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10 Reasons Why EarthShips homes are Awesome

10 Reasons Why EarthShips homes are Awesome | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Earthships are 100% sustainable homes that are both cheap to build and awesome to live in. They offer amenities like no other sustainable building style you have come across.

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The most brilliant piece of engineering in the Earthship is their ability to sustain comfortable temperatures year round. Even in freezing cold or blistering hot climates, Earthships constantly hover around 70° Fahrenheight (22° Celsius).


This phenomenon results from the solar heat being absorbed and stored by ‘thermal mass’ — or tires filled with dirt, which make up the structure of the Earthship. The thermal mass acts as a heat sink, releasing or absorbing heat it when the interior cools and heats up, respectively.


The large greenhouse windows at the front of the house always face south to allow the sun to heat up the thermal mass throughout the daytime.

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Temporary Housing? Harvey Victims Are Still Waiting in Texas

Temporary Housing? Harvey Victims Are Still Waiting in Texas | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Coastal Texas officials whose counties and cities bore the brunt of Hurricane Harvey’s deadly blow this summer unleashed a barrage of complaints about recovery efforts at a Texas House subcommittee hearing in Corpus Christi

 

The mayors and county leaders voiced frustration stemming from what they described as a woefully inadequate federal response to the storm’s vast destruction.

 

 

With winter coming, they told stories about residents still living in tents and hotels more than two months after the storm battered southeast Texas.

 

Their criticisms were largely focused on the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which is in charge of initial recovery efforts.

 

“They rank high on promises and way low on promises kept,” Port Aransas Mayor Charles Bujan said.

 

FEMA officials did not immediately respond.

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Glitch in FEMA's system causes concern for Port Aransas residents

Glitch in FEMA's system causes concern for Port Aransas residents | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
A technical glitch with FEMA's emergency assistance system has caused confusion with some Port Aransas residents staying at a local hotel.
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Texas' Metros grow by millions while its small counties struggle

Texas' Metros grow by millions while its small counties struggle | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Texas has become the top destination for people moving from other states, according to a report from the Office of the State Demographer. Leading the way are Californians. 

 

Yet the growth is concentrated in the metros while Texas' smaller counties struggle. 

 

The Metro Growth

The state’s major metropolitan areas have become the focal points of substantial change. While all of Texas is affected by migration, the counties encompassed by major metropolitan areas are experiencing large population increases through the in-migration of people from other states and nations. This growth from external migration sources suggests a future with increasingly heterogeneous populations,  demographically and culturally, residing in the state’s major metropolitan areas. 

 

Non-Metro Growth

At the same time, some of the state’s least
populated counties are losing population through both internal and domestic migration. Because migrants tend to be young adults, this pattern of youth out-migration can lead to increasingly older
populations remaining in these counties. In turn, this ‘aging in place’ can inhibit economic development, restrain community vitality, and reduce population growth through natural increase.
To the extent this pattern of out-migration continues, some of the state’s least populated counties will face continuing population loss.

 

 

Given the differences, it might be said that Texas is one state with different demographic destinies.

 

  • As a whole, Texans are very mobile and Texas is growing from migration.
  • But, within the state, the sifting and sorting of these population movements is uneven.

 

These trends underlie a reshaping of the state’s population geography with some counties losing population while others gain population, some counties growing older while others are attracting young people, and some counties becoming more heterogeneous while others fail to thrive.

 

Texas' migration sharpens the state’s geographical differences in opportunities and challenges.

 

  • For example, while the Metros boom in both population and technology,
  • the south Texas region falls further behind and remains a disadvantaged area.

 

Demographic trends, in combination with occasional hurricanes, helps explain why the Texas coast has volatile population and economic swings, even while the metro audience growth is so strong. 

  • Over the past 20 years, these swings have offered  opportunities to buy coastal property at 1/2 price, and the markets always recovered from strong metro demand.

 

Reference: Demographics.texas.gov/Resources/publications/2017/2017_01_11_TexasMigration.pdf

 

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South Padre Island officials remind people Harvey missed

South Padre Island officials remind people Harvey missed | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

The South Padre Island CVB board approved $300,000 to reinforce marketing along the I-35 corridor and $100,000 for the Rio Grande Valley area. 


The creative content for the enhanced marketing has a new message with a three-part theme,

 

"We're here," "We're open" and "We're beautiful," will be included in advertisements to show visitors the island was not damaged by the storm.

Additionally, hotels will offer special pricing.

South Padre Island is urging the people of San Antonio and Austin to come and visit for a weekend, a week or the whole winter.

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Hilary Duff – Bikini at a beach in Malibu 2017 | Indian Girls Villa

Hilary Duff – Bikini at a beach in Malibu 2017 | Indian Girls Villa | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Hilary Duff – Bikini at a beach

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McCombs to repair and expand coastal resort in Port Aransas

McCombs to repair and expand coastal resort in Port Aransas | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

San Antonio billionaire B.J. “Red” McCombs intends to repair three hurricane-damaged coastal resort communities owned by his investment company’s real estate division.

 

Repairs are already under way at the Palmilla Beach Resort in Port Aransas, The Reserve at St. Charles Bay near Rockport and Coral Reef in Rockport, said Harry Adams, McCombs Enterprises executive vice president of real estate development.

 

McCombs Properties acquired the partially developed Palmilla Beach Resort in 2013 and continued to develop the beachfront resort and golf course, which includes condominiums, cottages, townhomes and custom houses.

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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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The Family of Howard E. Butt, Jr. Donates $1 Million to Coastal Bend Disaster Recovery Group Fund - Texas Border Business

The Family of Howard E. Butt, Jr. Donates $1 Million to Coastal Bend Disaster Recovery Group Fund - Texas Border Business | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
The family of the late Howard E. Butt, Jr., today announced a $1 million donation to support Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts in the hardest hit areas along the Gulf Coast.
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Climate Change creating conditions for more dangerous storms on the Texas coast

Climate Change creating conditions for more dangerous storms on the Texas coast | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Scientists understand a lot more about how climate change affects extreme weather. 

 

Climate Change is creating conditions for more dangerous storms on all coastlines, including Texas.

 

  • Rising temperatures affect extreme weather, creating the right conditions to fuel wetter storms and bigger, more dangerous storm surges.
  • Science has become much more advanced, especially in the field of attribution science—a relatively new discipline within climate science that looks at how climate change factors into individual weather events.
  • Both the computer models and how scientists have learned to communicate the lessons of climate science have become more sophisticated, and there is a growing body of peer-reviewed published literature on the subject.

 

No one suggests that climate change caused a single weather event, but scientists have grown a lot more comfortable talking about the ways rising temperatures affect extreme weather.

 

The Texas coast needs to build higher and stronger for a sustainable future, think high-rise structures vs individual homes.

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The Digital Nomad’s Guide To Working From Anywhere On Earth | Fast Company

The Digital Nomad’s Guide To Working From Anywhere On Earth | Fast Company | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

The work-anywhere, travel-the-world fringe lifestyle is going mainstream–and these apps, services, and events are here to help.

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The Ultimate Fall Itinerary - South Padre Island

The Ultimate Fall Itinerary - South Padre Island | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
Fall is a great time to explore South Padre Island. Temperatures hover around the mid-80s during the day. Couple that with a light sea breeze and you have comfortable weather... Read More
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Apply or renew your U.S.A. passport before January

Apply or renew your U.S.A. passport before January | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Apply for or renew your passports before January because the processing times are the shortest between September and December according to the U.S. State Department.

 

September is Passport Month. If you want to get your passport back quickly, now is the time to apply or renew.

18 million passports were issued in 2016 setting a record. The agency’s website is expecting the number to hit 20 million this year.

The Real ID Act will go into effect in 2018. The law, passed in 2005, requires state driver’s licenses to meet certain security standards to be considered a valid federal ID you can use at airport security checkpoints.

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Are online travel sites providing biased information?

Are online travel sites providing biased information? | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Consumers should beware of the motivation behind OTA business models. Always check the vacation rental or hotel site of your favorite brand to see if you can get a better rate and/or availability.

 

A cyber war has erupted in recent weeks between major online travel agencies such as Expedia (EXPE) and Priceline.com (PCLN) and hotel chains over how some discounts are being offered to consumers.

Earlier this year, Marriott (MAR), Wyndham (WYN) and Hilton Worldwide (HLT) stepped up their efforts to lure consumers away from the online travel agencies, or OTAs, by directly offering discounts on room bookings. The discounts leave the OTAs out of the picture -- and out any fees or commissions on the bookings.

Expedia and Priceline, the two largest OTAs, are fighting back against these direct-to-consumer offers by making the hotels harder to find on their sites, according to industry experts.

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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

Gulf of Mexico's dead zone | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
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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