River shoaling, roundabout discussed at MCEDC

   Dredging the mouth of the Colorado River is complete, but unfortunately the shoaling continues, Port of Bay City Authority Vice Chairman George Harrison recently told the Matagorda County EDC board.
   “We are working with the Army Corps of Engineers and Senator Cruz’s office to obtain the funding needed to clear that jetty,” Harrison said.
   His remarks came at the members roundtable comments at MCEDC’s August board meeting. 
   At the Port of Bay City, Harrison said Air Liquide “is making good progress in construction and we are working with AEP to resolve some of their electric issues.”
   TXDOT will build a roundabout at the intersection of Texas 60 and FM 2668, said Mitch Thames, Bay City Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture president. 
   A roundabout is a circular intersection where drivers travel counterclockwise around a center island.
   Thames also said that he and MCECD Executive Director Scott Hardwick attended a Fort Bend County dinner for housing developers. 
   “Matagorda County was one of the most talked-about counties there,” Thames said. 
   “I’m so glad to see our story is finally getting out.” 
   Thames also told the MCEDC board that he understood 24 lots have sold in Marguerite Meadows subdivision. 
   Redistricting will be the next hot topic for the Legislature, Thames said.
   Matagorda County’s state representative, Cody Vasut, “would really like to keep our district as is,” Thames noted.
   County Judge Nate McDonald, also MCEDC chairman, said he was proud to sign the contract to fund the construction of five segmented breakwaters and one terminal groin as a pilot project to renourish Sargent’s eroded beach. 
   McDonald encouraged everyone to get a vaccination if they haven’t already. 
   Mayor Pro Tem Jason Childers said city council is “so excited that Nile Valley Road is finally opened up.”
   He added that TXDOT has issued Bay City Regional Airport the award for Airport of the Year. 
   “We are very proud of James Mason and his staff for that award,” Childers added.
   Mayor Robert Nelson is recovering and “we hope to see him back on the job soon,” Childers said.
   Bay City Community Development Corporation Executive Director Jessica Russell Housing said housing is her main focus.
   BCCDC also is working on a Public Improvement District (PID) development agreement for residential, she added. 
   Sargent still needs a restaurant that will stay open for dinner, MCEDC Board Member Ray Fessenden said. 
   There is only one in Sargent that does, he added.  
   Three grand openings scheduled in Sargent were cancelled due to the high rise in COVID-19 cases, he told the board. 
   He announced the Sargent Tournament of Heroes will be Sept. 10-12, and the Sargent Chamber will host a meet and greet at all Hawkinsville stores in September.
   “We have had a good summer despite all the rain,” said Sue Milberger, with Matagorda Chamber of Commerce.
   She said the Poco Fish Camp would open on Labor Day. 
   “The VFD is upgrading equipment and getting more training for its members,” Milberger said. 
   Palacios Chamber of Commerce Member David King said the Chamber had a successful Fish Fest. 
   Pedal Palacios will be Oct. 30, King said, adding Palacios has several small businesses popping up around town.
   Dredging is halfway done at the Port of Palacios, said Port Director Victor Martinez.
   “I have been working with Scott Hardwick to make the Port of Palacios more competitive when it comes to site location,” Martinez pointed out.

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