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Overnight camping back at Mustang Island after Harvey renovations completed

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Mustang Island facilities are back after Harvey.
Posted at 6:11 PM, Jul 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-23 19:18:15-04

MUSTANG ISLAND, Texas — It's an exciting day in Corpus Christi as Mustang Island is back in business for camping.

Mustang Island State Park was heavily damaged by Hurricane Harvey, as a result they had to shut down overnight camping at the park. But now, almost two years later, things have changed.

“We drove up and it said no camping, so we asked the girl at the front office and she said they had just opened for camping this afternoon, well yesterday afternoon," tourist Stephen Donnellan.

This is due to the newly renovated restroom. In fact the renovation projects were in the works before the storm.

If it wasn’t for the restroom plans already being set in place before Harvey hit, it could have been another year before campers were able to return to the park.

Park superintendent Scott Taylor says Mustang Island is back to pre-Harvey, with all 48 RV camp sites with electricity, and 50 beach sites open. The process was expedited, though plans were already in place before Harvey.

“It was actually planned for, through planning and design for about a year before the hurricane,” Taylor said. “Obviously we didn't know the hurricane was coming, but luckily we had done that process, the previous restroom was already scheduled for replacement."

Taylor and the park officials are excited to hear feedback from beach visitors. So far, things are looking good.

"We've been to a couple of beaches on the Texas coast, and this is the nicest one we've been to so far,” Donnellan said. “The sand is real nice, the water is clean, and the facilities are awesome."

Taylor encourages folks to make their reservations now.