thrill out of seeing an alligator, South Padre has one too"

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Spring break in South Texas in the 80s and 90s

Spring break in South Texas in the 80s and 90s | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
By the late 1980s, Texas hot spots for spring break, from Matamoros to Galveston were in full swing. These archived photos take a look back to how students indulged in this annual blowout nearly 30 years ago. 
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Ditching parkas for bikinis and energy drinks for beer bongs, they will cut and run to warm, sunny beaches all along the U.S. coast.

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Fredericksburg: most millionaires per capita in Texas

Fredericksburg: most millionaires per capita in Texas | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Those findings were recently released in a study by The Wall Street Journal, which looked for more than $1 million in investable assets. Those are defined as highly liquid holdings, such as stocks, bonds, savings accounts and cash. The measurement does not include real estate or assets tied up in most types of retirement accounts.

The study found Los Alamos, New Mexico, to be the number one place in the nation for percentage of millionaires. States with a concentration of technology, aerospace and medical industries led the findings as those mark diversified economies based around those industries that are good for building wealth.

Michael Stuart's insight:

“I don’t know much about the rankings, but I know there are a lot of people here who are very philanthropic,” Mayor Linda Langerhans said.


“Some people who have lived their whole life in Fredericksburg are quite wealthy but you would never know it. Maybe they live frugally and save, but they don’t wear a lot of fancy clothes or jewelry.”

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Texas Coast e-bike drive coming to North America

Texas Coast e-bike drive coming to North America | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
It is a pedal assist mechanism, a different approach than we are used to in North America.
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Riding on the windy Texas coast is a pain for many, no more! and who'd know with this one.


Get your hustle on and challenge a youngster to a race around the Island.

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Carnival Breeze, Carnival Liberty to reposition to Galveston

Carnival Breeze, Carnival Liberty to reposition to Galveston | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Carnival will further bolster its leadership position in Galveston, repositioning Carnival Breeze and Carnival Liberty to Texas in 2016, joining Carnival Freedom

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“Galveston is one of our fastest-growing points of embarkation and deploying two of our most innovative ships to this homeport speaks volumes about our confidence in growing this market,” said Christine Duffy, Carnival’s president. '


“Carnival Breeze and Carnival Liberty not only offer our guests incredible on-board experiences but also provide our valued travel agent partners with exciting new choices to market to their clients”


Carnival Liberty and Carnival Breeze will shift to Galveston in 2016, providing consumers with Texas-sized fun on departures from the Lone Star State.



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