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Old 01-07-2010, 09:43 AM
Location: Portland, TX. (next to Corpus Christi)
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Originally Posted by csofficer View Post
My husband has his heart set on moving to CC, don't know why but we have to move so...

My question tho is about employment - my husband is a blue collar worker (floor care mostly) and will need to find a job. How is it there really? He currently works 50 hours a week (6 nights) for about min wage. Which sucks.

Also how are the schools? I'll have one in HS, one in JrHS.

As far as floor care professions go, I don't think the pay will be that much different than he was making where he came from. I would be curious as to why he wants to move to this area as well, although it may be for less "interesting" things than what CalallenMom was hinting at (at least that is what I got out of it... lol).

I know one of the main reasons I wanted to move here, besides a huge upgrade in my pay, was the warmer winter weather (although it has been unusually cold here as of late... the coldest in nearly 21 years!!). I also really like being near the ocean.. it really is a great stress reliever for me. My family has really taken to the area, and we love it here in Portland.

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Old 01-31-2010, 05:56 PM
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Wow, I can't believe how slow the growth is in Corpus. I haven't worked there in ten years and I will be retiring in 2011. I remember downtown as well. Where are the part-time retirement jobs in Corpus? manufacturing, health care, education??
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Old 07-28-2010, 01:21 PM
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For an outdoorsman, CC is impossible to beat. No other Texas (or Gulf) city comes close. The tradeoff is that hunting is on private land: buy or lease. Fishing is incredible.

Storms are a matter of being prepared. The City has a good website. So does the State of Florida (floridadisaster.org) that can help in renovating an older house.

Best part of the city is the bayfront. There is NO comparison to other areas. The breeze, the rain are all better and that matters. Disregard the business about crime. It's irrelevant on a practical basis. Disregard anyone comparing Portland, CalAllen, Flour Bluff, the south side as well. (There would be no point in living in CC if in these areas; you might as well live in Robstown).

The area along Ocean Drive, from Ayers to Ennis Joslin, and no farther from the bay than Alameda Street is the wide locus. Narrow that to no farther from Ocean than Santa Fe, and no farther from downtown than about Robert Street and you have the best part of town. Everything else is a step down.

See the city map for hurricane evacuation zones, and avoid Section One like the plague. Note that the oldest parts of town are NOT scheduled for mandatory evac even with a Cat 5 hurricane as they are high up on The Bluff (the highest point on the entire Gulf Coast from Veracruz to Key West). Unfortunately, much of that IS old & undesirable.

Wind storm insurance is not unaffordable. It is part of being here, is all. There are many, MANY well-built (and architect-designed) older homes in the area outlined above (I live in one), and one simply plans storm upgrades along with time-related repairs, etc. Look for homes with at least one window on two walls of every room: the benefit of homes built before A/C . . we leave windows open from about Jan-April.

Even in the worst of summer all one needs is shade and a breeze. One CANNOT say that of Austin. (Or the south side).

(On the other hand, the pretty girl situation is solved by time in Dallas, Houston or Austin. The airport is modern, fast and easy).

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Old 08-01-2010, 08:01 AM
Location: Corpus Christi
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All these questions about what is there to do in CC have me a little confused. There are plenty of things to do here,,, many that cost little or nothing to enjoy. For example, there's the free movies at Cole Park. Granted they are "G" rated since there are kids attending, (this week I think it was Shrek III, for which I passed), but if you are a family on a limited budget it's an option.

In any case, go out to Cole Park on a Friday evening and watch the people, or go and have a BBQ of your own. As I see it, it's all about family fun and kids,,, if you are not into that, you are maybe in the wrong town.
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