Congratulations are in order to two groups of people.

First, the organizers of the petitions, as well as those who signed the petition, for having the energy and desire to collect the required signatures to force elections regarding Aransas County’s and the City of Rockport’s certificates of obligation.

Second, members of the Rockport City Council for standing firm and taking their responsibilities seriously, making a very tough, but correct decision to issue tax notes to fund three major projects, including a new city hall.

Next week I will address this issue further, including the long-term ramifications of not taking advantage of the many opportunities before us, and might even tackle the motivation behind the movement afloat since Hurricane Harvey.

It could really hack some folks off, but in the spirit of transparency, I will share my perspective about what we are experiencing as a community, which is a far cry from the unity experienced in the weeks and months after Hurricane Harvey.

Whatever decisions are made in the future - either collectively at the polls, or in government chambers – I pray the long-term results aren’t worse than the actual storm.

Until next week, have a good week … seriously; try to have a good week!

Mike Probst can be reached at

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