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Several thousand people crowded the beaches of Port Aransas Saturday during the first weekend businesses were allowed to reopen at limited capacity.
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A steady stream of cars, trucks and golf carts drove along the sand of Port Aransas’ beaches on Saturday morning. Along the water, beachgoers set up canopies and chairs.


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Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story stated that the Rebuild Texas Fund reported the amount of recovery money Nueces County, where Port Aransas is located, has received. The reporting agency is called the Governor’s Commission to Rebuild Texas.

City leaders say Hurricane Harvey damaged 100 percent of Port Aransas' businesses and 85 percent of the beach community's homes.

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Tourism is the heart of the Port Aransas economy. But after Hurricane Harvey, the town was essentially shut down right before the usually bustling Labor Day weekend. Since then, business owners have been scrambling to reopen before the season many depend on for their income: summer.

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After Hurricane Harvey hit the small beach town of Port Aransas more than four months ago, the city's mayor – flanked by a handful of city officials who had stayed on Mustang Island to ride out the storm – held a press conference at City Hall. The town had been pummeled by Harvey; 75 percent of its structures were destroyed.

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Three gangly white birds are prodding the marsh with their long beaks at the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge. And on this Sunday morning, they have an audience.

Peering through the rapid shutter snaps of zoom lenses, a flock of bird watchers are enjoying a rare whooping crane performance.


Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

Some state lawmakers say the phrase “home for the holidays” is in complete contrast to the situation Coastal Bend residents are faced with this season, as they continue to deal with the effects of Hurricane Harvey.  



From Texas Standard.

It’s mid-October and kids in Port Aransas are finally going back to school in their own community. Classrooms have been closed in the Gulf Coast town since Harvey made landfall. Though Port Aransas Independent School District finally opened its doors, not all of the classrooms are quite where they need to be.

Hurricane Harvey left Port Aransas and its marina in shambles. Some boats capsized. Others crashed into docks. Now, the marina serves as a distribution center for donations of food, clothing, water, even tools. In the fifth part of our "Rebuilding After Harvey" series, we explore how the marina has been transformed into what looks like temporary grocery store.

It’s been just over a month since Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas Gulf Coast. In the storm’s wake, residents of Port Aransas were down but not defeated. People in the small island city banded together to patch up buildings, remove literally tons of debris and feed each other. Today, as we continue our "Rebuilding After Harvey" series, we visited some of the few places providing free hot meals to residents and relief volunteers.

It’s lunchtime, and a line fifty people deep stretches down the sidewalk in a baseball field near the center of Port Aransas.