What is the current situation in our community?

  • The Aransas County community was hit hard by Hurricane Harvey in August of 2017, causing significant damage to infrastructure, government buildings, businesses, housing, and personal property.
  • Initial cleanup, rebuilding, and restoration efforts proceeded with all due speed; however, full recovery is not completed.
  • The community still has substantial needs for infrastructure improvements, additional businesses, recovery and expansion of businesses, and additional housing, particularly workforce and low to moderate income housing.
  • At the same time, our community population is growing. Aransas County is projected to grow 75%-100% by 2050, to as high as 46,239.
  • Current ongoing and proposed or planned housing projects and developments will result in an increase of 2,500-3,000 new residential units. These units are projected to be completed between now and the end of 2023. Further, these units may result in 6,000 – 7,500 new residents.
  • Local real estate professionals, developers, and builders have projected that our community will require a 20-25% increase in housing units to accommodate growth in the coming years, particularly considering dwindling housing inventory.
  • This population growth has been driven by the following: attractive location with abundant natural resources and recreational amenities, abundant wildlife, mild winters, cooler summers with constant sea breeze, vacation destination, second and vacation homes, “Winter Texans”, strong cultural arts, historical attractions, numerous festivals, large number of non-profit organizations, numerous religious organizations, low crime, and conservative values.
  • COVID-19 has resulted in a dramatic increase in remote working. We are starting to witness new residents moving into our attractive community and working remotely.
  • Community growth is upon us and will continue.
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  • The community needs more storm resiliency and hardening to complete the recovery from Hurricane Harvey and to plan, prepare, and build for the future.
  • Local government leadership has performed up to the task, although the pace of progress has been uneven at times for a variety of reasons, often beyond the control of elected officials, particularly in view of the eight declared disasters that have impacted the community.
  • During the first couple of years after the storm, the community largely accepted local government’s recovery efforts and actions.
  • In the past year or two, however, a few individuals have formed a faction that seems to be opposed to the remaining recovery efforts and other government/community efforts designed to prepare for community growth.
  • Further, several vacant elective offices have been filled by individuals who seem to seek delay, “just say no”, and espouse a different vision for the future of the community.
  • The primary tools and methods used by the “Naysayers” to advance their cause and views are negativism, personal attacks, spreading misinformation, and proposing “alternatives” that would put the community in reverse and result in increased costs to local government entities. Worse yet, we have witnessed increased use of social media designed to “cancel” certain candidates, elected officials, and individuals.
  • In some cases, this group of individuals and these elected officials appear to act together and have caused delays, proposed unworkable alternatives, or seek to overturn or change longstanding and successful government/community arrangements.