Balloon’s Blow. Don’t Let Them Go!

Balloon’s Blow. Don’t Let Them Go!By Joanie Steinhaus, Gulf of Mexico Program Director
Turtle Island Restoration Network
On May 1, a critically endangered sub-adult Kemp’s ridley was discovered in the surf on the west end of Galveston with her flipper entangled in a shoestring attached to a trash can. And on May 3, a juvenile Kemp’s ridley sea turtle washed up on the Texas coast entangled in balloon strings.

Congrats to High Island Grads 2018

They walked the stage, received their diplomas, and ventured into the next chapter of their lives. Congratulations to the High Island Graduating Class of 2018! On Friday, June 1st, fourteen seniors joined the ranks of those who came before them, successfully completing a high school career and looking forward to a bright future ahead. Salutatorian Abby Howarton and Valedictorian Jaden Bryan spoke

KILO 19 – A Walk to Remember

KILO 19 - A Walk to RememberKILO 19 – A Walk to Remember is an emotionally charged trip down Crystal Beach supporters come together in solidarity to both remember those lost and to demonstrate commitment to walk strong beside our wounded service members. Families, veterans, active military, and military supporters completed the annual 19 kilometer journey on Sunday to raise awareness for

Beach Raking Clarification

By William Comeaux
There have been many questions, assumptions and misinformation about Galveston County’s current halt to raking Bolivar Peninsula Beaches. I will do my best to explain things.

Another Jeep Go Topless Weekend

Another Jeep Weekend on Bolivar has come and gone. The gathering of jeepers and jeep lovers has grown exponentially the last couple of years. Since it’s origin in 2008, the Jeep “Go Topless Day” has evolved to produce a constant parade of vehicles, jamming the beach and surrounding areas for the weekend. And “go topless” did not only refer to removing your jeep top. This year, the high tides limited

5 Guys Celebrate 16

The 16th Annual 5 Guys Party went off without a hitch last weekend. Every year on the weekend after Mother’s Day, when the dust settles from the Texas Crab Festival, the 5 guys gather again to celebrate…anything and everything! Mickey Nelson in Driftwood Subdivision hosts along with his buddies Dale, Sam, Ronnie, and Mike, the new “Fifth Guy”. Don Kimbro, one of the founding members,

Jeep Resort UOR Show Makes Its Debut

The Inaugural Jeep Resort Unlimited Off-Road Show was held this past weekend in Crystal Beach, in conjunction with the “Go Topless Jeep Weekend”. Off-Road enthusiasts were treated to a huge display of vendors offering all kinds of customized products and over 54-acres of pure fun, action, and entertainment. There were UTV ride-alongs, Monster Truck ride-alongs, and various

Stay Safe on the Water

As part of National Safe Boating Week May 19-25, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department boater education and law enforcement are reminding Texans to be safe this summer by following the law and taking basic safety precautions while on the water. In 2017, 45 boating fatalities occurred on Texas waters, an increase of more than 28 percent from 2016. On top of that, marine enforcement officers logged

Mother’s Day breakfast at the Eagles

By Bill Agnew
The Men’s aerie provided free breakfast to all mothers at Crystal Beach on Mother’s Day morning. Somewhere around 80 plates of scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, biscuits, gravy, waffles and pancakes were served. This is an important day for the Fraternal Order of Eagles because our organization not only came up with the idea

Cinco De Drinko

A large group of friends were on hand to celebrate with Bill and Mona at the Grand Opening of their Nauti’s Beer & Liquor Barn in Crystal Beach.

Crystal Beach Community Blood Drive

By Bill Agnew
On Friday, May 4, L.B. Hunt put together a community blood drive for Crystal Beach in conjunction with the Bay Vue Methodist Church and the Fraternal Order of Eagles. The Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center brought their mobile RV. The goal was for 22 people to register to donate blood. As a community, we had 31 individuals register,

Crenshaw student wins Earth Day T-shirt design contest

Crenshaw School was honored this year to have 6th grader Joshua Florence as Grand Prize winner of the annual UTMB Earth Day T-shirt design contest. Jada Browning (L) and Mariah LaRue (R) received Honorable Mention.

A Reel Fun Slam

The Lions Club hosted their Annual Stingaree Saltwater Slam Fishing Tournament on Saturday, under beautiful blue skies. The tournament attracts teams from all over the area and benefits the youth of Bolivar through scholarships. Eighteen teams competed for the top prize of $2000. The anglers started out at 6am in pursuit of the trophy trout, redfish, and flounder. The teams were allowed to weigh in a stringer of up to

Young Anglers Reel In Fun

The young anglers of Bolivar participated in the Kids Hardhead Haul-In on Saturday, sponsored by the Holtzclaw Foundation as part of the Lions Club Annual Stingaree Saltwater Slam. The Holtzclaw Foundation provided funding to pay for the shirts, hats, bait, and other necessary supplies for the kiddos to reel in their big catch. And each child was given a rod and reel, donated by

Crenshaw 5th graders sail on a tall ship

Crenshaw 5th graders sail on a tall shipBy Rhea Raymond
The Crenshaw 5th grade class earned the opportunity of a lifetime to attend the Galveston Historical Society’s Tall Ships Festival and sail on one of the ships. They prepared a report and drawing of the ship for a contest and won first place. This included an all-day field trip to the festival and an excursion on the “When and If” Sailboat which was

Celebrity in our midst – Victor Emanuel

Celebrity in our midst - Victor EmanuelBy Linda Elissalde
There are so many reasons to be proud of our Bolivar Peninsula. We enjoy an open beach on the Gulf of Mexico. There are bounteous areas covered by grasses and trees. For many years we enjoyed our wonderful and free Rollover Pass, and the people who are fortunate enough to dwell here permanently are loving and generous in their

The Chamber Gives Thanks

“Discover Bolivar” 2018 Annual Awards BanquetThe Bolivar Peninsula Chamber of Commerce hosted their “Discover Bolivar” 2018 Annual Awards Banquet last Tuesday night. The event was held at Jose’s Cajun Steakhouse where guests were treated to Jose’s fried shrimp and fish, with all the extras accompanying the seafood. The room was packed with Chamber members and patrons all celebrating another year of appreciation within the community. Also in


All friends and patrons attending the Chamber of Commerce Banquet last week will not likely forget the good humored presentation given by Linda and Marcel Elissalde when awarding the Citizen of the Year distinction to George Strong. It resembled a pep rally with Marcel leading the cheers. The audience loved it. George’s contributions to the community are well known by

Sold Out Show! Stellar Cast! Stupendous Audience!

Sold Out Show! Stellar Cast! Stupendous Audience!By Linda Elissalde
It may have been way off Broadway, but the sparkle certainly reached New York City. JANE LONG AND THE 2ND GOING STYLE SHOW delivered on all of its promises. Mother of Texas Jane Long (Dr. Melanie Wallace), the handsomest man in the whole wide world James Long (Doug Romero), Mirabeau B. Lamar (George Strong) and Sam Houston

The Ryderish Cup

The Ryderish CupBy Bill Agnew
The winds were not the only thing coming out of the North this past weekend at “The Ranch”. The East Texas Outlaw Golf Association came down to play the Crystal Beach Par(tee) Gang on Saturday in the Bi-Annual Ryderish Cup. Kicking off the event on Friday night was a dinner at the Fraternal Order of Eagles, which was open to all of

Upgrades at The Big Store

Upgrades at The Big StoreIn preparation for the high-traffic tourist season, The Big Store is upgrading their fuel service facilities. The fuel area canopy was recently replaced, inviting customers with its clean, new look. And now, in order to better serve their customers needing fuel, they are installing two new 20,000 gallon tanks, almost tripling their fuel capacity. The old tanks are over 30 years old. The new tanks are located away

Vending Firewood

The Big Store has thought of it all (for now). A local once told me, if The Big Store doesn’t have it, then you don’t need it. They are like amazon right in the middle of Crystal Beach. Get your groceries, beach supplies, even tools for the home repair. And now, get your firewood for a beach campfire right from a vending machine. Yes, a vending machine that dispenses firewood. Genius. Nothing says a night

Watermelon Crawlers Support PSP

Despite rainy, cold weather, the Watermelon Crawl went on with about 130 registered participants and their riders. The event totaled over 200 people raising money for Peninsula Sports Park. This year, Wicked Off-Road from Beaumont, owned by local residents Daniel and Brittany Smith, was the Premier Sponsor covering all costs for the event, allowing PSP to bring in nearly $5,000 to make more improvements

Texas Welcomes Endangered Sea Turtles

Texas Welcomes Endangered Sea TurtlesBy Joanie Steinhaus, Gulf of Mexico Program Director,
Turtle Island Restoration Network
With the arrival of warmer temperatures we begin our annual migration to our beautiful Texas’ beaches. While most of us are soaking up the sun and frolicking in the waves, another visitor is also making their annual migration to our beaches. But their goal is to continue their

Annual Easter Son-Rise Service

The Annual Easter Beach ‘SON Rise’ Service, sponsored by the Bolivar Peninsula Ministerial Alliance, drew another record crowd. Worshipers came in golf carts, ATVs, cars and by foot to take part in this glorious event on the beach. As the sun rose above the gulf, the uplifting music and powerful Easter message touched the hearts of everyone in attendance. And the generosity of this wonderful

Roads I’ve Never Been Down

Roads I’ve Never Been Down, By Carissa NevillBy Carissa Nevill
I’ve been to the Gulf Coast countless times. Galveston with my parents, sisters and cousins. South Padre with many of the same. I’ve even been way over to Destin and Sanibel, Florida. As a child, going to the beach was a yearly trek I couldn’t wait for. As an adult, I hadn’t been to the coast in decades and I wanted my children to see it and fall

New Home – Same Great Work

New Home - Same Great WorkIt’s a booming business in Texas – Air Conditioning, that is. Joe Herrmann is no stranger to the AC and Heating business. Joe has owned and operated the Houston based New Horizons Residential and Commercial AC and Heating Company for 40 years. But since his wife, Cheryl Herrmann, retired from a career in education and moved to their home of ten years in Crystal Beach, Joe was ready to

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