PAnews.com, Port Arthur, Texas

May 25, 2013

Beach season kicks off

Mary Meaux
The Port Arthur News

SEA RIM STATE PARK — Tra Evans and family have been looking forward to beach season for a while and on Saturday they loaded up their trucks and headed out to Sea Rim State Park.

The group staked out a spot not far from one of the beach entrances, set-up a canopy and brought out the beach chairs. Evans, of Beaumont, and his brother C.J. Taylor, of Houston, along with their wives, children, mother and two dogs, quickly got to having fun.

“We’ve been looking forward to coming to the beach for a while,” Tra Evans said as he looked over at his wife, April, and their three daughters. “They love it.”

Taylor said the group had what they needed to spend the day at the beach, including food. Soon April Evans and youngest daughter Olivia, 2, waded into the water to play while the brothers tossed a football back and forth.

Further down the beach was Dennis Beevers and his daughters Josslynn, 4, and Madison, 12, and friend Charles Fontenot and his daughter Marcie, 13. Two colorful kites soared above the group. The older children frolicked in the waves while the younger child played in the sand. Both fathers had a “hook ‘em horns” chair to relax in.

“This is my first time out here (Sea Rim) since the hurricane,” Beevers said referring to 2008’s Hurricane Ike which destroyed the park. “I was shocked when I saw it, there’s nothing left. I wasn’t even sure it was open.”

Sea Rim State Park was devastated during the massive hurricane but is slowly making a comeback. Texas Parks and Wildlife was provided $2 million for the recovery of Sea Rim State Park by the 81st Legislature, according to the website. The park is open for day use and primitive camping (no electricity available). A permit is required to utilize the park. Entrance fees for adults is $3 and children 12 and under are free.

Beevers was pleased to see Sea Rim open. The beach, he said, is clean and he didn’t have to worry about glass bottles and other debris while out having fun with his family and friend.

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