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Harbor Oaks Newsletter

August 2020

Remember to check out the Harbor Oaks Rockport website!  We are still looking for submissions for the monthly newsletter and the website!  We'd love to see some great fishing pictures and we especially need recipe submissions!

The June 2020 HOPOA Board Meeting Minutes are available on our website.

Click here to view the minutes  

Rockport Receives Top 5 Ranking in USA Today's 10Best Small Coastal Town contest for 2020

 We are excited to announce that Rockport placed #4 in the nation for Small Coastal Towns. To see the entire list, please click here
The Texas Maritime Museum

 The Texas Maritime Museum has been educating visitors about the rich maritime history of Texas for over 20 years! View Texas history from exploration and settlement, to boat building and shipbuilding, sports and commercial fishing, and the search for offshore oil and gas.
Rockport Downtown Farmers' Market
 Be sure to check out the August Farmer's market! They will have produce, jams, jellies, honey, plants, homemade bread, local beef, and more!
History Center Plant Exchange
 2nd Saturday of the month – Plant Exchange, 10 am to 12 pm

Hours of Operation for the History Center: Monday and Friday 10 AM -2 PM; Saturday and Sunday 1 PM-4 PM.

801 E. Cedar St. Rockport  | For membership, volunteer information, and other activities: call 361-727-9214 or visit 

Code enforcement could soon be under city police

The Rockport City Council, at its regular meeting Tuesday, July 28, heard a presentation about moving the administrative responsibility for code enforcement activities from the Building and Development Department to the Rockport Police Department (RPD).

City Manager Kevin Carruth said, “We’ve been struggling with how best to make code enforcement more efficient and effective.”

He noted many other municipalities have that function under the police department.

“They’re out patrolling all day and can identify problem areas,” said Carruth. “It’s also kind of like community policing.”

RPD Chief Greg Stevens said it’s not unusual for police departments to carry on this role.

“We did it in Lubbock for many years,” he said. “The objective is to address code enforcement.

“When we do run into a problem house we can deal with it in a team effort.”

Public Works Director Mike Donoho said having code enforcement reporting to the RPD will improve efficiencies and effectiveness.

Mayor Pat Rios noted Portland and Corpus Christi have its code enforcement function under the police department, as well.

Donoho said the city currently has only one code enforcement officer, and one open code enforcement officer position.

“The RPD will point out offenses (they observe while on patrol) to the code enforcement officers,” he said.

It was noted the city has a lot of code violations at this time, with many of those violations stemming from Hurricane Harvey.

Carruth said the same process of dealing with code violations will continue to be used, but just under a different administrative setup.

Benefits listed for making code enforcement an RPD function, which was provided in backup material, include:

• More enforcement support for codes officers

• Consolidation of related efforts

• Efficiency – patrol officers can identify codes issues and more quickly refer them to codes officer for action

• Better focus on code issues

• Increased accountability for codes officers and for case management

No action was taken on the matter, but council is expected to vote on the change in the near future.
Story Credit: The Rockport Pilot

Fishing Report From Captain Robert Hamilton with Aransas Bay Fishing Charters

Captain Robert Hamilton has been fishing Texas coastal waters for 40 years, and has been a Coast Guard licensed guide in Rockport, TX since 1987. He primarily fishes in the Rockport area in Aransas, Carlos, Redfish, Copano, Corpus Christi, Nueces, Mesquite, and San Antonio Bay’s.  Guess what?  He's also a long-time Harbor Oaks Resident!  He will provide some fishing tips and reports for our monthly newsletter and blog! 

Early in June Robert wrote a blog about Fishing with Shad

Find out more about Capt. Robert Hamilton on his website: .

Click here to read Robert's latest Fishing Report>>>

Roy Benson's Corn Soup

Summer food can also be comfort food, as this creamy soup completely proves. Gather up some fresh corn kernels and whatever local ingredients you prefer for pico de gallo, and get to cooking a dish you're sure to love, especially after a long day.

2 tablespoons cornstarch
7 cups whole milk, divided
1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
1 onion(s), peeled & chopped
1 garlic clove(s), minced
2 teaspoons New Mexican chile powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon(s) garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon(s) black pepper
1 teaspoon(s) salt
4 cups fresh organic corn kernels
1/2 cup(s) masa harina
4 green chiles, chopped
Fresh cilantro leaves
Grated cheddar cheese
Hot sauce and/or pico de gallo
Tortilla chips

Ray Benson's Corn Soup Directions

Dissolve the cornstarch in 1 cup of the milk and set aside. Heat the butter in a large saucepan or soup pot and sauté the onion and garlic until soft and translucent—about 8 to 10 minutes. Add the spices and stir to blend.

Cut the corn off the cobs, then run the back of a knife down the cobs to extract the milk. Add the corn and corn milk to the pot to warm, then carefully transfer the mix to a blender or food processor. While the machine is running, add the reserved cup of dissolved cornstarch and milk. Return the mixture to the pot over medium heat and add the masa harina and remaining milk—stirring occasionally.

Once the soup is heated through, add the green chilies and continue to cook for 10 to 15 minutes. Adjust the salt, if necessary.
To serve, pour the hot soup into ovenproof serving bowls. Top with grated cheese and heat in the oven just long enough to melt the cheese—do not brown. Top with hot sauce and/or pico de gallo, if desired, and serve with tortilla chips.


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