FBFD Continues the Tradition of the Santa Float

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     On December 21, 1965, the Flour Bluff Volunteer Fire Department started a tradition that lives on today.  On that Thursday night, they delivered toys that they collected and repaired to give to the children of 30 needy families in Flour Bluff.  They also handed out 200 bags filled with apples, oranges, nuts, and candy from a 55-foot long float carrying Santa Claus and his reindeer.  A truck filled with caroling firemen followed the float.

     Over the years, the firemen went from being volunteers serving Flour Bluff and NAS Corpus Christi to being employed by the Nueces County ESD#2 station and providing fire, water, auto rescue, and EMS services to Flour Bluff, Padre Island, Padre Island National Seashore, and unprotected areas of Kleberg and Nueces County.


     According to Chief Dale Scott, “The department protects a resident population of over 45,000 and covers urban, suburban, and rural areas encompassing 80 square miles. We serve a diversified district composed of an extensive variety of family dwellings, homes on canals, industrial facilities, business, and commercial retail centers. We also cover a major highway system that crosses through the district, which includes over 150 miles of waterfront.”

     On Friday, December 9, 2016, the Flour Bluff Business Association will kick off the week of Santa visits throughout Flour Bluff, NAS, and Padre Island.  The man in the big red suit will hand out gifts at the annual FBBA Community Christmas event at Funtrackers on Flour Bluff Drive from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.   Anyone who would like to donate gifts for the event may drop them off at the following locations:

     Then, starting December 11, 2016, Santa will take to the streets and wind his way for eight nights into the hearts of yet another generation of local kids.  This year Saint Nick and his elves will give out 9,000 bags of candy and snacks.  All of this Christmas fun and festivity is done without the use of a single tax dollar.  For anyone who would like to help keep the Santa float afloat, donations can be made through the GoFundMe account set up by Alana Scott, on behalf of Chief Dale Scott.

Santa’s route is outlined below, as per Chief Scott’s letters:







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Flour Bluff Business Association Holds November Meeting: Community Christmas Is Coming!

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FBBA Community Christmas Promotional Video by Jonathan Vela


     Before welcoming keynote speaker Margie Rose, City Manager of Corpus Christi, FBBA President Melanie Hambrick called the regular meeting to order at noon.  First, she welcomed all members, guests, and dignitaries.  She went on to thank Funtrackers for allowing the association to hold their monthly meetings at the Raceway Cafe’.  Hambrick encouraged everyone to access the FBBA website to stay abreast of what is happening within the association.

New Businesses:  The following businesses submitted applications for membership and were approved by the Board of Directors:

Spotlight of the Month:  Unlock Texas, Owner Thomas Corey

Thomas Corey, owner of Unlock Texas

     Thomas Corey, owner of Unlock Texas, was named the Spotlight Business of the Month.  Unlock Texas is owned and operated by Thomas Corey. With over 10 years of experience, he provides locksmith services, tire changes, jump starts, and fuel delivery. They serve Corpus Christi and surrounding areas 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

     “We started off as a roadside service company, but we are now licensed by the State of Texas to be a full locksmith company,” said Corey. “Thanks to Jonathan Vela for all his help through this process.  We provide many services and offer military and first-responder discounts. We offer a 10% discount to them.  We also provide a community service, a child lockout service when a child is locked in a car or a house, absolutely free.  That’s a little bit of our way of giving back.”

FBBA Board Elections:  

     Elections for the Board of Directors was held.  Jennifer Welp, Jeff Rank, and Shirley Thornton are up for re-election for 3-year terms.  No additional candidates submitted their names for consideration.  All members in attendance filled out and turned in paper ballots.  New board members will be inducted at the FBBA mixer on December 14, 2016.  Directors will take office in January 2017.


  • Jeff Craft, publisher of The Flour Bluff Messenger, announced that he is celebrating the first anniversary of the newspaper.  Craft went on to say that he will begin publishing a paper every two weeks instead of monthly.  He encouraged everyone with a business in Flour Bluff to advertise in the Messenger.  Ads run for as little as $30 per month.
  • Melanie Hambrick thanked HEB for their generous contribution to Community Christmas.
  • Javier Ramirez was introduced as the new Edward Jones financial adviser working out of the office of Melanie Hambrick on Waldron Road.
  • Anyone wanting to help with the Community Christmas event may contact Jonathan Vela, Events Coordinator, at 361-434-0332.

Next General Meeting:  The next meeting will be a mixer at 6:00 p.m. on December 14, 2016, at Candlewood Suites.  


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