City Celebrates Completion of Packery Channel Projects

Damage Resulting from Hurricane Harvey

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – The City of Corpus Christi has completed the Packery Channel Restoration, Dredging, and Beach Nourishment projects, marking a significant step in the City's infrastructure development and environmental preservation efforts.

City, State and Federal officials attended a celebratory event today, including US Senator Ted Cruz, US Congressman Michael Cloud, State Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa, State Senator Morgan LaMantia, and State Representative Todd Hunter, alongside community members and project partners.

Construction began in 2021 with financial support from FEMA and TIRZ#2 funding. The project aimed to correct the damage caused in 2017 by Hurricane Harvey and to enhance the channel's durability against future storms.

The Packery Channel is vital for recreational navigation and provides water exchange and habitat enhancement for the Bay, Gulf, and Island canal systems.

As part of the channel restoration project, a maintenance dredging project was completed that provided nearly 300,000 cubic yards of sand to nourish the Michael J. Ellis beach. This dual approach not only restored the Packery Channel to full function but also bolstered the area's coastal defenses and created additional recreational areas.

“Today’s completion of the Packery Channel Project marks a significant milestone in our ongoing commitment to fostering sustainable growth and responsible environmental stewardship,” Mayor Paulette Guajardo said. “This transformative initiative lays the foundation for a future marked by progress and positive change in our community.”

For more information about the Packery Channel Restoration Project, please visit

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