ARANSAS PASS – City leaders in Aransas Pass are encouraging business owners and residents to mark their calendars to celebrate new beginnings.
Since Hurricane Harvey made landfall in August of 2017, the permanent Chamber of Commerce has been out of working order.
"We lost part of our roof so obviously we got a lot of water damage on the inside. We had about two inches of water when we came in Monday morning, and had no power for days. We had mold everywhere and had to do a complete remodel on the building," Rosemary Vega said.
Instead, the Chamber of Commerce has been operating out of a temporary space at the Value Bank Plaza.
Vega said this made things particularly difficult to serve the community in the days that mattered most.
"It was very challenging for us. We’re the Chamber. It’s when our businesses needed us the most, and we weren’t up and running. We needed to do what we could to try to get back open and help them get restored and recovered," Vega said.
The Chamber of a Commerce celebrates new beginnings Thursday, April 12th from 4 to 6 p.m. at the permanent facility at 130 W. Goodnight Ave. in Aransas Pass.