Monday, April 9, 2018


If you want the Port to continue to thrive you vote for John Wood and Javier Vera - it is that simple.  Let's keep the progress and vision going for the people.   Say no to the self serving con machine which is Mike Hernadez and Carlos Marin.  How many millions does Carlos Marin need from the taxpayers before we send him packing?

I am never moved by one issue.  I oppose LNG.  It is not a done deal yet.  Agreeing to lease land does not by-pass all of the federal rules and regulations.  But it is the job of the Trustees to create jobs at the port.  We will never agree on every decision.  How we vote should be based on the larger picture and not just one issue.


Yes when I say the lines I was sickened.  At the time they were above ground ruining the landscape.  But now they are being buried and part of the deal is once they are buried the proper wild flowers needed to attack the Monarch Butterfly will be planted where the pipe lines are buried.  This will enhance the beauty of the area and bring more people to see the butterflies when they are in the area.  This is actual progress.  You cannot build the Port without investment.  Yes, the continued small tax seems unnecessary, but the economic impact of the Port on the area out does the tax.  They continue to create good paying jobs.  This puts money into the local economy, which helps everyone.


The 2017 progress at the Port

"BROWNSVILLE, Texas – A full house of regional stakeholders applauded Port of Brownsville officials during reports of record revenue and tonnage in 2017 at its annual State of the Port Address March 8.
“The state of the Port of Brownsville is strong and getting stronger,” said Brownsville Navigation District Vice Chairman John Reed. “As evidence, I offer two critical measures of success: total operating revenue and tonnage.”
The port’s total operating revenue reached nearly $24 million in unaudited total revenue, exceeding the previous high-water mark of $19.9 million set in 2015 by more than $4 million. On the annual tonnage side of the business, the volume of cargo handled at the port topped 10.3 million short tons, also a new record.
Reed cautioned the crowd of more than 230 the Port of Brownsville cannot afford to rest on its laurels and will work even harder to accelerate this momentum.
“Just because we have always done things in a certain way, doesn’t mean there’s not room for improvement, aimed at advancing the everyday lives of those living in Brownsville, Cameron County and the Rio Grande Valley. And that is what we intend to,” he added.
BND Commission Secretary Sergio Tito Lopez and Commissioners Carlos Masso and Ralph Cowen discussed new businesses at the port and current and future projects including channel deepening, the $1.5 billion Valley Crossing Pipeline project and the renovation and expansion of the port’s administration facilities.
Other noteworthy achievements of 2017 discussed at the State of the Port:
  • Vessel traffic: A 21% increase in vessel traffic. A total of 1,317 vessels called on the port in 2017 – up from 1,091 vessel calls registered FY 2016.
  • New tenant operations: CSC Sugar/Sugaright; West Plains LLC; SteelCoast; Texan Cement.
  • Foreign Trade Zone No. 62: The port’s FTZ again ranked second in the nation for the value of exports in 2016, according to the U.S. Foreign-Trade Zones Board’s annual report to Congress. FTZ No. 62 reported more than $2.8 billion in exported goods in 2016. Additionally, it ranked 25th nationally for the value of imports totaling more than $2.5 billion. FTZ No. 62 consistently ranks in the top five nationally since 2012 and this marks the second time in a row it achieved the nation’s number two spot.
  • Ship Recycling: The USS Independence completed its final voyage of 16,000 miles after arriving at the Port of Brownsville from Bremerton, Washington in June. International Shipbreaking Ltd. won the Navy bid to recycle the 60,000-ton vessel, the last of the Forrestal-class of “supercarriers” to arrive at the port. This is the third vessel of its kind to be recycled by the company, which is part of the EMR Group.
  • Keppel AmFELS: Honolulu-based Pasha Hawaii announced the selection of Port of Brownsville-based Keppel AmFELS for the construction of two containerships, with an option to order two additional vessels. Delivery of the first vessel is expected in the first quarter of 2020, while the second vessel will be delivered in the third quarter of the same year. The contracts are worth $400 million to Keppel, creating 700 local well-paying jobs.
  • Regional Collaboration: The BND signed an MOU with the Mission Economic Development Corporation to collaborate on international trade opportunities with Mexico and other development projects. This effort was subsequently followed with similar MOUs with the Cameron County Bridge System and Pharr Bridge, all promoting international economic development.
  •  Awards/Recognitions:
    • 2018 AVA Gold Digital Award for the port’s website
    • 2017 Platinum MarCom Award for the Port of Brownsville Directory
    • Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association. This is the sixth consecutive year the BND has received this award.
Click here to download the State of the Port Address Remarks and the State of the Port Presentation.


Anonymous said...

Interesting, you sell out the environment for a few monarch butterflies. Apply some critical thinking to this. It will take decades before the damage the construction of the pipeline has done to heal. A few wildflowers are not going to fix it.

BobbyWC said...

I approved the comment so people can see just how ignorant the trolls are. I clearly said I oppose LNG and I am not changing my position, So where is the sell out. What you are saying is I am a sell out for reporting a fact about the new lanscaping. This is done all over the world to try and restore areas. Cool companies do it all of the time. While not perfect it is better than a hole in the ground. But to take your logic to its end, all development everyone should stop because it impacts the environment. You do know your house or apartment had a negative impact on the environment. So we should just stop all construction and move back into caves.

While we are at it to slow global warming weight loss should be a crime. Most weight loss leaves the body as carbon dioxide. Progress is going to come. It is the Commissioners job to bring jobs. I do not like LNG. But if it is finally ever approved, the landscape will be prettier and in time better.

You know wild life not seen in the Valley for over a 100 years is coming back across the river. Nature restores itself. The hospital district in SAN Antonio is like a zoo of deer and no one can do a thing about it. Banderas is home to endless dear on the roads on peoples lawns everywhere. Nature moves forward.

Have a little faith in mother nature, or be honest and just call for the end of all development, because all development hurts the environment, but a responsible entity gives back to try and restore what was taken, We should be grateful these people are trying to do that.

But hey, lets all move back to caves.

Where have all you enviromenalist been since 2000 when I have been trying to saver our forests by promoting hemp.. Hemp will mean more trees protecting the environment and taking in carbon dioxide along with the hemp. This will help the environment, Where have you been on the issue for the last 18 years. Progress means balanced policies. Saving our forests will do a lot to protect the environment and slowing global warming while producing more clean oxygen.

One issue people always look ignorant and end up hurting the cause.

Bobby WC

Anonymous said...

This is not your field. Interesting to me is that you accuse me of jumping to conclusions about you but you show no reluctance to do the same about me.
My point in regards to my previous post was that by implying that they are restoring the land to its former state you encourage people to be complacent. Yeah, they think, it looks bad but they will fix it but they can never put it back the way it was. I know, I've tried to do it. I have done about 30 acres that have been fully restored (as fully as possible) and have been involved in restoration of other tracts. How many acres have you restored?
By the way, I think it is not likely that the salty soil along the channel supports host plants for monarchs. Lots of other butterflies, for sure, but not monarchs. But perhaps you know better.

BobbyWC said...

You are simply wrong in how you characterized my post. I made it clear I oppose what is happening. I never even implied they can restore the area. But many would say the restoration near Port Isabel of the inner bay area has been a major success. That is something I can see.

I reported what was in the deal. Fine if you think the BND was duped then say it. But put your name to your post so people can verify your credentials. For now all my readers know is you are a troll with no verication of anything you say.

I just know if it works you will be back her with your name saying "I guess am not such an expert. YOu are also arrogant. Because you failed it means no one else can succeed.

I saw Staten Island as a dump growing up. That is all it was a dump for the city. Today it is restored with million dollar condos, houses, parks and major green areas. I know in your mind that is a failure. In my mind it means looking at something amazing when crossing the bridges from Long Island the the main land.

I go based on what I can see and not on what some anony troll posts as a comment which cannot be verified

Bobby WC

John said...

Don't forget the third candidate for Port Commissioner Place 4: Patrick Anderson, He also ran in 2016 so this is his second run.

LNG at the Port is not just an issue but a huge one. Rio Grande LNG, if built, would be the biggest emitter of eight types of air pollution in Cameron County. Which is why SAVE RGV from LNG and the Cities of Port Isabel and Laguna Vista filed requests for Contested Hearings following the 03-08-2018 Texas Commission for Environmental Quality public meeting on Rio Grande LNG's air quality permit requests.

The Valley Crossing Pipeline and the Compressor Station that comes with it is a similar issue, brought to us by the Port Commissioners without adequate public input.

The Jupiter Pipeline's another issue. It's scheduled to transport oil from West Texas to our Port starting in 2019 ( We don't yet know if it's already under construction or not. Plus, JupiterMLP is now the company pushing a heavy condensate upgrader facility our way at the Port that will, if built, bring two condensate trains a day, 120 rail tanker cars, each full of highly flammable condensate rumbling through a number of our local communities without the communities having any say so about it (Raymondville, Harlingen, San Benito, Rancho Viejo, Olmito, and Brownsville).

Plus the Port Commissioners have done a terrible job of letting folks living in the Navigation District know about candidate filing deadlines and publicizing the elections in general.

There's a Brownsville Navigation District Candidates' Forum scheduled for Tuesday evening, April 17th, 6:30 pm, at the Southmost Public Library, 4320 Southmost Rd, Brownsville. It's sponsored by the League of Women Voters - Rio Grande Valley and by Citizens Against Voter Abuse (CAVA). For information, see the posting at and the Facebook event page at

BobbyWC said...

I will do a separate post on the forum. My interest will you and others ask Mike's candidates if they intend to expand on LNG. And what evidence they have of voter surpression or Cowen working the politiqueras. Mind you it was his so who represented Yolanda Begum for free to expose the harvesting of mail ballots. The Cowens do not use mail ballots and Montoya and Hernandez know this, but lies is all they have

Bobby WC