As we all know, Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas on August 25th, 2017. According to latest estimates, it inflicted approximately $125 billion worth of damage, making it the costliest hurricane on record. What’s worse is it changed cities, communities, and lives; including many in Rockport, Texas. Perform a simple “Google” search today, almost five months later, and your feed will fill with words like “devastation”, “destruction”, and “destroyed”.
However, the media tends to move on quickly to the next tragedy, and stories of incredible recovery efforts, people getting back on their feet, and communities rebuilding and welcoming tourism back to their towns quickly gets lost in the din. But, it’s critical that we get the message out. You repeatedly hear Texans are tough; come see for yourself.
Words can have limited impact, so in mid-December, we spent a couple days making a video to help showcase how far Rockport has come. Is the town just how people remember? No, and it will take a while to get there. But, we are well on our way. At least 500 of the 1,300 businesses are back up and running with many others close behind. Great restaurants, places to stay, and sights to see are all ready for people. However, the message must get out and we need people to come and support our efforts in the most beneficial way possible; come spend time here.
As the owner and Captain for Fly Fish Rockport, one question I get a lot is “how was the fishing impacted”, and I can say with a hundred percent certainty, the fishing is great. In fact, considering the normal ups and downs of flats fishing, it is still outstanding. Again, I invite you to come see for yourself. We’ve got great places for folks to stay, delicious food for people to eat, and awesome fishing.
Please take a moment to watch this video, pass it on, and help us spread the word. The Coastal Bend is resilient, Rockport is ready, and we are eager to prove it.
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