Aransas County residents are reminded that the entrance fee to Rockport Beach remains the same for local residents as long as an individual visits the Aransas County Navigation District (ACND) office during regular office hours to buy a pass.
Commissioners, at their regular meeting Monday, Dec. 7, approved doubling the entrance fee to Rockport Beach. However, commissioners provided an option for Aransas County residents to continue purchasing daily and/or annual passes at the current $5 and $20 rate, respectively.
If one purchases a pass at the gate it is $10 (daily), or $40 (annual).
Residents are asked not to argue with the attendant about the price.
“We have already sold hundreds of passes through the office,” said Harbor Master Keith Barrett. “It’s like a pre-sale price, and a gate price.”
ACND Chairman Malcolm Dieckow said the extra revenue will be used to improve Rockport Beach.
“There’s nothing more important in this county than the beach,” said Commissioner Toney Dominguez.
Barrett said 90% of the people who use Rockport Beach are from out of town.
He also noted the district did not increase its tax rate.
Dieckow added, “(When we made this decision) we looked at ways to pay for maintenance and improvements at the beach without making locals pay for it.”