City Park Director Addresses Flour Bluff Citizens Council

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Corpus Christi Director of Parks and Recreation Stacie Talbert Anaya addressing Flour Bluff Citizens Council at January 23, 2017, general meeting
     A crowd of about 60 people gathered at 6:00 p.m. on January 23, 2017, at Grace Community Church in Flour Bluff to listen to Stacie Talbert Anaya, Director of Parks and Recreation, describe what her department does city-wide and what is planned for parks in Flour Bluff. Dr. Lloyd Stegemann, FBCC Chairman of the FB Parks and Recreation Committee and newly-appointed member of the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee for Corpus Christi introduced Ms. Anaya to the audience, pointing out that she lives and works by the motto “The world needs play.”
FBCC members listen while Stacie Talber Anaya, Director of Parks and Recreation, explains what is in store for Flour Bluff parks.
     Ms. Anaya told the citizens council that Parker Park is being upgraded as part of a 2012 voter-approved bond.  New walking paths, lighting for the tennis and basketball courts, improvements to the covered picnic area, and new playground facilities are just part of the plan.  A plan for planting more trees is also in the works.  Parker Pool, which is no longer managed by the city, is not part of the renovation project.  The community was encouraged to assist the Parker Pool Patriots in keeping the pool functional.  (To donate to the cause, visit their website.)
Recent construction at Parker Park
     Plans for an extension of the Oso Bay Wetlands Preserve and Learning Center, a 162-acre nature preserve accessible by using the walk-in entrances along N. Oso Parkway and from the Holly hike and bike trail, sits just across the Oso from Flour Bluff.  Anaya said that she and her group are working on making the park accessible to the Flour Bluff community via a hike and bike trail across the existing railway bridge. She said that the plan includes the walkway, fishing spots along the bridge, and perhaps even a trail head parking area at the corner of Flour Bluff Drive and Division Road, a property purchased two years ago by the city to build a citizens collections center, a facility opposed by those who live and own businesses closest to the area.  Anaya’s  idea for the property received many nods from the crowd who also want to see the property used for a more family-friendly space.
Map showing connection of Oso Wetlands park to Flour Bluff side of Oso via old railway tracks
     Anaya also discussed how the Community Enrichment Fund dollars (funds received from developer fees, other donations and interest earned in the Community Enrichment Fund) are used.  The Unified Development Code (UDC), requires that the fees be used for the acquisition or improvement of parks most likely to serve the residents of the subdivision. Community Enrichment Funds shall be used only for parkland acquisition, park development and park improvements including utility extensions required to serve recreational areas. The last appropriation of Community Enrichment Funds was approved by City Council on July 19, 2016.  The next appropriation will be made following approval at the January 24, 2017, council meeting.
    Adding to the discussion of parks and recreational areas in Flour Bluff was community activist and former president of the Flour Bluff Business Association, Melanie Hambrick, who outlined the plans for Redhead Pond (an area purchased to protect freshwater wetland habitat for wintering waterfowl and other birds). Redhead Pond offers a unique opportunity to view large concentrations of wild birds on Laguna Shores Road in Flour Bluff. Ms. Hambrick has long wanted to work with Texas Parks and Wildlife to make this a place for families and visitors to enjoy.  (To volunteer for the Redhead Pond Project, contact Melanie Hambrick at 361-728-7393 or
Melanie Hambrick
Map of Redhead Pond Wildlife Management Area, Corpus Christi, TX 78418
     Joining the FBCC members at the January 23, 2017, general meeting were City Manager Margie Rose, At-large Council Members Paulette Guajardo and Michael Hunter, District 4 Councilman Greg Smith, and Gaye White of Todd Hunter’s office.  Pastor Jess Cole of Grace Community Church offers the church for the FBCC meetings, of which the group is very appreciative.
Better in the Bluff
     As an added bonus, Better in the Bluff t-shirts were raffled to the members in attendance.  Anyone who wishes to purchase a shirt at a cost of $16 ($4 goes to the FBCC for each sale) may visit Caption Tees by following this link.
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Corpus Christ Water Foul

Corpus Christi, Opinion/Editorial

     The citizens of Corpus Christi are once again crying foul over the most recent water issue.   After reports of “dirty water” coming from the taps in downtown Corpus Christi, residents were warned late Wednesday to avoid using tap water because a chemical possibly contaminated the city’s water supply.  Thursday morning, city officials identified the chemical as an asphalt emulsifier called Indulin AA86.   It is believed that between three and twenty-four gallons found its way into the water supply.  City officials are advising that only bottled water should be used for all drinking, beverage and food preparation (including baby formula and juice), making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes or clothes, washing hands, and bathing until further notice.  But, what is the real problem, and who’s to blame?

     The citizens are mad at the City.  The City is pointing the finger at a refinery.  The refinery is blaming it on a  back-flow issue “from third party operations” near the refinery’s asphalt terminal.  I’m fairly certain that the “green” people will find a way to blame all petroleum product producers.  But the real blame goes to all involved with the city (and other entities) who do not subscribe to what my dad called “The 110% Rule.”   This means that no matter what we’re doing, we should give a little more than 100% to ensure that we do an excellent job.

     The new mayor and city council members, sworn in on Tuesday, are being put to the test.  They seemed eager on Tuesday to learn the facts, ask lots of questions, and make logical decisions.  While the city slept early Thursday morning, Councilman Joe McComb took it upon himself to give the local grocers a  heads-up about getting mass quantities of bottled water shipped in because he knew what was coming.  Did he have to go that extra mile?   McComb obviously subscribes to the 110% philosophy, something that I suspect has helped him become a successful businessman.  If all people would approach the tasks at hand in such a way, there would be no one to blame because errors would be few.

       The most recent information from city officials says that no back-flow device could be found at the sight.  If that’s the case, then is that the fault of the refinery or of the city?  Surely an inspector was called in when the refinery was built.  And, certainly there was a builder in charge of the details.  I suspect that a great many people worked at the sight in its beginnings, and just as no one realized that a giant sewer pipe was left out when Flour Bluff Drive was re-built, someone failed to notice a faulty or even missing back-flow device.  Now, all of this is pure conjecture, but I’ve had my hamburger order messed up enough times to know that not everyone is a “one-tenner” and that bad things happen to good people often because the good people lack a strong work ethic and probably have a philosophy of “That’s Not My Job”  or   “That’s Good Enough.”

     In the meantime, City officials are advising that only bottled water  be used for all drinking, beverage and food preparation (including baby formula and juice), making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes or clothes, washing hands, and bathing until further notice.  Former Corpus Christi council member, Chad Magill, even offered this advice on his Facebook page:

    “Speaking with Robert Bowcock, here is the expert advice. DO NOT TURN YOUR WATER ON AND DRAW THE CHEMICAL FURTHER INTO THE SYSTEM. It is easier to isolate if we, the people, are not using the water and drawing the Indulin AA86 further towards us. Here is what I am doing at my house. I am going to my water meter and turning off the valve. As I understand the chemical can get into your water heater and possibly reside there for months.”

      McComb quoted the city’s mission statement in his acceptance speech and emphasized the part that says, “In this work we will tolerate no mediocrity.”  He must take that to heart because he went the extra mile and took it upon himself to act, something that Magill was known for doing in his time on the council.  For the future, it is the duty of each of us to teach our children how to be a “one-tenner” by serving as a living example.  We can forgive mistakes, but we must not forget them, or the Corpus Christi Water Foul might just come home to roost.

Note:  You can purchase a Corpus Christi Water Foul t-shirt at Caption Tees, a company owned by three former Flour Bluff grads.  (


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