Port O' Connor lawyer

July 28, 2011 @ 03:23 PM -- by

As a Port O'Connor and Matagorda maritime Jones Act lawyer, I enjoy the history and beauty of the area. Port O’Connor, Texas is a real secret jewel between Galveston and Corpus Christi. It has tremendous birding, sportfishing and beach combing. In fact, the primary industry in the area is sportfishing (bay and offshore) and tourism. Shrimping is also an important industry. Hunters also enjoy the great duck, goose and alligator hunting. The surf fishing on Matagorda Island can be terrific. In the fall, many bull reds are caught, as well as some large sharks.

Matagorda Island also has an incredible lighthouse--the state's oldest operational lighthouse. The beacon which guided many ships along the Texas' coast before the Civil War is again doing its job because of a $1,230,000 overhaul. It took over one year to compete the repair project. The work included rebuilding and shoring up the lighthouse base, repainting the whole structure, and replacing the top light room. The lighthouse can be found in the Matagorda Island State Park.

 The original lighthouse was put up 1852. It suffered lots of damage during the Civil War when Confederate troops took away its lens to mess up the Union Army ships. In 1873, the old lighthouse was torn down and a new lighthouse was built about two miles inland. Electric power arrived on Matagorda Island in 1956, and so the light was automated. That, of course, ended the long and interesting era of the lighthouse keeper.

Contact Port O’Connor and Matagorda maritime Jones Act lawyer Scott Nelson if you need help with a maritime matter. Mr. Nelson serves all of Texas.