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August 10, 2017 | Issue #695

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Rapport with Port of Corpus Christi is an open town hall update on their latest projects and upcoming changes. It will be held at Schlitterbahn on Wednesday, August 16th 6 – 7 pm. Everyone is invited.


Kinsel Docks offers professional construction of decks, docks, piers, marinas, boathouses and bulk heads. Their accessories include hydraulic boatlifts, kayak launches, LED dock light, underwater fishing lights, fish cleaning stations and deck ladders. Call 729-7661 to get locations of some of their projects to view their work.


Business Briefs

The Brooklyn Pie Company has a kids menu with a chicken tenders meal for $8 and a ham and cheese meal for $7. Their menu includes many varieties of pizza, calzones, sandwiches, wings, several salads and desserts. Owner Richard Perales is also part owner of Eats-Port A Restaurant.


Island in the Son United Methodist Church is seeking vendors for their “Fabulous Fall” Arts and Crafts Sale to be held on Saturday, September 23rd 9 AM to 3 PM.  Contact Kathy Merchant for a vendor information packet by phone (361-774-8994) or email (kmerchant99@gmail.com).

Padre Island Enrichment Club (PIE) is looking for homes to participate in the Island Holiday Home Tour on December 2nd. You do not need to be a member. Call Katherine Pierce 960-0327.


Black Sheep Bistro/Barrel now has Wednesday steak night with rib eye or NY strip for $25 with a side. The daily happy hour 5 – 7 pm serves $4 house wine, $3.75 well and half price beer.


Schlitterbahn is celebrating American Heroes Week August 14 – 20 with free admission for members of the military, firefighters, police officers and EMT.


Lorelei Brewing Company in the Bluff released the first canned craft beer in Corpus Christi. On weekends they normally have a food truck and live music.


The Holiday Inn celebrated their one year anniversary with new owners Steven Kim and Sung Park. The owners have made many improvements including the recently added restaurant beach view patio.


Back the Blue Beach Workout will be held at JP Luby Beach near Zahn Road on Saturday, August 12th at 8 am. The 90 minute workout is sponsored by Apexfit Athletics and the $35 cost includes event entry, food, drinks and event tank top.


The Boathouse Bar & Grill now has Taco Tuesday with two tacos for $5 and house margaritas for $5.


The Zack Walther Band from New Braunfels will be playing at the Pelican Lounge on Friday, August 11th.

Bluff Bay Marina is hosting Hobie Kayak Demo Days on Saturday, August 12th 9 am – 2 pm.

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Island Palms Landscaping specialized in tree and palm removal, trimming and planting. They do custom designs and offer full landscaping services. Call 562-0804 for free estimate.


Business Briefs

The Packery Pointe Development next to the Best Western will consist of seven sites with Starbucks going into one of them.


Island Joes Coffee & Gallery is building a new location at the corner of Compass and SPID. They will continue to operate in their current location until the project is completed.


A La Mode Gelateria is offering signature paninis and a medium gelato for $15. They open at noon and are closed Mondays and Tuesdays.


The Port Aransas Art Center will hold their first First Friday event in their new building at 104 N. Alister on Friday, August 4th 5:30 – 7:30 pm. There will be live music and refreshments. The center is open 11 am – 5 pm and closed on Sundays.


The Island Farmers Market will be at the Island Presbyterian Church on Thursday, August 3rd 4 – 8 pm. There will be vendors selling eggs, grass fed beef, produce, fresh flowers, people treats, doggie treats and more. There will be live music and food trucks.


The Back Porch in Port A will feature Larry Joe Taylor on Saturday, August 5th.


The free Overdrive App allows you to read any book available at the Corpus Christi Libraries. You just need to obtain a library card at Janet Harte Public Library next to Flour Bluff High School. You can borrow books to read on any device for two weeks.


The old Greyhound bus station on Chapparal is being converted to a food truck park. The BUS Bar (bar under the sun) will also be located there.  It is scheduled to be open this fall.


The Blue Crab Boutique on Compass will be closed for vacation until Thursday, August 10th.

Free school/athletics physicals will be given at the Flour Bluff High School Teaching Theater Thursday, August 10th noon – 4 pm.


A Goodwill truck is no longer located on the Island. However, The Salvation Army offers pick up on the Island.


A major blood drive will be held at the Island Presbyterian Church on Sunday, August 6th 8 am – noon. After giving blood you will be awarded a movie ticket or a free t-shirt.


Recycle day is Friday, August 4th.


Those of you wondering why all the fisherman have been crowding the Packery Channel it is because there has been a large school of black drum there.


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A & A Insurance, formerly Moore Insurance, is located in the Century 21 building next to CVS. Licensed insurance representatives Wyndi Campbell and Kim Pendergraft can assist you with your boat, auto, home, flood, business, motorcycle or Jet Ski insurance needs. Call 949-3301 or visit aainstx.com.


Business Briefs

Construction of the Packery Flats Bar under the bridge has begun and work should be completed by the end of the year. It is located between Clem’s and Billish bait shops.


Instacart is similar to the shipt app except that you can also get deliveries from Spec's Liquors and Petco besides just HEB. The cost is $149/year or $5.99 a delivery. New members get their first delivery free. The shipt cost is $99/year or $14/month.


Stephanie Van Gorder, formerly with Schlitterbahn and Padre Isles Country Club, is now charming guests at the Island Bar & Grill at the Holiday Inn.


Coastal Bend Troop Support has a collection box for care package items at Padre Island Mail Plus 15037 SPID. Items needed are beef jerky, tuna in a pouch, energy/breakfast bars, small packs of nuts, cheese crackers, gum etc.


The Sand Crab Nighttime Beach Run will be held in Port A on Saturday, July, 29th 8 pm at the Magee Beach Park. After the run there will be beer, refreshments and music to enjoy at the beach. The event benefits Friends of the ARK which supports animal rehabilitation. The cost is $20 for kids under 12, $50 for the 5k event and $55 for the 10k event.


The Barrel had the unveiling of the large painting by Karen Wall of a marlin this week. Check out this great addition that owner Lance commissioned.


C’est Bon Seafood, the Cajun restaurant in the Bluff, will be opening in a couple of weeks.


An Aloft Hotel is being built near Best Buy. This modern hotel chain is tech savvy and offers a vibrant social scene.


Us Moon Monkeys have had two new additions since the last issue. Jan Rankin welcomed her first grandbaby Lila and I my second, Daisy. Lila resides in San Antonio with Jan’s son Walt and daughter-in-law Whitney. Daisy and her sister Lulu live on the Island.



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Get your Pink On for Stephanie Sasser who was diagnosed with breast cancer in March. There will be a $10 donation BBQ benefit and auction at Marker 213 near El Constante Condos on Saturday, July 22nd 11 am – 7 pm.


Business Briefs

The Black Sheep Bistro/Barrel now has happy hour prices daily 5 – 7 pm with $4 house wine, $3.75 wells, 50% off beer and half price appetizer specials.

Chef Julian Burnett, formerly at the Padre Isles Country Club for many years, is now the chef at Island Bar & Grill of Holiday Inn North Padre. Julian hails from the U.S. Virgin Islands and is known for his Caribbean style of cooking.

The 6th Annual Salty Aggies Fishing Tournament will be held on Saturday, August 5th at Doc’ Seafood & Steakhouse. The Lil’ Angler’s Program is for ages 5 – 12. The entry fee includes a t-shirt, Friday night appetizers, door prizes and Saturday lunch. Go to saltyaggies.com/event/fishing-tournament.



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Bluff Bay Marina has opened a secure indoor, locked dry storage boat facility in Flour Bluff. They will launch and load your boat for you in just minutes using their BoatCloud app so your boat is ready when you are. Trailer storage is free. They are located at 102 Jester. Call 361-443-6608 for more information.


Kinsel Decks can build you a beautiful new deck and or dock. They also do piers, marinas, boathouses and bulk heads. Need lights? They can install LED dock lights, underwater fishing lights plus hydraulic lifts and more. Contact them at 361-729-7661 or check out their website at kinseldocks.com


Patrick Kane is a professional painter with over thirty years’ experience. He specializes in exterior painting and surface restoration on Stucco, brick and wood. He also does power washing. You can contact him at 908-266-0029


Business Briefs

Dr. Tom Dorrell is continuing to see patients at The Medical Center like he always has in the new addition while they are renovating the original building. They will continue this until later in August with no change in our past business practice. They are hoping to have the Emergency Room part finished and ready to open for business by the end of August. Once they open the Emergency Room Dr. Dorrell will remain working as fulltime physician and owner.


12 gauge Tattoos & Piercings has opened between Aunt Sissy's Kitchen and Scuttlebutts.


Cancun Restaurant owner has told the family that owns the building that he will not fulfill the rest of his lease but will leave all contents. That leaves the door open for a turnkey restaurant to open. There are at least two parties I have heard that are looking into it.


I keep getting asked about the grocery store but I have no answers. I tried calling and texting the developer but have not gotten a response. I can only guess no grocery store has committed but that is pure conjecture.


The Sunset Sounds Free concert in Port A featuring Aloha Dave and the Tourists is set for Friday, July 14, 7-9pm. Friday. Watch the sun set over the Corpus Christi Ship Channel as music fills the air at the Patsy Jones Amphitheater in Roberts Point Park. Bring a chair or blanket and any refreshments you want.


Seashore Learning Center Early childhood Academy now is taking children starting at 2 years instead of 18 months. Their hours are 7:30 am - 6 pm.



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Island Presbyterian Church is offering a vacation bible school for ages 4 – 6th grade July 17th – 21at 9 am – noon. They are located at 14030 Fortuna Bay Drive. Call 949-8770 for more info.


The Gun Show at the Aransas Pass Civic Center at 700 W. Wheeler will be on Jul15th and 16th. You can buy trade and sell guns, ammo, coins and militaria. There are tables available call Jimmy at 432-438-1090.


Business Briefs

Achtung! Happy to announce Angela is back at The Barrel after spending three weeks in Germany visiting family. The place just wasn’t the same without her.


Major Oops – I read sign at Bluffalo Wings Company as Buffalo Wings and googled it and gave out totally wrong information. My bad especially since I am an optometrist. It will be a locally owned business and I will follow up with the owner for more details in a later issue. It is located at the HEB Plaza.


The 82nd Deep Sea Roundup in Port A will be held this weekend. It started as the Tarpon Roundup to the current one that attracts around 800 contestants.


The Island Strategic Action Committee will have their July meeting on Wednesday, July 12th 5:30 pm at the second floor of Schlitterbahn. A variety of Island issues will be discussed and the public is welcome to make comments.


Swim 2 Survive Aquatics Academy is offering a unique one-on-one program for children 6 months – 6 years at the Port A Community Pool. Lessons are offered Tuesday – Friday 9 am – 1 pm through the summer. For more info contact Michele Seymour at 571-228-4552or email Swim2SurviveAA@yahoo.com.


The 2017 Fall Kickball in the Bluff  is accepting teams peewee – teens and adult coed teams for $40/player. For more info call Gina Rodriguez at 876-5923 or Stacey Lewis at 558-5932.


The Back Porch in Port A will feature Charlie Robison on Friday, July 7th and Max Stalling on Saturday.


Miko’s is a new clothing and home décor store that has opened at the Tower Center in Port A. They are open daily 10 am – 6 pm.


Proud mom moment - My son, Alex Craft, completed his musculoskeletal radiology fellowship at Duke University and has joined Radiology Associates. He has moved his family to the Island which makes me one ecstatic grandma.



The Island Limo Company offers luxury limo service with great customer care. The cost is $325 for four hours and on weekends $475 for five hours. Call 765-2555 to reserve your ride.


Business Briefs


Buffalo Wings Company will be opening soon next to Subway at the HEB plaza in the Bluff. They were founded in Torrean, Mexico in 2015 and this will be their second location. They offer 15 types of wings including lemon pepper, BBQ bourbon and mango habanero.

The Aquarius Park has a portion of it adopted by an Islander . An application to the Parks and Recreation Adopt-A-Park program was approved  and there are others who have submitted applications.  So far plans are for a community garden plot and new playground equipment.


There are currently 241 condo/townhomes for sale on the Island. The first two weeks of June there were eight purchased.


The CC RTA  has added a bus route shuttle that takes the ferry with a priority lane with no waiting. There is no Aransas Pass bus so on that side you need to get to the ferry launch.  In Port A they will oblige for anywhere you would like it to stop.


First Community Mortgage will have their grand opening and mixer today, June 29th 5:30 – 8:30 pm. They are located at 14641 SPID in the building next to Dragonfly Restaurant. There will be live music, food, beverages and great door prizes. Come join Islanders Vice President/branch manager Patti Goodson and loan processor Nadine Patrick as they celebrate the opening of an Island location. The business phone number is 949-4647.


JB’s German Bakery will be open on the 4th of July 7 am – 2 pm.


Sandollar Jewelry & Gift Extravaganza at the Aransas Pass Civic Center will be held on July 1 & 2, 2017 and show hours are 10-5 Saturday and 10-4 on Sunday. This event is open to the public. Admission to

the show is $4.00.


The Holiday Inn will have live music daily June 30 – July 4th 6 – 10 pm except for Sunday and the 4th of July when entertainment will be 1 – 5 pm.


The 4th of July Island Blast Fireworks Show will be on the 4th of July. Seriously, we get asked that a lot. There will be port-a-potties at the end of Whitecap near the yacht club.


The Island Moon’s newly created website at www.islandmoon.com has had more than 15,000 hits in the first five days and the mobile site at m.islandmoon.com had over 5,000.


Cough, cough and yes I am still coughing eleven days after spending two hours outdoors during our 40 mph sandstorm day. I have not had a cold or flu in decades and do not have allergies so I kept thinking I would get over it. I finally went to the doctor today where I was diagnosed with bronchial irritation caused by things like “dust.” Here’s hoping the steroid, steroid inhaler and cough med kicks in.


Cough, cough, pardon cough, cough my cough, cough. Last Saturday the Island sandstorm was especially bad and I made the mistake of spending a couple of hours outdoors with friends that day. Well, ok it was at the Pelican outdoor bar. Finally on day 4 I feel some slight relief. If you have been affected, call Cynthia Smith who is the environmental investigator, air section with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. She can be reached at 825-3100 or tceq.texas.gov. So far they have received only seven complaints. More complaints = more action.


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LifeFit Personal Training Studio offers a free personal discovery session. Discover how you can increase bone density, reduce aches and pains, boost metabolism,  improve strength and more. Personal trainer Tasha Schaded has been improving people’s lives on the Island for ten years. The studio is located at 14941 SPID next to Coldwell Banker. Call 867-8028 for more info or to set up an appointment.


First Community Mortgage will have their grand opening and mixer on Thursday, June 29th 5:30 – 8:30 pm. They are located at 14641 SPID in the building next to Dragonfly Restaurant. There will be live music, food, beverages and great door prizes. Come join Islanders Vice President/branch manager Patti Goodson and loan processor Nadine Patrick as they celebrate the opening of an Island location. The business phone number is 949-4647.


Business Briefs

Wild Horse Saloon in Port A has closed.


Doc’s Seafood & Steaks will host Steppin’ Out Las Vegas Style to benefit Timon’s Ministries on Friday, June 23 6 – 9 pm. There will be roulette, craps, Texas Hold ‘em, slot machines, blackjack, raffle tickets and big prizes. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased at www.timonsministries.com.


The Island Strategic Action Committee will meet on Wednesday, July 12th 5:30 pm on the second floor of the Schlitterbahn resort.


Corpus Christi Hooks are having a Military Night on Thursday, June 22th.  Military Appreciation Night will have discounted tickets and camo flag caps to the first 1500 fans.


Jet Boat Port A business is for sale. Call 443-4687 for details.


The 4th of July Island Blast fireworks show which is supported by donations from Islanders is still $775 short. All the money raised goes directly to the show. Make checks payable to Island Blast 14890 Granada Dr. #205or drop off at the Moon office 14646 Compass.


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CC Tree Service offers stump grinding, landscaping tree trimming and removal. They are fully insured and can be reached at (361) 443-4852.

Palm Tree Trimmers are professional, reliable and insured. Call Kevin at (361) 800-5165 for all your tree trimming needs.


Bleu Frog Mercantile has an ad in this issue that can get you 20% off one single item. They have a wide variety of clothing and housewares.  They are located at 1710 S. Alameda.


Business Briefs

Paul’s Seafood Market on SPID in the Bluff is opening a restaurant in a building currently under construction behind the market.

Fancy Paws Boutique & Pet Styling is opening next to Jesse’s Liquor. They have a location on Saratoga in town.


Oso Grill & Pier is a great place to enjoy jazz music on a Sunday afternoon. The Crystal Persuasion band includes a sax player and singer Victoria Majors joins in for some of the tunes. They serve oysters, shrimp, burgers, must-try fried green beans and more. They are located at 6124 Ocean Drive just as you turn to go to the campus.

The Back Porch in Port A will feature Gary P. Nunn on Friday, May 26th and Larry Joe Taylor on Saturday.


My Coastal Home is having a Memorial Day Sale at all three locations Port Aransas, North Padre and Rockport. Check out “your local complete furniture store” for all the latest coastal designs.


The Holiday Inn Memorial Weekend BBQ Beach Bash will be held on Saturday, May 27th 2 – 6 pm. They will be serving chicken, burgers, sausage, corn on the cob, hot dogs, potato salad, coleslaw, rice and baked beans.


Kids Tennis & Swim Summer Camps will be held at Schlitterbahn Monday thru Thursday 10 am – 3 pm June 5th – July 27th. The cost is $110/week. Call Coach Todd at 830-837-6556 for details or visit lifethrutennis.com.


La Barataria Restaurant & Wine Bar now has a liquor license for their new location at 224 E. Cotter next to the Tarpon Inn.


Adult Tennis Lessons will be given at Schlitterbahn on Tuesdays 7 – 8:30 pm starting June 6th for six weeks at a cost of $90. Contact Coach Todd at 830-837-6556.


Does anyone know where the two anchors in front of the Packery Channel Park sign went? They were originally at the Million Dollar Inn.

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