Business along the Coastal Bend is flourishing this summer, nearly two years after the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, but News Radio 1200 WOAI reports one thing is missing---residents.
Ric Young of the Chamber of Commerce in Rockport, which has hit the hardest by Harvey in late August of 2017, says they have plenty of summer tourists, but they are badly in need of people to move to Rockport to take more than 150 available jobs.
"After the hurricane, we lost about 2,000 people in the county, and at least 500 kids out of our school system," he said.
These are people who lost their homes in the hurricane and relocated to other areas. But now, Young says Rockport is back in business and is actively looking for Texans to relocate to the city. He calls the program 'Build Your Resume on the Beach,' and it includes a web site where people can see the jobs that are avaialble, as well as available housing.
"Now that our momentum is building as far as businesses, and particularly tourism, we need to get our service industry employees to come back to Rockport-Fulton, and that is where we are really hurting."
But he says it isn't just restaurant jobs that are going begging, although there are plenty of openings in that area. He says Rockport needs professionals, managers, IT specialists, secretaries and receiptions, and even a veterinarian.
He says unlike most beach communities, housing is affordable in Rockport, and the web site will point prospective new residents to available housing in all price ranges.
And, the San Antonio native says he can personally vouch for a perk of living on the Texas coast.
"I will tell you what, I grew up in San Antonio, I worked my career in Dallas, and I came down here five years ago, and it's paradise."