Spring Break in the Coastal Bend

As Spring Break begins, I would like to show the importance of the Texas Coast. Texas has over 360 miles of coastline that line the Gulf of Mexico, also known as the Gulf Coast. The coastline and beaches of Texas are important for our ecosystem, communities, and economy. These areas are home to marine life, wildlife and their natural habitats. Texas beaches are also popular tourist destinations. During the break, it is essential to care for the coastline by not leaving trash, and to recycle properly.

On the southern coast, Corpus Christi and Port Aransas have several beach locations to visit. These include the Padre Island National Seashore, Mustang Island State Park, J.P. Luby Surf Park/North Packery Beach, Whitecap Beach, Padre Balli Park/Bob Hall Pier, I.B. McGee Beach Park/Horace Caldwell Pier, North Beach, South Packery Channel Beach, and San Jose Island. Each of these locations offers outstanding views and recreational activities. Some of these include fishing, hiking trails, RV access/camping, swimming, windsurfing/kiteboarding, kayaking/canoeing, and birding/wildlife viewing sights. For more information visit The Beaches of Corpus Christi, Beaches of North Padre and Mustang Island, and Port Aransas & Mustang Island Beaches.

I also want to recognize a very spirited event – The South Texas Food Truck Festival. This event does a great job bringing our communities together, and the food is delicious. The South Texas Food Truck Festival is an annual event. This year, it will take place on March 21st from noon to 10pm. Over 45 different food trucks will gather at Whataburger Field to serve different delicious meals. A variety of restaurants from all over South Texas will be sending trucks to participate. Many of the food companies will be local, giving guests an opportunity to try some of the best food truck meals in our region. Aside from food, there will be fun kids’ games, arts and crafts, and live music to make it an all-around great family event.

To find more events around the Coastal Bend I encourage you to Visit Corpus Christi and Visit Port Aransas. There are excellent opportunities to participate in the great South Texas culture.

If you would like to review more about the legislature, please visit the Texas Legislature Online. If you have questions regarding any of the information mentioned in this week’s article, please do not hesitate to call my Capitol or District Office. As always, my offices are available at any time to assist with questions, concerns or comments (Capitol Office, 512-463-0672; District Office, 361-949-4603).

– State Representative Todd Hunter, District 32

Rep. Hunter represents Nueces County (Part). He can be contacted at todd.hunter@house.texas.gov or at 512-463-0672.