- Senior Community Services to Host March for Meals Community Champions Day March 25th
The City of Corpus Christi Parks and Recreation’s Senior Community Services Program announced today it will be holding Community Champions Week as a part of its March for Meals campaign.
Mayor Nelda Martinez will be participating in the event to show her support for our community’s homebound and hungry seniors. Mayor Nelda Martinez and Council Member Colleen McIntyre will be at a client’s residence to deliver a meal on Wednesday, March 25th at 10:45 a.m.
- Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation’s Summer 2015 High School Varsity Basketball League
Register Online during April 27–May 22
The Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department will begin accepting registration April 27th for its Summer 2015 High School Varsity Basketball League. This league is team concept for boys and girls varsity division (2015 graduate seniors are not eligible to participate in this league). There is a limit of 12 players per team. The season will run from June 8 through the week of July 9, 2015. Girls will play on Monday and Wednesday nights. Boys will play Tuesday and Thursday nights.
REGISTRATION will be offered as follows:
- City Streamlines Application Process for Parades, Marches and Special Events
It will soon be easier for organizers of parades, marches and special events to obtain permits. Beginning Wednesday, April 1, a new ordinance goes into effect streamlining the permit process.
On February 24, the City Council approved the ordinance that includes new steps, timelines and event requirements in an effort to alleviate any confusion for event coordinator’s regarding costs and responsibilities.
Interim Parks and Recreation Director Stacie Talbert Anaya said, “The City of Corpus Christi has developed a smoother application process to host special events. Event coordinators will experience a new streamlined application with simplified fees, as well as the review and approval process managed by the Parks & Recreation Department.”
- Corpus Christi Firefighters to Receive Honors for Aiding Injured Police Officers
Corpus Christi Fire Chief Robert Rocha will honor two firefighters for their recent heroic efforts to help three police officers shot while executing a search warrant on a suspected drug house. Captain Daniel Valdez will receive the Medal of Valor and Firefighter II Paramedic Randy Lopez will receive the Life Saving Award. The men are also medics with the Police Department’s SWAT Team.
- City Road Closures for the Week of March 21–27, 2015
Saturday - Friday
Starting Tuesday, March 17 and for approximately 3 weeks; weather permitting, City contractors will do road work on Everhart Road between Holly Road and Saratoga Boulevard between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. each day. Either northbound or southbound Everhart Road will be reduced to one lane of traffic through the work site.
Saturday - Friday
Beginning Monday, March 9 2015 and for approximately two weeks, City contractors will be reduce Yorktown Boulevard to one lane between Flour Bluff Drive and the Oso Creek Bay. Flaggers will be onsite to assist motorist through the work area.
- City of Corpus Christi Utility System Revenue Bond Upgrade
The City of Corpus Christi was notified earlier this week of an upgrade to its Utility System Revenue Bonds by Standard and Poor’s rating agency. This comes at an ideal time because pricing for $141 million of Utility System revenue bonds for the completion of the Mary Rhodes Pipeline Phase 2 is scheduled to take place next week. The result of the upgrade could mean a potentially lower interest rate that the City of Corpus Christi will have to pay on these bonds.
- Free City Beach Litter Bags Available during Spring Break
If you’re headed to the beach this Spring Break, you need to pick up a free City of Corpus Christi beach litter bag.
Staff with the City’s Solid Waste Operations, Parks and Recreation and Police departments has plenty of reusable mesh bags on hand while they patrol the beaches this spring break. Bag dispensers are also located at the Windward beach access parking lot on the seawall, North Beach and Padre Island Beach at Access Roads 2, 3, 3A, Zahn Road and Whitecap Road.
Bags are also available at the Solid Waste Operations office located at 2525 Hygeia Street. If your organization is planning a litter clean-up, come by and pick up some free bags.
- City Seeking Local Volunteers for Tap Water Study
The City of Corpus Christi Utilities department is looking for 100 volunteers to help test the tap water in some older homes. The research is expected to start this spring and is a requirement of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). Every three years the City must conduct lead and copper testing to monitor water quality.
For the best results, the City needs volunteers who live in a single-family home containing lead or copper pipes with lead solder and/or is served by lead service lines installed after 1982. Participating households will get the findings mailed to them 30 days after the results are received by the City. The sampling will take place in June, but a list of 100 volunteers must be approved by TCEQ before testing begins.
- City Road Closures for the Week of March 14–20, 2015
NEW - Laguna Shores
Monday and Tuesday
On Monday, March 16 and Tuesday, March 17 the 3000 Block of Laguna Shores will be reduced to one lane. Flaggers will be onsite to assist motorists through the worksite.
- Summer 2015 Youth Basketball League Registration Runs April 1–May 3
The Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department will begin accepting registration April 1st for its Summer 2015 Youth Basketball League. Girls and boys ages 6 to 17 (as of June 1, 2015) are eligible to participate in this league. The eight-game season will run from June 1 through the week of July 2, 2015.
Registration fee is $65.00 per person during April 1–26, 2015. Late registration fee is $80.00 per person during April 27–May 3, 2015. Twenty-five scholarships are available for qualifying participants.
- CCIA Emergency Prep – Staying Ready for Anything
Recent emergencies at various airports across the nation have brought to light the realities that any airport can face at any time. At CCIA, we work with our mutual aid partners to stay prepared for the unexpected.
On Tuesday, March 10th at 9am, CCIA will host an annual Table Top exercise that brings together emergency responders from all over Nueces County.
- Texas Folklife’s 2015 Big Squeeze Accordion Contest is Coming to Corpus Christi!
Texas Folklife is pleased to announce its ninth annual Big Squeeze accordion contest for up-and-coming Texas musicians, 21 years of age or younger. The contest is one of the ways in which Texas Folklife carries out its mission to preserve and promote Texas’s diverse cultural heritage. The contest recruits players in all genres of the Lone Star State’s accordion-based music, including German, Czech, and Polish polka; Creole, Cajun, and zydeco; and conjunto, norteño, and Tejano.
- REMINDER: “Hooked on Fishing Day Camp” to be Offered During Spring Break
Register online during February 23 to March 13
The Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department invites youth ages 6-12 to its “Hooked on Fishing Day Camp” to be held at Lindale Recreation Center, March 16–20, 2015, from 9am–3pm.
This is a one-day program held each day throughout Spring Break week. It is designed to give participants an opportunity to learn about the basics of fishing and conservation. Participants will also enjoying learning about our local marine life, fish anatomy and adaptations, the safety rules of fishing, how to bait and cast, tie fishing knots, arts and crafts projects, and go on a local fishing trip to put their skills to the test.
- REMINDER: Easter Camping at Labonte Park
Celebrate outdoors with us!
Online Reservations available now through April 2
The Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation wants you to celebrate your Easter holiday outdoors with us at Labonte Park. Reservations for campsites are now open for the week of March 31–April 5, 2015.
- Customers Conserve Natural Gas Successfully Avoiding Potential Interruption in Service
March 5, 2015 @ 2:30 a.m. – Corpus Christi natural gas customers successfully conserved natural gas overnight and avoided a potential interruption in service. “Thank you to our customers for doing their part in conservation overnight,” said Debbie Marroquin, Director of the Corpus Christi Gas Department.
- City Asks Natural Gas Customers to Temporarily Conserve to Avoid Potential Interruption in Service
The City of Corpus Christi was notified late Wednesday evening of a potential drop in natural gas pressure or interruption in service from the supplier. The City anticipates a peak in demand for natural gas due to an approaching cold front early Thursday morning. If the supplier is unable to remedy the situation by 6 a.m. it will impact all areas of Corpus Christi with the exception of Padre Island and West of Clarkwood Road (Calallen).
Natural gas customers can assist by temporarily conserving including:
• Limit natural gas usage as much as possible until further notice.
• Lower thermostats.
• Delay using hot water for dishwashing, showers or washing clothes.
• Delay using clothes dryers.
The early morning peak demand is the most critical time for potential gas interruption and City officials are on standby should there be a need to activate the Emergency Operations Center.
- Art Walk Festival Will Affect Downtown Streets
The City of Corpus Christi Traffic Engineering Office advises residents of the following street closures for Friday’s Art Walk Festival from 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.:
Peoples Street: Beginning at 1:00 p.m., the 500 block of Peoples Street will be closed from Upper Broadway to Mesquite Street. At 5:00 p.m., the 400 block of Peoples Street will be closed to traffic. Parking will not be allowed on these sections of Peoples Street and around the park.
- REMINDER: City Rain Barrel Program is Sold Out
Corpus Christi residents continue their commitment to water conservation with an overwhelming response to the City’s “Catch a Drop” rain barrel program. More than 650 rain barrels were purchased in less than 5 weeks resulting in the program selling out. “The overwhelming success of the rain barrel program is exciting for our water conservation efforts,” said Brent Clayton, Utilities Project Manager. “Residents are interested in conserving water and rain barrels help provide a difference in their own backyards with minimal effort,” added Clayton.
The City had to cap the initial sale of rain barrels, but is looking to expand the program in the future based on the tremendous support of the sale. Rain barrels are only one way to conserve water in your landscape and for more information about drought tolerated landscaping visit www.cctexas.com/government/water.
- Announcement of Sister City Committee’s 2015 Summer Exchange Students
On Monday, March 2, 2015 at 6:30 pm at the City Hall, 6th Floor Conference, 1201 Leopard, the Sister City Committee and the Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department invite all interested citizens to attend the announcement of the four 2015 winning Corpus Christi students who will be traveling this summer to the following Sister Cities: Agen, France; Keelung, Taiwan; and Yokosuka, Japan.
- City Board, Committee and Commission Vacancies - March 2015
The City Secretary’s Office is currently seeking biographical information forms for the following boards:
Airport Board – Two (2) vacancies with terms to 4-4-18. The board advises the City Council concerning matters relating to the aviation interests of the City of Corpus Christi and the operation of the Corpus Christi International Airport facilities for the promotion of those interests.
Board of Adjustment – Seven (7) vacancies with terms to 4-4-16. The board hears appeals for interpretations of the zoning ordinance.