Last year as December ended, Lake Corpus Christi was at 15.7 percent of capacity. A year later, it’s almost 93 percent full.
The lead story in Monday’s Corpus Christi Caller-Times reported the recreational/economic resurgence at the lake near Mathis, which also serves as Beeville’s municipal water source.
“In early November, Lake Corpus Christi... filled after nearly two years below the 60 percent mark, leaving all boat ramps below the water line. The last time the lake was nearly full was September 2010. It was completely full in 2007.”
The article by David Sikes noted that sales have tripled at area bait shops since the lake filled last month, and fishing, boating and even water skiing are part of weekends there now.
“Hadn’t seen that in a while,” said one lake homeowner while watching a speedboat pulling a skier. “A few weeks ago that would’ve been a four-wheeler pulling a guy on a skateboard.”
While we’re happy for the owners and operators of bait stands, RV parks, motels and convenience stores, we again implore City of Beeville administrators and council members to take full advantage of this rare opportunity to continue exploring supplemental water sources for our community. No one here wants to see a repeat of Dec. 3, the day the faucets ran dry in our city homes and businesses.
The excitement of having a full lake should not exceed the realization that we’re one day closer to returning to the long days of drought.
At least there’s one New Year’s resolution that will not have to be made this year: Not to set the lake on fire.
Last year’s holiday revelers ignited the dry tree/brush debris with aerial fireworks on several occasions. Yes, area firefighters actually battled blazes where the lake once stood.
Having seen fire and rain, lake homeowners and visitors would much prefer the latter.