City Projects
CMP (Coastal Management Program Grants)

CMP Cycle 14, Charlie's Pasture Pier proposal, was submitted to the Texas General Land Office (GLO) on June 20, 2008. The primary goal of the $165,000 proposal is to design and construct a new concrete pile pier. The old pier was partially destroyed by large draft vessel wake damage waves.

Previous CMP Projects

The GLO funded three consecutive property acquisition projects from 2003-2005, all targeting properties in the Charlie's Pasture area of Port Aransas. The acquired properties, totaling 55 acres, are adjacent to the Corpus Christi Ship Channel and the 1,100 acre Nature Preserve lease property. Assigned a conservation easement, the property has a designated park use in perpituity and will be used for park facilities in conjuction with the Nature Preserve. The three projects had a total budget of approximately $600,000.

CEPRA (Coastal Erosion Protection Response Act Grants)

The City has received four consecutive funding cycles from the General Land Office (GLO) for shoreline erosion protection projects adjacent to the Corpus Christi Ship Channel. With the alarming erosion rates seen along the channel (up to 17' per year), the City was in a race to keep the erosion from eating through the last remaining uplands that protect the Port Aransas Nature Preserve. CEPRA Cycle 4, funded in 2005, provided the funding for fortifying the remianing 5,000' of unprotected shoreline and for the placement of two new jetties protecting Piper Channel which provides water access to a large majority of the homes in Port Aransas. The project was completed in the summer of 2007.
Port Aransas Nature Preserve

The City of Port Aransas lies on the extreme Northeast tip of Mustang Island, a barrier island 17 miles in length bounded by water on three sides, the Corpus Christi Ship Channel, the Gulf of Mexico, and to the west the Corpus Christi Bay and it's critical wetlands habitat. The primary purpose of the Nature Preserve is to provide protection and stewardship of this natural area such that it can be used in a sustainable manner for aesthetic enjoyment, as well as recreational, educational, and scientific purposes. Currently in design phase, the master planned preserve will consist of upland trails, elevated boardwalks, viewing towers, guided trails, camping, and a information/education center. *See City Maps web page for an overview of the preserve.

67 Acre Marina Tract

The City recently received a 5-year extension from the United States Army Corp of Engineers (USACOE), on its marina permit that lies adjacent to the Corpus Christi Ship Channel. City Council will be looking into potential development possibilities for the undeveloped site in a workshop this fall. No date has been set at this time.
Oleander Street & Drainage Project

In the Spring of 2007, the City awarded a $2 million street and drainage project to Island Construction Company. The project consisted of the installation of over 3,000' of concrete box culvert that will help drain the most problematic flooding areas withiin the City. The project was completed in January of 2008.

Highway 361 - Ave. G to Beach Access Rd. 1 repave/redesign

The State Highway 361 Project is a Federal/State/Local funded highway widening project that will change the existing cross-section from a two-lane roadway to a four-lane roadway raised median strip highway. The $10 million project will begin at the intersection of Avenue G and Allister Street and terminate near Beach Access Road 1A flashing light. A 10' wide hike & bike facility will also be constructed on the east side of the new highway.

Beach Maintenance

Updating the City's beach maintenance regiment is an on-going process that faces changes as regulatory laws governing beach activities tighten. The City is currently in the process of acquiring a US Army Corps of Engineers permit that will give the City the various tools it needs to provide maintenance on the beaches.

Street and Drainage Bond

In the Fall of 2006, citizens voted to approve a $2.6 million street and drainage bond. Currently under construction, the projects include: Cotter Avenue, Leslie Lane, South Station Street, Spencer's Landing, La Rhonda, Alister Street, Outfall #14, the concrete drainage structure, Avenue A, and Outfall #19. We are anitcipating a Fall 2008 completion.

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