83R4949 MGR-D
  By: Hunter H.R. No. 278
         WHEREAS, Proud residents of Corpus Christi and the Coastal
  Bend area are gathering in Austin on March 5, 2013, to celebrate
  Coastal Bend Day at the State Capitol; and
         WHEREAS, Home to many of Texas' top attractions, this region
  along the Gulf Coast is an economic powerhouse with a notable
  history and a bright future; and
         WHEREAS, The Padre Island National Seashore's 68-mile beach
  constitutes the longest undeveloped barrier island in the world and
  is a favorite of outdoor enthusiasts; the Aransas National Wildlife
  Refuge draws 80,000 visitors a year, and another attraction, the
  Texas Maritime Museum, completed a new expansion of its educational
  and collections space in 2012; and
         WHEREAS, The Port of Corpus Christi is the fifth-largest port
  in the nation and an important strategic deployment port for the
  United States military; Naval Air Station Kingsville is one of the
  United States Navy's premier jet-training bases, and Naval Air
  Station Corpus Christi has played a vital role in the growth of the
  area; and
         WHEREAS, Postsecondary education is also important in the
  life of Corpus Christi and the Coastal Bend area, with Texas A&M
  University--Corpus Christi, Texas A&M University--Kingsville, and
  Del Mar College serving over 38,000 students; in 2006, Texas A&M
  University--Kingsville opened the doors of its Rangel College of
  Pharmacy, the first health-related professional school to open in
  South Texas, and in 2005, Texas A&M University--Corpus Christi
  opened the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies; and
         WHEREAS, With its deepwater port facilities, abundant
  natural resources, and hardworking citizens, the Coastal Bend area
  of Texas is an inviting place in which to live, work, and raise a
  family; now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 83rd Texas
  Legislature hereby recognize March 5, 2013, as Coastal Bend Day at
  the State Capitol and commend the residents of the area for their
  many contributions to the rich cultural and economic fabric of our