- Xeriscape Symposium Features Free Water Wise Landscape Training
Local landscape professionals have teamed up with Xeriscape Corpus Christi to help residents learn how to create water wise landscapes. A Xeriscape Symposium will be held Saturday, January 31st from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History- Watergarden Room, 1900 N. Chaparral Street.
- City Road Closures for the Week of January 24 – 30, 2015
City contractors will do road work on Horne Road between Ayers Street and Port Avenue. Eastbound Horne Road traffic will be shifted onto the westbound lanes and traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction.
NEW - Shoreline Boulevard Realignment
Saturday – Friday
Southbound Shoreline Boulevard will be closed from Schatzell Street to Furman Avenue and motorists will be detoured to westbound Schatzell Street, then southbound Water Street to Shoreline Boulevard. Lawrence Street will become two-way traffic from Water Street to northbound Shoreline Boulevard. Water Street, between Furman Avenue to Buford Street, will become a one-way street. Westbound Buford Street, from southbound Shoreline Boulevard, will be open to church traffic only. Drivers are encouraged to turn onto Water Street from IH-37 instead of driving to Shoreline Boulevard and using the detour. In addition, starting January 22 and for two weeks, southbound Shoreline Boulevard and Park Avenue intersection will be closed to traffic, but the southbound Shoreline Boulevard and Kinney Street intersection will be opened.
- City Firefighter Leaders Receive Awards from Fire Chief
Today, Fire Chief Robert Rocha and the Command Staff recognized two veteran firefighters with one of the department’s highest honors. These awards are nominated by field personnel and based on their commitment and service to citizens and the City of Corpus Christi.
Fire Captain Dana Lechner was chosen as the 2015 Firefighter of the Year. Captain Lechner joined the department in 1990. He is assigned to Engine 3 at the Rescue Station located on Morgan Avenue. Captain Lechner exhibits great skills in leadership and dedicates himself to the firefighters he works alongside.
Firefighter II Inspector Peter Salazar is the recipient of the 2015 Prevention Officer of the Year. Inspector Salazar has been with the department since 1982. He has served most of his career in the Fire Prevention Bureau. He also serves as an arson investigator and over the years has investigated numerous high profile fires.
- Corpus Christi Mayor Appointed to National League of Cities Committee
Washington, D.C. – Corpus Christi Mayor Nelda Martinez has been appointed to the National League of Cities (NLC) 2015 Transportation and Infrastructure Services Policy and Advocacy Committee. This committee has the lead responsibility for developing NLC federal policy positions on issues involving transportation, including planning, funding, safety and security of public transit, streets and highways, aviation, railroads and ports. The appointment was announced by NLC President Ralph E. Becker, Mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah.
- Valentine’s Day 2000-Meter Swim at Collier Pool
Pre-register by February 6th
The Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department invites you to make a splash at its Annual Valentine’s Day 2000-Meter Swim on Saturday, February 14, 2015 at Collier Pool, 3801 Harris Drive. Do something sweet for yourself and jump in for fun and fitness. Swimmers of all ages are invited to participate.
- City Street Crew Makes Curious Discovery
City Street crews come across all kinds of things when doing repairs: mostly trash, maybe an old shoe and always some type of road kill. It is very unlikely they come across something of value. In this instance, there is no monetary significance. This is more of a meaningful discovery that will only touch the lives of two people.
- RSVP Volunteers to Warm the Bodies and Hearts of the Homeless Staying at the Mother Teresa Shelter
January 19, 2015 is National Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.
What is the MLK Day of Service?
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life's most persistent and urgent question is "What are you doing for others?"
Each year, Americans across the country answer the questions by coming together on the MLK holiday to serve their neighbors and communities. The MLK Day of Service is a part of United We Serve, the President's national call to service initiative. It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national problems.
On Monday, January 19, from 12pm to 2pm, the Corpus Christi Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) will be serving our community by donating gloves and scarves to the homeless who are sheltering at the Mother Teresa Shelter, 513 Sam Rankin St. Our volunteers will also be serving hot cocoa with the hope that this will warm the bodies and hearts of the less fortunate among us.
- Senior Companion Volunteers to Deliver Care Packages to Nursing Home Residents in Celebration of MLK Day of Service
Filling Care Packages on January 16 at 10am at Sidbury House
The City of Corpus Christi’s Senior Companion Program (SCP) will celebrate the 2015 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on January 19th by delivering personal items and snacks which they collected to fill 89 care packages for the residents at the Trisun Nursing Home on Cantwell Drive.
On January 16, 10am, the companions will fill the packages at the Sidbury House in Heritage Park. This collection and donation drive is coordinated by the SCP Advisory Committee.
- Hundreds of City Pet Owners Take Advantage of Free Spay or Neuter Voucher Program
Corpus Christi Animal Care Services (CCACS) has given away enough free spay and neuter vouchers to pet owners to fulfill a grant made possible through the Rachel Ray 100K Challenge.
In December, employees began giving away the vouchers to cat and dog owners in the area between Old Brownsville Road and Weber Road, and State Highway 358 and Horne Road. CCACS is expecting to perform 400 to 500 surgeries between now and February thanks to the available funding. If you were issued a voucher, you will soon be contacted to schedule your pet’s surgery.
- "Orion’s Belt" Will Be Roped Off During Restoration
Beginning January 13, 2015, the public artwork titled "Orion’s Belt," located at N. Shoreline Blvd and IH-37, will be roped off for restoration. Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department officials explained that the work will include a deep cleaning of the three stainless steel sculptures, lighting repair and landscaping.
- Free MEND Program Offered for 10 Weeks
MEND (Mind, Exercise, Nutrition, and Do it!) is an evidenced based program that helps families get fit. MEND is a sustainable solution to the child obesity crisis and is totally free.
The program last 10 weeks and is open to children ages 2-5 and 7-13 and their parents or caregivers. Families have fun learning about nutrition, playing games, and developing behaviors that help support a healthy lifestyle.
- Mayor Announces City to be Featured in National Spotlight
When: Monday, January 12th at 1:30 p.m.
Where: Galvan House, Heritage Park, 1581 North Chaparral Street
Who: Mayor, C-SPAN producer and Time Warner representative
What: Video team filming television special on Corpus Christi
- Corpus Christi City Council Swearing-In Ceremony
City Secretary Rebecca Huerta announces the newly-elected members of the Corpus Christi City Council will be sworn in during a special meeting of the City Council Tuesday, January 13th at 10:30 a.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers, located at 1201 Leopard Street.
- City Detention Center Employee Revives Inmate
A man is recovering in a local hospital after attempting suicide at the City Detention Center. (CDC)
The man was brought into the facility this afternoon around 3:00 p.m. He was booked for intoxication and placed in a cell. Kimberly Jozwiak, Director of Municipal Court said a short time later, a CDC Manager found the man attempting to hang himself using his socks. Jozwiak said the CDC employee quickly put the man on the floor and began cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The man responded and started breathing.
- City Board, Committee and Commission Vacancies - January 2015
The City Secretary’s Office is currently seeking biographical information forms for the following boards:
Board of Adjustment – Seven (7) vacancies with terms to 4-4-16. The board hears appeals for interpretations of the zoning ordinance.
Building Code Board of Appeals – Four (4) vacancies with terms to 5-4-16 representing the following categories: 2 – Building Industry, 1- Engineer and 1- Member Not Connected with the Building Industry. The board hears appeals of decisions and interpretations of the building official on rulings and alternate materials and methods of construction and considers variances of various City Codes.
- New Approval Process for Beach and Park Vendors
The Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department is launching a new process for approving vendors to sell food or goods at City beaches and within the park system. These vendor services are designed to enhance the experience of our park and beach visitors.
Park Vending Permits will be issued in two six-month blocks for the year: April through September; and October through March.
Gulf Beach Vending Permits will be issued in three periods: month of March; April through September; and October through February.
- 2015 Beach Parking Permits Are Available Now
Did you know that our beaches are the top local attraction for visitors, as well as the reason some people choose to live, work and play here? It’s true.
Beachgoers are encouraged to purchase their beach parking permit in January for twelve months of beach access and enjoyment.
The Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department has 2015 Beach Parking Permits available for purchase NOW.
- 2015 Christmas Tree Recycling on January 10 & 17
The City of Corpus Christi Solid Waste Operations and the Clean City Committee advise citizens from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 10th and on Saturday, January 17th, there will be an opportunity to recycle Christmas trees at eight convenient locations. The collection sites will be staffed by volunteers who will help unload trees. In return, those dropping off trees will receive a free tree seedlings based on availability. Only clean, non-flocked (fake snow) Christmas trees with no decorations will be accepted.
- Holiday Recycling Tips from the City’s Solid Waste Operations
Holiday celebrations can produce large amounts of waste. Be creative and think about new ways to reduce your waste, reuse what you have and recycle materials that you can.
- Purchase items made from recycled materials such as welcome mats, reclaimed wood projects or recycled paper. It helps the environment and it helps sustain recycling industries.
- Purchase chargeable batteries to go with new electronic toys instead of regular batteries.
- City Police and Code Enforcement Officers Help a Family in Need
A local family is grateful after receiving some much needed assistance. Police came in contact with a single mother of five children, between the ages of two and 13, who was down on her luck. After losing her job six months ago, the woman struggled to pay her bills and provide for her family.