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(Editor’s note: The Rockport Pilot will no longer publish results of daily COVID-19 reports because the information received is now “provisional” and subject to change. When changes/adjustments are made, the statistics previously published, don’t add up. The Pilot will publish in each editio…

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Governor Greg Abbott held a press conference Thursday, Sept. 17 to provide an update about the state’s ongoing efforts to combat COVID-19. The Governor issued Executive Orders expanding occupancy levels for restaurants, retail stores, office buildings, manufacturing facilities, gyms and exer…

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The Rockport City Council, at its special meeting Tuesday, Sept. 15, held a public hearing regarding the city’s 2020-21 budget, followed by the unanimous passage of the budget on first and only reading, and the unanimous passage of the 2020 tax rate on second and final reading.

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The Rockport City Council, at its special meeting Tuesday, Sept. 15, approved a resolution expressing the city council’s support of local law enforcement and the council’s commitment to fully fund the Rockport Police Department.

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(Editor’s note: The Rockport Pilot will no longer publish results of daily COVID-19 reports because the information received is now “provisional” and subject to change. When changes/adjustments are made, the statistics previously published, don’t add up. The Pilot will publish in each editio…

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Rockport Mayor Pat Rios has recently presented the “Spirit of Rockport” Award to members of city Citizen Advisory Committees, the Rockport Volunteer Fire Department, and Castaways Thrift Store. The award was developed to recognize individuals and organizations that exemplify the unique spiri…

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Fifty years ago residents were given the opportunity to write a letter during the City of Rockport and Aransas County’s joint centennial event and place it in a time capsule to be opened at the 2020 Sesquicentennial (150th) Anniversary. The time capsule was unearthed from its burial place pr…

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A standoff between local law enforcement agencies and a mentally ill woman in her 40s ended peacefully Wednesday, Sept. 16 after almost four hours.

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Aransas County commissioners, at their regular meeting Monday, Sept. 14, voted 4-1 to approve the Aransas County Navigation District (ACND) No New Revenue Tax Rate Levy of $.049776, which includes $.036487 for maintenance and operations (M&O) and $.013289 for I&S (debt service).

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Fees paid Aransas County through the two justices of the peace, district clerk, county clerk, the Aransas County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO), and animal control are down $179,922.63 year-to-date (YTD), compared to the same period last year (through July).

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(Editor’s note: The Rockport Pilot will no longer publish results of daily COVID-19 reports because the information received is now “provisional” and subject to change. When changes/adjustments are made, the statistics previously published, don’t add up. The Pilot will publish in each editio…

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The following are open records information compiled by The Pilot staff. These records will be published each Wednesday, except when schedules prevent such publication. This week’s report covers the extended period between Sept. 7, 2020 and Sept. 13, 2020.

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A group of more than 50 Lamar residents voiced their questions and concerns over the proposed Lamar Beach Road (LBR) hazard mitigation project in a public meeting at the Lamar Volunteer Fire Department Friday, Sept. 11.

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The Aransas County Independent School District (ACISD) recently made the return to face to face learning Tuesday, Sept. 8 across all levels. The district recently spent the first three weeks of instruction virtually due to COVID-19.

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The Aransas County Navigation District (ACND) held a public hearing Thursday, Sept. 10 regarding the submission of an application to the Texas General Land Office (GLO) for a Texas Community Development Block Grant - Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) grant.

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Aransas County commissioners, at their regular meeting Monday, Sept. 14, unanimously approved Order #O-17-2020 authorizing the issuance of Aransas County, Texas Flood Control Tax Refunding Bonds, Series 2020, as well as other matters related to that refunding (refinancing) of debt.

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Aransas County Navigation District (ACND) commissioners, at their regular meeting Tuesday, Sept. 8, authorized the re-planting of the Little Bay mitigation area with cordgrass to meet the requirements of the district’s Army Corps of Engineers permit.

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The following are open records information compiled by The Pilot staff. These records will be published each Wednesday, except when schedules prevent such publication. This week’s report covers the extended period between Aug. 31, 2020 and Sept. 6, 2020.

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The Fulton Town Council held public hearings regarding its 2020-21 budget and 2020 tax rate Tuesday, Sept. 8, followed by its regular meeting at which they approved the tax rate, as well as an amended budget to allow the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce to receive a larger amount of its h…

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The Fulton Town Council, at its regular meeting Tuesday, Sept. 8, heard the quarterly hotel occupancy tax (HOT) expenditures report from representatives of the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce. The report addressed the town’s dropping its allocation of HOT funds to the Chamber to $5,000 i…

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Aransas County Navigation District (ACND) commissioners, at their regular meeting Tuesday, Sept. 8, heard from the organizer of June’s March for Equality, Aransas County Democratic Party Chair Pam Meyer, and Holly Francis, regarding the use of ACND property for last weekend’s Trump parade.

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Under the direction of Commander Larry Sinclair, five officers and a spouse from the Rockport Police Department (RPD), delivered relief supplies to the Iowa (pronounced I-O-Way), LA police department. Located outside Lake Charles, Iowa received significant damage from Hurricane Laura, which …

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The Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) has awarded The Rockport Cultural Arts District (RCAD) and the Rockport Center for the Arts (RCA) several grants totaling almost $100,000 to support and enhance its programs and initiatives in the District.

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Aransas County was awash in American flags and pro-Trump flags Saturday, Sept. 5 and Sunday, Sept. 6. The occasion was a simultaneous vehicle, walking, and boat parade Saturday, and a boat parade, from Cove Harbor to Port Aransas, via the Intercoastal Waterway, Sunday.

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Aransas County Commissioners, at their regular meeting Monday, Aug. 31, tabled two agenda items related to Aransas County Election Administrator Michele Carew’s resignation. In her letter of resignation she put a Sept. 18 effective date, but later noted that date could change depending on th…

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Through Thursday, Sept. 3 Aransas County has a total of 215 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Of those cases, 199 have recovered, per reporting from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

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Funds needed to make the final payment to Red Star Studio’s Joe Barrington, the sculptor selected to build the new Blue Crab, have almost been raised.

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The Aransas County Independent School District (ACISD) Board of Trustees, at a special meeting Wednesday, Sept. 2, relieved ACISD Superintendent Joseph Patek of his duties and appointed Rose Tran as acting ACISD Superintendent.

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The Rockport-Fulton High School (RFHS) Pirate football team has been placed under quarantine after one of its varsity players tested positive for COVID-19.

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An Aransas County grand jury was convened recently, and issued nine indictments against nine individuals.

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Fine Line Group, the Family offices of Sasha and Edward P. Bass, announced $150,000 in grants awarded through “THE NEW NORMAL (TNN) Rockport” Thursday, Sept. 3. Following a juried review of applicant proposals and past work, 43 Rockport artists were selected to receive funding for the creati…

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Aransas County Commissioners, at their regular meeting Monday, Aug. 31, approved Order #O-15-2020, ordering a Child Safety Fee of $1.50 to be imposed under Transportation Code, Sec. 502.403 to local vehicle registrations. The funds raised will be used for the provision of child safety measur…

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Calling upon their experience in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, officers with the Rockport Police Department (RPD) will provide much needed equipment and supplies to their counterparts in areas affected by Hurricane Laura.

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