Port Aransas South Jetty (Port Aransas, Tex.), Vol. 7, No. 31, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 19, 1978 Page: 1 of 8
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VOLUME 7 NO. 31 — PRICE 15 CENTS_ON MUSTANG ISLAND, TEXAS THURSDAY, JANUARY 19, 1978
OCT. 1977 - MARCH 1978
FOR THE HEAVIEST
Registered At The Official
BILMORE & SON
WOODY’S BOAT BASIN
1. Entrants must be guests or residents
in Port Aransas. A Port Aransas ad-
dress will be required.
2. Fish must be caught on rod and reel.
3. In case of a tie in fish weight, the
longest fish will be the winner.
4. Fish must be caught in the Port
Aransas area, and weighed fresh.
5. No angler may win more than twice
in the season contest.
6. A new contest begins the first day of
$35 CASH PRIZES
B • B Lounge and Pizza
Beachway RV Park
Betty’s Liquor Store
Bilmore & Son
BomaritoJs Tr. Pk. & Ice House
Capn’s Cove Restaurant
Coral Cay Condominiums
Deep Sea Headquarters
Double Barr Cottages
Glenn’s Marine & Auto
Island State Bank
Mark Grosse Realtor
Mora Marine Service
Mustang Telephone Co.
On the Beach RV Park
Sea Isle Village* & Island Retreat
Wildfire Restaurant & Lounge
Woody’s Boat Basin
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FLOUNDER — Bill Black, New Orleans, La., 10 lbs.
TROUT — Jerry Maurer, Port Aransas, 7'/i lbs.
REDFISH — C. A. Ruble, Mineral Wells, Tx., 32'/: lbs.
The 15-member Port Aransas
City Charter Commission began
its work this month with the elec-
tion of Jack Moore as chairman.
Dick Scalan, vice chairman, and
Charles Zahn, Jr., secretary.
The group also agreed to pur-
sue writing a charter based on a
city council - city manager form of
government, one of numerous
alternatives allowed for city ad-
ministration in the state. The City
now operates with a mayor-council
government that is served by a
The Charter Commission, e-
lected last fall, is charged with
writing and recommending to the
council an election approving a
Home Rule City Charter. The
City, since its incorporation in
1911 has been functioning as a
General Law City under the laws
of the state, and has only the
specific governmental authority
provided it by the legislature.
Home Rule cities may adopt
additional authorities, provided
they are not in conflict with state
laws. Home Rule cities may also
annex land without the consent or
petition of property owners in the
area to be annexed. General Law
requires owner consent for annex-
The Charter Commission, up to
this point has been studying vari-
ous alternative governmental
forms, and examining charters of
a number ot small cities. I he
group functioned without a chair-
man. with mayor pro tern Dale
Bictendorf having agreed to serve
as moderator until the election of
At the next meeting, on
January 24th, the commission will
begin developing a charter out-
line. determining the specific arti*
School Board Offers Top
Position to Milsap Man
The position of superintendent
of the Port Aransas Independent
School District has been offered to
Joe Searcy, now superintendent at
Milsap. near Mineral Wells.
The school board chose Searcy
from 26 candidates for the posi-
tion, and Searcy will respond to
the board's offer by the 21st, fol-
lowing a meeting with the Milsap
Searcy was chosen for the job to
replace Dr. William Johnston.
Signs Must Go
Those advertising signs that
have crept up all over Port Aran-
sas in the City easements and
rights-of-way are about to go.
with enforcement of an ordinance
passed by the council last week.
The ordinance makes it illegal
to place new signs on public prop-
erty. and requires that all those
old ones that are in violation be
removed within six months. The
city administrator will prepare a
list of violators and submit it to
the council. Though not required
by the ordinance, those sigp own-
ers in violation will be notified.
The ordinance carries a pen-
alty, with a maximum fine of $200
for violation, with each day
considered a separate offense.
According to city administrator
Dana Bennett, a new “sign ordi-
nance” is being developed that
will cfqnH'irHc for mnctrni’tinn
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the easements will then be able to
reconstruct them within new
cles needed in framing the
charter. The 7 p.m. meeting will
be at City Hall, and. as with all
the commission’s meetings, it will
be open to the public.
whose three-year superintendent
contract was not renewed by the
board. His contract expires in July
of this year.
Searcy will be given the option
of an overlap, beginning his
duties here in late February while
Johnston is still on the job. He
will be paid $30,000 a year, on a
three-year contract. Johnston is
paid $28,000 per year.
The Milsap system, of which
Searcy. 50. has been superin-
tendent since 1974, has about 450
students, about twice the num-
ber now in this school district.
The local district is in the
process of a major building ex-
pansion and adding a high school
level of instruction. The system is
also in the three-year process of
gaining accreditation for both the
lower and secondary schools.
To Join Owners
The City is preparing to enter a
property owner participation pro-
gram for street improvements,
according to city administrator
Dana Bennett, if property owners
show interest in this concept.
Primarily aimed at the unpaved,
dead-end. or low use residential
streets that would be low priority
in a City program, the City would
provide one-third of the improve-
ment cust if more than 50% of the
facing property owners petitioned
tor the work. With a majority
petitioning, the two thirds share
would be assessed among the
owners who received the benefits.
Bennett said that petition forms
will be available at his office, and
he will be available to discuss the
participation prognftn further with
anv interested property owners in
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Frishman, Steve. Port Aransas South Jetty (Port Aransas, Tex.), Vol. 7, No. 31, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 19, 1978, newspaper, January 19, 1978; Port Aransas, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth623924/m1/1/: accessed January 22, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Ellis Memorial Library.