Port Aransas South Jetty (Port Aransas, Tex.), Vol. 3, No. 26, Ed. 1 Friday, May 31, 1974 Page: 2 of 6
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May 31, 1974
LOOK AT THE FACTS
Price increases are getting to us all. as can be seen by our
own need, finally,to increase our mailed subscription prices. None
of us really strongly object to the increases if we can see that they
are justified by increased production costs, rather than just going
up because everybody’s doing it.
The increases that are most annoying are the ones for which
the basis is not understood any more than was the original price.
The City Government has now acted three times, within the
past year, raising or setting prices to consumers with no real
study of costs or revenue returns.
The first was an increase, late last summer, in trash collec-
tion fees for part-time Island residents. Equalization of pick-up
fees for commercial establishments was tabled for investigation
at the same time, and little more has been heard about it. The
reason for the increase enacted was that the entire proposed 1974
City Budget wouldn’t balance, and the additional revenues from
the sanitation department, including the expected increase in
commercial collection revenue, was used, on paper, to “balance
the budget.” Meanwhile, no city official has any idea what the
entire costs of maintaining the sanitation system really are.
And this became very evident when the City Council was re-
quested to consider setting collection and dump-use fees for
properties outside the city limits. Naturally, the figures dis-
cussed were arbitrary, and there was an actual unwillingness
on the part of some officials to examine the total operation’s
cost in advance of establishing a price schedule.
The other two instances have occurred in connection with
slip rental fees at the City Dock. The dock has never been self-
supporting, and there are those who say it shouldn’t be, though
this has never been established as a policy decision. One section
of the dock was recently leased, with renewal options over the
next 14 years, to the Boatman’s Association, for a per-slip
price considerably lower than that paid by other City Dock
users. According to the lease, the Boatmen are partially respon-
sible for maintenance, and there is a clause allowing for an
annual “cost of living adjustment.”
Now, just this month, the Council approved an across-the-
board increase on slip rentals at the City Dock.
Again, the lease figure, and this latest rental increase were
established without the benefit of specific knowledge of costs.
In all three instances, the rates may be too high, or they
may still be too low. All we know, for sure, is that the costs
of operations are increasing, and blind stabs are being made
to offset the increases.
And it is almost time to set the estimated 1975 budget.
The following firms and in-
dividuals support the Port Aran-
sas Area Chamber of Commerce.
Others interested in joining may
contact any member for infor-
American Petrofina Pipe
Aransas Title Company
Bell Buoy & Candle
Betty’s Liquor Store
Bilmore & Son
Blue Heron Dock
Capt. Dan Motel
Capt. Rick Corn Charter Service
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Steven Frishman, Owner and
SOUTH JETTY is published
every other Friday by the
South Jetty Publishing Co., Port
Aransas, Texas. Subscription
rate is $5.00 per year; and $9.00
for 2 years, including tax, 15
cents by the single copy.
Editors — Lexa and Steven
Address all correspondence to
South Jetty Publishing Co., P.O.
Box 1116, Port Aransas, Texas
Office: 222 East Beach St.,
Port Aransas, Texas. Phone 749-
All written material and pho-
tographs will be published sub-
ject to review by the editors.
The publisher will gladly cor-
rect any erroneous statement
regarding corporations, firms,
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Second Class Postage is paid
at Port Aransas, Texas 78373
City of Port Aransas
Central Power & Light Co.
Coach Lite Lodge
Coastline Air Conditioning
Custard’s Last Stand
W. R. Ellis Real Estate
Geo. Marine & Auto Supply
Glenn’s Marine & Auto Service
Gulf Tower Motel
Island State Bank
Marine Courts and Trailer Park
Miller, Prather, Wade &
Mrs. Pete’s Cafe
Mustang Telephone Company
Neuport Motor Inn
Omni Development Corp.
On the Beach R. V. Park
Party House #1
Port Aransas Boatmans’ Assn.
Reeder Realty Co.
Rod & Gun Club
Shifting Sands Oyster Bar
South Jetty Publishing Co.
South Texas Builders. Inc.
South Texas Cigar
Sunday Villas Home Assn., Inc.
Texsun Cottages &
Tropic Island Motel
The White Marlin
Woody’s Boat Basin
Charles W. Zahn, Jr.
Water Board Changir
The Board of Directors of the
Nueces County Water Control
and Improvement District No. 4,
in line with its efforts to bring
the operations of the Water Dis-
trict and the City closer to-
gether, recently approved retain-
ing the same attorney and
engineering firm as used by the
City of Port Aransas. This
II. G. OLSEN
21 Graduate 8th Grade
21 Eighth Graders completed
their final year at H. G. Olsen
School and will attend high
school off the Island next year.
Graduating in ceremonies on
May 2 were: Johnnie Barnes,
Renda Blocker. Phillip Brogden.
James Farley, Bill Gavit, Lola
Grundy, James Guillory, Laura
Hair, Donald Houser, Cheryl Ja-
novsky, Billie Jo Mathews, Cathy
Meuth, Dena Ming, Trent Moore,
Rodney Motes, David Musial,
Kim Olsen, Homer Roberson,
Charlotte Scibienski, Aaron Van
Baalen. and Mark Yeung.
Receiving the Jerry McDonald
Award was Cathy Meuth. The
cash award is presented annual-
ly by the Jerry McDonald Foun-
dation directors, to a student for
high scholarship and character.
The Foundation and award was
established in memory of Jerry
McDonald, son of Mr. and Mrs.
Don McDonald, who gave his life
in action in Vietnam., Also nomi-
nated for the award this year
were Aaron Van Baalen, and
sixth grader Missy Ousley. Pre-
senting the award to Cathy
Meuth was Mrs. Vera Fortson,
Dr. Patrick L. Parker, chair-
man of the school board, pre-
sented diplomas to the 21 gradu-
ates in the ceremony accom-
panied by the H. G. Olsen School
The invocation andbenediction
were delivered by Rev. Frank
Welcoming the guests was
graduate Bill Gavit. The Class
Will was presented by Trent
Moore, and Kim Olsen delivered
the Ciass Prophecy. The Fare-
well Address was made by Char-
The theme of the ceremony was
the “Magic of Fountains,” sig-
nifying that, with hard work and
determination, wishes can come
means that attorney Richard
Hatch and engineers McCaughan
and Etheridge will be replaced
by city attorney Charles W.
Zahn, Jr., and the firm of Urban
Engineers. Contracts with the
newly approved District legal
and engineering advisors have
not yet been presented for con-
sideration by the board.
Hatch and McCaughan and
Etheridge will rntinue work-
ing for the Board in completion
of projects in progress. Mc-
Caughan and Etheridge will re-
main the District’s engineers on
the water improvement project
for which the voters, last year
approved issuing $300,000 in
bonds. The Board, at its May 22
meeting, approved seeking bids
for the project that will provide
an increased flow to the over-
head storage tank in Port Aran-
sas, and replace numerous of the
old and undersized residential
The exact path of the new line
between the Ship Channel and
the overhead storage tank is
still under discussion and negot-
iation, as the District has, so
far, not acquired a small part of
the easement necessary for the
most direct, and least expensive
route they wish to follow. Dis-
cussions with B. L. Owens and
Rick Corn for easement across
property at the west end of Ave.
B are in progress.
In other discussion, the Water
Board heard a report from Mel-
vin M. Littleton on a recent
meeting of the newly formed
joint City and Water District
TO BE BANDED
Sometime at the end of this
summer if you spot an egret or
other fish-eating bird winging
along with a magenta leg band,
take note; it will be one of the
some 25,000 such birds banded
during the late spring and
early summer by Teras Parks
and Wildlife Department non-
Starting May 14, the biolo-
gists will band several species of
fish-eating birds in six locations
in Texas: north, south and east
inland; and upper, middle and
Biologist Danny Swepston of
the Parks and Wildlife Depart-
ment said that four species of
herons, four varieties of egrets
anhingas and roseate spoonbills
will be banded.
committee, consisting of two
Board members, two Council-
men. the District manager, and
the attorneys and engineers.
Littleton announced that the
Interlocal Cooperation Act of
1971 provides a basis for con-
tracts between the two agencies
that would serve to make their
operations more efficient and
save tax dollars. The act and
its implementation are now
being further investigated by
the joint committee members.
Discussion of possible areas for
contractual agreements included
aspects of plumbing work inspec-
tion and the City’s sanitation
Regular meetings of the joint
committee, with advance post-
ing of agenda, will be held on
the 4th Monday of each month,
at 7 p.m., at the Water District
office, or City Hall.
District Manager Don Roy
Farley informed the Board that
the tap fees for 1" and 11//'
taps, set in 1972, are no longer
realistic in light of recent n j-
terial price increases. He rec-
ommended a 20% increase on
the fees that are now $100, $200,
and $350 respectively. He also
recommended a 20% increase
on the fees for 4 and 6" sewer
taps. The Boaid instructed hirn
to study the costs further, and
bring his results and recommen-
dations to the next Board meet-
ing in which action on the fees
can be discussed as an agenda
The Board also announced
that the Board of Equalization
will hear taxpayer presentations
on real property on June 11, at
the Water District Office.
RED CROSS DRIVE —
JUNE AND JULY
Mrs. Don Farley, local In d
Cross chairman, has announce d
that the Annual Red Cross Drive
will be held from June 1 through
Port Aransas has been divid-
ed into sectors, and Mrs. Farley,
or one of her assistants will be
calling on every home and busi-
ness in the City, seeking dona-
The Red Cross, a disaster re-
lief agency, was very much in
evidence here on the Island
after Hurricane Celia, in 1970,
providing food and other needed
services to residents.
Mrs. Farley urges everyone to
give geneorusly to this organ-
ization that gives so much to so
many people in times of disas-
ter am] need.
— The Unreal Barracuda is
now the Big Banana, while
j Gourmet Hamburgers and Peli-
can Wharf have come to town
— Miss Nitro in town last
— The large — and very
friendly Memorial Day crowds
on the Island.
— All the people digging in
with both hands at the Cham-
ber of Commerce Shrimp and
Crab Boil, where the plates were
none other than back issues of
— you guessed it — SOUTH
$25 PRIZE FOR THE
ENTITLED “WHAT I LIKE
Send entries in 200 words,
or less, to
port Arandas, Texas 78373
ANYONE may enter —
ALL AGES WELCOME
Winning essay, chosen hy a panel of
judges will be published in
FINAL ENTRY DATE
— JUNE 3, 1971
Nestling birds will be marked
with a leg band and a small co-
lored leg flag to indicate which
I area they were banded in: north
| inland, blaze orange, south in-
land magenta; east inland,
chrome; upper coast, light
green; middle coast dark red;
lower coast light blue.
The banding and flagging will
help biologists identify birds as
they move out of the rookeries
after fledging, and indicate what
happens to the birds when rook-
eries become inactive or are des
troyed by man, and the life his-
tory of iittle known birds such
as the reddish egret.
Before the young birds start
moving out of the nesting areas
in late summer, Parks and
Wildlife Department biologist:
will establish a reporting system
which will allow the public to
assist in the work.
8th GRADE GRADUATION — 1974
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Frishman, Steve & Frishman, Lexa. Port Aransas South Jetty (Port Aransas, Tex.), Vol. 3, No. 26, Ed. 1 Friday, May 31, 1974, newspaper, May 31, 1974; Port Aransas, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth623461/m1/2/: accessed November 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Ellis Memorial Library.