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Port Aransas

From Texas Standard:

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.

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

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.

From Texas Standard:

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.

Klaus Nigge / USFWS

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.