Port Aransas South Jetty (Port Aransas, Tex.), Vol. 36, No. 29, Ed. 1 Thursday, July 20, 2006 Page: 3 of 24
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Democrats turn to
Web for Bell race
* Texas Democrats and
Republicans count on the
Kiternet for contact with
their potential voters. But
democrats hope a new cy-
berspace push will provide a
useful, cheap, multi-faceted
energizing of the grassroots
l?ke never before.
* Democrats have been
^urting for both money
and troops. Republicans n
c&n generally raise business _ _ D«1V6
dollars even when they're mqncEI V
not incumbents, but Demo-
crats don't do well unless
they're holding office.
But Bell said not only had he raised enough
money to premier a new "moon shot on educa-
tion" TV spot Monday, he can put it on the air
in most of the state.
Though the $1.63 million he raised in the
past half year was just a third of what Repub-
lican Gov. Rick Perry raised, and half of what
Independent Carole Keeton Strayhorn raised,
and barely more than what Independent Kinky
Friedman raised, Bell said he's pumped. That's
the despite the fact that Perry has $10 million
on hand, and Strayhorn $8 million, while Bell
has about the same as Friedman: a little less than
On the troops side, Bell said he's excited that
Glen Maxey, the former Austin legislator who
recently lost a close race for state party chair, will
handle organization for the Democrats.
"Most of you," Bell told the enthusiastic crowd
of about 100 Democrats on a sweltering outdoor
deck at Mother Egan's Irish Pub, "probably came
here with one question on your mind, and that is:
'Can he win?' And the answer is, 'Yes.'"
Bell thinks the money and excitement will
continue to improve. It's dawning on more
Texans that to oust Perry in an election with no
runoff, they must vote for the challenger with
the best shot - which is himself, Bell said. That's
why he spent part of the past few weeks pointing
up Strayhorn's flip-floppery. And Kinky's funny,
but every protest vote for him helps Perry's
k, chance for another four years, Bell said.
"If there's anything clear from the research,
it's that Kinky can't win and we can," Bell
His advantage is the very Democrats he was
talking to. Though sometimes disorganized and
Underfunded, the party gives him a statewide or-
ganization "that independent candidates couldn't
inatch with $50 million," Bell said.
And Maxey, a veteran of voter turnout efforts,
thinks the Internet is a fabulous tool that can level
the playing field. He announced a new website
^ www.trueblueaction.com designed to foster
cooperation between various Democratic cam-
paigns, and make information sharing easily
People can locate registered voters who don't
tote, or who have moved recently to help them
know how and where to re-register, and vote.
The site will:
• Make voter information available to any
Democratic campaign that needs and wants it.
* Allow individuals and groups to use their com-
puters to do virtually free on-line phone banks
for voter identification, follow-up calls before
and on election day, and call from all over the
state to help in hot races.
• Allow e-mail communication among groups
of friends or co-workers who have a message,
without their having to ask permission from
anyone. "We've all done precinct organization,
but we've learned that most people don't know
people by neighborhood," Maxey said. They
know them in the workplace, their drinking
buddies, soccer team, church.
• Provide easy tools to register voters (some-
one can take a laptop computer and portable
printer into a nursing home and produce per-
sonalized voter registration forms for everyone,
Jwith where to send it after signing, and where,
when and how to vote).
; • Identify the certain Democratic voters, so
campaigns won't spend precious time and money
contacting them over and over, but use those
^sources to reach swing voters.
J Those tactics, plus identifying and turning out
the thousands of would-be voters who are simply
;not asked, can turn a 55 percent Republican
district into a toss-up.
! If it works, Maxey said, "We will have
Jchanged the equation - all over the state. . . .
f'The best thing is we haven't spent hardly any
'money so far."
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Golf course heads city in right direction
By now you've probably read the front-
page story by reporter Dan Parker about
the Arnold Palmer signature golf course at
Newport Beach and Golf Village North.
It tells the story behind the massive
amounts of sand being moved and shaped
from just south of Beach Access Road 1A
and southward along State Hwy 361.
This has been in the works since devel-
oper Craig Millard of Palm Beach, Fla.7
and Newport Beach, R.I., with former Port
Aransas resident Sunny Castor, presented
the plan at a community-wide meeting at
the Community Center in October 2002. In
the interim, Millard, Castor and their team
have tweaked the plans in response to com-
munity, planning and zoning commission
and city council input.
When complete, probably in the fall of
2007, the entry to Port Aransas from the
south will be a rolling greenbelt from north
of Pioneer RV Resort to just south of Beach
Access Road 1A.
Millard's company, Texas Gulf and
Harbor, Ltd., has other planned communi-
ties and possibly another brand name golf
course on the drawing board that will take
that greenbelt all the way to the city limits
on either side of the Island Road.
If you're among those who would like
to lock the gates, you're out of luck. These
communities will draw much attention to
Port Aransas, especially in light of the fact
that property prices on the "Third Coast"
are so much less than those on the East or
If you're among those who accept that
growth is inevitable, you might be pleased
with these developments that offer lower
density, primarily low-rise structures sur-
rounded by open green
Singing the same song,
I've lost count of which
verse, I have to say that
if Port Aransas is going
to grow — and we are
— our primary concern
should be guiding that
.Here's what I want:
• Low-rise structures
• Low density created
by open spaces
• Greenbelts or natural
areas of vegetation that,
in our case, are not always green, but almost
always beautiful (whether in the form of
golf courses, parks or preserves)
• Setback requirements that don't crowd
• Architectural guidelines that give devel-
opers, businesses and homebuilders incen-
tives to build structures that blend with "old
town" architecture where appropriate
• Architectural guidelines that discour-
age or even prohibit over-size buildings
that dwarf their neighbors and that are
in conflict with the character of the com-
•Architectural guidelines, both in planned
residential communities and elsewhere, that
encourage individuality, but that are still
in keeping with the ambiance of the larger
• Pedestrian and bicycle friendly streets in
commercial as well as residential areas
• Where practical, off-street parking
• Landscape requirements for commer-
cial buildings and parking lots that provide
a buffer between the street and the parking
lots or buildings
• A plan to preserve Old Town in terms of
architecture, accessibility and ambiance
Here's what I don't want:
• A city of one high rise structure after
• A majority of high-density commercial
and residential districts
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• A commercial district made up of build-
ings that dwarf their, neighbors GW Jiu
• A commercial district of concrete and
asphalt topped by towering buildings cre-
ated largely of glass and screaming neon
• A commercial district that is not wel-
coming to, or safe for, pedestrian or bicycle
Simply put, I don't want us to be South
Padre Island or Miami Beach.
If we're going to grow, Newport Beach
and Golf Village North, as well as some of
the other projects under way, including The
Moorings, encompasses most of my "want"
list. Other communities planned by Millard
and company, mostly along the bay side of
the Island Road, follow the same guidelines
and are certainly preferable to high-rise
buildings that would provide a developer
a greater profit.
None of these developments is going to
happen all at once, just as Island Moorings
did not sprout up and become fully popu-
lated over night. We have time to make sure
growth happens our way.
We can put our heads in the sand and
resist development, or we can work with
it and guide it toward what I think most of
us want if we can't have the Port Aransas
of yesterday that is gone forever.
Trying to afford the movies
Peg and I went to a movie the other night. And
I hope that if I get a raise, and sell enough copies
of the 1945 Austin American Statesman at the
end of World War II, and if I sell a bunch of the
Collier Magazine that featured the photograph
of Marilyn Monroe when the wind blew her
dress over her head, then I might take Peggy
to another movie.
If I should get a refund from my last income
tax, and if I can sell enough milk bottles and
mow enough of my neighbors' yards, then
Peg and I might enjoy a candy bar during the
And if I could sell that old bicycle that I
bought 36 years ago, by
golly, I might just buy us a
Coke™ (with two straws,
I don't know if we can
gather enough to buy two
tickets to another movie,
but hey, movies are part
of American life. And, by
golly, I'm not gonna sit
back and wait for someone
to take me to a movie. I'm
gonna go for it.
I've told you before that
my daddy charged a nickel for the kids and
15-cents for adults to go to his Grand Central
Theatre back in the early 1930's. And if a kid
didn't have a nickel, dad would send him next
door to get him a glass of water. Then he'd let
the boy come on in to see Tom Mix or Buck
Jones, whoever, and for free.
I'd tried that routine one time to see if I could
get in to see a movie featuring Kevin Costner.
I don't know exactly what the cashier said, but
that little round hole that allows her to talk to
you? Well, by golly it flat melted.
Well, hope to see you in the movies - if we
don't have another Depression.
A Texas voice
questions on life
I love breakfast foods
... country breakfasts, you
know, like pancakes, eggs,
sausage, bacon, biscuits.
Pancakes and sausage are
fit for any meal, any time of
the day. Whether it's Inter-
national House of Pancakes,
Denny's, Kettle or Bubba's
Flapjack House, it calls to
me as I drive by. St©¥©
Several years ago, imartaindale
learned that good breakfasts
could be found at Whata-
burger, especially if I was watching the budget
and in a hurry. The biscuit and gravy was
quite good, and it was there that I first bought
breakfast tacos. Sylvia, a former workmate,
sometimes brought egg, sausage and cheese
tacos prepared by her mother. Mmm, yet another
breakfast to love.
I have eaten breakfasts at numerous Whata-
burgers around the state and learned that the
food sometimes differs from one restaurant to
another. Usually, the pancakes are thick and
fluffy, but some are thinner and heavier. Similar
variations can exist in the gravy.
The other day, we stopped at a Whataburger
for breakfast, and I was torn between pancakes
and a taco. A woman named Rose took our order.
Her name tag said she was a manager, and her
white hair gave me confidence she would be
able to help me make a decision.
"Are your pancakes thick and fluffy or are
they thin?" I asked her.
She gave me a brief look that made me fear
I might have accidentally asked the question in
Swahili, which would be exciting since I don't
speak Swahili. But my concern was short-lived
because she then began answering my ques-
"I don't know," she said with a chortle. (Actu-
ally, I've always wondered how someone could
speak with a chortle, but now I know.) Then she
got slightly more serious.
"They're pancakes." This she said with a
bit of a shrug. That helps; the pancakes are
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"Yeah, they're fluffy."
"' With that ringing endorsement, I ordered*
You already know what I got wasn't thick
and fluffy pancakes, but, to be fair, they weren't
really thin either. I resisted the temptation to say
to Rose, "Since you've confessed to a lack of
knowledge about what is a fluffy pancake, let
me assure you this is not one."
I said nothing because it really wasn't Rose's
fault. If I wasn't wanting pancakes badly enough
to enjoy them in spite of being a few shades from
perfect, then I should have ordered something
else. Especially after hearing, "I don't know.
If a person just wants to get out of the house
and catch a movie, he should not ask, "Just how
good is the new Steven Seagal film?"
Someone who needs a low-cost automobile
should not walk into a dealership and ask, "What
is your answer to the Hummer?"
A fan of classical music would be ill advised
to visit a small town and ask, "Do you have a
good, young musical group in town?"
A fellow who does not like to get caught up in
heated arguments should not enter a New York
City bar and shout out, "Hey, which is the sorriest
team in baseball, the Yankees or the Mets?"
If a woman is seriously interested in dropping
30 or 40 pounds, she should not ask the waiter,
"What really tastes great?"
A mother with four young boys might recon-
sider demanding an answer to a question such as,
"What do y'all want, to just live like pigs?"
On the other hand, one of those boys would
likely regret asking, "What do you expect me to
do, keep my room clean all by myself?"
And a professional recording artist might
want to give a second thought to the idea before
saying, "Would you like for me to listen to your
song and tell you what I think about it?"
Steve Martaindale is a self-syndicated colum-
nist. Write him at penmanmail-steve@yahoo.
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Great PD, people
We have been visiting your wonderful city
for approximately 20 years. The small town
atmosphere and the quaintness of the city have
always caused us reason to return. Our last visit
was in June.
Pam lost her Rolex watch during the visit.
We placed an ad in the paper on the day we
left. Due to the diligent work of Officer Bueno
and the kindness of Hope Radican, the watch
Many thanks to officer Noel Bueno and the
police department. Officer Bueno even took
the watch to Federal Express to have it sent
to us. We are anxious to return and meet these
Thank you again.
Pam and Mark Christman
Kudos to Patsy fans
In last week's paper, there was a lovely
photo of Patsy Jones that now hangs in the Port
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Aransas Community Theatre to honor her.
The reason Jack Jameson and George
Crawford were there viewing the photo is that
the remainder of the Patsy Jones Memorial
Fund that they collected, which produced the
bas-relief statue of her in the Amphitheater in
Roberts Point Park, also purchased the photo
of Patsy for the theater.
We wanted all the Patsy fans that donated
to that fund to know you are responsible for
this honor, too.
[Editor's note: The editor failed to fully explain
the funding for the portrait of the late great
Patsy Jones. Apologies to all involved.]
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