Rebuilding Ingleside-On-The-Bay After Hurricane Harvey (2017)

Updated on March 30, 2020
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I've always been a Texan. No matter where I have lived. Now I live in the Coastal Bend area. I hope to keep writing their stories.

Rebuilding Ingleside-On-The-Bay After Hurricane Harvey

Rebuilding Ingleside-On-The-Bay after Hurricane Harvey
Rebuilding Ingleside-On-The-Bay after Hurricane Harvey | Source

Ingleside-On-the-Bay, Texas

I spent most of February in Ingleside-On-The-Bay, Texas. This hidden community took my breath away. As I walked through this small community the damage caused by Hurricane Harvey is still visible, but so is their Recovery efforts. The homes that have been repaired are bright colors and bring hope to the neighborhood. As I walked, people were friendly and greeted me as I passed by. Even the police took the time to make sure I was supposed to be in the area. I felt safe and welcomed to this paradise.

Quote from City of Ingleside newsletter

"The residents of Ingleside have responded with a wonderful attitude and resiliency-We are #InglesideStrong! While we are making tremendous strides, there is a lot of work remaining to be accomplished." Mayor Lamos

Small Business owners in Ingleside-On-The-Bay

My heart was torn between the devastation I saw and the sight of recovery. As I interviewed and spoke with people in this community, one thing became clear to me. This is a close-knit community that has love and concern for each other. Talking with the emotional small business owners told me that their passion and livelihood was in their businesses they had just lost. Most residents started the cleanup and repairs on their businesses as soon as allowed. This was their income, and without it, they didn't see any way to recover.

Bahia Marina

The stage at the Bahia Marina
The stage at the Bahia Marina | Source

Their Passion

Several small business owners told me that their business came from their love of what they were doing and they had everything they owned tied up in their businesses. So when Hurricane Harvey showed it took more than buildings from this neighborhood, it took a part of each and every resident in the community.

As I learned the history from the locals, I realized that the community was developed because the Bahia Marina that was built in 1965. Without them, this area would not be today. In 2014 Wes Williams bought the Bahia Marina because of his passion for boats. After speaking with so many about the area, I knew I would write their stories and Wes Williams had to be the first.

Sonja Strong from the Dolphin Connection says:

"The owners of the Bahia Marina brought life back into the community. These are wonderful people and don't forget it."


Wes Williams Story

The Bahia Marina is owned and operated by Wes Williams and his family. They lived in one of the 5 apartments on the property. That was until Hurricane Harvey come to visit and displaced them. The family has finally found a house to rent while they do clean up and repairs.

When asked "Why he bought the Marina 3 years ago?", he had a simple answer. "I was tired of the corporate world. Plus I have loved boats since I was a young kid."

So he jumped all in and made a place people love to gather and share their lives together. The day I called to do the interview, he was taking a break from his grandchildren that had spent the day with him, cleaning the dock. He realized that life was too precious to waste it.

Here it is six months since the Hurricane Harvey hit and repairs are slow, because his income came from renting out the boat slips. With 31 slips damaged, and many boats sunk he was unable to rent any. As we spoke he was excited that he had 65% of the boat slips repaired and rented. He was on his way to Recovering from the worst storm in Texas history.

Marina Dock Store

Marina Dock Store
Marina Dock Store | Source

What was Damaged

  • 5 Waterfront Apartments
  • 2 Story Office and Storage building
  • 31 Boat Slips
  • All electric
  • Island Themed Venue for live music
  • Boats
  • The roof and ceiling in the Dock Store
  • and lots more

The Dock Store

This close-knit community came together to help each other not only with clean up but with surviving each day. Before the hurricane, they would gather on the Marina and visit. Every other weekend there was live music and special Benefit Concerts.

This picture shows the progress, not the damage. The Marina Dock Store still has a lot of repairs yet to go, but Wes is hopeful to have it opened up by June of this year.

Take a Minute

A place to take a break and breath.
A place to take a break and breath. | Source

The View from the Bahia Marina

Because of the commercial need for boats to have a place to put their boats in an easy access to deep water, The Bahia Marina has been at this location for almost 70 years.

As you sit and enjoy the view, you will see Cooks Island and Ingleside Point. The waterways that come into Ingleside cove are many. To the south side of the Marina, you will find the Corpus Christi Bay. Running through Ingleside Cove is the La Quinta Channel that leads to the ship channel. This makes access to the Gulf of Mexico easy to reach. Not too far away you will find, Redfish Bay, the Kinney Bayou and the Jewell Fulton Canal. All which have excellent fishing areas.

Office and Storage Building

This was a 2 story building.
This was a 2 story building. | Source

Can it be Saved?

This building has always been part of the Bahia Marina. It has been repaired and in use for many years. The damage done by Hurricane Harvey has Wes Williams wondering if he will be able to repair and open the storage area. The top part of the building was the storage area while the lower was the office and shop.


My Final Thoughts

This is just the beginning, the Bahia marina is just one of the small local businesses that have been affected, and since this business has a ripple effect on the community it is very important that it becomes fully functional soon. This brings income into the area and it brings a way to release the stress from the everyday events.

As I left the Marina I'm faced with the sign above. I stood and looked at the Marina and then at the neighborhood surrounding it. It is correct, it felt like I was stepping into another world.

Whats Next?

My next article will be the heartbreaking story of Sonja Strong and her struggle to get Dolphin Connection up and running. I spoke to this woman and she was overwhelmed with the damage.

Help Me

If you know of any small business on the coast that Hurrican Harvey damaged, please let me know how I can get a hold of them, so I can tell their story.

Thank you for taking the time to read about The Recovery Efforts of Wes Williams.

Questions & Answers

    © 2018 Joanna Blackburn

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      • JoannaBlackburn profile imageAUTHOR

        Joanna Blackburn 

        2 years ago from Texas

        Thank you for this heart felt comment. I will not let the world forget. Soon you will see several more articles

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        Norma kane 

        2 years ago

        I think your article was well written, it was very heart felt. I am from Rockport Tx that’s on the coast. I seen first hand what Harvey did in our surrounding areas. There’s not one person that wasn’t effected by Harvey in one way or another. Even nine months into it It is still breaks my heart to drive along the coast and see the path of destruction Harvey left behind and then at the same time we see many of us picking up the pieces and starting over and rebuilding our towns again, lots emotion, blood and sweat. it will take years, but we love living here. I was raised up in Rockport and there is no other place I would rather be than here. #staying Strong #Here to stay #coastal strong!! ✊

      • JoannaBlackburn profile imageAUTHOR

        Joanna Blackburn 

        2 years ago from Texas

        Thank you for your comment, Pat Westberry. Yes, I do know that they have two different cities. I used this quote simply because it fit what I was feeling. I guess I should update and clarify why I picked this quote. I saw the same thing In Ingleside on the Bay, but couldn't find a quote from the Mayor that expressed this same sentiment.

        Thank you for taking the time to read my Article and my next one will be ready really soon.

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        Pat Westberry 

        2 years ago

        Very good article, but curious as to why you would use a quote from the Mayor of Ingleside instead of a quote from our Mayor, Joann Ehmann. You do know that Ingleside and Ingleside on the Bay are two different cities, don’t you?

      • JoannaBlackburn profile imageAUTHOR

        Joanna Blackburn 

        2 years ago from Texas

        Thank you

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        2 years ago

        your artical was very good I'm proud of you love you


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