In the News…

Been off on vacation this summer? Here’s some of the things making the news around Bay Area Houston.

Clear Lake City

Clear Lake City Community Association General Manager Leslie Alvarez Phillips has resigned.

Universal Weather and Aviation, Inc. has announced plans to relocate its corporate headquarters in Clear Lake. The aviation services company, currently located at Hobby Airport, has purchased the 158,600- square-foot United Space Alliance building at 1150 Gemini in Clear Lake to house its 700 employees.

Clear Lake Shores

A sailboat at the Watergate Marina suffered heavy damage when it caught fire Saturday afternoon, July 28, while docked near Admiralty Way. Cause of the blaze is believed to be electrical.


Friendswood ISD trustees have approved a $39.1 million budget for the coming year which includes a three percent supplement for all full-time employees and is a $1.6 million increase over last year. Trustees also kept the tax rate at $1.367.


Hundreds of dead shad created quite a mess – an awful smell—when they washed up on West End beaches Sunday, Aug. 12. Biologists blamed their deaths on a Red Tide in the Gulf.

Former Galveston District Clerk Jason Murray is now serving 250 days in the Harris County Jail for violating his probation by threatening his wife. Earlier, he had been convicted of beating her.

La Marque

As family and friends marked the 15th anniversary the other day of the disappearance of Jessica Cain, it was announced that the reward for information leading to her whereabouts or a conviction is now at $50,000. The pretty college student disappeared after meeting a group of friends at Bennigan’s on Bay Area Boulevard. Her father found her wallet and keys the next morning in her 1992 Ford pickup, which was parked on the shoulder of the Gulf Freeway in La Marque. Since then, there has been no trace of her.


The Port of Houston Authority came in for heavy criticism by the Sunset Advisory Commission, which recommended an overhaul of the agency during its recent review.

Recommendations included limiting members of the Port Commission to three four-year terms, being more transparent, the addition of an eighth commissioner appointed by the governor and updating its business practices. The Sunset Commission will hold a public hearing in Austin on Sept. 5 when the Port, as well as the public, can provide information.


Road work ahead. Red Bluff Road will be closed between Park Drive and Albatross Drive for the next three or four weeks – depending on the weather — for road repairs and improvements.

The project in the Baybrook Subdivision is a joint effort between Harris County Precinct 2 and the City of Seabrook.

During the construction period, motorists are encouraged to find alternate routes and to obey all traffic signs and detours. Traffic will be detoured to South Heron Drive. For questions, call Seabrook Public Works, 281-474-3883.


Houston Yacht Club members got some good news the other day when the Port of Houston decided on another spot to deposit sludge it plans to dredge while deepening and widening the Houston Ship Channel. Yacht club members protested the original site in a popular sailing area of Galveston Bay.


Clear Lake Regional Medical Center has been named the safest hospital in the Houston region and the fourth safest in Texas by Consumer Reports in its August issue.

Pomodoro’s Restaurant at Bay Area Boulevard and Fife Lane was destroyed by fire shortly after 1 a.m. Saturday, July 14.



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