, Port Arthur, Texas

Top Stories

July 1, 2013

McFaddin Beach-goers bemoan lack of upkeep

SABINE PASS — Strolling McFaddin Beach barefoot is not recommended.

After a short time, the shoreline begins to recede, eventually giving way to gravel and sharp pointed rocks at the edge of the murky waters.  That assumes, of course, one can even find the shoreline amid the piles of seaweed and debris that litter the shore. With no garbage cans in sight, the remnants of meals and beverages remain wherever people throw them.

According to Jennifer Jarrett, this is a good day.

“Normally we have to bring a shovel and make a path for our kids,” said the Nederland resident. “We don’t want them to step on glass or jellyfish.”

Despite the beach’s off-putting appearance, Jarrett makes occasional day trips to the stretch of sand that extends approximately 20 miles between High Island in Chambers County and Sea Rim State Park in Jefferson County. But she grows visibly frustrated when she talks about the beach’s upkeep — or lack thereof.

“We usually go to Crystal Beach, and it aggravates me because we’re so close to here,” Jarrett said. “People aren’t on their game.”

Jarrett can recall a time when Crystal Beach, located on the Bolivar Peninsula, closely resembled McFaddin — until, she said, someone took initiative and cleared the eyesores away. She sees no reason why the same can’t be done at McFaddin.

“People are going to want to spend money in your town if you take care of what you need to take care of,” Jarrett said.

‘Even after Ike, we’re still here’

Becky Dolas echoed Jarrett’s sentiment. Dolas moved to Sabine Pass at age 15 from another coastal town — Holly Beach, La. — and now works at Sportsman Supply, 5310 S. Gulfway Drive, Sabine Pass, where she sells bait and other supplies to the fishermen who stop by en route to McFaddin.

Over the years, the crowds have thinned, Dolas said — even more so after Hurricane Ike.

“We’ve slowed down majorly,” she said. “But even after Ike, we’re still here.”

Dolas remembered a pristine beach bustling with activity — a far cry from the seaweed-strewn picture of today. She said the blame lies with the city of Port Arthur for not maintaining McFaddin.

“It’s a shame,” Dolas said. “They ought to try to get people down here instead of running them off.”

An estimated 50 percent of Sabine Pass’ population never returned after 2008’s storm, and those who did are still reeling from Ike’s wrath five years later. But, Dolas said, the community is steadily rebuilding itself.

“If they opened that road again, it’d really get going,” she said.

Text Only
Top Stories
  • rain total noon copy.jpg Map shows rainfall totals through noon

    The National Weather Service in Lake Charles is continuing the flash flood watch for the entire region this afternoon, but it could be removed later today for east Texas and central Louisiana. Heavy rains today have produced 5-10 inches of rain across southeast Texas, 3-6 inches across southwest and south central Louisiana, and 1-3 inches in east Texas and central Louisiana.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ave H1.jpg Heavy rains flood Southeast Texas

    July 18, 2014 5 Photos

  • Switzerland Obit Wint_Edge.jpg Blues legend Johnny Winter dies at 70

    Texas blues legend Johnny Winter, known for his lightning-fast blues guitar riffs, his striking long white hair and his collaborations with the likes of Jimi Hendrix and childhood hero Muddy Waters, has died. He was 70.

    July 17, 2014 1 Photo 1 Story

  • Free Agency LeBron Ba_Cowl.jpg LeBron James returning to Cavaliers

    LeBron James is going back to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
    James told Sports Illustrated Friday that he’s decided to go home. It’s a move that would have seemed unfathomable four years ago, after the venomous fallout that followed his decision to leave Cleveland for the Miami Heat.

    July 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Seattle Campus Shooti_Edge.jpg 'Heroes’ helped stop gunman at university

    When a lone gunman armed with a shotgun at a small university stopped firing at students to reload, another student pepper-sprayed him and subdued him with the help of others and prevented more deaths, police said.
    “There are a number of heroes in this,” Assistant Police Chief Paul McDonagh said. “The people around him (the gunman) stepped up.”

    June 6, 2014 1 Photo

  • FireHFONLINE.jpg Hamshire-Fannett Elem badly burned

    With smoke still hanging in the air and water blasting hot spots in the smoldering ruins of Hamshire-Fannett Elementary School, the administration and parents of hundreds students are left wondering what’s next.

    March 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 86th Academy Awards -_Edge.jpg ’12 Years a Slave’ rises up at Academy Awards

    Perhaps atoning for past sins, Hollywood named the brutal, unshrinking historical drama “12 Years a Slave” best picture at the 86th annual Academy Awards.
    Steve McQueen’s slavery odyssey, based on Solomon Northup’s 1853 memoir, has been hailed as a landmark corrective to the movie industry’s virtual blindness to slavery, instead creating whiter tales like 1940 best-picture winner “Gone With the Wind.” “12 Years a Slave” is the first best-picture winner directed by a black filmmaker.

    March 3, 2014 1 Photo

  • Obit Shirley Temple_Edge.jpg Shirley Temple, iconic child star, dies at 85

    Shirley Temple, the dimpled, curly-haired child star who sang, danced, sobbed and grinned her way into the hearts of Depression-era moviegoers, has died, according to publicist Cheryl Kagan. She was 85.

    February 11, 2014 1 Photo

  • Winter.jpg Freezing rain, sleet Thursday into Friday

    Wicked winter weather is heading to Southeast Texas Thursday night into Friday.
    An arctic cold front will be passing through bringing along with it much colder and windier conditions, according to a National Weather Service press release.

    January 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Oscar Nominations_Cowl.jpg ‘Hustle,’ ’Gravity’ lead Oscar nominations

    The Academy Awards appear to be the three-horse race many expected it would be, with “Gravity,” “American Hustle” and “12 Years a Slave” all receiving a heap of nominations. All were among the nine films nominated for best picture. The other nominees are “Captain Phillips,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Her,” “Nebraska,” “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “Philomena.”

    January 16, 2014 1 Photo

Judge Ponders Overturning Colo. Gay Marriage Ban Airlines Halt Travel to Israel Amid Violence NYPD Chief Calls for 'use of Force' Retraining VA Nominee McDonald Goes Before Congress Bush: Don't Worry, Sugarland Isn't Breaking Up US Official: Most Migrant Children to Be Removed Police Probing Brooklyn Bridge Flag Switch CDC Head Concerned About a Post-antibiotic Era Raw: First Lady Says `Drink Up' More Water Courts Conflicted Over Healthcare Law Holder Urges Bipartisanship on Immigration Raw: Truck, Train Crash Leads to Fireball US Airlines Cancel Israel Flights Obama Signs Workforce Training Law Crash Victims' Remains Reach Ukraine-held City Diplomatic Push Intensifies to End War in Gaza Cat Fans Lap Up Feline Film Festival Michigan Plant's Goal: Flower and Die Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment
Sports Tweets