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Bay Cup 1 to kick off Regatta race series

February 11th, 2019

Photo from the 2018 Bay Cup I by Elizabeth Morrell.

Lakewood Yacht Club will host the 2019 Bay Cup I Regatta March 2, kicking off the annual Bay Cup race series.

Registration is $75 and includes entry into the March 1 Skipper’s Meeting at Lakewood and one meal and two drink tickets for the Saturday night post-race party. A $5 discount is available for U.S. Sailing members. Entry fees are payable by credit card or by yacht club reciprocal charge.

Register by 2100, Wednesday, Feb. 27 by visiting lakewoodyachtclub.com and then clicking on Racing & Regattas.

Trophies will be awarded at a party on Saturday night. Overall series trophies will be presented after Bay Cup II in August. Boats that compete in the same class during both Bay Cup I and II, and that are sailed by the same skipper, will be eligible for an overall trophy.

The regatta is open to all boats with enough entries to form a class. Potential classes include PHRF Spinnaker, PHRF non-Spin, PHRF under 30 feet LOA, Cruising Spinnaker, Cruising Non-Spin Classic Canvas (using only Dacron sails), Multihull and One Design class(es).

The City of Seabrook and other local areas offer up plenty of options for sailors and spectators. Visitor and guest accommodations can be found at seabrooktx.gov., along with shopping venues, eateries, educational outings and other entertainment choices.

In addition to Seabrook, this year’s sponsors include Faron Daigle, Realtor , Little Yacht Sales, Texas Coast Yachts, Davis Marine Electronics, Sea Lake Yacht Sales, Pelican Insurance, Kevin Severance Insurance, True North Marine, Blackburn Marine, Upstream Brokers, Southwest Distilleries, Bay Area Houston Magazine, KO Sailing and Alliant Insurance.

Regatta proceeds benefit the Bay Access Foundation, a not for profit charitable organization fostering amateur racing and sailing on Galveston Bay.

Contact Bay Cup I Regatta Chair David Comeaux at davidcomeaux@live.comor 832-993-5933 for more information.

 

About Lakewood Yacht Club

Lakewood Yacht Club is a private, member-owned club with great amenities to enjoy with friends and family. The Club is located on 38 beautifully landscaped acres in the NE corner of Clear Lake, about halfway between Houston and Galveston. Members enjoy an exceptional environment for boating, socializing and participating in family activities. www.lakewoodyachtclub.com

Midnite Slice in Seabrook delivers until 3 a.m.

February 1st, 2019

By Xander Thomas

For those sick of the typical 24-hour diner or open late taco joints for those nighttime munchies, Seabrook is home to its very own pizza place that can satisfy any hunger, from the need for comfort food to those looking for something a little out of the ordinary.

“We like to do alot of weird pizzas, we do creative pizzas, we really encourage that,” said Midnite Slice owner Sibbian Roe.

From the typical pizzeria staples like pepperoni pizza, chicken wings and bread sticks, to the not uncommon, but hard to tackle taco pizza – The Hombre Wood, a more adventurous teriyaki chicken pie – named Big Trouble in Little China, and even the one you just know will be a hit with Beavis and Butthead fans, The Great Cornholio – with a chili base and topped with Fritos – this is a restaurant that can cater to the most indecisive of eaters.

“Pizza never goes out of style,” said Sibbian, “Plus we really like to make things different, and pizza you can put anything as the base, put whatever you want on top of it, like you can really get crazy with that.”

While she tries to reach to the height of creativity in her menu, Sibbian makes a point of letting doubters know that this place is more than just a gimmick of new and different ideas to get tourists in.  She wants everyone to know that they use high-quality and in store made ingredients.

“We try and do a higher quality pizza, we make our own dough every day, we use 100% real mozzarella cheese, we use real sausage and not that dogfood kibble stuff,” Sibbian said with a laugh.

Even with the made-for-greatness ingredients, and blank-slate mentality on a commonplace social food that’s been reproduced the same way over and over again, what really is the best part about Midnite Slice? That when you have friends over at 2 a.m., you don’t all need to pile into a car or send someone on a taco run for late snacks; Midnite Slice will deliver within a good range from their location on 2nd Street in Seabrook.

Yes, they are open that late, staying open till midnight Sunday-Thursday and 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday, they have your post-bar hunger covered!

While the restaurant itself turn seven this year, Sibbian says that the building actually has a lot of history.

“This building is the original post-office in Seabrook,” she said, “it was built in 1904 and it was the post office until 1964 when Carla hit.”

They even have a picture on the wall of when it actually was a post office.  She says that most of the building is solid wood, and most of the electricity is still run on conduit.

So next time you’re with your friends, or even hanging out alone, and find yourself hungry late, don’t hurry to jump in the car for a food run, just let Midnite Slice bring something interesting to your door.

“A lot of people who are ordering that late, maybe shouldn’t be driving,” Sibbian said, “So we kind of consider it a public service.”

Midnite Slice is located at 1605 2nd St., Seabrook, TX 77586. Visit them online at midniteslice.com

That home feeling

February 1st, 2019

By Lilli Heintz

have always been told that home isn’t a place, it’s a feeling. I did not quite understand that until I experienced it first-hand. When you hear the word, home, what do you think of? Is it the house that you grew up in and been all your life? Is it your parents’ home? Is it your own apartment or newly bought house?

For me, I have lived in the same house as long as I can remember, so naturally I called that home. I am now living in a new city and an apartment. I have been calling my apartment home while not paying attention. Someone pointed it out, and it made me realize that I call both places in Seabrook and New York home.

I call Seabrook home because everyone I love is there, it’s cozy and familiar. Seabrook is both physically home but also the feeling of home. Since that is where I have spent 16 years of my life, it will always be my home. I am surrounded by the people that mean the world to me. They have stuck with me through thick and thin, and have always been the most loving people.

I also know that city like the back of my hand. I know the shortcuts and long routes to drive by the water. I know the rotation of the red lights, and where the best views are for sunrises and sunsets. I know all the places to eat, and where I can go to see my friends. My church, that is always growing, is there. Seabrook is and will always be home.

I believe that New York is my new home because I have never felt so myself somewhere. I dress how I want, I feel comfortable in my own skin, and my heart is happy there. It is crazy that one place can hold so many emotions. It is interesting how it is the city that feels like home and not necessarily my apartment.

At some point, in Seabrook, it became increasingly hard to be comfortable in my skin. Here in New York, people don’t care who you are when walking the streets, they only care about where they have to get to next. That has helped me focus on myself and who I need to be in this world. I am the one girl that will stand there and hold the door open for people at the subway station, or even bless you after you sneeze in passing. I have even found a new church home here. God is amazing at providing a home away from home. Hillsong NYC reminds me of how my dad preaches and after the first service there I knew that was where God wanted me to hear his word.

The feeling of home can also be people. Other people have such a big toll on our hearts and minds. When you make a deep connection with someone, they can turn into your home feeling as well. When you’re with this person, everywhere you go or stay can feel like home because you are so at peace with this person. You don’t have to put on your masks, you let them know your deepest darkest secrets, and you can completely feel like yourself with them. You can have these people turn into your family that you never want to lose. A single person can change how you feel about a situation or environment, they can be your home away from home, or a long-lost sister.

Even though New Your City is always busy, it does slow down at times. That’s when I found my people here, the people that saved me. I have an amazing group of friends that I can rely on because they are always there when I need them. I have amazing agents that listen to me and help me get to where I want to be in the modeling world. I have found my New York family and they are my home. One day soon my apartment will feel like home but at least the city and its adventures are already my home.

Both of these places hold a home feeling in my heart, and I am so blessed to have these experiences. I have found people who make me feel at home and are my family. I have now realized the meaning of home, both physically and emotionally. What in your life has given you this amazing home feeling?

If you want to follow my day to day life follow me on Instagram @lilliheintz

Highway 146 rebuild to start any day now

February 1st, 2019

By Mary Alys Cherry

The face of Seabrook is about to change as the Texas Department of Transportation rebuilds State Highway 146 from Red Bluff Road south past NASA Parkway and on through Kemah to Highway 518 – turning the roadway into a 6-to-12 lane freeway.

With construction of the five-year, $200 million project expected to start any day now, it’s hard to drive through Seabrook and not be consumed with sadness. In a way, this main thoroughfare through town almost looks like it might be part of the war in Syria.

Remember the Wells-Fargo Bank that started out life first as Clear Creek State Bank and then Allied Bank and has stood many years at the corner of 146 and Capri Lane? It fell to the wrecking ball and is now just a pile of dust. Ditto for the Valero service station where many a motorist bought gas. So are dozens of other businesses.

McDonald’s? Gone. Walgreen’s? CVS? Gone. Whataburger? Gone. Neptune Subs? Gone. Jiffy Lube? Gone, along with Hill’s Liquor Discount, Jiffy Lube, Benjamin’s Automotive, All American Auto Repair, Rustic Furniture, The Waffle House, Tookie’s Hamburgers, KFC/Taco Bell, Laredos, TNT Mattress Outlet, Donald’s Donuts. Angel Haircuts and dozens more.About the only places left in the Five Points area where one can eat is Mario’s Flying Pizza, Tookie’s Seafood and the Classic Cafe. Most businesses are opening up shop in other parts of town.

NEW BRIDGE

Each day another part of a building comes tumbling down as the Texas Department of Transportation demolishes one structure after another in the run-up to rebuilding the highway from the Seabrook Channel Bridge on the city’s southside, through NASA 1 to Red Bluff. A new bridge across the bay from Seabrook to Kemah also will be built and the current Seabrook-Kemah Bridge will be used as a frontage road to ease traffic.

But, while the next five years – yes, five years – will be difficult on everyone, residents and visitors alike, once RS&H Engineering and Webber Construction begins work, they hope to turn the project into a thing of beauty.

Mayor Thom Kolupski says that through a partnership between the City of Seabrook and the Seabrook Economic Development Council (SEDC), working with TxDOT, a “beautiful and only in Seabrook, highway design standard which will enhance the seaside characteristics of our community has been finalized.

SAILBOAT MOTIF

“The designs include a sailboat motif on the side walls of the overpasses, white powder-coated traffic signals and LED lighting with nautical bollards under the underpasses. Future projects in the work call for nautical gateway signage at the city entrances with possible boardwalk and LED lighting under the Seabrook Channel Bridge,” he added.

Construction will start on the southside of Seabrook, Kolupski said, at the Seabrook-Kemah Bridge and move north toward the Red Bluff overpass

“TxDOT has assured us that four lanes of traffic will remain open during construction, with additional lane closures, when necessary, limited to off peak night hours,” Kolupski pointed out. “With that said, traffic delays may still occur throughout the construction project, especially during our commuting hours.”Noting that the next few years will be demanding, the mayor asked the public to have patience and understanding. “We also would like your input when a problem or issue is noticed or perceived. Do not hesitate to bring issues or concerns to our attention.

NOT FORGOTTEN

The Seabrook mayor wants businesses to know they are not forgotten. The SEDC and the city staff have been diligently working to provide new opportunities for developers who want to expand into Seabrook.

“Ýou may have noticed construction has begun on the planned retail center on SH 146 in front of The Towers luxury apartment complex. This two-building center will be known as The Commons and will be able to accommodate a number of new retail locations…There has also been outstanding interest by many new businesses that have a desire to move to Seabrook, and we remain optimistic these businesses will make Seabrook their new home.

Lakewood gearing up for two August regattas

August 1st, 2018

Lakewood is gearing up for two big races in August — the Bay Cup II and Heald Bank Regattas, which provide the perfect opportunity to compete against your peers on the bay and offshore as well as a chance to tune up for this year’s Harvest Moon Regatta in October.

Lakewood will host Bay Cup II Aug. 4 along with the post-race party that evening. Liquid trophies will be awarded by Southwest Spirits, and artist Robert Greaney will perform for the crowd.

The Heald Bank Regatta will be raced Aug. 17-18, followed by a celebration at the club. Andy and the Dreamsicles will provide the live entertainment.
The fun doesn’t stop in August. Follow up these races by participating in the Harvest Moon Regatta Oct. 25-28. HMR is returning to its usual format and will race from Galveston to Port Aransas.

Primary sponsors for Bay Cup II and Heald Bank include the City of Seabrook, Blackburn Marine, Davis Marine Electronics, True North Marine, Mariner Magazine, Upstream Brokers, Sea Lake Yachts, Keven Severance Insurance, OJ’s Marine, Little Yacht Sales, RejeX.com and Texas Coast Yachts.

Bay Cup II Regatta
Racers can register at www.lakewoodyachtclub.com under the Regattas tab. The registration fee for Bay Cup II is $75 and includes entry into the Skippers’ Meeting on Aug. 3, as well as a meal and two drink tickets to be enjoyed at the post-event awards party. A $5 discount is available to U.S. Sailing members. The entry fee is payable by credit card or yacht club reciprocal charge. Aug. 1st is the registration deadline.

Bay Cup II is the second in a two-race series. One or more distance races will be sailed in either Trinity Bay or Galveston Bay. Potential classes include PHRF Spinnaker, PHRF non-Spin, Cruising Spinnaker, Cruising Non-Spin Classic Canvas (using only Dacron sails), Multihull and One Design class(es).

Non-racers and other out-of-town guests can enjoy an array of nearby activities in Seabrook and the surrounding area, which offer a variety of entertainment. Walk the trails in Seabrook, visit Space Center Houston, check out the wildlife at Armand Bayou Nature Center or experience the dining and amusement options at the Kemah Boardwalk.

Overall trophies for the Bay Cup series will be given out at the post-race party on the evening of Aug. 4 in the LYC Ballroom. Robert Greaney will provide live entertainment while guests socialize and savor great food and tasty drinks.

This year’s sponsors include City of Seabrook, RejeX.com, OJ’s Marine, Little Yacht Sales, True North Marine, Texas Coast Yachts, Blackburn Marine, Upstream Brokers, Davis Marine Electronics, Kevin Severance Insurance, Sea Lake Yachts, Mariner Magazine, Bay Area Houston Magazine and Southwest Spirits.

Regatta proceeds benefit Bay Access, a not for profit charitable organization fostering amateur racing and sailing on Galveston Bay.

For further information, call LYC at 281-474-2511 or David Comeaux, Bay Cup I Regatta chairman at davidcomeaux@live.com or 832-993-5933. For visitor information, visit seabrooktx.gov

Heald Bank Regatta
The Heald Bank entry fee is $80 and includes access to the Skippers’ Meeting on Aug. 16 and a ticket for dinner and two tickets for Texas Navy Rum at the post-event awards party hosted at LYC Aug. 18. A $5 discount is available to U.S. Sailing members. Don’t miss the Aug. 11 registration deadline.

Heald Bank is an offshore regatta open to all boats of the PHRF Spin, PHRF Non-Spin, Cruising boats with a PHRF Rating (non-spin or with Spinnaker), One-Design, and Multihulls.

The Buccaneer Bash dinner and awards party will follow the race at LYC, which will include a “Pirates’ Pig Roast,” live entertainment by Andy & the Dreamsicles and plenty of Texas Navy Rum.

Sponsors of the 2018 Heald Bank Regatta are the City of Seabrook, Texas Navy Light Rum, RejeX.com, OJ’s Marine, Little Yacht Sales, True North Marine, Texas Coast Yachts, Blackburn Marine, Upstream Brokers, Davis Marine Electronics, Kevin Severance Insurance, Marine Outfitters, Sea Lake Yachts, Mariner Magazine and Bay Area Houston Magazine.

For further information, call LYC at 281-474-2511 or Heald Bank Race Chairman Bob Hunkins 281-216-4082 or rdhunkins@verizon.net.

Additional visitor information and accommodations near the club can be found at www.seabrooktx.gov

Man’s body found in Seabrook

December 5th, 2017

A crew working along Highway 146 in Seabrook found a dead body early Monday afternoon, Dec. 4 in the 3300 block, according to Seabrook Police. The body was lying in thick brush approximately 25 feet west of the highway but not visible from the roadway.

Police said the call came in at 1:45 p.m. Monday.  When Seabrook officers and investigators arrived on scene they found an unidentified white male who was wearing pants with a light colored t-shirt. He had no identification or property on him, officers said.

The Harris County Medical Examiner has removed the body and estimates that the body has been in that location for approximately seven days.  At this time, investigators do not suspect criminal wrongdoing, but the case is under investigation.

Burglaries in the Lake Cove subdivision area

June 8th, 2017

On Tuesday, June 6, at approximately 1 a.m., the Seabrook Police Department was dispatched to the 2500 block of De Four Trace, in Seabrook in reference to a burglary in progress.

The homeowner discovered the burglary suspect in his home. The suspect was located in the kitchen and then fled when he was discovered and the homeowner pursued him into the neighborhood.  The suspect was not apprehended.

The suspect is associated with five related cases of burglaries and/or attempted burglaries in the area, police said.

The related burglaries include residences, buildings and motor vehicles. The suspect’s description is a white or Hispanic male, approximately 5’7 with a slim build.  He was seen wearing a black, hooded sweat shirt with the Nike swoosh logo and the word “Beast” under the logo.  The suspect’s face was covered and he was wearing gloves. No other description was provided.

The Seabrook Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division is investigating all related burglaries.  If anyone has any information please contact the Seabrook Police Department’s investigation line at 281-291-5707. In the event of an emergency dial 9-1-1.

The Seabrook PD would like to remind citizens to lock the doors on their vehicles, lock the doors and windows to their homes and ensure all garage doors are closed and that storage sheds are secured.

View video at: https://youtu.be/d3Ehp8fJf5A

Seabrook businesses begin relocating, closing

March 1st, 2017

Seabrook began to see the first impact of the State Highway 146 Expansion Project with the closing of its Taco Bell/KFC franchise.

Taco Bell/KFC, like many businesses along Highway 146, have been or are being acquired by TxDOT for the highway expansion. As these businesses are acquired, their storefronts will be closed and eventually demolished to make way for the utility relocation phase of the project prior to construction of the highway, which is slated to begin either late summer or early fall 2018. TxDOT property acquisition for the project began in January 2016.

In addition to Taco Bell/KFC, the Seabrook House of Flowers was to close at the end of February; however, they will be relocating to the Pelican Plaza off NASA Parkway across from Endeavor Marina. As the year progresses, residents can expect additional dining and retail stores along the highway corridor to either close or relocate.

The city’s Economic Development Corporation has been working with the businesses along the corridor offering incentives and relocation options within the city. The city anticipates there will be high demands on remaining commercial corners along the corridor as several parcels will be divided along the east side of the highway. Current land owners are researching and working with developers on ways to bring in new businesses.
The Seabrook Town Center will be a prime location for both businesses that plan to relocate and for new businesses. Construction on the median and driveway cuts along Repsdorph have already started and the City of Seabrook is currently in the process of relocating the Public Works and Animal Control facility to Red Bluff Road.

The new facility is planned to open later this spring. Once these facilities and structures have been relocated, the city will begin demolition on the property to make way for the Seabrook Town Center.

Recently, the city added a new layer to its GIS mapping system that shows residents and businesses the exact schematic of the new highway design. Users can zoom in to see how current businesses will be affected and how existing parcels will be divided. This new tool is useful to landowners who are scouting perspective businesses. The new highway frontage is expected to be extremely appealing to both local businesses and up and coming franchises.

To view these maps, go to www.seabrooktx.gov/gis and click the City Map – Public option. Once in the system, turn on the layer option Highway 146 Expansion Schematic.

Mayor asks Seabrook residents to make their voices heard

March 15th, 2016

Only a few are alarmed and many think a levee dividing Seabrook will never be seriously considered, yet it has been included in a state government funded study as an alternative design to the coastal spine concept recommended by Dr. Bill Merrell with Texas A&M at Galveston.

It is presented as the low cost storm surge protection option that would build a sea levee alongside SH 146 from Texas City, through Seabrook, and on toward La Porte. This would divide many of our coastal communities in half.

This design alternative was presented in the Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District’s (GCCPRD) Storm Surge Suppression Study Phase 2 Report. The report and additional information is located at www.gccprd.com.

The GCCPRD is a local government corporation that is governed by a board of directors comprised of the county judges of Brazoria, Chambers, Galveston, Harris, Jefferson, and Orange counties plus three additional appointed members. The purpose of this storm suppression study is to analyze the feasibility of protecting our communities from storm surge and flood damages.

Proposed Central Region Alternative Design #1 (CR#1) is the coastal spine that would extend from High Island to San Luis Pass. This design offers the greatest protection for the entire region, including those communities along SH 146 and is the preferred alternative design in the report. The second alternative (CR#2) would be the lowest cost option offering protection to the City of Galveston and portions of the west side of Galveston Bay but none to the upper portions of the bay and ship channel. CR#2 was selected as an alternative if the Bolivar Roads gate in the CR#1 coastal spine design is not able to be constructed for technical reasons.

Based on cost-benefits analysis, both alternatives offer value. The study shows a benefit-to-cost ratio of 3.22 for CR#1, the coastal spine, versus 6.36 for CR#2, the SH 146 levee. However, what the 6.36 cost ratio figure doesn’t have in its’ calculation, are the financial impacts upon the communities; the potential for higher insurance (if even available) costs and declining property and home values for those on the “wrong” side of the levee.

Not only would CR#2 effect home and business owners, it would include city halls, schools, police and fire stations, city drinking water facilities, and waste treatment plants. These higher operating costs will be passed on to all residents in the form of higher taxes and fees no matter what side of the levee you live on.

Alternative design CR#2 does not protect the Bayport maritime, petrochemical, and storage tank industrial complex. During Hurricane Ike, cargo containers onshore became battering rams as they floated with the surge.

Without any protection for Bayport and the large number of containers on the docks, any possibility of adrift containers should cause great concern for the potential environmental damage to one or more ruptured petro-chemical tanks. There is even the possibility that a floating container could damage the levee breaking its integrity and cause its failure.

I take this GCCPRD report and its options very seriously and believe that you should, too. The coastal spine approach of CR#1 should be supported for its benefits to all of us over the community destroying levee design of CR#2.

There will be a high societal cost if CR#2 is selected only for its perceived better benefit-to-cost ratio that does not include community impact costs. CR#2 is an option that would sacrifice Seabrook and our coastal neighbors. If alternative design CR#2 is selected, in effect what we will have is the bay extending to the SH 146 levee inundating all properties east of SH 146.

What I ask of you is to join me in making your voice heard on this very important matter. I believe it is the most important issue that Seabrook has ever faced. GCCPRD is now gathering public input for the Phase 2 study. A public meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 22, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. where you can learn more and voice your opinion.

The meeting will be held at the League City Civic Center, 400 W. Walker St., League City. If you are unable to attend, you can email your comments to info@gccprd.com or via mail to Gulf Coast Community Protection and Recovery District, c/o Col. Christopher Sallese, 3100 W. Alabama St., Houston, TX 77098.

Sincerely,
Mayor Glenn Royal
City of Seabrook

Old Seabrook Holiday Decorating Contest Winners

December 22nd, 2015

unnamedThe City of Seabrook and the Seabrook Economic Development Corp. is pleased to announce the winner of the Old Seabrook Holiday Decorating Contest.

1st Place: Photojenic, Inc., 1406 Main Street

Runner Up: Back Bay Boutique, 1409 Main Street

Photojenic has a fun and festive theme using classic holiday characters and a unique twist with a classic pickup truck. The storefront is a must see, and is sure to get smiles and giggles from the kiddos.

Jen and Greg Vajdos, who take more than just quality pictures, own Photojenic; their photography captures memories. They believe looking at a photograph should enable you to step back in time and remember the sounds of your children laughing as they play or the warmth of the sun beaming down on your skin. Photojenic’s passion for the art of photography and skill for recognizing the delicate but intricate nuances of life are undeniable. Visit their website at www.photojenicinc.com for more information about booking a session and to view their amazing portfolio.

Back Bay Boutique, also located on Main Street, was runner up in this year’s contest. The beautiful storefront displayed window art by Seabrook’s own, Dori Nelson. This Old Seabrook boutique offers a large selection of clothing and jewelry to choose from. Be sure to stop by Back Bay Boutique and save this holiday season with sales up to 30 to 50 percent off.

Shop local this holiday season and check out Old Seabrook, where you can find treats for your pets, incredible boutique style clothes or even a neon sign. There is something for everyone in Old Seabrook so shop, dine, stay and experience Seabrook!