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Fun on the Texas Coast in Port Aransas Airs on TV

Fun on the Texas Coast in Port Aransas Airs on TV | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Fun on the Texas Coast," the Port Aransas segment on Travelscope's season will air this Sunday on KEDT, the Public Broadcast Station (PBS) in the Corpus Christi. Tune in Sunday afternoon, November 20th at 4 p.m. to view this outstanding show that features many familiar places and faces from Port Aransas.

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Enjoying some solitude on Galveston Island

Enjoying some solitude on Galveston Island | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Oh, how I miss being in space and witnessing 16 sunrises every day! - John Muir

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What is Digital Coast?

What is Digital Coast? | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

The Digital Coast is a cost-effective resource for coastal communities. Through the Digital Coast, users can find the information they need to explore the implications of sea level rise, conduct risk and vulnerability assessments, develop community green infrastructure plans, and much more. The site also provides valuable case studies to highlight how data and tools available from the Digital Coast have been used to address coastal management issues

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South Padre Island officials reject high-tech parking meters

South Padre Island officials reject high-tech parking meters | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

A proposal to place high-tech parking meters on Gulf Boulevard was voted down by city commissioners. The Gulf Coast Chapter of the Surfriders Foundation, which led the opposition, said the main objection is profits from the parking meters would not go to the beach maintenance fund...

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Galveston Channel gate, levee best storm defense, study says

Galveston Channel gate, levee best storm defense, study says | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

A giant floodgate at the Galveston entrance to the Houston Ship Channel, coupled with a 130-mile wetlands recreation area, should be built to protect teh area from hurricane storm surges, a research team from five Texas universities recommended...

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Boardwalk, new marinas proposed in Galveston

Boardwalk, new marinas proposed in Galveston | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Billionaire developer George Mitchell wants to sink $25 million into improvements in Galveston and is trying to get on the May ballot for voters to decide if they will let him. His island company will invest $25 million in improvements to the tourist area, including building 80 condominium units, expanding the Harbor House hotel at Pier 21, adding a boardwalk and 50 boat slips.

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Galveston hopes cruise ship works tourism Magic

Galveston hopes cruise ship works tourism Magic | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
Island officials hope the ship will bring the island more tourism dollars, as Galveston marked a milestone in its decade-long efforts to market the port city as a cruising destination.

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Schlitterbahn could make waves in local tourism for the Corpus Christi area

Schlitterbahn could make waves in local tourism for the Corpus Christi area | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Schlitterbahn has boosted other economies, and while there are still plenty of questions surrounding a proposed Schlitterbahn water park resort on Padre Island, one thing remains certain — it will change life on the island and reshape tourism in Corpus Christi.

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A Costco is coming near South Padre Island

A Costco is coming near South Padre Island | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Costco is coming near South Padre Island to Pharr Texas where the city of Pharr agreed to pay $11 million in incentives...

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Gulf Coast upset over OK to wrap up BP cleanup

Gulf Coast upset over OK to wrap up BP cleanup | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
Word that the government is letting BP end its cleanup of the Gulf Coast left many residents seething and fearful over who would monitor or respond to any lingering effects of the worst oil spill in U.

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Coast Guard OKs winding down BP Gulf Coast spill cleanup

Coast Guard OKs winding down BP Gulf Coast  spill cleanup | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
A government plan that ends most of BP's responsibility for cleaning up oil washing onto the Gulf Coast marks a shift toward restoration efforts by the company, but many in the region are worried about who will handle the monitoring of...
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Paid parking on South Padre Island?

Paid parking on South Padre Island? | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
Paid parking on South Padre Island?KGBT-TVA headache for visitors and residents alike, the city of South Padre thinks they have a solution to the parking issue along the beach.
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Coastal Bend birders gear up for Christmas

Coastal Bend birders gear up for Christmas | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
Coastal Bend birders gear up for Christmas countsCorpus Christi Caller TimesOur local counts are Corpus Christi (the west side) which rated 19th and counted 180 species; Flour Bluff, 21st, which logged 179 species; and Port Aransas, which beat both...
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6 cool things to do in Galveston

6 cool things to do in Galveston | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

6 cool things to do in Galveston, Texas. 

1. Schlitterbahn Island Water Park

2. Lone Star Flight Museum

3. Moody Gardens

4. Tour Bishop’s Palace

5. Galveston Harbor Tour

6. Historic Downtown Tour

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Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change: Get Ready For Extreme Weather

Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change: Get Ready For Extreme Weather | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Think of the Texas drought and hurricanes. That's the warning from top international climate scientists and disaster experts. One scientist points to this year's drought and string of 100 degree days in Texas and Oklahoma, which set an all-time record for hottest month for any U.S. state this summer.


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Green Updates Help a Home’s Resale Value

Green Updates Help a Home’s Resale Value | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

When a number of environmentally friendly updates are implemented together, they can help your home stand out from the crowd. Starting with easy low-cost changes that target energy savings, clean water and clean air...

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Gulf Coast Real Time Oil Spill Map is Depressing as Hell

Gulf Coast Real Time Oil Spill Map is Depressing as Hell | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

You probably don't want to know how much oil is spilling into pristine environments at this very moment arounf the gulf of mexico.

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TransCanada Agrees To Move Controversial Gulf Coast Pipeline Route

TransCanada Agrees To Move Controversial Gulf Coast Pipeline Route | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Canadian pipeline developer TransCanada will shift the route of its planned oil pipeline out of the environmentally sensitive Sandhills area of Nebraska. The announcement follows the federal government's decision to delay a federal permit for the project that will carry crude oil from Canada to Texas Gulf Coast refineries, hoping to push through the $7 billion job creating project. Read about the pipeline at: 
http://www.transcanada.com/keystone.html

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2011/2012 Dune Restoration Season Begins on South Padre Island

2011/2012 Dune Restoration Season Begins on South Padre Island | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

The first Dune Restoration Planting of the 2011/2012 planting season started very strong on South Padre Island ! Over 80 volunteers made up of students, families, residents and visitors showed up to help the City of South Padre Island and the Surfrider Foundation South Texas Chapter plant 6,000 Bitter Panicum and Sea Oats to help establish and stabilize new dunes along the beaches.

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Winter escape to the South Padre and the Rio Grande Valley

Winter escape to the South Padre and the Rio Grande Valley | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

People come to the Rio Grande Valley for many reasons. The weather during winter months is phenomenal, it average about 78 degrees. This is equal to the weather of South Florida. Many Snowbirds have become what is known here as “Winter Texans”.

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Less is the New More: Making the Most of Small Spaces

Less is the New More: Making the Most of Small Spaces | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it


Good Design For Living in Smaller Condos on the coast as people migrate to smaller spaces, good design helps a lot.

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Homeland Security Today: Mexican TCO Members Quietly Living Among Us - For Now

Homeland Security Today: Mexican TCO Members Quietly Living Among Us - For Now | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

There is something else that makes South Padre/Brownsville - as well as the neighboring cities of Harlingen and McAllen - different from the average, small port community. And that is it is located a few hundred yards from the US-Mexico border and one of the most violent areas in Mexico.

As a result, many members of Mexico’s transnational criminal organizations (TCOs) spend a considerable amount of time in south Texas.

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Living, and coughing, downwind of Texas smoke stacks

Living, and coughing, downwind of Texas smoke stacks | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
Port Arthur, Texas (AFP) Nov 10, 2011 - When the black smoke pours out of the Texan oil refinery across the road in yet another unplanned discharge, Erma Lee Ellas has just one way to try to keep the cloud of chemicals from reaching her...
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Wetland Foundation says gulf coast faces erosion issues

Wetland Foundation says gulf coast faces erosion issues | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

The Gulf Coast could lose $350 billion in assets during the next 20 years if nothing is done to protect the region according to a study from Americas Wetland Foundation.

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Texas: Rice sustainability study on Galveston Island not so dire ...

Texas: Rice sustainability study on Galveston Island not so dire ... | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
Rice University's Shell Center for Sustainability recently published a sustainability study for Galveston Island, and initial reaction wasn't so positive. In fact, if you heard the report's results second-hand, it sounded like a death ...
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