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Oil Spill Money Helps Texas Protect Coast

Oil Spill Money Helps Texas Protect Coast | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Money paid by BP and Transocean to settle criminal penalties arising from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill has helped Texas close the largest conservation land purchase in the state’s history: Just over 17,000 acres of undisturbed coastal prairie in Calhoun County for $50 million.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation (the non-profit fundraising arm of the state’s parks department) will raise the balance of the funds — about $15 million after the oil spill funds are applied. The foundation would initially be a joint owner of the land, alongside other non-profit conservation organizations; eventually, the plan is for the land to be donated to the department itself.

Conservationists and environmental advocates hailed the purchase as a significant move to protect the state’s coast, which experts estimate is losing hundreds of acres of rural land each day. Conserving rural lands, they said, is crucial not only for preserving open spaces in Texas, but also as a way to protect water resources. Along the coast, keeping land undeveloped can serve as a “natural buffer” against sea-level rise and storm surges — often a much cheaper way to ensure hurricane protection than costly infrastructure like seawalls.

http://www.texastribune.org/2014/08/21/texas-announces-land-conservation-purchase-bp-doll/

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How to Pack for a Texas Coast Weekend Trip

How to Pack for a Texas Coast Weekend Trip | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Waiting until the last minute to pack for a trip isn’t a problem, unless you don’t know what to take.

Baggage Dept (Photo credit: Noël Zia Lee)
  1.  Don’t check a bag.
  2.  Keep a list in your bag or on your phone.
  3.  Pack minimally.
  4.  Be strategic with what you wear.
  5.  Roll your clothing to save space and avoid wrinkling.
  6.  Learn to bundle.
  7.  Bring an extra bag.
  8.  Know the TSA’s 3-1-1 rule.
    Each liquid must be in a 3.4-ounce bottle (or smaller); all of the bottles must be in 1 clear, quart-sized plastic bag; and each passenger can have only 1 bag. If you travel often, consider investing in some 3-ounce, reusable containers. Or just buy the travel-size shampoos and soaps.
  9. Keep electronics and liquids in a convenient place.

Don’t forget waterproof sandals for the beach.

See this video on how to pack a suitcase http://youtu.be/4A0jC07gke0

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15 Gems of the Texas Coast

15 Gems of the Texas Coast | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Texas Beach (Photo credit: Corey Leopold)

The summer heat can be a beast, but even more so if you live in a congested city.  If you want to get away to cool off and relax, Texas has more than 350 miles of wild coastal beauty waiting.  True, when you think of a beach vacation the Texas coast may not be the first to come to mind.  But if you know where to look, you’ll find the Coastal Bend full of beautiful locations ripe for summer fun.  

This list from Texas Monthly discusses in detail fifteen of the best places to relax in nature along the Texas Coast.  As a native Texan, I’m sorry to say I’ve only visited a handful of places on this list.  This awesome list even has several places I’ve never heard of.  To think, the Laguna Atacosa Refuge is close enough for a day trip, and I’ve yet to go watch for ocelots!  (Yes, real ocelots. The Laguna Atacosa Refuge is a 97,000 acre wildlife refuge is home to over four hundred species of birds and myriad other creatures.)

The Texas coast has so much to offer – read the rest of the list here for more.

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World's First Beach Calligrapher Makes Cape Town Beaches Even More Beautiful

World's First Beach Calligrapher Makes Cape Town Beaches Even More Beautiful | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Although calligraphy is one of the oldest forms of artistic writing, this twist by artsit Andrew van der Merwe is relatively new. 




Via Lauren Moss, Royal Presence
Michael Stuart's insight:

For the past eight years, the self-proclaimed Beach Scriber has been creating beautiful calligraphy in the sands of Cape Town.


He uses a special instrument that looks like a gigantic, four-sided, cheese grater on a stick (without the holes) to carve stunning patterns into the sand.


Wearing shoes that are like smaller skateboards without wheels that prevent him from leaving footprints in the sand, he gently steps around his design, working from the inside out.

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