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This page is for those readers who want to keep up with what is happening at City Hall but can’t make the council meetings.  Below are links to the agendas, minutes, and videos for each meeting.  Contact information for the mayor and council members was taken from the City of Corpus Christi website.

January Meeting Agendas, Minutes and Videos

February Meeting Agendas, Minutes and Videos

Contact Information for:

Mayor Nelda Martinez

(361) 826-3100
1201 Leopard St. 78401
P.O. Box 9277 78469

neldam@cctexas.com

Fax: (361) 826-3103


Chad Magill, Council Member At-Large

Work: (361) 826-3105
Business Address:
1201 Leopard St. 78401

Chad.Magill@cctexas.com


Lillian Riojas, Council Member At-Large

Work: (361) 826-3105
Cell: (361) 765-1499
Work Address:
1201 Leopard St. 78401

Lillian.Riojas@cctexas.com


Mark Scott, Council Member At-Large

Work: (361) 985-2004
Home: (361) 814-9220
Business Address: 5324 Holly 78413

markscott338@gmail.com

Carolyn Vaughn, District 1

City Council Offices
1201 Leopard St. 78401
Main Line: (361) 826-3105
Cell: (361) 877-0148

carolyn.vaughn@cctexas.com


Brian Rosas, District 2

Work: (361) 826-3105
Work Address:
1201 Leopard St. 78401

brian.rosas@cctexas.com


Lucy Rubio, District 3

City Council Office
1201 Leopard St. 78401
Main Line:(361) 826-3105
Cell: (361) 774-0465

Lucy.Rubio@cctexas.com


Colleen McIntyre, District 4

Work: (361) 826-3105
Work Address:
1201 Leopard St. 78401

Colleen.McIntyre@cctexas.com


Rudy Garza, District 5

Work: (361) 826-3105
Work Address:
1201 Leopard St. 78401

Rudy.Garza@cctexas.com

 

 

 

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Turtle Cove: Starting to See the Silver Lining

Corpus Christi, Flour Bluff

Oso     On February 1, 2016, a handful of Turtle Cove residents attended a meeting with city officials to discuss the recent problems experienced in their area.  Dianne Bonneau, one of the residents chosen by neighbors to attend, said she left the meeting confident that Chief Markle will ensure follow-through on all the decisions made.  “Commander Blackmon, Council member McIntyre, and Turtle Cove representatives were able to identify some specific strategies and measures to put in place that will improve our current situation,” Bonneau said.

     Captain McCarty, the contact officer for the BRAVO district, which includes Turtle Cove,  along with directed patrol officers, code enforcement, and animal control have already taken steps in correcting some of the problems.  These steps include:

  • Posting signs on the cul de sacs by the park to notify the public that no parking is allowed after the park closes,
  • Providing better lighting in the park,
  • Installing improved cameras with signs indicating the cul de sacs by the park are monitored by video camera,
  • Continuing police presence with officers sitting in their vehicles at the park as they complete paperwork,
  • Conducting more frequent patrols of the area,
  • Continued monitoring of properties connected to criminal activity,
  • Using code enforcement officers to address code violations related to unkempt properties, animal control, vacant properties unlawfully occupied by trespassers,
  • Providing information on tailoring a Neighborhood Watch program to suit the needs of the Turtle Cove residents,
  • Having Captain James McCarty  join the Turtle Cove Nextdoor,  an online social media site that allows neighbors within a particular area to connect with one another and share what is happening in their neighborhood,
  • Encouraging residents, who have installed personal security cameras and are willing to share their footage, to register their cameras with CCPD at Crimepic.com, and
  • Asking residents to use ccmobile app to report code violations and 911 for emergencies.

        Bonneau said that it seems Captain McCarty is committed to seeing the plan come to fruition.  “Overall, I believe we walked away from the meeting in a much better place, and we now have an open dialogue going and are moving forward in eliminating the criminal elements in our area.”

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Involved Neighbors Make for Good Neighborhoods

Corpus Christi, Flour Bluff, Front Page

Waxwing House

     In light of a recent rash of criminal activity in the Turtle Cove subdivision in Flour Bluff, it is understandable that some residents have been more than just a bit unsettled.  In the last week alone, the police raided a home on Waxwing that neighbors have suspected for some time was a haven for illicit drug use, answered a call where a 28-year-old woman reported her door kicked in and her home on Oriole burglarized, and responded to a shooting at 3:00 a.m. on the 900 block of Oriole where they met several people outside their homes after a car was damaged from gunfire.  Are the neighbors ready to give up and move out?  Residents who were interviewed love their neighborhood and have no intention of leaving.  They do, however, have a plan of action for returning their neighborhood to the quiet, safe area it was not so long ago, starting with a select group of residents meeting with District 4 Council member, Colleen McIntyre, and representatives from various departments of law enforcement.

     “It’s something that needs to happen since the last town hall meeting really didn’t give us any answers,”  said Wes Womack, a long-time resident who patrols his neighborhood four times throughout the day and even at night.  “From midnight to 4:00 a.m., there are lots of people on bicycles carrying backpacks through the neighborhood.  I’m just asking for more police to patrol our neighborhood and see what these people are up to – to be a deterrent.”

Turtle Cove Park

     Womack said that after the town hall meeting, he did see more of a police presence for a few days, but then there was nothing.  “I don’t want promises,” Womack said.  “I want solutions.”

     Womack said that he is trying to be proactive and even convinced his neighbors to install and turn on security lights a few months ago.  He said that many residents are gun owners and are headed to a local shooting range to receive training in handling, cleaning, and shooting a gun.  “Safety is the most important factor,” Womack said.  “They need to be proficient with a weapon if they are going to use it for protection.  You can read a book on being an astronaut, but it won’t help you fly a rocket.  You have to practice.”

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     The young woman whose home was burglarized said, “I’m not afraid to live here.  I have always lived in Flour Bluff, and I love it here.”  She, like Womack, has no intention of allowing a “few bad apples” in the neighborhood to steal her possessions or her peace of mind.  She said that she understands that the limited number of police officers in the BRAVO district make response times slower for non-violent offenses, such as the break-in at her house.  “Luckily, I have people – neighbors and family members – who come to my aide.”

      “Neighbors helping neighbors, we definitely have that happening here. I’ve not been the victim of any of the situations out here, but I do try my best to help my neighbors with information, and I do look out for those around me. We are networking together to share info and are exploring our options,” said Diane Bonneau, a Turtle Cove resident who has been a leader in getting the residents to communicate with each other through social media sites such as NextDoor and Facebook.

    OsoAll residents who were interviewed, expressed a desire to work alongside law enforcement and other social service departments to make a positive impact on their neighborhood.  Bonneau said, “I’ve lived in the Bluff for about 25 years, all of it on Oso Bay, starting in the Wharf Apartments as I finished college. I would sit on my patio and look out at the strip of houses that backed up to the bay and said, ‘I will live in one of those houses!’  I live on Oriole Street in Turtle Cove in one of those houses now. I love the Bluff. Love my amazing view on the Oso and my incredible neighbors who have become my extended family. I don’t believe I will ever live anywhere else.”

 

 

 

Related Article:  “Turtle Cove: A Good Neighborhood in Need of Help”

 

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