Aransas County Navigation District (ACND) commissioners, at their regular meeting Monday, Nov. 4, approved Keep Aransas County Beautiful’s request to place signage at the south end of the ski basin, in the area where the Blue Crab was located, in order to promote the organization’s fundraising efforts to replace the popular photo backdrop that Hurricane Harvey destroyed.

“We’ve talked about the Blue Crab since the storm,” said Harbor Master Keith Barrett. “A lot of good people have been raising funds.”

Plans call for a discrete sign asking for funds, as well as a “thermometer” sign, which will show how much money has been raised, and how much is still needed to reach KACB’s fundraising goal.

“We all want the crab back,” said ACND Chairman Malcolm Dieckow.

Commissioner Tommy Moore made the motion to approve the sign with Barrett overlooking its design to ensure it meets the district’s standards. His motion was approved unanimously.

(Note: The amount of money KACB has for the reconstruction of the Blue Crab was not known as of press deadline Monday. At the end of July it was reported the special Blue Crab account had almost $34,000, as well as a generous pledge of $25,000 from the family of James Michael Shaw. It was noted in the same story the total amount to be raised will be determined after the artist is selected. Proposals were to have been received by Sept. 1.)

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