2018-03-01 / City Stuff

New in town? Here are some tips

A cheerful group of City Hall employees can help you with your transition to ‘island life. A cheerful group of City Hall employees can help you with your transition to ‘island life. If you are new to town, or are considering a move, following are a few tips to help you get settled in. Here you’ll find information about utilities, city services and contact information to help in your transition to island life.


Port Aransas gets its water through the Nueces County Water Control and Improvement District No. 4 (NCWCID #4). The office is located in the Tower Center, 1812 State Highway 361, Suite F. The phone number is 749-5201. Sewer service also is handled on the same bill with your water.

Just go by, or give them a call, to find out the amount of deposit required and the monthly billing procedures. Information also may be found on the website www.ncwcid4.org.

When you sign up for water service, you are automatically put on the list for city sanitation service.


The City of Port Aransas contracts with a private garbage collection service, Republic Services, for residential garbage collection. Republic provides residents with 95-gallon toters. Call City Hall, at 749-4111, to determine the collection days for your neighborhood and if you have toter questions. Curbside service to each residential unit is twice a week.The cost of pickup for a single toter is $31.90 per month or a senior rate of $29.90 for customers age 65- plus. Verification of age is required via driver license. Senior rate is not applicable for rental property.Toters are designed for household garbage and lawn trimmings. Materials such as hazardous waste aren’t allowed in them. Do not stack garbage beside the toters. The driver will not get out of the truck and pick up garbage that is stacked on the street.


No curbside recycling is available due to the continuing Hurricane Harvey cleanup. Plastic, aluminum and tin cans, non-corrugated cardboard boxes and newspapers (no glass) may be taken to a recycling dumpster at the City Collection Station (Dump), 1430 Ross Ave.

Brush and bulky items may be placed at the curb for pickup. The debris disposal company that has been hired to clean up the hurricane debris will pick those items up.

Port Aransas residents may use the city’s garbage collection station free of charge twice a month, for residential garbage only, by presenting a city garbage bill.

For more information about garbage disposal and recycling, go to the city website www.cityofportaransas.org/utilities.cfm.


Natural gas is provided by the city. Stop by City Hall to make arrangements for gas service.

For more information on gas services and an application, go to the city website www.cityofportaransas.org/gas.cfm.


For electrical service, you may call the provider of your choice.


CenturyLink provides local landline telephone service. To order new service, call (800) 201-4099.


Port Aransas also offers a full-curriculum school district. Instruction begins at prekindergarten for children who are age 4 by Sept. 1, and continues through grade 12. The district is classified as a 2A school.

Students from area districts may apply for admission to PAISD. The school administration office can be reached at 749-1200 for information about enrolling.

Port Aransas residents also are eligible for enrollment in Seashore Learning Center and Middle Academy, charter schools on North Padre Island serving grades one through eight. For more information visit www.seashore.esc2.net.

The University of Texas Marine Science Institute, established in 1941, is Texas’ first permanent marine laboratory. The Institute is part of The University of Texas at Austin College of Natural Sciences. It is an international research facility with undergraduate and graduate programs for marine science located in Port Aransas. The facility was heavily damaged by Hurricane Harvey and no timeline for reopening had been established by press time.


Emergency medical care is available through the city-operated Emergency Medical Service by dialing 911. The city provides two 24-hour ambulances seven days a week. The department employs six full-time paramedics, two fulltime EMTs-basic, two full-time EMTs-intermediate and contract employees.


Port Aransas is served by a city police department (749-6241 for non-emergency calls) The police department can be reached in an emergency by dialing 911.


The city’s fire department is staffed by volunteers.The fire station is located on Avenue C, between Ninth and 10th streets. Dial 911 to reach the fire department in an emergency.


Port Aransas also is served by a weekly newspaper, the South Jetty. It is locally owned and operated. The South Jetty is a member of regional, state and national press associations. Published each Thursday, it’s on newsstands early Wednesday afternoons and in mailboxes Thursday mornings. The newspaper covers news of Port Aransas and Mustang Island and is available by mail or online with a paid subscription, or from newsstands throughout town and on North Padre Island. Paid access to the current single online edition also is available.

To subscribe to the South Jetty call (361) 749-5131, come by the office at 141 W. Cotter Ave., or go to www.portasouthjetty.com.

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