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Suit fails to block oil lease sale in Gulf of Mexico

Suit fails to block oil lease sale in Gulf of Mexico | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

The federal government will move ahead with the first auction of offshore petroleum leases in the Gulf of Mexico since the Deepwater Horizon disaster.


The Interior Department's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement plans to auction 3,900 blocks off the Texas coast.

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Gulf Oil Spill: BP Cited For 5 More Alleged Violations

Gulf Oil Spill: BP Cited For 5 More Alleged Violations | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Federal regulators have issued a second set of violations against BP for activities related to the blown-out well that led to the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.


More money for the Gulf Coast Regional recovery and future improvements.

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Former secretary of state to establish Texas coast recreation area

Former secretary of state to establish Texas coast recreation area | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Former Secretary of State James A. Baker and Houston businessman John L. Nau want to establish a coastal recreation area as part of a four-county approach to economic development, hurricane flood abatement, conservation and recreation.


A National Recreation Area is a designation given by Congress to land and water with significant outdoor recreation potential..

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Air Padre Kiteboarding South Padre Island

Air Padre Kiteboarding South Padre Island | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Air Padre Kiteboarding was first a kiteboarding school which has grown and now offers kiteboarding lessons kite repairs, watersports rentals, surfing lessons, and kitesurfing equipment sales on South Padre Island along the Texas Gulf Coast..

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Gulf of Mexico shrimpers dismiss offer from oil spill

Gulf of Mexico shrimpers dismiss offer from oil spill | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Gulf of Mexico shrimpers and crabbers, who have reported diminished catches since the BP oil spill, are being offered a more generous settlement package because of lingering uncertainties over the safety of their seafood.


But thousands of crabbers and shrimpers are holding out and are planning to sue BP in court rather than settle. A trial begins in New Orleans next February over the spill.

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Local works of art chosen for display on Port Aransas ferries

Local works of art chosen for display on Port Aransas ferries | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Six local artists have been chosen for their winning vision of the Coastal Bend, with their works of art to be featured on three ferries in Port Aransas.


The pieces soon will be on display on the B.L. DeBerry, R.E. Stotzer, Jr. and Arnold W. Oliver ferries. It's the second time ferry officials have hosted an art contest seeking decorative additions to the ferries.

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South Padre Island flying high for spring break 2012

South Padre Island flying high for spring break 2012 | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

The helicopter rides are one of the new flying high features you'll notice this spring break on South Padre Island, already known for the only ocean parasailing on the Texas coast, at 300ft up.


The Island is hoping to lure more families, for spring break, becuase they spend more money like on $65 helicopter rides.

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Bolivar Peninsula Annual Christmas Bird Count

Bolivar Peninsula Annual Christmas Bird Count | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

The National Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count is an unprecedented volunteer endeavor by ordinary people.


The center of the count is out in East Bay north of Gilchrist. It goes from High Island down the Bolivar Peninsula four miles past the Rollover Pass and includes the Anahuac National Wildlife Refugeplus Oyster Bayou.

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How do Beaches Form?

How do Beaches Form? | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Beaches form as waves deposit sand and other sediments and wind pushes these sediments inland, creating a beach and accompanying dunes. The size and shape of a beach can wax and wane dramatically throughout its lifetime, as beaches are influenced by tides, weather, winds, and man-made objects on and around the beach.

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Where do I get NOAA tides and currents data?

Where do I get NOAA tides and currents data? | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

The Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) and its predecessors have gathered oceanographic data along our nation's coasts for over 200 years to protect life, property, and the environment.

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Port Aransas attracts a wide variety of feathered residents

Port Aransas attracts a wide variety of feathered residents | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

The Central Texas coast around Port Aransas attracts a wide variety of feathered residents.


Fall and winter are a great time to see wildlife in its natural habitat. Shallow coastal ponds and tidal pools are seaside cafes for more than 300 varieties of birds.

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Port A and South Padre best in beach water quality ratings

Port A and South Padre best in beach water quality ratings | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

The Natural Resources Defense Council about its just-released beach water quality ratings. In Texas, two beaches earned four stars (getting all but the one for frequent testing): South Padre Island and Port Aransas


See the ratings at: http://www.nrdc.org/water/oceans/ttw/200beaches.asp

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On the Texas Coast, close encounters with sea creatures

On the Texas Coast, close encounters with sea creatures | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
Scarlet Colley calls herself the Dolphin Whisperer, but, really, she hollers at them. "Play for us, my darlings!" she trills as a couple of dolphins leap from the Laguna Madre between South Padre Island and Port Isabel.
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U.S. Green Building Councils Texas Gulf Coast Chapter

U.S. Green Building Councils Texas Gulf Coast Chapter | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

McGuireWoods LLP announced today that David Ronn, a partner in the firm's Houston office, has been named chair of the United States Green Building Council's (USGBC) Texas Gulf Coast Chapter.


The Texas Gulf Coast Chapter operates four branches along the state's coastline and a regional headquarters in Houston.

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Texas leads States that are Growing More Competitive

Texas leads States that are Growing More Competitive | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Texas leads a side-by-side analysis of every state to see which states are becoming more competitive (that is, gaining a larger share of the total job creation), and which are losing their share of the jobs being created.


Oil is driving lots of other economic activity within Texas. As the economy recovers, the states with higher competitive effects could have an advantage over states that haven’t been able to create or pull their fair share of the jobs.

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Texas Groundwater Severely Depleted

Texas Groundwater Severely Depleted | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

A new NASA map reveals the extreme depletion of groundwater in Texas and other parts of the southern United States due to drought.


The record-breaking drought in Texas that has fueled wildfires, decimated crops, and forced the sale of cattle herds has also reduced levels of groundwater to the lowest levels observed in more than 63 years. Groundwater is moisture trapped in pores in the soil and in underground gaps in rock, often known as aquifers.

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Skrillex Ultimate Music Experience on South Padre Island

Skrillex Ultimate Music Experience on South Padre Island | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Electronic artist Skrillex, who was recently nominated for five Grammy awards, will be performing at the Ultimate Music Experience next year Saturday, March 17, at Schlitterbahn Water Park in South Padre Island.

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Work is Heading to Texas

Work is Heading to Texas | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Texas is expected to add the most jobs over the next five years on a percentage basis.


Employment in Texas is expected to increase by 2.9 percent annually through 20150— or add 1.6 million new net jobs in that period, according to research from Moody’s Analytics.

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Galveston Corpus Christi and South Padre Island Gaiety

Galveston Corpus Christi  and South Padre Island Gaiety | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Although America's Gulf Coast doesn't have any major gay beach resorts, the Texas barrier island of Galveston has steadily become a popular destination with GLBT travelers.


About 220 miles south, the coast's largest city, Corpus Christi, contains a number of notable attractions as well as the coast's only gay bar south of Galveston.


And at the southern tip of the Texas coast, scenic South Padre Island has developed increased cachet as a getaway, thanks in part to biannual Splash South Padre Island gay parties.

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Galveston Bay designated as new Great Water

Galveston Bay designated as new Great Water | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Galveston Bay has been designated as one of nine new “Great Waters” by America’s Great Waters Coalition.


The Coalition works to ensure the restoration of America’s Great Waters to protect people, wildlife, and the economy by advocating for adequate funding for restoration efforts and raising awareness about the challenges facing our nation’s Great Waters.

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The beach all to yourself on Port Aransas in December

The beach all to yourself on Port Aransas in December | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

In the height of summer’s tourist season, the beaches of Port Aransas are packed on the typical hot sunny days.


But in December, you have the beach (and bay) all to yourself!

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BirdGuides 2012 Catalogue

BirdGuides 2012 Catalogue | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

The BirdGuides 2012 catalogue is available to download. It's packed with new products and some old favourites. Click on the following link to download your free copy: http://www.birdguides.com/catalogue/BirdGuides_2012.pdf

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RVs being kept off ferries in Port Aransas during low tide

RVs being kept off ferries in Port Aransas during low tide | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Officials in Port Aransas are advising recreational vehicle drivers to check first before trying to hitch a ride on a local ferry.


RV drivers can call the Ferry Dispatch Center at 749-2850 for updated tide information.

Ferry officials also will post tide information on the Twitter account at PortA_Ferry.

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Galveston new officials plan to learn first

Galveston new officials plan to learn first | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

The new council members would like to see their focus turned to job creation and local housing.


Galveston has many positive attributes that town leaders can promote to prospective businesses.

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A Great Move from Canada to South Padre

A Great Move from Canada to South Padre | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

 “It’s definitely a change in weather,” she said. “The more beautiful sun; I enjoy the warm weather. As far as leaving Canada and the four seasons, I don’t really miss winter. I don’t think I’d trade my palm trees and my tropics for winter at this point in my life.”
“I really enjoy South Padre Island and the beach and it’s just such a beautiful gift that this area happens to have” A Great Move by Parker McDonald

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