Port Aransas South Jetty (Port Aransas, Tex.), Vol. 11, No. 26, Ed. 1 Thursday, July 2, 1981 Page: 5 of 44
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South Jetty, Thursday, July 2, 1981, Page 5
EcHtomaI ancI Op'Niow
One moment a child full of joy
sets out to play on our beach.
For the next month or so, she’ll
have a problem walking and
there’ll be no swimming for a
Like the wagon trains of old,
the stream of present-day pil-
grims is a never-ending parade.
Circling up when they’ve found
just the right spot, unloading
provisions and sending scouts in
all directions. To gather fire-
wood and check the chicks.
Instead of prairie schooners
they’re riding in shiny pick-ups
with stretch cabs, in battered old
station wagons and feisty dune
buggies with roll bars, and
rented motor homes that are
Maybe in rusted out junkers
or converted school busses with
Jesus Is Coming painted on the
side. In fancy sports cars, in the
family sedan and on noisy
motorcycles that drown out
everything in the world except
those sup**r speakers blaring
hard acid rock across the
You got the picture?
r~On the beach
By Raymond Cushing
Port Aransas - where they
bite every day.
And the fishing isn’t bad
Two staples of our local
economy are fishing and tour-
ism, and both are booming right
now. Last weekend, virtually
every motel room in town was
occupied and accommodations
for this weekend have been
booked weeks in advance, ac-
cording to the Chamber of
Charter fishermen report that
last weekend fishing was just
about as good as it could
possibly be. And waders on the
beach tell of being battered by
mullet, trout and redfish in the
Times are tough, but you
wouldn't know it to look at this
This weekend will see the
Fourth of July celebration and
Deep Sea Round-up, the peak of
the tourist season. Restaurants
should be packed and nightspots
Things couldn’t be better.
That’s why I* m looking for-
ward now to next winter. After
Labor Day, things traditionally
slow down in Port Aransas as far
as tourist trade and fishing are
concerned. I’ve been thinking of
some ways we could keep the
economic ball rolling around
here this fall.
Perhaps we could come up
with some fall festivals that
wouid attract visitors and keep
us locals busy through autumn.
You can accuse me oi being
premature, but I think Tm on
the right track in formulating the
following list of possible special
events we could schedule for the
slow months this year. We've
got to start planning now u>
keep the tourist trade from just
floundering this winter.
Let’s consider the following
annual festivals for September,
October and November
-- Port Aransas laughing Gull
Days; with special exhibits of
seagull art, a sunset seagull feed
on the beach and seagull parade
down Alister Street
- Annual Port Aransas Crab
Festival; featuring a crabmeat
feast, crab races and crabbiest
-- The Great Sticklebunr Run;
barefoot races over a field of
stickleburrs with winners receiv-
ing Silver Stickleburr trophies
-- Port Aransas Flounder
Fiesta; this could be scheduled
for late November, with the
Golden Gig Award for the
biggest flounder gigged during a
48 hour period
-- Annual Invitational Sand
piper Races; similar to the
armadillo races held in Victoria,
these races could be held on the
beach in October. First prize
would be an autographed picture
of Elizabeth Taylor and a record
of the soundtrack from the
Academy Award winning film.
-- Mullet-Eating Competition;
these tasty fish are used mostly
for bait in this part of the
country, but in Florida they an*
considered might good eating.
See ON THE BEACH page 14
Glimpses of South Texas -Murray judson
She’s six years old. Honey
blond pigtails are bouncing
wildly as she races toward the
incoming surf. A younger broth-
er, still wearing his baby fat, is
falling farther behind and
shrieking his displeasure. The
mama is trudging in their wake,
smiling happily, carrying a
beach chair and towels and a
satchel full of the things mamas
bring with them to the beach.
One moment she’s running,
laughing, looking over her
shoulder and screaming. One
moment she’s anticipating her
plunge into the salty spray,
already feeling the shock of
pleasure as she sees the first
The next moment she’s
sprawled face down on the sand,
writhing in pain, screaming for
her mama. Little brother thinks
it’s a game and runs by,
hollering and sticking out his
tongue. As little brothers from
just after Adam.
Mama knows better. She
drops the paraphernalia and
sprints to her child, gasping in
horrow as she sees the blood
spurting from her daughter’s
foot. Trying to calm the child
and examine the extent of her
injury is hard. A passerby stops
It’s a frightenly bad cut. The
jagged edge of a broken whiskey
bottle had sliced and gouged the
tender instep. Later it was
learned that bits of broken glass
were deep in the wound and had
to be probed for and extracted
by a doctor.
It’s the regular beach scene,
involving thousands of folks
whose primary interest is fun.
They are out to enjoy them-
selves. There are all kinds of
folks. Surfers and sissies, swing-
ers and singers. Macho males
and belly-button-cute females.
And families. Families by the
dozens, swimming and sailing,
eating and drinking, playing and
laughing, reading and sleeping.
Joggers and walkers, lookers
Folks from here and folks
from there, folks from every-
where. All in all, good folks.
Folks like you and me.
There’s one group pitching
horseshoes. And another one
pitching their garbage, their
broken bottles, just beyond their
camping area. Over there is a
couple pitching woo and another
one pitching trash on the
A lot of beach visitors use the
barrels. A lot of em don’t.
It’s a mess. It’s a shame. It’s
against the law.
And it is outrageous!
P.S. A recommendation from
the Beach Committee to the City
Council that ordinances relating
to litter and glass containers be
strictly enforced is on the
agenda for the council meeting
God Bless America
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Edmonson, Jim. Port Aransas South Jetty (Port Aransas, Tex.), Vol. 11, No. 26, Ed. 1 Thursday, July 2, 1981, newspaper, July 2, 1981; Port Aransas, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth601422/m1/5/: accessed August 12, 2020), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Ellis Memorial Library.