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March 19, 2013

Port Arthur council spends $5K on Austin trip

PORT ARTHUR — Six members of the Port Arthur City Council spent three days in Austin during the first week of March, and it cost taxpayers $5,215.63.

The council approved these expense reports at its Tuesday morning meeting.

The purpose of the trip was to engage state legislators and make them aware of what the Golden Triangle Days in Austin group has deemed vital to keep this area thriving, like less stringent Environmental Protection Agency regulations, a reformed Texas Windstorm Insurance Association and a healthy transportation system.

The delegates who attended GTDA spent Sunday — their first day — golfing and mingling with state lawmakers at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort.

When Monday rolled in, the delegates traveled to the Capitol to meet with legislators about windstorm insurance, education, the budget and more. That night, they threw a Cajun reception, and the Blue Broussard Band and Josh Abbott Band performed.

The three-day session concluded Tuesday with the Coastal Windstorm Rally held on the Capitol steps.

While GTDA is supported by multiple companies — Motiva, Valero, Total, Entergy, Acadian Ambulance Service — it also relies on funds from municipalities such as the Port Arthur Economic Development Corporation, the City of Beaumont and the Port of Orange, just to name a few. The group has traveled to Austin biennially for the past decade to lobby for what it has considered interests of the Golden Triangle area.

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