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January 2014
 

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NBCA Annual Meeting - January 16th

WHEN:
Thursday, January 16th, 2014 - 4:30 pm

WHERE:
The Breakers Condos, Lanai Room on first floor
4242 Gulfbreeze Blvd., Corpus Christi, Texas 78402

BUSINESS MEETING AGENDA (4:30 PM)
- Review and vote on proposed revisions to NBCA Bylaws
- Nominate and vote to elect Board of Directors
- Nominate and vote to elect Nominating Committee
- Old Business/New Business

PLEASE JOIN US!
Anyone with an interest in North Beach is invited and encouraged to attend the NBCA Annual Meeting. However, only current members may vote. If you want to renew your membership or become a new member, you may do so at the beginning of the January meeting. If you are a member of one of the Home Owners Associations that purchased NBCA's new Group Membership in 2013 (The Harbors, Villa del Sol Condos and Las Brisas Condos), you are considered a current member. Individual memberships cost $20 per year. Group Memberships are $250.

SOCIAL HOUR & DINNER (5:30 PM)
Prepared by Sami Cameron - $5 donation per person please.
Menu: Commander's Palace House Salad, Vanilla Praline Sweet Potatoes, Corn Casserole with Ritz Cracker Crumb Topping, Bourbon Glazed Baked Ham, Homemade Potato Rolls, Dessert.

President's Message - by Carrie Robertson Meyer
During the past year, our association has evolved and grown. In 2013, we set out to increase our numbers and expand our membership with a goal of getting newcomers involved. As a result, three Home Owners Associations have purchased our new Group Membership, which extends NBCA memberships all of their residents - in effect, adding hundreds of members to our group. Thanks to our Treasurer John Sloan for promoting that change. The three new HOAs with Group Memberships are The Harbors, Las Brisas Condos and Villa del Sol Condos. The Breakers Condos has pledged to join as well.

NBCA 2013 Board: (from left) Carrie R Meyer, John Sloan, Wendy Pizzo and JoAnn Gilbertson. Betty Black was not present for this picture.
   We have a committed Board of Directors made up of five energetic individuals who care about our neighborhood and are committed to making North Beach a better place. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank my fellow Board members for the energy they donated this year to NBCA: Betty Black, John Sloan, JoAnn Gilbertson and Wendy Pizzo.
   The NBCA organized several events in 2013 - North Beach Ribbon Cutting & Beach Walk in May, National Night Out in October, and two Dolphin Park Beautification Days - one in March and one in November.
   I would also like to recognize the featured guests we were honored to have speak during our meetings in 2013: County Commissioner Mike Pusley in January, City Council Representative Kelley Allen in February, community organizer Daniel Lucio in March, Ron Randolph with the Doc McGregor Collection in April, Captain David Blackmon and Officer Marcus Denson with CCPD in May, representatives from Uptown Neighborhood Initiative, Marinaville and Groomers Seafood in September, and Stacie Talbert with Parks & Recreation in October.
   In November, we reviewed revisions to NBCA's Bylaws, which the Board is proposing in order to strengthen our organization and make it more efficient. After being reviewed by the members at the November meeting, the bylaw revisions will be voted on during our Annual Meeting on January 16th.
   Bylaws are important, but what we need the most are people to volunteer for leadership roles or to help in whatever capacity they are able. If you are not yet a member, please consider joining NBCA, as your membership fees help our efforts to improve the neighborhood. Click here to print a membership form to include with your payment of $20 for both individuals and families. To those who are current members, thank you for your support. Please consider volunteering for a committee or to be on the Board, as we will be holding elections on January 16th. I encourage you to jump on board as we set our sails for 2014.
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Cottage district takes shape on north end of North Beach
Workers began installing wooden pilings in early January at 4602 Gulfbreeze on North Beach to begin construction on a new beach cottage that belongs to Andrew Smith.
New cottage - Photo © ThirdCoastPhoto.com
Workers install pilings for a new cottage being built.
PHOTO © Third Coast Photo
He hired a local developer to build the cottage, CNB Home LLC, owned by NBCA Secretary JoAnn Gilbertson. "I am exhilarated," she said about the project. This is her second time to break ground on the north end - the first was back in 2009 when she built the two brightly colored "Beachcomber Cottages" located directly across the street from this new project. Times have changed for the better, she says. Not only has the economy improved since 2009 but securing a building permit is much easier. While the building permits for her first cottages took months to obtain from the city, she secured the permit for Smith cottage in only two days. "Development Services has really come a long way," she said. Gilbertson, a North Beach trail blazer, is living proof that perseverance pays off.

Groomer's Sea Food Market breaks ground on Hwy 181
Drive north on Highway 181 through North Beach and you will likely notice a new project that has broken ground at the corner of Treasure and the Frontage Road. Just look for heavy machinery building up giant mounds of dirt. They are constructing what will become a Corpus Christi branch of Groomer's Sea Food,

Groomer's Sea Food construction on North Beach
PHOTO © Third Coast Photo
a San Antonio family-owned seafood market that has been selling seafood to restaurants and retail buyers for the last 27 years. Rick Groomer, the company's president, said on January 6 that he expects to be pouring the building's concrete foundation this month. The project was delayed this winter while they ensured the building design complied with FEMA requirements to be 12 feet above sea level, but they satisfied that requirement and are moving forward. After the foundation is poured, they will be 45-60 days away from having the building complete, which could have them open by Spring Break and Lenten holidays. In addition to buying from other fishermen, the Groomers plan to run their own boats in Corpus Christi and catch their own fish with a focus on sustainability.
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Beach Business - by JoAnn Gilbertson
I have reached out to the North Beach condominiums and vacation beach homes to see how our local beach economy is being affected by the long list of company growth all around us. For example: Citgo & Flint Hills.
JoAnn Gilbertson
JoAnn Gilbertson
   M&G International, an Italian resin manufacturing company, will make its new home close to North Beach on the north side of the Port of Corpus Christi and bring 220 full time jobs to produce plastic containers for soft drinks and fresh and frozen foods. Many new tank farms have been built here and plans for the new Harbor Bridge are moving forward.
   The new Tianjin Pipe Company is the largest Chinese investment (in excess of $1 Billion) ever in the USA and it's right in our back yard in Gregory. The Texas State Aquarium is expanding, The Port of Corpus Christi is expanding and many other new companies are moving into our area.
   In my research I have discovered "No Vacancy" again and again. This is good problem to have for those who have invested in North Beach. Historically, winter is off season and many units sat empty this time of year, leaving investors digging into savings to keep afloat. Over the last 2 years we have been experiencing a huge economic growth year-round on this beach.
   Eagle Ford Shale profits are also showing up with stakeholders and employees buying and renting the affordable beach front property on North Beach's tropical oasis away from the oil field.
   Beach rental rates are higher those throughout the rest of the city. Here is what I found: Shirley Sternadel from The Beach Place Condos stated that her rates range from $1,350 to $1,850 a month and that she currently has approximately 15 rental units but no vacancy. Pam Doyal with Las Brisas Condos stated that all the owners own and rent their own units and that there are currently no vacant condos to rent. JoAnn Gilbertson from Condos on the Beach at a Hotel Price (inside Villa Del Sol) stated she has units booked from $1,200 to $1,500 a month and no vacancy well into 2014. I spoke with several other Villa Del Sol Condo owners who also stated rents average $1,300 a month and are typically full. Beach Comber Cottages are also full with no vacancy and those book for $1,500 to $1,850 per month. The owner of Bob's Beach Homes has also seen a large increase in bookings in the last 2 years.
   Whether you call North Beach home, you're an investor or you work here, this beach is a good place to be.
   Look for an update on Groomers, North Beach's new seafood market, and 3 new businesses to be open on North Beach by Spring Break 2014 in my February Beach Business column. Yes I said "3" - how cool is that?

Group drafts North Beach Parking Sticker concept
A group of North Beach business owners and residents has been drafting a proposal to submit to the City that would institute an annual parking sticker for North Beach similar to the one that is in use on the Gulf beaches. The funds from the program would go directly towards improving North Beach amenities, such as parking areas, picnic tables, shade structures, restrooms and lighting. The group plans to introduce the idea to various city advisory committees this winter and then bring the plan to City Council for approval.
   The parking sticker idea was initiated a few years ago by the North Beach Task Force as a way to pay for maintaining and improving the beach since there is very little if any funding for in the City's maintenance budget. The idea was recently revived by Lynn Frazier of Fajitaville and North Beach resident Carrie Robertson Meyer, NBCA President. The parking sticker idea was discussed during the NBCA's November meeting and a majority of members voted to support it, although many had questions about the details, which had not been ironed out as the idea is still in the planning stage. Read Parking Sticker Proposal

Parking fees to add solar beach lights to Beachwalk
A couple of years ago, the city raised the fee for its parking meters and put the money in a special fund to improve three areas of town near the meters: Downtown, Uptown and North Beach. A Parking Improvement Committee has been tasked with deciding how funds from the meters should be spent. Fajitaville owner Lynn Frazier represents North Beach on the Parking Improving Committee. In September, Frazier asked the NBCA to submit three ideas for improvements for North Beach to the committee. The three ideas were: 1) Light up parking areas and Beachwalk, 2) Build more shade structures with benches and 3) Install more beach trash cans with anti-littering signs. The Parking Improvement Committee has decided to spend the funds on adding solar-powered lights to all three areas and is currently preparing its presentation for City Council. Once Council approves the expense, NBCA will receive more detailed information on the solar lights for North Beach, said committee chair Darlene Gregory, an Uptown business owner.

North Beach Harbor Bridge Meeting set for January 21
The Texas Department of Transportation is hosting eight neighborhood open houses in January to answer questions about the new Harbor Bridge that TexDot is planning to build in the coming years to replace the current bridge. Project team members will be on hand to receive comments and to answer questions about the recently completed Draft Environmental Impact Statement and the Preferred Alternative (red route). On Tues., January 21, a meeting will be held on North Beach at the Radisson hotel at 3200 Surfside Blvd. from 5 pm to 7:30 pm. All eight meetings are open to the public and free.
Harbor Bridge Project Meetings Flyer

January 13 - Free Coastal Issues Forum on Sea Level Rise
A free Coastal Issues Forum will be held on Monday, January 13, at 5:30 p.m. at the Congressman Solomon P. Ortiz International Center just across the Harbor Bridge from North Beach. It will be entitled "Sea Level Rise, Storm Surge and Coastal Resiliency - What to Expect in the Future?" The speaker is Dr. Jorge Brenner, the Associate Director of Marine Science at the Nature Conservancy.
Find out more at CBBF website

NORTH BEACH COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP

Click here to Print NBCA's Membership Form

Membership Fees:
Individual/Family Memberships - $20/year
Group Memberships (for Home Owners Associations) - $250/year
Note: If your HOA purchased a Group Membership, you are already an NBCA member.

Contact Us:
NBCA's email address is northbeachcommunityassociation@yahoo.com.
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North Beach Community Association - PO Box 2361, Corpus Christi, TX, 78403
Mission: Encouraging the development and preservation of North Beach
and working to create a safe and environmentally sound neighborhood.
Newsletter Editor: Carrie Robertson Meyer/Third Coast Photo




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