A new transient marina near Corpus Christi, Texas, is part of a plan to clean up the Aransas Pass waterfront and stimulate growth in the area.
Conn Brown Harbor was once a natural safe harbor for local shrimp boats. When the shrimp industry died, so did the surrounding area. Businesses closed, boats were abandoned and the area became a ghost town, according to Bellingham Marine, the marina contractor.
The new facility includes slips for boats to 60 feet, with side-tie space for boats to 100 feet. The City of Aransas Pass received funding through a grant program referred to as BIG (Boating Infrastructure Grant). Seventy-five percent of the project was funded through the grant; the city provided the remaining 25 percent.
Power and water are available on the docks. A fuel dock is also on site. Upland from the marina is a dry storage facility with racks for 250 boats. The docks, as well as the drystack, are managed by Redfish Bay Boathouse.
“Everyone is elated,” said Mike Moore, operations manager for Redfish Bay Boathouse. “They love the new marina and what it’s doing for the area.”