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Schlitterbahn Seasonal Hire Increase and a new park coming to Corpus Christi

Schlitterbahn Seasonal Hire Increase and a new park coming to Corpus Christi | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Schlitterbahn has water parks on the Texas coast in South Padre and Galveston, with a new park opening in Corpus Christi's North Padre Island (Upper Padre) this summer.

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Schlitterbahn has launched the 2014 search for staff ready to work at the World’s Best Waterpark!


Schlitterbahn has increased its target for staff hiring this year to manage its extended season.


“While we need folks who are interested in every area of  our operations, we start out the year looking for our most iconic staff role – life guards,” noted Darren Hill, Schlitterbahn’s General Manager.


“Since we provide all the necessary life guard training, hiring for those positions has to happen early in the year.”

The park offers special benefits including free park admission for staff, reduced admission for family, attendance bonuses, staff parties, and skills that can last a lifetime.


Schlitterbahn also has water parks on the Texas coast in South Padre and Galveston, with a new park opening in Corpus Christi's North Padre Island (Upper Padre) this summer.


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http://www.schlitterbahn.com/work-schlitterbahn

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8 Tips for Ranking Higher in Airbnb Search Results

8 Tips for Ranking Higher in Airbnb Search Results | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Airbnb  Ranking Tip 1: Use Social Media

Frequently click throughs to your listing page can positively affect your placement, the more interest there is in your property, the higher it will rank.


Airbnb Ranking Tip 2: Showcase your best photo


Airbnb  Ranking Tip 3: Have a high response rate


Airbnb Ranking Tip 4: Build up great reviews


Airbnb Ranking Tip 5: Make sure your profile is complete


Airbnb Ranking Tip 6: Avoid rejections and cancellations


Airbnb Ranking Tip 7: Update your calendar regularly

 

Two of the vacation rental industry’s biggest marketplaces – Airbnb and HomeAway – have implemented big changes on their websites, transforming the direction of their businesses. For HomeAway, the most notable adjustment came with the removal of contact information, which is now only visible once the booking is complete. For Airbnb, this was the renewed focus on “Instant Book” listings over the more traditional inquiry-based version.

 

Both platforms are using these changes as a way of lessening (or even eventually eradicating) communication between both parties, turning the sites into something that looks more like a booking engine and less like an open marketplace.

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Hotel WiFi Test

Hotel WiFi Test | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Business travelers depend on the internet to stay connected to clients, remain in contact with the office, and to conduct meetings on the go. Recreational guests want fast WiFi for entertainment purposes, and for keeping in touch with family and friends. Unfortunately, many hotels who boast about free WiFi neglect to ensure that the quality the connection is worth the price they charge for the stay.

 

The availability of WiFi has become a major factor when it comes to how many people choose their accommodation, but selecting a hotel for their WiFi is useless when service is spotty, bandwidth limited. No one wants to deal with constant buffering and slow speeds that limit browsing and downloading. 

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Texas mom drowns saving son - prompts discussion on safety at Galveston beaches 

Texas mom drowns saving son - prompts discussion on safety at Galveston beaches  | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

The drowning of a woman after she rescued her 4-year-old son revived a discussion about how to make beaches safer on the Bolivar Peninsula.

 

Most drownings are fisherman wading into fast currents at Rollover Pass, a man-made cut in the peninsula that connects the Gulf of Mexico with Galveston Bay.

 

County commissioners this month approved a settlement agreement for the $1.75 million purchase of Rollover Pass, advancing plans to close one of Texas' most renowned fishing spots following a long legal battle.

 

Lifeguards are also stationed on summer weekends at San Luis Pass on the western tip of the island to enforce the no-swimming law because of the fierce currents and rapidly changing sea bottom.

 

A Bolivar Peninsula RV Park manager checks the Galveston Beach Patrol website every morning and hoists a colored flag reflecting the water condition up a 30-foot pole. A sign at the RV Park and pamphlets in the office explain the flag system: green, calm conditions; yellow, caution; red, unusual conditions; purple, jellyfish; and an orange triangle, poor air or water quality.

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Google SOS Alerts can guide you during a crisis

Google SOS Alerts can guide you during a crisis | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

When you're in the midst of a crisis, your internet search priorities are clearly different than usual: am I in danger? Where can I go for safety? Google SOS Alerts

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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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Four Castaways Make a Family

Four Castaways Make a Family | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
In adopting three foster children, a woman with a fraught past of her own makes “a decision to love.”
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Gulf of Mexico's dead zone

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There's alarming news about an area in the Gulf of Mexico known as the dead zone. That's an area in the gulf where oxygen levels are so low, and it can't support marine life. And a just release
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Things To Do In Port Aransas- The Small Town With Big Fun

Things To Do In Port Aransas- The Small Town With Big Fun | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
In Port Aransas it’s all about fun in the sun and sand! The beaches of Mustang Island are fantastically unique. There are eighteen miles of uninterrupted public
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What not to do in a disaster

What not to do in a disaster | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Survival is less about heroic actions than avoiding mindless mistakes.

 

New situations are extremely mentally taxing, as we work to build up a new model of the world around us – a fact which may explain why we tend to feel so tired when we’re abroad or first start a new job. In an emergency, adjusting to the new situation can be more than our brains can take. Instead, we tend to just press on as though nothing is happening.

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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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