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Restoration to begin on Port Aransas RV Park shut down by Hurricane Harvey

County Commissioners approve $3.7 million contract.
Posted at 4:37 PM, Sep 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-25 17:51:49-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A popular RV Park in Port Aransas that's been closed for two years will be under construction soon. The Nueces County Commissioners Court unanimously approved a contract for approximately $3.7 million to begin restoration of I.B. Magee RV Park. The RV park sustained major damage during Hurricane Harvey in 2017 causing it to be shut down. Precinct 4 County Commissioner Brent Chesney has been working on the restoration project with other county officials ever since. The I.B. Magee RV Park reportedly grosses over a million dollars a year for the County and the City of Port Aransas and is extremely popular with Spring Breakers.

The process to get the park repaired and reopened has been a tough battle for County Commissioner Brent Chesney and other county officials. The commissioner says they tried to work with FEMA after Harvey tore through Port Aransas but gave up after getting nowhere. A bid to repair the park was then submitted but it turned out to be too high leading to a change in engineers which was another 6 to 9 month process.

Commissioners put out a call for bids this late August and early September. The Commissioners chose local contractor, Mako Contracting, citing they were the lowest bidder.

"I am thrilled we are finally going to see construction on this project. I have been working on this for years and with the problems that Harvey caused along with other delays perpetuated by prior professional staff to finally get this awarded is very gratifying," Commissioner Brent Chesney said, "The new team formulated to get this project on track has been extremely effective thus far."

Commissioner Chesney says award letters will go out this week and the process to get the general contractor under contract will start immediately. A groundbreaking ceremony will be scheduled soon.

Commissioner Brent Chesney is confident the restoration project will boost the Port Aransas and Nueces County economy and morale.