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An Airstream and Playroom by the Beach

An Airstream and Playroom by the Beach | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
A couple in Israel seizes the rare chance to rehab a 1969 Airstream to experiment with indoor-outdoor, space-efficient living.
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Keren Milchberg Porat and Shai Porat’s home combines a rehabbed Airstream and single-room structure into a cohesive whole. The playroom is positioned as close as possible to the trailer without blocking its light and view and is clad in similar galvanized steel sheeting.


Keren’s notion of a comfortable home was pushed to its limit by a three-week business trip with her family to notoriously space-challenged Tokyo, Japan.


At the time, she’d been living with her husband and business partner, Shai Porat, pregnant with their son, Mai, in a roomy 1,100-square-foot loft; their temporary quarters in Tokyo turned out to be a closet-like studio. Despite Keren’s initial qualms, she found herself thoroughly inspired by the experience. “Everything in the Japan apartment was so well thought out,” she says. “It felt very good"


Lest such a setup still seem too cramped for a family of four, Keren points out that the womb-like trailer, where the family sleeps, is actually quite kid-friendly: “The size and lack of corners make them feel very safe and secure,” she says. As for the grown-up Porats, foregoing extraneous possessions, decor, and square footage has had its own benefits. “We feel free in our minds here, very open,” Keren says. “Living this way is like a meditation.”

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Governor Abbott Orders Increased Readiness Of State Operations Center As Tropical Storm Cindy Approaches Gulf Coast

Governor Abbott Orders Increased Readiness Of State Operations Center As Tropical Storm Cindy Approaches Gulf Coast | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
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State resources currently engaged in the emergency preparation effort include:

Texas Department of Public Safety
Texas Department of Transportation
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
Texas Department of State Health Services
Texas Public Utility Commission
Texas A&M Forest Service
Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX)
American Red Cross
The Salvation Army

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Hit the beach in South Padre Island

Hit the beach in South Padre Island | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
Runners drop the day’s first footprints as an orange-streaked sky throws sparks across th
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Study: South Padre Island ranks 2nd in the nation for spring break alcohol, drug Instagram posts

Study: South Padre Island ranks 2nd in the nation for spring break alcohol, drug Instagram posts | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
As college students take to the beach for spring break, social media is being overtaken by bikinis, beaches and beer bongs - especially on South Padre Island.
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South Padre A Favorite Spring Break Destination

South Padre A Favorite Spring Break Destination | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
Spring Break is right around the corner, and we're always ready to head to the beach for some fun!
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US News Travel has some suggestions for Top Spring Break Destinations, based on best hotels, flights, and things to do. Check out their list below

  1. Miami Beach – fabulous beaches, great night life
  2. Cancun – most popular Spring Break destination in North America
  3. Bahamas – Caribbean culture and cheap lodging
  4. Cabo San Lucas – party capital of southern Baja
  5. Maui – not the cheapest, but affordable in between seasons
  6. Puerto Vallarta – lots of outdoor activities, and great club scene
  7. South Padre Island – the only time of year that this low key location isn’t filled with families on the sand
  8. Playa del Carmen – affordable accommodations, and lots to do for the 20 something crowd
  9. Jamaica – great aquatic activities, and lots of bars for night time fun
  10. San Diego – great boardwalk, and lovely Mission Beach


Dawgs Top 10 Favorites are below

 

  1. Gulf Shores, Alabama – six miles and soft, sugary-white sands on the Fort Morgan peninsula
  2. Destin, Florida – a personal favorite, and a short 6 hour drive from Lafayette
  3. Siesta Key, Florida – part of the barrier island’s 35 miles of coastline, along with Turtle Beach and Crescent Beach
  4. West Ship Island, Mississippi – Part of Gulf Shores National Seashore
  5. Galveston Island, Texas – Close to Houston, with 32 miles of sandy beaches and lots of local flavor
  6. South Padre Island, Texas – a haven for spring breakers for decades
  7. Marco Island, Florida – one of the largest of Florida’s ‘Ten Thousand Islands’
  8. St George Island, Florida – between the Gulf of Mexico and the Apalachicola Bay
  9. Orange Beach, Alabama – bordering Florida’s Perdido Key along the Emerald Coast
  10. Panama City Beach, Florida – just a short 40 minute jaunt from Destin, along the Florida Panhandle
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How a Family of 3 Lives in 675 Square Feet — Dwell

How a Family of 3 Lives in 675 Square Feet — Dwell | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
675 square feet might seem awfully small for a family of three — but this Brooklyn couple and their son are making it work, thanks to some clever renovations. Here are the small-space solutions that make this little apartment livable.
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Hundreds of sea turtles rescued from frigid Texas coast

Hundreds of sea turtles rescued from frigid Texas coast | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
Over the weekend, more than 200 green sea turtles washed up along the coast.
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This 'zero fuel' electric VW bus conversion features its own rooftop solar array

This 'zero fuel' electric VW bus conversion features its own rooftop solar array | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
When the classic style of a '73 VW bus is combined with an electric vehicle conversion and an onboard photovoltaic array, you get an eye-catching family-sized clean transport solution.
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Economic snapshot: Is Texas the new California?

Economic snapshot: Is Texas the new California? | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
A new study finds hundreds of companies have left the Golden State in the past seven years, with about 15 percent finding a home in the more business-friendly Lone Star state.
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Business Travelers Want to Be Left to Their Own Devices

Business Travelers Want to Be Left to Their Own Devices | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
Smartphones have already transformed vacation planning, but business travelers looking to use Uber, Airbnb and other tech tools find they must take on sometimes unyielding corporate travel policies.
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Polka Dots Help Pedestrians Reclaim Space in Austin

Polka Dots Help Pedestrians Reclaim Space in Austin | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
The colorful approach is part of a project to enhance safety for both people and cars.
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Austin Small Boutique has Great Online Shop

Austin Small Boutique has Great Online Shop | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

One of the most gratifying things about traveling is getting to shop cool, small boutiques in a city that’s not your own. The sense of excitement, and above all else, the fun that comes from browsing a totally new retail scene and discovering labels you’ve never seen before is reason enough to board a plane.

But in some cases, you don’t have to. While many of these special little shops don't operate web stores, a handful of them do it so well that online fans might not even realize they’re anchored by brick-and-mortar operations.

 

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Austin's By George presents a mix of hip US-based labels and modern European brands.

 

The men’s and women’s sections are robust and the home category features little extras like locally made bitters, beach towels, sleek ceramics, and travel guides.

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Climate Adaptation

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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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How to Stay Fit on Vacation | Luxury Retreats Magazine

How to Stay Fit on Vacation | Luxury Retreats Magazine | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

A guide designed to help you stay in shape on vacation and have fun doing it.

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Tesla's Solar Roof System to Begin Taking Orders Next Month

Tesla's Solar Roof System to Begin Taking Orders Next Month | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has announced via Twitter that his company’s fully-integrated solar roof system is nearly ready to be released to the public
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Adopt A Beach

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Since the first cleanup in 1986, more than 488,000 Texas Adopt-A-Beach volunteers have picked up more than 9,200 tons of trash from Texas beaches, some of it originating from as far away as South America.
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Things to Do in Corpus Christi | Tour Texas

Things to Do in Corpus Christi | Tour Texas | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
Learn about the many things to do in Corpus Christi, such as swimming at nine beaches, fishing, exploring the USS Lexington, and visiting first-rate museums.
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Why You Should Make Vacation Time a Priority This Year

Why You Should Make Vacation Time a Priority This Year | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
Regularly taking time off to spend with friends and family vastly improves well-being across all income levels, according to a new Gallup survey.
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Holiday Inn Corpus Christi North Padre Island - Padre Island Hotels, Texas

Holiday Inn Corpus Christi North Padre Island 4 Stars Padre Island Hotels, Texas Within US Travel Directory One of our top picks in Padre Island.

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Why the Bus Might be the Future of Transportation

Why the Bus Might be the Future of Transportation | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
They’re zero-emissions. They drive themselves. And they’re longer than a blue whale. Can the humble city bus get a modern makeover?
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Valley's Texas Master Naturalists taking applications for 2017 class

Valley's Texas Master Naturalists taking applications for 2017 class | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
SOUTH PADRE ISLAND  —  The Texas Master Naturalists program is taking applications through December for new members interested in the Rio Grande Valley’s native habitat and how to sustain its natural process between land and wildlife, according to organizers.


One of two Texas Master Naturalists chapters in the Rio Grande Valley is taking applications for 2017 classes. Members here help build a bird sanctuary, one of many projects they can pursue. (AgriLife Communications photo by Tony Reisinger)

“We’re inviting people interested in learning more about our highly unique ecosystem we have here in South Texas and who want to help us maintain and improve on what nature has provided,” said Tony Reisinger, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agent for coastal and marine resources in Cameron County and a Texas Master Naturalists advisor.

Texas Master Naturalists is a program supported by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas Sea Grant and AgriLife Extension, he said. Among their many efforts, volunteers provide youth education programs and outreach and service to local nature centers and parks.

The deadline to apply for membership in the Rio Grande Valley Chapter of the Texas Master Naturalists is Dec. 31, Reisinger said. Training begins Jan. 11. The cost is $150 and includes textbooks, fees and a one-year membership. Scholarships are available.

For membership and scholarship information, visit www.rgvctmn.org. Other information on the website includes a list of partners, the schedule of monthly speakers whose talks are free and open to the public, a live bird camera, a gallery of articles written by members, a calendar of events, field trips and more.


The Rio Grande Valley chapter of Texas Master Naturalists is taking applications through December for next year’s classes.

Classes are taught by an array of experts, including local university professors and field personnel from Texas Parks and Wildlife and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“We have something for everyone interested in nature,” Reisinger said. “All Valley residents over the age of 18 as well as Winter Texans are welcome. We evolve into educated volunteers who become involved in myriad activities to learn about, work with and help educate others about the special land on which we live.”

Students attend weekly Wednesday evening classes from 6-9 p.m. through April 11. They are held in San Benito at the Cameron County Annex Building conference room at Williams Road and U.S. Highway 83/77.

Anita Westervelt, a member of the Rio Grande Valley Chapter, said members team up with more than 60 local partners who work with federal and local wildlife parks, coastal naturalist programs, cities, schools and other public entities.

“There are hundreds of opportunities, from studying ocelots and other mammals to joining cutting-edge university studies, developing public native gardens and even working with national programs like the one helping save monarch butterflies,” she said.

Westervelt said there are also plenty of interesting activities for bird lovers.

“We explore bird habitat in thorn forests, urban birding and migration, and there are volunteer opportunities to document and save shore birds and their habitat,” she said. “We don’t leave out the Gulf of Mexico, beach inhabitants and trends. And we also explore the Rio Grande and its evolution and learn about invasive species that threaten the Valley’s ecological uniqueness.”

To speak to a Texas Master Naturalist, call 956-748-3190 or email rgvctmntreasurer@gmail.com.
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The Best Tips for Finding Cheap Airfare With Google Flights

The Best Tips for Finding Cheap Airfare With Google Flights | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
Google Flights is a solid tool for booking travel. You’re probably already familiar with its basic functions, like finding the best price for flights and browsing flexible dates that can save you money and time. However, there are some other, lesser-known features that can help you squeeze even more out of your travel budget.
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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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