The Flour Bluff Business Association regular monthly meeting held July 13, 2016, at noon at Funtrackers in Flour Bluff was well-attended. Several local business owners enjoyed pizza while announcements were made. Charles Zahn was the keynote speaker (click here to read what he had to say). Greg Smith, candidate for the Corpus Christi District 4 City Council spot, and Sheriff Jim Kaelin, incumbent for Nueces County Sheriff, attended the meeting. Both will be on the ballot in November. FBBA President Melanie Hambrick encouraged everyone to learn about the candidates and vote. She also provided current statistics on registered voters in Flour Bluff (12,072) and Padre Island (10,263).
Various audience members also made announcements. Guy Watts spoke in favor of the proposed Del Mar Campus to be built on the South Side of Corpus Christi on 96-acres at the corner of Yorktown Boulevard and Rodd Field Road. The project would require a bond election in November. Flo East gave an update on Parker Pool. It has been open two weeks and is already holding swimming lessons in the mornings and evenings with community swimming going from noon to five each day. Concerns have been raised about homeless feeding occurring at Parker Park where the pool is located. Melanie Hambrick, who serves on the city homeless commission, agreed that this practice needs to be stopped.
Kae Berry of Timon’s Ministries announced the Steppin’ Out Las Vegas Style fund raiser to be held on Saturday, September 10, 2016, at the Pour House on the second floor of Schlitterbahn. Various levels of sponsorship are available and come with the following:
- Company name and ad on each gaming table the business sponsors
- Scrolling ads all evening on a dozen screens in gaming room
- Signs placed on the walls in the gaming room
- The DJ mention of name/company during the evening
- Dealers trained to let players know who sponsored the table
For more information, contact Linda Walsh, Event Coordinator for Timon’s Ministries at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 361-445-7999.
Spotlight Business of the Month
Ernest (Ernie) Sims, owner of Corpus Christi RV Resorts, received the Flour Bluff Business Association “Spotlight Business of the Month” at the general meeting held at Funtrackers on July 13, 2016. Sims operates four Good Sam RV parks, three in Flour Bluff (Colonia del Rey, Padre Palms, and Shady Grove) and one on Leopard (Greyhound). Colonia del Rey has been the highest rated RV park in Corpus Christi for over 20 years, receiving a score of 10/10/9 on the Woodall’s RV Park Rating System. CCRV offers first-class service and affordable prices.
“We get a lot of winter Texans who use Flour Bluff businesses. They typically stay from November through March. They like this area.” said Sims.
In 1988, Sims and his wife took the business over from his parents who opened the business in 1973. Sims grew up in Corpus Christi, attended Del Mar College and Texas A&I, and decided to stay in the area to raise his family and grow the family business. Sims’s son, Brian, owns and operates Brite-N-Clean Washateria on Waldron Road in Flour Bluff near Shady Grove RV Park.
Flour Fest in the Planning Stages
The FBBA board members are asking for vendors and volunteers for the first annual Flour Fest, an event to be held on Saturday, September 17, 2016, from noon to six at a locale in Flour Bluff yet to be determined. It is a family-friendly event intended to showcase businesses, churches, school groups and clubs, and organizations in the Flour Bluff community. Live bands, storytelling, food trucks, games for the kids, arts, crafts, and business booths are part of the program. As a benefit to members of the FBBA, free spaces will be provided at the event. Any business purchasing a spot will gain membership in the FBBA. Other civic groups and candidates running for office may also purchase space on a first-come-first-serve-basis. It promises to be a fun time for all if enough participants take part. To sign up for a spot, please visit Flour Fest at the FBBA website. For more information on being a vendor or joining FBBA, please contact Jennifer Welp at 361-877-2906. To volunteer, contact Shirley Thornton at 361-537-3460. Note: Once the locale has been established, a meeting will be held for volunteers.
Board meeting: Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 5:30 at Candlewood Suites
General meeting: Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at noon at Funtrackers (Keynote speaker: Superintendent of Flour Bluff ISD)
Retired from education after serving 30 years (twenty-eight as an English teacher and two years as a new-teacher mentor), Shirley enjoys her life with family and friends while serving her community, church, and school in Corpus Christi, Texas. She is the creator and managing editor of The Paper Trail, an online news/blog site that serves to offer new, in-depth, and insightful responses to the events of the day. She also writes and edits for The Texas Shoreline News, a Corpus Christi print newspaper.