North Beach News
Newsletter of the North Beach Community Association
NBCA Annual Meeting - January 16th
Thursday, January 16th, 2014 - 4:30 pm
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
& 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
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.
We have a committed Board of Directors made up
of five energetic individuals who care about our neighborhood and are
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.
2013 Board: (from left) Carrie R Meyer, John Sloan, Wendy
Pizzo and JoAnn Gilbertson. Betty Black was not present for this picture.
The NBCA organized several events in 2013 - North Beach Ribbon Cutting & Beach Walk in
May, National Night Out in
and two Dolphin Park Beautification Days - one in
March and one in
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
City Council Representative Kelley Allen in
community organizer Daniel Lucio in
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
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.
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.
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.
Workers install pilings for a new cottage being built.
PHOTO © Third Coast Photo
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
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
Groomer's Sea Food construction on North Beach
PHOTO © Third Coast Photo
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- 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 &
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Find out more at CBBF website
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