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Rockport, Texas, Named #2 Best Coastal Small Town in U.S.

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Just heard some exciting news for Rockport, one of our favorite Gulf Coast towns. The small village was almost wiped out when Hurricane Harvey made landfall there in August 2017. So Rockport-Fulton Chamber officials are thrilled to be named #2 in the nation for Best Coastal Small Town in the “USA Today” Readers’ Choice Travel Awards.

As the only Texas town nominated in the top 10 category for coastal towns with a population under 25,000, Rockport’s determined efforts to rebuild their town are paying off. This award is especially meaningful for Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce members, who literally rolled up their sleeves to help rebuild their town.

Photo: Rockport Rising, John Martell Photography

Rockport High School students had to be bussed to another community while workers rebuilt their building. For a community that relied on birding, boating, fishing, and tourism, the destruction of many hotels and inns was another huge blow to the economy. Workers who flooded into the area had to bring their own trailers for lodging.

One of Rockport’s most popular events, the annual Hummerbird Festival in September, had to be canceled since it came less than a month after the hurricane. But the historic Fulton Mansion was still standing, along with the legendary Big Tree on Goose Island.

My husband and I drove down to Rockport, as soon as we were able, to offer support for one of our favorite communities. During frequent visits to the area, we had become close friends with Sandy Jumper, Rockport-Fulton Chamber V.P. of Marketing and Promotion. We were sad to see many of our favorite places closed indefinitely. But seeing the spirited dedication of everyone in the community, we had no doubts Rockport would be back, better than before.

Rockport Named #2 Best Coastal Small Town
As Chamber VP, Jumper rallied the community to vote in the contest after nominations were announced. Like most chamber and city officials, the Jumpers also lost their own home and place of business.

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