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News tips: [email protected]. 361-749-5131 Weekly newspaper providing comprehensive, accurate coverage of Port Aransas and Mustang Island by experienced, professional journalists. The office also features a small gift shop.

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Mike Odom of Port Aransas, right, holds a sailfish he caught with his son, Mitchell, on the Miss Ruby on Friday, Aug. 27...
09/10/2021

Mike Odom of Port Aransas, right, holds a sailfish he caught with his son, Mitchell, on the Miss Ruby on Friday, Aug. 27.

Mike Odom of Port Aransas, right, holds a sailfish he caught with his son, Mitchell, on the Miss Ruby on Friday, Aug. 27.

Throwback Thursday: The Port Aransas Mercantile store remains standing, but heavily damaged, after Hurricane Celia hit t...
09/09/2021

Throwback Thursday: The Port Aransas Mercantile store remains standing, but heavily damaged, after Hurricane Celia hit town on Aug. 3, 1970. Located on Alister and White streets, the building later was repaired, and the Desserted Island ice cream shop is housed there today.
Celia slammed Port Aransas as a Category 3 hurricane, with sustained winds of 125 mph, according to the National Weather Service. The hurricane was responsible for 15 fatalities and 466 injuries in South Texas.
The weather service estimated that 75 percent of the homes and businesses in Port Aransas suffered damage. Throughout the entire Coastal Bend, 9,000 homes were destroyed, and 13,850 homes sustained major damage.
Fast-forward to 2021: We're in the heat of hurricane season now. No weather systems are threatening Port Aransas this minute, but keep your eyes on the tropics, and be prepared, just in case!

Throwback Thursday: The Port Aransas Mercantile store remains standing, but heavily damaged, after Hurricane Celia hit town on Aug. 3, 1970. Located on Alister and White streets, the building later was repaired, and the Desserted Island ice cream shop is housed there today.
Celia slammed Port Aransas as a Category 3 hurricane, with sustained winds of 125 mph, according to the National Weather Service. The hurricane was responsible for 15 fatalities and 466 injuries in South Texas.
The weather service estimated that 75 percent of the homes and businesses in Port Aransas suffered damage. Throughout the entire Coastal Bend, 9,000 homes were destroyed, and 13,850 homes sustained major damage.
Fast-forward to 2021: We're in the heat of hurricane season now. No weather systems are threatening Port Aransas this minute, but keep your eyes on the tropics, and be prepared, just in case!

Three people will face off in an election to fill an unexpired term on the Port Aransas City Council. Find out who they ...
09/08/2021
Port Aransas South Jetty | Port Aransas, TX News

Three people will face off in an election to fill an unexpired term on the Port Aransas City Council. Find out who they are and when the election will be by picking up a copy of this week’s edition of the South Jetty, which is hitting newsstands right now.
Among other headlines in this week’s edition:
• Port Aransas ISD Superintendent Sharon McKinney answers questions about the school district’s COVID situation;
• Residents recall the Sept. 11 attacks;
• Big hammerhead shark hauled in;
• Aloha Dave and the Tourists to play free show in Port Aransas;
• Pirate parade scheduled;
• Music festival coming to Port A;
• Art center offers new classes;
• Port Aransas Little League board to consider a big change;
• Port A to host blood drives.
Plus, check out a photo essay showing how people spent the Labor Day weekend in Port A!
All this and much more is in this edition of the South Jetty, the most accurate and comprehensive source of news on all things Port Aransas. Subscribe to the print and/or online editions of the South Jetty or buy access to a single online edition at www.portasouthjetty.com.

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A waterspout spins across Gulf of Mexico waters off Port Aransas as a boat heads through the Aransas Pass this morning. ...
09/08/2021

A waterspout spins across Gulf of Mexico waters off Port Aransas as a boat heads through the Aransas Pass this morning. (South Jetty staff photo by Dan Parker, © 2021.) The north jetty can be seen in the background.
The boat and waterspout aren't as close together as they might appear in this picture. The photo was shot with a telephoto lens, which tends to compress distances in images.
A few waterspouts popped up, one after another, in that area this morning, but no damage or injuries were reported in the immediate aftermath.

A waterspout spins across Gulf of Mexico waters off Port Aransas as a boat heads through the Aransas Pass this morning. (South Jetty staff photo by Dan Parker, © 2021.) The north jetty can be seen in the background.
The boat and waterspout aren't as close together as they might appear in this picture. The photo was shot with a telephoto lens, which tends to compress distances in images.
A few waterspouts popped up, one after another, in that area this morning, but no damage or injuries were reported in the immediate aftermath.

Labor Day weekend visitors line the beach near Sand Castle Drive in Port Aransas on Saturday, Sept. 4. This photo was sh...
09/05/2021

Labor Day weekend visitors line the beach near Sand Castle Drive in Port Aransas on Saturday, Sept. 4. This photo was shot looking north from Sand Castle Condominiums. (South Jetty staff photo by Lee Harrison, © 2021.)

Labor Day weekend visitors line the beach near Sand Castle Drive in Port Aransas on Saturday, Sept. 4. This photo was shot looking north from Sand Castle Condominiums. (South Jetty staff photo by Lee Harrison, © 2021.)

If you live in Port Aransas and your want to renew your vehicle registration soon, you ought to check out this story.htt...
09/03/2021
Motor vehicle registration office in Port Aransas temporarily closes | Port Aransas South Jetty

If you live in Port Aransas and your want to renew your vehicle registration soon, you ought to check out this story.
https://www.portasouthjetty.com/articles/motor-vehicle-registration-office-in-port-aransas-temporarily-closes/

The Nueces County motor vehicle registration office in Port Aransas temporarily has closed because the office's lone employee is having to work in Corpus Christi to shore up registration office

Making a haul of trout on Thursday, Aug. 26, are, from left, Francis Quintero of San Antonio, Andrew Martinez of Schertz...
09/03/2021

Making a haul of trout on Thursday, Aug. 26, are, from left, Francis Quintero of San Antonio, Andrew Martinez of Schertz and Rene Rivas and Leo Guzman, both of San Antonio.

Making a haul of trout on Thursday, Aug. 26, are, from left, Francis Quintero of San Antonio, Andrew Martinez of Schertz and Rene Rivas and Leo Guzman, both of San Antonio.

Throwback Thursday: Two dogs run excitedly through the dog enclosure at Port Aransas Community Park on a day in Septembe...
09/02/2021

Throwback Thursday: Two dogs run excitedly through the dog enclosure at Port Aransas Community Park on a day in September 2013, not long after the brand-new facility opened. (South Jetty staff photo by Dan Parker, Copyright 2013.)
The dog on the left was Gidget, owned by Dan and Michelle Parker. The dog at right was Dudley, owned by Casey and John Feil.
The 29,000-square-foot fenced dog park remains in place today, still allowing man’s best friend to frolick on the grass, unleashed. It’s against the law to let dogs run loose in other public places in town. That includes the beach.

Throwback Thursday: Two dogs run excitedly through the dog enclosure at Port Aransas Community Park on a day in September 2013, not long after the brand-new facility opened. (South Jetty staff photo by Dan Parker, Copyright 2013.)
The dog on the left was Gidget, owned by Dan and Michelle Parker. The dog at right was Dudley, owned by Casey and John Feil.
The 29,000-square-foot fenced dog park remains in place today, still allowing man’s best friend to frolick on the grass, unleashed. It’s against the law to let dogs run loose in other public places in town. That includes the beach.

At least 53 students and staff at Port Aransas ISD have tested positive for COVID since the 2021-22 school year began. T...
09/01/2021
Port Aransas South Jetty | Port Aransas, TX News

At least 53 students and staff at Port Aransas ISD have tested positive for COVID since the 2021-22 school year began. The story is in this week’s edition of the South Jetty, which is hitting newsstands right now.
Among other headlines in this week’s edition:
• Improvements begin at Roberts Point Park and Port Aransas harbor;
• Filing deadline for Port Aransas City Council spot is Wednesday;
• Outdoors columnist David Sikes writes about surf fishing;
• Jesse Stratton Band to play free Sunset Sounds concert this Friday;
• Budget, tax rate on agenda for special city council meeting;
• Cartwright is remembered as devoted family man, angler;
• Tax rate, budget approved by Port Aransas ISD;
• Port Aransas High School cross country teams run well at Cedar Park;
• City council candidate statements due to South Jetty Monday;
• Port Aransas police arrest man in drug case;
• Texas Women Anglers Tournament results released.
Plus, check out our Labor Day photo essay saluting Port Aransas workers!
All this and much more is in this edition of the South Jetty, the most accurate and comprehensive source of news on all things Port Aransas. Subscribe to the print and/or online editions of the South Jetty or buy access to a single online edition at www.portasouthjetty.com.

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08/29/2021

Costumed anglers celebrate upon returning to dock after fishing in the Texas Women Anglers Tournament in Port Aransas today. (South Jetty video by Dan Parker, © 2021.) Check out the Sept. 2 South Jetty for tournament results and photos.

If your power is out at your Port Aransas home, and you're wondering when it will be back, we've got an answer for you. ...
08/27/2021
Power could be restored to all in Port Aransas by 12:30 p.m. | Port Aransas South Jetty

If your power is out at your Port Aransas home, and you're wondering when it will be back, we've got an answer for you. Check out the link.
https://www.portasouthjetty.com/articles/power-could-be-restored-to-all-in-port-aransas-by-1230-p-m/

AEP, the electrical utility, is predicting that crews will have power restored to everyone who lost power today in Port Aransas by about 12:30 p.m. That's the word from Omar Lopez, an AEP spokesm

Capt. Jake Alkire, right, holds a mahi mahi that Wayne Harden of Graham caught while on a trip on the S**t Cat out of Fi...
08/27/2021

Capt. Jake Alkire, right, holds a mahi mahi that Wayne Harden of Graham caught while on a trip on the S**t Cat out of Fisherman's Wharf on Tuesday, Aug. 3.

Capt. Jake Alkire, right, holds a mahi mahi that Wayne Harden of Graham caught while on a trip on the S**t Cat out of Fisherman's Wharf on Tuesday, Aug. 3.

The Ellis Memorial Library Book Club meeting set for Wednesday, Sept. 1, has been canceled. Find out why and when it wil...
08/26/2021
Ellis Library Book Club meeting canceled for Sept. 1 | Port Aransas South Jetty

The Ellis Memorial Library Book Club meeting set for Wednesday, Sept. 1, has been canceled. Find out why and when it will be rescheduled by going to https://www.portasouthjetty.com/articles/ellis-library-book-club-meeting-canceled-for-sept-1/

The first meeting of the Ellis Memorial Library Book Club set for Wednesday, Sept. 1, has been postponed, according to a press release from the library. The release said that "due to the increase

08/25/2021

Keep Port Aransas Beautiful has rescheduled the End of Summer Mixer set for Thursday, Aug. 26.
The decision was made due to the high number of COVID cases and hospitalization in the area, according to Allen Boddie, KPAB chairperson.
The mixer has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 28.
Watch future issues of the South Jetty for more information about the event.

Port Aransas ISD Superintendent Sharon McKinney and Board President Deana Erdner are urging parents, students and staff ...
08/25/2021
Superintendent pleads with families, staff to wear masks amid rising COVID cases | Port Aransas South Jetty

Port Aransas ISD Superintendent Sharon McKinney and Board President Deana Erdner are urging parents, students and staff to wear masks amidst a growing number of coronavirus cases at the school district. Read more details here: https://www.portasouthjetty.com/articles/superintendent-pleads-with-families-staff-to-wear-masks-amid-rising-covid-cases/

Amidst a growing rate of positive COVID-19 cases at Port Aransas ISD just six days after the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year, Superintendent Sharon McKinney and Board President Deana Erdner

The top photo shows the remains of a Bralley Street house in Port Aransas less than one week after Hurricane Harvey’s Au...
08/25/2021

The top photo shows the remains of a Bralley Street house in Port Aransas less than one week after Hurricane Harvey’s Aug. 25, 2017, strike on the region. The bottom photo shows a house that was built at the same location later. (South Jetty staff photos by Murray Judson, © 2021.)
With the fourth anniversary of Harvey upon us, this week’s South Jetty includes a number of photos showing the hurricane’s destruction and what was built afterward at the same locations in Port Aransas. This issue also includes a story laying out how much we have recovered and some of the work that still remains to be done.
Among other headlines in this week’s edition:
• Washed-up debris on beach may be from World War II-era ship;
• Company working on better garbage pickup;
• Race develops for Port Aransas City Council;
• Jesse Stratton Band concert scheduled Sept. 3 at Roberts Point Park;
• Multiple COVID cases reported at PAISD;
• Boys’ cross-country team takes first place at meet;
• South Jetty sets early deadline for Sept. 9 edition;
• City council moves to update rules for RV beach parking;
• Port Aransas Surf Rescue members take part in national competition;
• Texas Women Anglers Tournament scheduled this weekend;
• Good dove season predicted by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department;
• Wiffle ball tournament held in Port Aransas.
All this and much more is in this edition of the South Jetty, the most accurate and comprehensive source of news on all things Port Aransas. Subscribe to the print and/or online editions of the South Jetty or buy access to a single online edition at www.portasouthjetty.com.

Aj Garcia of San Antonio, right, and his son, 9-year-old Jacob, stand next to a 368-pound, 10-foot tiger shark they caug...
08/20/2021

Aj Garcia of San Antonio, right, and his son, 9-year-old Jacob, stand next to a 368-pound, 10-foot tiger shark they caught on the boat the Capt. Paul during a trip out of Dolphin Dock on Saturday, Aug. 14. Capt. Michael David skippered the boat.

Aj Garcia of San Antonio, right, and his son, 9-year-old Jacob, stand next to a 368-pound, 10-foot tiger shark they caught on the boat the Capt. Paul during a trip out of Dolphin Dock on Saturday, Aug. 14. Capt. Michael David skippered the boat.

Throwback Thursday: From left, longtime Port Aransas residents Bill Sims, Tom Teller and Johnny Mathews check out a spik...
08/19/2021

Throwback Thursday: From left, longtime Port Aransas residents Bill Sims, Tom Teller and Johnny Mathews check out a spike-studded object on the beach just south of Port Aransas on a day in 1987. (And the South Jetty was there! South Jetty staff photo, © 1987.) Experts with the Texas Antiquities Committee in Austin believed the object was a Civil War-era minesweeping ‘torpedo raft,’ but several old-timers in town disputed the theory. They said it was from a World War I-era cargo ship that sank off Mustang Island in the 1920s.

Throwback Thursday: From left, longtime Port Aransas residents Bill Sims, Tom Teller and Johnny Mathews check out a spike-studded object on the beach just south of Port Aransas on a day in 1987. (And the South Jetty was there! South Jetty staff photo, © 1987.) Experts with the Texas Antiquities Committee in Austin believed the object was a Civil War-era minesweeping ‘torpedo raft,’ but several old-timers in town disputed the theory. They said it was from a World War I-era cargo ship that sank off Mustang Island in the 1920s.

The Corpus Christi – Nueces County Public Health District will conduct a mass COVID vaccination event at the American Ba...
08/18/2021
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The Corpus Christi – Nueces County Public Health District will conduct a mass COVID vaccination event at the American Bank Center on Thursday, Aug. 19, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The event will offer the third dose of vaccinations for people with weakened immune systems. Registration is encouraged and can be found on www.cctexas.com, under the Vaccine Registration tab.

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How long is the ferry wait this morning ?
Congratulations to Dan Parker and staff at the Jetty for their well-deserved awards this contest season (Texas Press Association, South Texas Press Association and National Newspaper Association)
Did you guys lose a bird? Since I see them frequently while in Port A, I find it amusing that people from all over Michigan are going to catch a glimpse of the bird. They even had to send a crew out to put up traffic cones to regulate the tourists!
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I'd like to see a story on what's going on with the North Jetty Boat. It's summer and not a good time for it to be down. All they say is it's down for maintenance until further notice. Are they out of business, is the boat being actively repaired? Will they ever come back. Are there plans for an alternate boat? Thanks
Is there any way to across 361 on golf cart to Paradise Pointe Dr.
Love port a and the beach. Definitely relaxing n fun. Great fishing and looking for seashells
Here is an idea for the County. At maybe every other one of these picnic tables, how about posting a sign in English and Spanish that says something along the lines of, "Trash cans are located XX yards to your left." I was disappointed to see litter left behind at these tables. Since the trash cans aren't RIGHT there, maybe this would help the effort. Wishful thinking???
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I wanted to say that I am so proud of my wife Justice For RhondaFor Rhonda for having the courage to come forward and push for changes that must be made in Texas law to protect ALL victims of child sexual assault. Her work to bring attention to this issue, along with the constant push to Texas lawmakers is doing so much for the many victims of sexual assault who find themselves in a similar situation to her own. I hope and pray that our duly elected lawmakers are paying attention. My wife is not just one woman standing alone in her fight for justice, she is leading a movement to fix lives that are broken.
Good evening. My family and I are staying here at I.B. Magee and sadly, one of our dogs was grabbed by a coyote while we were walking them. This all happened in front of our 4 year old grand baby. We looked all around the dunes and around the campground but it’s dark and we can’t see anything. We do know what that means, but if by the Grace of God she may have gotten away, I’m posting here. Her name is Gina and she is a small tan and white Japanese Chin. She has on a pink harness with a red leash. She is super sweet and loves people. She is microchipped as well. If anyone finds her, her collar/harness, leash, dog tags, please contact my husband (Nicholas Vanauken) or I.