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Reducing Indoor Allergies and Living Green

Reducing Indoor Allergies and Living Green | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

For many Americans, this cozy inside feeling may not last very long due to indoor allergens and overall poor air quality. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) reports 50 million Americans suffer.

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The following ideas help keeping your home allergy-free!


Removing carpeting and using hardwood flooring can greatly reduce indoor allergens.


  • If removing your old carpeting isn’t an option, use low-pile carpeting and
  • vacuum often with a cleaner that has a high-efficiency, small particle (HEPA) air filter.


Maintaining An Even Temperature: Humidity is a home’s worst enemy and humid houses are breeding grounds for dust mites and mold.


  • Maintaining a temperature at 70 F and keeping humidity levels no higher than 50 percent can truly aid in keeping mold at bay.
  • Replacing central heating and cooling system filters once a month will also result in longer lasting machines.
  • Dust mites are one of the main indoor pest allergens, they can usually be controlled by vacuuming carpets, washing hard surfaces, reducing air infiltration in to the home and lowering the humidity level.


Think alternative materials when building or renovating a home. While these materials can be pricey, better health and reduced respiratory allergy issues, especially in young children, far outweigh the one-time investment.


Steel Is The New Wood:


  • Bold new ways of healthier construction can be found in companies such as Hi-Tech Building Systems, a company that supplies ThermaSteel steel structural insulated panels (SSIPs).
  • Made of recyclable steel that protects against issues associated with traditional wood construction such as rot, mold, mildew and unhealthy infestations and insects,
  • significantly reducing unwanted allergens that can affect allergy sufferers.


Keep relative humidity between 30 and 60% to prevent mold, dust mites. If it is too dry, you will further irritate your mucous membranes.

Yet, Too humid means risk of mold.

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Beach Wedding Decoration Ideas

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South Padre KOA park named to top RV park list

South Padre KOA park named to top RV park list | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

The South Padre Island KOA campground has been named among the top dozen RV parks in the nation.

 

Texas’ only island is packed with activities, including surfing, fishing, snorkeling and plenty of shopping and nightlife,” was how the judges viewed the park.

 

The campground is a KOA property, so catering to families is a given. Visitors rave about the clean grounds and friendly, responsive staff.

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The Texas coastline is slowly disappearing. Here's how one community is coping.

The Texas coastline is slowly disappearing. Here's how one community is coping. | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Subsidence, sea level rise, and storm surges have all contributed to a significant land loss, averaging 4 feet per year along the state's coastline, according to the Texas General Land Office. In some places, more than 30 feet of shoreline disappears underwater annually.

 

To proponents of the McFaddin Beach and dune restoration plan, the effort is clearly worth it.

Most of the more than $25 million that's been earmarked for the project comes from settlement money that followed a massive BP oil spill in 2010. Meant to repair environmental damages, the funds are disbursed by several federal and state agencies, including the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. 

The estimated cost of the project could reach $65 million, said Tim Richardson, a consultant on the project, who previously worked on recovery efforts that followed the Exxon Valdez oil spill. But he said the costs of not completing it are much higher. 

Without the dune ridge, "You would have an expansion of the Gulf of Mexico into extremely high-value, national energy and national security assets," Richardson said. Here, "the environmental goal matches up exactly with what industry and homes and businesses need to avoid losses."

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What Is This Jellyfish-Like Creature Washing Up on Texas Beaches?

What Is This Jellyfish-Like Creature Washing Up on Texas Beaches? | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
Jellyfish-like creatures have been washing up on the Texas coast.
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Texas Beaches on the Gulf of Mexico

Texas Beaches on the Gulf of Mexico | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
Texas Beaches are scattered along 560 Km of shoreline in the Gulf of Mexico. Texas is not known for its great beaches but still one can enjoy beautiful summer days on its shores.
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Discovering Meaning Through "The Village"

Discovering Meaning Through "The Village" | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
Do you feel a sense of connection and belonging in your neighborhood and work community?
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Port Aransas, Texas, Normalcy Is Hard to Find More After Hurricane Harvey

Port Aransas, Texas, Normalcy Is Hard to Find More After Hurricane Harvey | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Port Aransas Still Struggling Post-Harvey

 

While the world was focused on Houston, Harvey pounded the small town of Port Aransas just down the coast, where residents are still struggling to find normalcy two months after the storm

At a Glance

  • More than two months after Harvey, Port Aransas, Texas, continues its recovery from the powerful storm.
  • Some businesses have reopened, but major challenges remain for those who continue to rebuild.
  • Most businesses are hoping to reopen early next year.
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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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South Padre Island - Totally Beaching - YouTube

Totally Beachin' Video Ad for South Padre Island for memories that last a lifetime. Great hotels, restaurants, and many outdoor adventures. Sandcastle Capital of the World

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Recapping the Hyperactive Atlantic Hurricane Season

Recapping the Hyperactive Atlantic Hurricane Season | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season will be remembered for many reasons and the amount of surf it produced on the East Coast should be one of them.
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Remember the Alamo? Why some Texans embrace a broader history.

Remember the Alamo? Why some Texans embrace a broader history. | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
Three hundred years after the founding of a Spanish mission in San Antonio, Texans are grappling with post-statehood histories that put white male settlers front and center. A new generation of historians seeks a more diverse set of characters.
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Nearly one-third of FEMA applicants deemed ineligible - Victoria Advocate

Nearly one-third of FEMA applicants deemed ineligible - Victoria Advocate | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

Juanita Rubio, 39, has spent the past four months waiting. Waiting for help to arrive. It's been exactly 114 days since Hurricane Harvey ripped part ...
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South Padre Island Lighted Boat Parade

South Padre Island Lighted Boat Parade | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

The Annual Port Isabel - South Padre Christmas Lighted Boat Parade is on the first Saturday of December annually beginning at 6 pm. Starts at Southpoint Marina. From there, the parade makes its way across the Laguna Madre Bay and along the bayfront of South Padre Island and ends at Louie's Backyard.

 
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Ten Years After Hurricane Ike, The Bolivar Peninsula Still Has Scars, And Some Resilient Residents

Ten Years After Hurricane Ike, The Bolivar Peninsula Still Has Scars, And Some Resilient Residents | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it
From Texas Standard . The Texas Gulf Coast is still on the mend from Hurricane Harvey. The deadly storm displaced residents and caused damage that will
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South Padre makes National Geographic global destination for kiteboarding

South Padre makes National Geographic global destination for kiteboarding | Texas Coast Living | Scoop.it

South Padre Island has been listed as one of the “World’s Greatest Kiteboarding Spots” by National Geographic.

Based on exceptional year-round weather conditions and active bayside waters, the Island was included as one of the 13 best destinations worldwide, and one of only five in the United States.

The Island’s subtropical temperatures and consistent winds averaging 18 miles per hour make South Padre Island an ideal setting for year-round kiteboarding.

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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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