Aransas County Navigation District commissioners, at their regular meeting Monday, March 16, heard staff reports from Harbor Master Keith Barrett and Chairman Malcolm Dieckow.

Barrett reported the district is experiencing a tremendous amount of vandalism to its properties this year, including its public restrooms and individuals purposely scaring the grounds in certain areas with vehicles doing donuts.

“We’ve seen more vandalism the last few months than in the last many years,” said Barrett.

He said he informed Rockport Police Chief Greg Stevens about the problems.

Barrett said he is concerned about the uptick in vandalism with the nesting season nearing.

Commissioner Tommy Moore confirmed Rockport Beach is closed at midnight. Barrett said the vandalism is occurring after dark, but before the park is closed.

He also noted engineers are close to completing plans for repairing the Copano Bay kayak launch and bird observation deck at Rockport Beach, adding, “Those FEMA public assistance projects will bring (the launch and deck) back to only what it was (before Hurricane Harvey.”

Dieckow recognized the potential severity of the coronavirus, and noted the district’s primary concern is the safety of its employees.

“The ACND will follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control,” he said, adding copies with information about what is expected will be posted.

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