Port Aransas South Jetty (Port Aransas, Tex.), Vol. 11, No. 27, Ed. 1 Thursday, July 9, 1981 Page: 3 of 20
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South Jetty, Thursday, July 9, 1981, Phge 3
Special meeting set
County Commissioner J.P.
Luby has called a special
meeting of area fire chiefs and
law enforcement officials for
Thursday morning July 9, at 10
a.m. in the office of the County
Park near Packery Channel on
Park Road 53.
The Nueces County Water
Control and Improvement Dis-
trict Board of Directors has also
been requested to attend this
meeting that has as its main
purpose to find solutions to the
fire fighting problems that are
inherent in island fires.
Commissioner Luby said the
special meeting will discuss the
need for fire hydrants to be
located along Park Road 53
thereby reducing the distance
necessary for the fire trucks to
travel to refill their tanks when
Also to be considered by the
officials will be the options
available to them for upgrading
some of their equipment.
Strategy will also be discussed
as to how the special session of
the state legislature next month
might be persuaded to pass
state regulations affecting the
sale of fireworks beyond city
limits. If the state governing
body can be brought to action on
this matter, the island could
expect some relief«by the next
Fourth of July, Luby said.
However, if the body does not
act in regards to the sale of
fireworks, the county is forced to
wait at least another two years
for any state action governing
the sale of fireworks.
The experience of Mustang
Island and Port Aransas with
fires over the Fourth of July
weekend have pressed officials
to seek more outside help to
solve the hazards generated by
Five were fought
The Fourth of July was no
holiday for the Port Aransas
Volunteer Fire Department. The
department and all its equip-
ment were pressed into action
when grass fires began spring-
ing up on the island almost as
quickly as the fireworks explo-
sions that ignited the grass.
Beginning in late afternoon
and working well after midnight,
the firemen answered five calls
within the city area before
shifting all of their concentration
to a major fire that sprang up
about one mile south of Execu-
tive Keys Condominium at
Access Road 1A.
Inside the city itself, no loss of
property or life was the res”lt of
swift action. One threatening
fire at Dolphin and 12th Street
was finally subdued late in the
evening. A house at the location
narrowly missed the flames.
South of the city and behind
Executive Keys was a grass fire
of such proportions that fire
fighting units from five pf the
area stations had to be called
into action for assistance. Fire
units came from Aransas Pass,
Rockport, Gregory, Ingleside
and Corpus Christi to subdue
this fire that was not under
control until 2:30 a.m.
Two Port Aransas firefighters
suffered from smoke inhalation.
The two were Frank Rohr and
Jeanne Hendricks. They both
recovered after several hours
One other fire on the island
was not handled by the Port
Aransas department. This fire
occurred about two miles south
of The Lost Colony and was
handled by the Flour Bluff Fire
Fire Chief Bruce Hendricks
said that the blame would have
to be placed on fireworks. Elven
though fireworks are illegal
within the City of Port Aransas
they were in plentiful supply and
the uses of these illegal and
dangerous materials was fre-
quent. As the firemen were
fighting the fires, it was not an
uncommon sight to see rockets
and Roman candles being fired
into the air nearby.
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Edmonson, Jim. Port Aransas South Jetty (Port Aransas, Tex.), Vol. 11, No. 27, Ed. 1 Thursday, July 9, 1981, newspaper, July 9, 1981; Port Aransas, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth601449/m1/3/: accessed July 6, 2020), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Ellis Memorial Library.