THE “GEM CITY OF THE GULF”  PORTLAND

“The land of leave it all behind” certainly rings true for the City of Portland. The sky and water seem to be filled with colors of cerulean blue and turquoise, all dissolving into a brilliant green as the breeze dances on the water. It’s almost magical!

 

Located just across Nueces Bay from its much larger neighbor, Corpus Christi, Portland has been the dream of many as the place they would most like to live and raise a family. Blessed with shining bays and secluded beaches, Portland seems to have it all; beauty in nature, a top rated school system and every possible amenity a city could offer. Yet Portland is different.

The City of Portland is unique among its’ coastal sister cities in that it has created and maintained a higher than average quality of life.  Portland has been fortunate in their city leaders, a group of like-minded city servants dedicated to efficient and effective government with a focus on family. In 2015 the City was awarded the Municipal Excellence Award for Communication by the Texas Municipal League (TML).  Each year TML recognizes 10 cities (five with populations under 25,000 and five with populations over 25,000) with awards for excellence in the categories of Management Innovations, Communication Programs, City Spirit, Public Safety, and Public Works. TML is a voluntary association of more than 1,130 Texas cities, more than 1,000 of which share Portland's classification of a population below 25,000.

The City of Portland is situated on the second highest bluff on the Gulf Coast and overlooks both Nueces and Corpus Christi bays, and the views from the city are spectacular.  People have moved to the city because of its dedication to family values, its’ close proximity to Corpus Christ and the many amenities it has to offer.  The city also features one of the top school districts in the state covering a 101 square mile area. Over 4000 students from the Portland area are enrolled in the school district.

 

Portland is a wonderful place to raise a family and for over 43 years the city has teamed up with the Portland Chamber of Commerce to host the annual 3-day Windfest event in April, focusing on unusual interactive and fun family activities. With (8) beautiful parks, including one dedicated to the sport of windsurfing, Portland is also a favorite of sports enthusiasts. Sunset Lake Park is a great place for walkers, joggers, cyclists, birders, fishermen and those wanting to commune with nature. Indian Point Pier offers anglers a great opportunity to catch that “big” one, and golfers will appreciate the added benefits of Northshore Country Club which boasts fine dining, an outstanding first class golf course, tennis and swimming. Portland residents also enjoy a vibrant local economy and the local recreational opportunities which make it one of the fastest growing cities along the Texas coast.

 

Dubbed the “Land of Possibilities” Portland is true to this title because it offers amazing opportunities for growth in the Industrial Market, with the added bonus of being able to ship by rail, land or water. With the opening of Portland’s first Visitors Center in August the sky’s the limit for future expansion. The city has joined with the Portland Chamber of Commerce in working together to promote the city, both tourists and those seeking to expand their business or start a new venture. Colette Walls, Executive Director of the Portland Chamber of Commerce has been the conduit between the city and the chamber in the creation of the new Visitor’s Center which is conveniently located right off Highway 35 in the Northshore Plaza shopping center. With easy access for visitors, Walls’ professional staff will see to it you have all the information you might need in learning what the city has to offer in the way of living, recreation, business and marketing.

 

When you visit Portland, you’ll find plenty of new comfortable hotels to choose from with a wide array and variety of restaurants to enjoy, many offering local flavors and upscale dining.  For your viewing pleasure the evening always brings colorful scenes from across the bay. Multi-colored lights, changing patterns and colors, lighting your way to the Harbor Bridge which joins Portland with Corpus Christi, less than a 10-minute drive away. What a view! What a city!

 

Take a drive over to Portland and start exploring the thriving community that makes up the City of Portland. You too will discover a true paradise.

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The Annual Octoberfish Tournament is a general fund raiser and contributes toward the Sargent Scholarship Fund awarded to local Seniors attending Van Vleck ISD and is not only one of the coolest fishing tournaments on the Texas coast but it’s also fun! Plus, Sargent is the perfect place for fishing. They are after all a water sports community.

 

Sign in is at the Blue Gecko on Fri. Sept 30, 6pm-9pm and Sat. Oct 1, 6am-8am. Fishing is from 12:01am-4pm. There are two categories to take part in. Both the Surf & Beach Division and the Boat & Bay Division awards 1st and 2nd place prizes for Redfish, Speckled Trout, Croaker and Whiting, along with a $25 Side Pot for the Redfish with the most spots. Prize monies are based on the number of angler entrees with 50% of the entry fees being paid back directly to anglers, along with 50% of the sponsorship contributions also being added to the prize monies; the remaining half of entry fees goes to the Sargent Area Chamber of Commerce. Entry fees are: Adults at $45 with children 10 and under: $25. There’s no telling how much money you could win but with the type of community support Sargent has it could be a bundle!

 

In Sargent it’s all about the fishing! The town is funky and quaint, with water all around. In fact to get to Sargent Beach you will cross the last remaining historic swing bridge in Texas, which is really pretty cool in itself. Many of the original waterfront lots were sold as campsites and although it still has a fishing camp influence, it also boasts some beautiful permanent homes as well. There are many private wooden piers and docks where you can tie up your boat and most have electric fishing lights for night fishing. They also have you covered with bait camps and marinas where you can purchase table shrimp right from the boat, and both paid and free boat ramps.

 

There are many restaurants in Sargent that have waterside parking making it convenient if you are out on the water and need something to eat or drink. Just pull right up in your boat and enjoy a meal.

 

People who love to fish love coming to Sargent. Because of the town’s geographical location there is easy access to fishing the Intracoastal Waterway, along with the Gulf of Mexico. You might want to explore the area a bit and take a beach drive over to Mitchells Cut or Cedar Lake.  If you fish the Intracoastal Waterway, Mitchells Cut you can use a variety of lures and baits. Soft plastics as well as gold spoons are good to have in your tackle box and you can purchase live or dead bait from one of the many marinas. In fact, if this is your first visit to town chances are likely it won’t be your last!

 

Sargent is definitely a fisherman’s paradise and along with that comes some great accommodations where you can stay a night, a weekend or longer.  There are many very comfortable places to stay that are right on the water where you can just open the door and drop your line! In fact water sports can be enjoyed right from your back yard.  During the summer you can water ski or go tubing right on Caney Creek.

The vast Sargent Canal system along with Caney Creek offers a unique fishing habitat into the bay and ocean. The large network of canals offers good water flow between the gulf and wetlands because they span both north and south and east and west. Water is always moving from the winds and tides and this movement keeps the canals from getting stagnant, providing a good life zone for habitat crabs, fish and birds.

 

You can fish Caney Creek, the Intracoastal Waterway, East Matagorda Bay or the Gulf of Mexico. If you have a boat, you can enjoy fishing everywhere in Sargent.  East Matagorda Bay is known for redfish and speckled trout, which you can also land in Caney Creek.  The Intracoastal Waterway offers a variety of fish from catfish, sheepshead along with red and black drum.  Mitchells Cut is also a great place for fishing from a boat and large boats have easy access to the Gulf of Mexico and deep sea fishing.

 

If you love fishing, boating, and water sports the Sargent community has it going on. The community is home base to many commercial and sport fishermen and shrimpers and folks who just love being around water.

 

So mark your calendars for October 1st and plan on being in Sargent for the 13th Annual Octoberfish Tournament…you might never want to leave!

 

For more information and to download an entry form visit their website at: http://www.sargentchamber.com/newsletter.html