Members of U.S. Coast Guard Station Port Aransas gathered February 22 to break ground on a new 25,000-square-foot multipurpose building in Port Aransas, Texas. The station’s previous base of operations was severely damaged in 2017 as Hurricane Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 storm in Rockport, just miles away.
The new building is slated for completion in May 2022. In addition to the new building, new work on site will include a concrete pier, docks, covered mooring space and a boat ramp.
“We are excited to break ground on our new facilities in Port Aransas,” Master Chief Petty Officer Jeffery Scully, officer-in-charge of Coast Guard Station Port Aransas, said. “We are looking forward to having a new state-of-the-art station to better serve our community of Port Aransas and the Coastal Bend.”
Coast Guard Station Port Aransas is charged with conducting search and rescue, law enforcement, security and environmental protection operations in the area. Station Port Aransas crew members work alongside local, state and federal partners serving to protect and support the Port of Corpus Christi, the third largest port by tonnage in the United States.
Rear Adm. John Nadeau, commander of the Eighth Coast Guard District, presided over the groundbreaking ceremony.
“I was truly honored to be a part of the groundbreaking ceremony at Station Port Aransas and to help recognize the significance of this project, which will be completed next year,” Nadeau said. “The station crew has been diligently working out of temporary trailers and deserve new state of the art facilities to ensure the Coast Guard can continue operating efficiently and effectively across the region, ultimately saving lives and keeping the nearby pristine waterways safe and secure. It was a great day for the Coast Guard and Port Aransas, and I am very excited for the crew and the community.”
Caption for photo: From left, Master Chief Petty Officer Jeffery Scully, officer-in-charge of Station Port Aransas; Capt. Edward Gaynor, commander of Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi; Rear Adm. John P. Nadeau, commander of Coast Guard Eighth District; and Aaron Glover, vice president at the Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, officially break ground for the new construction at Station Port Aransas during a ceremony at Coast Guard Station Port Aransas, Texas, February 22. The previous buildings at the station were heavily damaged during Hurricane Harvey in 2017. (Photo by U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Ryan Dickinson)