News Flash

Posted on: November 22, 2022

Keep Victoria Beautiful, Habitat for Humanity partner to beautify homes

Man with sunglasses painting a house blue with a long paint roller

PHOTO #1: Tommy Darwin, a volunteer with Keep Victoria Beautiful, paints a home in Silver City on Nov. 12 as part of the new Brush Up program in partnership with Habitat for Humanity.

Giving residents a beautiful place to call home is a goal of both Keep V...

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2020 - Spotlight - Environmental Services
Posted on: September 27, 2022

Keep Victoria Beautiful hosts citywide Fall Sweep

SCOPE team group

PHOTO: Volunteers with the SCOPE Respiratory Therapy group showcase their work picking up waste during the 2022 Fall Sweep.

Nearly 400 student groups, local businesses, congregations and others took part Saturday in cleaning up their community as part of K...

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2020 - Spotlight - Environmental Services
Posted on: September 20, 2022

City’s compost facility repurposes tree limbs, yard waste

Man in a blue dress shirt and jeans stands next to a huge pile of compost

PHOTO #1: Environmental Services Director Darryl Lesak stands next to a finished pile of compost at the City’s compost facility. The facility sells compost in bulk or by the bag.

If you’re a gardener, the tree limbs and yard waste you leave out for the Cit...

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2020 - Spotlight - Environmental Services
Posted on: August 30, 2022

Keep Victoria Beautiful announces 2 beautification grant recipients

Group photo outside Christ's Kitchen with KVB beautification grant sign

PHOTO #1: Leaders with Victoria Christian Assistance Ministry and Keep Victoria Beautiful pose for a photo at Victoria Christian Assistance Ministry, 108 N. Liberty St.

PHOTO #2: Leaders with the University of Houston-Victoria and Keep Victoria Beautiful p...

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2020 - Spotlight - Environmental Services
Posted on: August 23, 2022

Keep Victoria Beautiful receives grant for river cleanup

Plastic bottles, soda cans and other trash on the Guadalupe River bank underneath a wooden pier

PHOTO: Discarded trash is strewn along the Guadalupe River on Aug. 21. Photo contributed by Ashley Magee.

Keep Victoria Beautiful’s upcoming Fall Sweep will cover both land and water with help from a grant program aimed at keeping waterways clean.

Keep Vict...

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2020 - Spotlight - Environmental Services
Posted on: August 23, 2022

Keep Victoria Beautiful, Master Naturalists restore butterfly garden

Butterfly garden featuring plants, stone and brick landscaping and small signs

PHOTO #1: Keep Victoria Beautiful partnered with the Texas Master Naturalist - Mid-Coast Chapter to restore the butterfly garden at The Texas Zoo.

PHOTO #2: From left, Master Naturalists Debbi Roskey and Marilyn Stewart clear overgrowth in the butterfly ga...

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2020 - Spotlight - Environmental Services
Posted on: November 25, 2020

Keep Victoria Beautiful seeks volunteers for beautification event

KVB_Final Logo

Keep Victoria Beautiful is seeking volunteers to help with the organization’s first community-led beautification event since its revival and integration with the City earlier this year.

“We’d like to host these types of events on a regular basis going forw...

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2020 - Spotlight - Environmental Services
Posted on: September 22, 2020

Environmental Services reschedules Monday pickups

A Solid Waste truck collects residential recycling in Victoria.

PHOTO: A Solid Waste truck collects residential recycling in Victoria.

Residents who are normally scheduled for trash, recycling and yard waste collection Monday will have an adjusted schedule this week only. 

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2020 - Spotlight - Environmental Services
Posted on: August 31, 2020

City of Victoria initiates beautification at water plant

Clean, pale-colored water tanks

PHOTO #1: The water tanks at Water Pumping Plant No. 3, located at Airline Road and Ben Jordan Street, recently were pressure-washed.

PHOTO #2: The water tanks at Water Pumping Plant No. 3, located at Airline Road and Ben Jordan Street, recently were dark-...

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2020 - Spotlight - Environmental Services
Posted on: August 24, 2020

Starting Sept. 1, trash loads must be secured with tarps

Tarp or Ticket, Tarp your load or receive a fine

PHOTO: City of Victoria Environmental and Beautification coordinator Tiffany Koenig and Victoria County Precinct 1 Constable Gary Smejkal appear in a promotional image for the “Tarp or Ticket” campaign, which encourages residents to properly secure garbag...

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2020 - Spotlight - Environmental Services
Posted on: July 13, 2020

Community Appearance Division unveils new Welcome to Victoria sign

Councilman, mayor and Environmental Services director in front of "Welcome to Victoria" sign

PHOTO #1: From left, Councilman Rafael De La Garza III, City of Victoria Mayor Rawley McCoy and Environmental Services Director Darryl Lesak stand in front of the newly renovated “Welcome to Victoria” sign on Bloomington Highway.

PHOTO #2: The City of Vict...

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2020 - Spotlight - Environmental Services
Posted on: June 1, 2020

City selects Keep Victoria Beautiful board chair, officers

Shannon Longoria at Keep Victoria Beautiful house

PHOTO: Keep Victoria Beautiful board chair Shannon Longoria stands May 22 outside the headquarters of the City’s Keep Victoria Beautiful program at the historic Hiller House, 3003 N. Vine St.

The City of Victoria Environmental Services revived its Keep Vic...

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2020 - Spotlight - Environmental Services
Posted on: May 15, 2020

Golden Crescent Habitat for Humanity provides breakfast to Solid Waste staff

Solid Waste group photo

Golden Crescent Habitat for Humanity provided breakfast to City of Victoria Solid Waste staff May 14 as a way of saying thank you for their hard work. Solid Waste staff has been working throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, including during the “Stay Home – S...

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2020 - Spotlight - Environmental Services

News Flash

Posted on: November 15, 2022

First responders to play charity basketball game

US Postal Service versus Victoria's first responders. Sunday, Dec. 4. Faith Family Gym. Tickets $

The Victoria Fire Department and the Victoria Police Department have partnered with National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 1221 (U.S. Postal Service) to play a charity basketball game benefiting the Food Bank of the Golden Crescent and Victoria To...

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2020 - Spotlight - Fire
Posted on: October 18, 2022

Victoria Fire Department honors winners of poster contest

Five kids stand at a table with trophies. The table has a tablecloth that says Fire Marshal's Off

PHOTO #1: The Victoria Fire Department recently hosted a countywide fire prevention poster contest at local schools in observance of National Fire Prevention Week. The contest was sponsored in part by Victoria Fire & Safety, Citgo Petroleum Corporatio...

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2020 - Spotlight - Fire
Posted on: October 18, 2022

City Council to consider design contract for public safety headquarters

Map showing new public safety headquarters on empty land on Main Street

PHOTO: An undeveloped tract at Main Street and Airline Road was chosen as the site of the new public safety headquarters based on its central location, citywide growth projections and compatibility of nearby development.

The City Council will consider whet...

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2020 - Spotlight - Fire
Posted on: October 4, 2022

Victoria Fire Department swears in new employees

Three people in firefighter dress shirts and ties raise their hands during a swearing in ceremony

PHOTO: From left, Paramedic Crew Leader Ben Swanner, Firefighter/EMT Braeden Schmidt and Firefighter/EMT Derrick Montes are sworn into the Victoria Fire Department on Sept. 16 by administrative assistant Debbie Breeden during a ceremony at the Victoria Co...

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2020 - Spotlight - Fire
Posted on: September 27, 2022

Victoria Fire Department encourages residents to “plan your escape”

Fire prevention themed posters made by children

PHOTO: The Victoria Fire Department hosts a poster contest each year in honor of Fire Prevention Week.

The Victoria Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Fire Prevention Week&n...

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2020 - Spotlight - Fire
Posted on: September 20, 2022

Victoria Fire Department receives donation of educational materials

Four people in Victoria Fire Department polos hold packages containing flyers and crafts for kids

PHOTO: The Victoria Fire Department received a donation of educational materials from the Golden Crescent Regional Planning Commission. Shown with some of the donated materials, from left, are Assistant Chief/Fire Marshal Daron Lewis and Fire Inspector/In...

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2020 - Spotlight - Fire
Posted on: September 6, 2022

Victoria Fire Department announces new fire marshal

Fire Marshal Daron Lewis and Fire Chief Fox

PHOTO #1: Fire Marshal Daron Lewis, left, poses for a photo with Fire Chief Fox during a meet-and-greet Sept. 1.

PHOTO #2: Fire Marshal Daron Lewis

Fire Marshal Daron Lewis was recently selected to serve as the City of Victoria Fire Department’s next Fire M...

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2020 - Spotlight - Fire
Posted on: July 12, 2022

Council OKs purchase of land for public safety headquarters

Map showing new public safety headquarters on empty land on Main Street

PHOTO #1: An undeveloped tract at Main Street and Airline Road was chosen as the site of a new public safety headquarters based on its central location, space needs, citywide growth projections and compatibility of nearby development.

PHOTO #2: This map, t...

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2020 - Spotlight - Fire
Posted on: March 23, 2022

Victoria Fire Department’s Station One temporarily relocates

Victoria Fire Department Station One at Navarro and Goodwin

The Victoria Fire Department has temporarily moved out of Victoria Fire Station One, 606 E. Goodwin Ave., for renovations.

The renovations are expected to be complete in nine to 12 months.

Response crews have been relocated within the district to City of Vi...

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2020 - Spotlight - Fire
Posted on: October 15, 2020

Victoria Fire Department marks 1 year of blood transfusions in the field

Equipment including an ice chest, a bag of frozen blood and medical tubes laid out on a table.

PHOTO: Victoria Fire Department Emergency Medical Services carries equipment, shown here, to provide blood transfusions to critically ill or injured patients.

Today marks one year since the Victoria Fire Department began providing whole blood transfusions ...

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2020 - Spotlight - Fire
Posted on: October 14, 2020

City of Victoria to provide no-cost flu shots to homeless and low-income residents

Flyer advertising the flu shot clinic Oct. 26-28, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Queen City Park

The Victoria Fire Department is partnering with local health care providers and nonprofits to provide a no-cost flu shot clinic for homeless and low-income residents 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Oct. 26-28 at Queen City Park.

The clinic will be funded by Community Devel...

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2020 - Spotlight - Fire
Posted on: September 29, 2020

Victoria Fire Department marks Fire Prevention Week with contest

A Dalmatian in a fire helmet cooks at a stove. Text reads "Serve up fire safety in the kitchen!&#

Victoria Fire Department employees are producing a collection of videos to teach the public about fire safety, and residents will have the opportunity to vote for their favorites in honor of Fire Prevention Week.

“Normally at this time of year, we host our...

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2020 - Spotlight - Fire
Posted on: September 22, 2020

Victoria Fire Department employees achieve honors

Fire medics Luis Malone-Ordaz and Marcos Tudon

Victoria Fire Department fire medic Luis Malone-Ordaz was named Fire Fighter of the Year by the Victoria Northside Rotary Club. Malone-Ordaz has been with the Victoria Fire Department since May 2015. Before that, he worked for Gemini Ambulance Service in ...

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2020 - Spotlight - Fire
Posted on: September 8, 2020

Victoria Fire Department to host livestreamed 9/11 ceremony

Members of the Victoria Fire Department pose for a photo

PHOTO #1: Members of the Victoria Fire Department pose for a photo at the San Antonio 110 9/11 Memorial Climb on Sept. 11, 2019. This year’s event will be hosted remotely at multiple locations, including Memorial Stadium in Victoria.

PHOTO #2: Co...

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2020 - Spotlight - Fire
Posted on: August 31, 2020

Victoria Fire Department swears in 8 recruits

Eight fire department recruits are sworn in at the DeLeon Plaza gazebo

From top left, firefighter/paramedic Leanna Richter, firefighter/EMT Madelyn Bishop, firefighter/EMT Rebekah Thompson, firefighter/EMT Ethan Strzelcyk, firefighter/EMT Angelo Stafford, firefighter/EMT Wyatt Andrews, firefighter/EMT Jalen Rangel and inspec...

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2020 - Spotlight - Fire
Posted on: June 22, 2020

2 engineers retire from Victoria Fire Department after more than 20 years

Firefighter engineers Joel Gomez and Raul Liendo

City of Victoria Fire Department engineers Joel Gomez and Raul Liendo, who will both retire this month, have been with the department long enough to remember when Fire and EMS were separate operations.

Gomez and Liendo both started as members of Victoria E...

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2020 - Spotlight - Fire
Posted on: May 26, 2020

Victoria Fire Department aids regional task force in testing nursing home patients

Fire department paramedic wearing scrubs

PHOTO #1: Firefighter paramedic Pamela Yanta with the Victoria Fire Department prepares May 21 to help test nursing home residents for COVID-19. In order to comply with Governor Greg Abbott’s May 11 order that all nursing home residents and staff be teste...

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2020 - Spotlight - Fire
Posted on: May 22, 2020

City’s fire department earns American Heart Association recognition

Victoria Fire Department Patch

The City of Victoria’s Fire Department has earned the American Heart Association’s 2020 Mission: Lifeline EMS Gold Plus recognition for its efforts to improve care for patients suffering from an ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), a serious type o...

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2020 - Spotlight - Fire

News Flash

Posted on: November 22, 2022

Victoria Public Library’s gingerbread house workshop returns

A young boy wearing glasses builds a graham cracker gingerbread house with a candy happy face

PHOTO #1: Children will be able to decorate gingerbread houses made of graham crackers and milk cartons at the Victoria Public Library’s gingerbread house workshop Dec. 10 at the Victoria Community Center annex.

PHOTO #2: The Victoria Police Department’s B...

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2020 - Spotlight - Library
Posted on: October 4, 2022

City of Victoria highlights VPL Jams performance in video feature

Man with a black cowboy hat plays a guitar. He also wears a harmonica holder to play harmonica.

PHOTO: Local singer-songwriter Jacob Kyle gives a performance at the Victoria Public Library as part of the VPL Jams music series.

The City of Victoria Communications & Public Affairs recently produced a video feature of a performance by local singer-s...

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2020 - Spotlight - Library
Posted on: September 20, 2022

Victoria Public Library provides voter registration assistance

Red, white and blue voting badges

Residents who still haven’t registered to vote can do so at a convenient location they might not expect: the Victoria Public Library.

The library, like all public libraries in Texas, is a voter registration agency. Residents can visit the front desk at the...

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2020 - Spotlight - Library
Posted on: July 19, 2022

Library receives funding to design outdoor space improvements

Library window painted with flowers

PHOTO #1: The Victoria Public Library collaborated with Free Art Victoria to host a window-painting event for teens on April 21. The library is exploring the possibility of remodeling its outdoor space.

PHOTO #2: This conceptual rendering...

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2020 - Spotlight - Library
Posted on: December 1, 2020

Victoria Public Library to host family holiday festivities

A woman and two children build gingerbread houses from graham crackers, milk cartons and candy.

PHOTO: Event attendees build a gingerbread house using graham crackers and milk cartons during the Victoria Public Library’s 2019 gingerbread house workshop.

The Victoria Public Library is inviting Victoria families to enjoy the holiday season safely durin...

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2020 - Spotlight - Library
Posted on: September 24, 2020

Library partners with VISD to provide e-book access to students

Young adult e-books and audiobooks are displayed on a webpage.

PHOTO #1: Young adult e-books and audiobooks are available through the Victoria Public Library’s digital content provider, OverDrive.

The Victoria Public Library is collaborating with its digital content provider, OverDrive, and the Victoria Independent Sc...

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2020 - Spotlight - Library
Posted on: September 22, 2020

Library partners with Meals on Wheels to deliver materials to seniors

A paper form listing genres of books, CDs and DVDs to be circled according to preference.

PHOTO #1: A form created by the Victoria Public Library allows Meals on Wheels clients to indicate materials they would like to have delivered to them.

PHOTO #2: Joshua Bonorden poses with one of the tiny libraries he helped build for the Victoria County U...

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2020 - Spotlight - Library
Posted on: August 10, 2020

Victoria Public Library shares live performances by local artists

Singer/songwriter Jerry James plays guitar in library's Bronte Room

PHOTO: Victoria singer/songwriter Jerry James plays the guitar during a performance July 31 that was livestreamed from the Victoria Public Library’s Bronte Room as part of the library’s VPL Jams series featuring local musicians.

Residents who enjoy listeni...

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2020 - Spotlight - Library
Posted on: August 3, 2020

City leaders, community members read aloud to promote literacy

Hunter Follett, CEO of Tejas Production Services, reads aloud

PHOTO: Hunter Follett, CEO of Tejas Production Services, reads aloud from a book in his office on July 30. The reading was filmed for part of a video series to promote National Book Lovers Day on Aug. 9.

The City of Victoria this week invites residents to ...

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2020 - Spotlight - Library
Posted on: June 30, 2020

Day care honors Victoria Public Library staff member for outreach efforts

Woman reads aloud from picture book

PHOTO: Rebecca Sevier, aka “Ms. Rebecca,” reads from a picture book during Story Time Live on May 20. Sevier was honored Friday at the Tiny Sprouts Academy graduation ceremony.

When COVID-19 stopped Victoria Public Library assistant Rebecca Sevier from vis...

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2020 - Spotlight - Library
Posted on: June 8, 2020

Library forgives fines during closure, begins return to normalcy

Girl decorates library window

PHOTO #1: Amelia Ripa decorates a window Wednesday during the Victoria Public Library’s Teen Area Window Painting event.

PHOTO #2: New carpeting was installed in the Victoria Public Library while the building was closed to the public.

PHOTO #3: Mary Jane Ri...

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2020 - Spotlight - Library

News Flash

Posted on: November 1, 2022

City’s Main Street Program offers downtown building improvements grant

An empty building with brick walls, plywood surrounding door frame and bare ceiling

PHOTO #1: The interior of 213 S. Main St. is being remodeled in preparation for reopening as 5D Tavern.

PHOTO #2: The interior of 117 S. Main St., which was once a general store, is being converted into an apartment building.

Qualified occupants of downtown...

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2020 - Spotlight - Main Street
Posted on: November 24, 2020

City of Victoria to host virtual lighting ceremony for Christmas tree

Decorated Christmas tree stands at edge of DeLeon Plaza across from One O'Connor building

PHOTO: The H-E-B Christmas Tree stands in downtown Victoria on Nov. 23. The tree will be fully activated with lights and music after a lighting ceremony Dec. 4.

DeLeon Plaza will be all aglow with lighted decorations this holiday season, and the crown jewe...

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2020 - Spotlight - Main Street
Posted on: November 10, 2020

City’s Victoria Main Street Program to host 1st Artisan Market

Artisan Market. 21st of November, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 200 S. Main St. behind The Box Coffee.

Residents will be able to shop for art and handmade creations while enjoying food and live music at the City of Victoria Main Street Program’s new monthly Artisan Market starting Nov. 21.

“We’ve had many requests for more art in downtown Victoria, and loca...

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2020 - Spotlight - Main Street
Posted on: October 20, 2020

Main Street Program invites children to decorate ornaments for tree

Wooden ornaments with Christmas designs are displayed in a faux snowscape with Christmas lights.

Tiny tots can help the Victoria Main Street Program make downtown merry and bright by decorating ornaments for a giant Christmas tree.

The Main Street Program will kick off the Christmas season Dec. 4 by lighting a 30-foot Christmas tree at DeLeon Plaza. D...

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2020 - Spotlight - Main Street
Posted on: September 29, 2020

Victoria Main Street Program, Welder Center partner for film series

The Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts at night with neon lighting

Residents who want to enjoy the familiar pastime of a night at the movies can come to the Leo J. Welder Center for a safe, socially distanced experience while enjoying food from some of Victoria’s downtown restaurants.

The Victoria Main Street Program has ...

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2020 - Spotlight - Main Street
Posted on: September 8, 2020

City adds hanging flower baskets at DeLeon Plaza

City staff hang flower baskets from the lampposts at the corners of DeLeon Plaza

PHOTO #1: The City of Victoria’s Community Appearance Division hangs flower baskets Sept. 1 from the lampposts at the corners of DeLeon Plaza.

PHOTO #2: Flower baskets filled with sweet potato vines and mandevilla vines hang Sept. 1 from a lamppost at DeLe...

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2020 - Spotlight - Main Street
Posted on: July 20, 2020

Victoria Main Street Program launches monthly newsletter

Victoria Main Street Program newsletter

Victoria residents who want to stay informed about new business openings, events and other things happening downtown can do so by subscribing to the Victoria Main Street Program’s email newsletter.

The first edition of the newsletter was released July 17 a...

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2020 - Spotlight - Main Street
Posted on: July 6, 2020

Victoria Main Street Program places banners downtown

Victoria Main Street Program banner

PHOTO: One of the new Victoria Main Street Program banners displays the program’s logo downtown.

The Victoria Main Street Program last week finished placing 42 red, white and blue banners downtown that feature the program’s logo and add a splash of color t...

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2020 - Spotlight - Main Street
Posted on: July 6, 2020

Victoria Main Street Program designated as Main Street America Affiliate

Victoria Main Street Program logo

The Victoria Main Street Program has been recognized as one of 341 Main Street America Affiliate programs for 2020.

The Main Street Program has received this designation since 2012. The affiliate program recognizes Main Street Programs that subscribe to Ma...

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2020 - Spotlight - Main Street

News Flash

Posted on: November 15, 2022

City Council to consider dog park construction contract

A dog sits in a grassy fenced area

The City Council will consider whether to approve a construction contract for the new dog park in Riverside Park at its Nov. 15 meeting.

If the contract with By Grace Floors & Construction is approved, construction will begin within a month. The projec...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: November 1, 2022

City Parks & Recreation, Texas Wildlife Association to host youth hunt

A doe in an open grassy area in Riverside Park

PHOTO #1: A doe roams Riverside Park. The deer population in Riverside Park has been steadily increasing for years, which puts the deer at high risk for diseases, decreases the amount of food available for wildlife and poses an increased traffic hazard.

The...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: November 1, 2022

City partners with Bad News Chairs to expand adaptive sports opportunities

Two men in a parking lot, one in a wheelchair one standing, with a wagon of hula hoops and footballs

PHOTO #1: From left, Bad News Chairs founder Danny Camacho and Parks & Recreation coordinator Alex Aguero pose for a photo with the footballs and hula hoops that were used for an adaptive Punt Pass Kick competition Oct. 22 outside the Challenged Athle...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: October 25, 2022

City seeks volunteers for TAAF Winter Games

A pickleball player goes for a shot in a pickleball court set up in an indoor basketball court.

PHOTO #1: Pickleball will be played at the Victoria ISD District Event Center during the 2023 TAAF Winter Games.

PHOTO #2: Disc golf will be played at Riverside Park during the 2023 TAAF Winter Games.

PHOTO #3: A swimming competition will be held at the Vic...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: October 4, 2022

City of Victoria, Flow Paddle Co host Riverside Row

Group photo of seven people outdoors on a concrete pavilion in a park

PHOTO: The City of Victoria and Flow Paddle Co hosted the Riverside Row on Sept. 24 in Riverside Park. Shown from left are third-place winner Daniel Lozado; first-place winner Joe Luna; Ashley Magee, Flow Paddle Co; Sports Tourism Manager Michelle Myers; ...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: September 27, 2022

Parks & Recreation to replace play structure at Ted B. Reed Park

Play structure including different areas, monkey bars, swings and wheelchair access

PHOTO: This conceptual rendering provided by Fun Abounds shows the new play structure that will be installed at Ted B. Reed Park.

The City is preparing to replace the play structure at Ted B. Reed Park with a more modern structure that will be easier to ma...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: September 12, 2022

City breaks ground on duck pond

A conceptual rendering of the new Riverside Park duck pond. What was once two ponds is now one.

PHOTO #1: This conceptual rendering shows the new design for the Riverside Park duck pond.

PHOTO #2: The City of Victoria hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Riverside Park duck pond construction Sept. 12. Shown from left are City Manager Jesús A. G...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: September 6, 2022

Registration will open soon for Christmas Parade of Lights

Children in elf hats on a lighted parade float with a snowman, reindeer and a gingerbread house

PHOTO #1: Children wave to parade attendees during the Christmas Parade of Lights in 2021.

PHOTO #2: Santa Claus greets parade attendees during the Christmas Parade of Lights in 2021.

Although winter weather is still far away, residents should mark their ca...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: July 19, 2022

City Council to consider duck pond construction contract

Pond with faux stone wall around the edges to prevent erosion

PHOTO #1: This concept photo from a 2020 presentation to City Council shows what the duck pond might look like with a new wall around the edge to prevent erosion.

PHOTO #2: This preliminary design for the Riverside Park duck pond was approved by the City C...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: June 28, 2022

Riverside Golf Course lands American Junior Golf Association tournament

A young golf player hits a golf ball toward a hole while an adult watches

PHOTO: A young golfer watches his shot at Riverside Golf Course in 2017.

The City of Victoria has secured a three-year contract to host an American Junior Golf Association invitational tournament, the Victoria Texas Preview, at Riverside Golf Course.

The fi...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: December 1, 2020

Riverside Golf Course superintendent earns regional recognition

Riverside Golf Course Superintendent Brian Woolard, seated, poses with plaque

City of Victoria Riverside Golf Course Superintendent Brian Woolard recently received the 2020 Golf Course Superintendent of the Year award from the Texas Gulf Coast Superintendents Association. He was nominated for this recognition by his peers within th...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: November 17, 2020

Disc golf rentals now available at Riverside Park

Smiling woman stands near a disc golf goal basket in Riverside Park that contains discs and a bag.

PHOTO #1: Ashley Magee, owner of Flow Paddle Co, poses Nov. 14 at one of the disc golf baskets at Riverside Park with discs that are available to rent through her company. Contributed photo by Colby Calcote.

PHOTO #2: Dwayne Calcote plays disc golf Nov. 14...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: November 10, 2020

Parks & Recreation to host ‘reverse Christmas parade,’ fireworks show

Santa Claus waves from sleigh-themed parade float. Trees are visible in the background.

Victoria residents are accustomed to spending the first weekend in December sitting along the streets of downtown and watching a festive Christmas parade pass by, but this year, to ensure residents can enjoy the parade while keeping a safe distance from e...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: October 13, 2020

Parks & Recreation adds pickleball at Victoria Community Center Park

Pickleball players stand at a distance from each other on a pickleball court.

PHOTO #1: Some of the volunteers who worked to convert the new pickleball courts at the Victoria Community Center Park, from left, are Nazmije Neziri, Jan Wendt, Katie Merriman, Dewayne Merriman, Wayne Pozzi, Danna Garland, David Peters, Buddy Breivogel a...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: October 1, 2020

Parks & Recreation to host drive-thru trick-or-treat event at Riverside Park

Free event presented by Parks & Recreation. Drive-thru trick-or treat in Riverside Park 5-7 p.m.

Residents can put on their Halloween costumes and come to Riverside Park 5-7 p.m. on Oct. 24 for a drive-thru trick-or-treat experience hosted by the City of Victoria Parks and Recreation.

“We haven’t had a Halloween event in a couple of years, so I was ex...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: September 3, 2020

Splash pads will safely reopen to the public Saturday

Children play at the Ethel Lee Tracy Park Splash Pad during the facility’s 2018 grand opening.

PHOTO: Children play at the Ethel Lee Tracy Park Splash Pad during the facility’s 2018 grand opening.

Victoria’s splash pads will reopen to the public Saturday and are scheduled to remain open seven days a week through Oct. 25.

The splash pads have been clo...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: August 31, 2020

Parks & Recreation, Academy Sports + Outdoors give away gift cards

Woman holds giant Academy Sports and Outdoors gift card

PHOTO #1: Laura Janis, first-grade teacher and after-school program director at Our Lady of Victory Catholic School, holds a $250 gift card provided by Academy Sports + Outdoors. Janis was the first-place winner in the back-to-school shopping spree giveaw...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: August 24, 2020

City seeks applicants for Parks & Recreation Commission

Parks & Recreation Commission meets for Zoom meeting

PHOTO: From top left, City of Victoria Parks and Recreation Director Jason Alfaro; City Attorney Thomas Gwosdz; Parks and Recreation Commission Chairperson W. Lee Keeling; and commission members Gloria Rodriguez, Jesse J. Olivarez, Marc Hinojosa and Gail ...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: August 17, 2020

City’s Parks & Recreation to host annual kayak clinic

Gabby Anglin paddles in kayak

PHOTO: Recreation coordinator Gabby Anglin paddles in the Stillwater Pool at Son Valley Ranch during Parks & Recreation’s kayak clinic in 2019. This year’s clinic will be Aug. 22. 

Residents will have a chance to learn the basics of kayaking b...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: August 3, 2020

Parks & Recreation to host youth sports, establishes health guidelines

Sports equipment with Academy Sports and Outdoors logo

PHOTO: Academy Sports + Outdoors donated equipment to the City of Victoria Parks & Recreation as part of a sponsorship for the department’s youth flag football league.

The City of Victoria Parks & Recreation will host a Punt, Pass and Kick USA foot...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: July 20, 2020

Parks & Recreation employees receive nationally recognized certification

Recreation Services Manager Jaymie Heibel and recreation coordinator Gabby Anglin

City of Victoria Recreation Services Manager Jaymie Heibel and recreation coordinator Gabby Anglin on Wednesday passed the test to receive their Certified Park and Recreation Professional certifications, a nationally recognized designation conferred by th...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: June 24, 2020

Parks & Recreation to host one-day soccer tournament

Soccer ball on grassy field

PHOTO: A soccer ball sits on the grass at Rippamonti Field in Riverside Park.

The City of Victoria Parks & Recreation will host a one-day soccer tournament July 11 at Lowe Field and Rippamonti Field in Riverside Park.

“Soccer is the most played sport ac...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: June 22, 2020

Riverside Golf Course enjoying above-par conditions on greens

Man stands on golf course wearing facial covering

Longtime players at Riverside Golf Course tell Head Golf Professional Rolando Hernandez that the current course conditions are some of the best they’ve ever seen.

“Some of them have been playing at this golf course for 15 or 20 years,” Hernandez said. “So ...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: June 15, 2020

Fireworks show will be drive-in celebration with new amenities, distancing

Fireworks

Parks & Recreation will host the City of Victoria’s annual Fourth of July fireworks show at the Victoria Community Center in a new drive-in format, allowing residents to park their cars to watch the patriotic show while keeping their distance from oth...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: May 29, 2020

City’s Parks & Recreation partners with kayak business

Ashley Magee poses with kayaks

The City Parks & Recreation has partnered with Flow Paddle Co and starting Monday, the company will rent kayaks, inner tubes and bikes and offer guided kayaking tours.

“We’re very excited to be able to partner with Flow Paddle Co to offer this service ...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: May 26, 2020

City’s new online registration launches for summer sports leagues

Varsity Champs- VTX Warriors

The City of Victoria’s Parks & Recreation department has opened registration for its summer sports leagues through a new online system, and the public is encouraged to participate.

Participants will be able to register for the summer leagues using Comm...

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2020 - Spotlight - Parks & Rec
Posted on: May 18, 2020

New Parks and Recreation director is experienced master planner

Jason_Alfaro

The City of Victoria’s next Parks and Recreation director is a Victoria native with 17 years of experience in parks and recreation, including capital improvement projects, master planning and day-to-day operations of parks systems.

Jason Alfaro will begin ...

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Posted on: November 15, 2022

First responders to play charity basketball game

US Postal Service versus Victoria's first responders. Sunday, Dec. 4. Faith Family Gym. Tickets $

The Victoria Fire Department and the Victoria Police Department have partnered with National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 1221 (U.S. Postal Service) to play a charity basketball game benefiting the Food Bank of the Golden Crescent and Victoria To...

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2020 - Spotlight - Police
Posted on: November 8, 2022

Victoria Police Department to host Blue Santa toy drive at Target

Blue Santa waves in front of Target. In the background are a parked squad car and a VPD canopy.

PHOTO: The Victoria Police Department’s Blue Santa collects toys for Region 3 Early Childhood Intervention and Toys for Tots in 2021 at Target.      

The Victoria Police Department is hosting its third annual Target toy drive to ...

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2020 - Spotlight - Police
Posted on: October 18, 2022

City Council to consider design contract for public safety headquarters

Map showing new public safety headquarters on empty land on Main Street

PHOTO: An undeveloped tract at Main Street and Airline Road was chosen as the site of the new public safety headquarters based on its central location, citywide growth projections and compatibility of nearby development.

The City Council will consider whet...

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2020 - Spotlight - Police
Posted on: October 4, 2022

Victoria Police Department’s K9 Hummer to get donation of body armor

VPD K9 Hummer

Press release from Vested Interest in K9s

PHOTO: K9 Lark

Victoria Police Department’s K9 Hummer will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.  K9 Hummer’s ve...

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2020 - Spotlight - Police
Posted on: September 13, 2022

Victoria Police Department officer earns drug recognition certification

Four uniformed police officers. Man second from right hands a small object to man second from left

PHOTO #1: Victoria Police Deputy Chief Chuck Young, left, and Chief Robert Arredondo and Deputy Chief Mark Jameson, right, present Officer Trenton Ballard with a commendation bar Aug. 30 recognizing his completion of the Texas Drug Recognition Expert Prog...

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2020 - Spotlight - Police
Posted on: September 13, 2022

Victoria Police Department’s K9 Lark to get donation of body armor

Police officer and K9 dog

Press release from Vested Interest in K9s

PHOTO #1: Victoria Police Department Senior Police Officer Joseph Smith and his K9 partner, Lark

PHOTO #2: K9 Lark

Victoria Police Department’s K9 Lark will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a chari...

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2020 - Spotlight - Police
Posted on: July 12, 2022

Council OKs purchase of land for public safety headquarters

Map showing new public safety headquarters on empty land on Main Street

PHOTO #1: An undeveloped tract at Main Street and Airline Road was chosen as the site of a new public safety headquarters based on its central location, space needs, citywide growth projections and compatibility of nearby development.

PHOTO #2: This map, t...

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2020 - Spotlight - Police
Posted on: September 29, 2020

Victoria Police Department to host COVID-safe ‘National Night In’

National Night In parade route. For list of neighborhoods, visit the VPD Facebook page

The Victoria Police Department is putting a new spin on its National Night Out this year with National Night In, replacing community meetups with safer methods of building camaraderie between neighbors and first responders.

“National Night Out is usually a...

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2020 - Spotlight - Police
Posted on: September 11, 2020

City announces chief of police finalists

Police Patches

The City of Victoria’s search for a new chief of police has resulted this week in the selection of three finalists. 

“The chief of police holds one of the most important positions within the City,” City Manager Jesús A. Garza said. “Working closel...

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2020 - Spotlight - Police
Posted on: June 23, 2020

Victoria Police Department earns trust by upholding core values

Interim Police Chief J. Mark Jameson

Recent high-profile incidents of police violence have led to a breakdown of trust in law enforcement. We have seen citizens rising up across the nation to demand accountability and have been stunned to see how some protests have turned violent.

The Black L...

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2020 - Spotlight - Police
Posted on: June 10, 2020

Community says goodbye to Police Chief J.J. Craig

State Representative Geanie Morrison addresses attendees

PHOTO #1: State Representative Geanie Morrison addresses attendees at a farewell gathering for outgoing Victoria Police Department Chief J.J. Craig on Monday at the Victoria Community Center. City employees and representatives of various community organiz...

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2020 - Spotlight - Police
Posted on: June 3, 2020

City of Victoria Police receives $500,000 grant

Police Patches

The City of Victoria Police Department was awarded a $500,000 grant Tuesday from the Community Oriented Policing Services Hiring Program, which provides funding to law enforcement agencies to hire new personnel.

“We’re excited that the Victoria Police Depa...

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Posted on: November 22, 2022

Lighting upgrades for the whole city: It’s a bright idea

A man in a hard hat in a lift bucket turns on an LED street light

PHOTO #1: AEP street light technician John Velasquez turns on a new LED street light at Pine Street Park on Nov. 17. Photo contributed by AEP.

Victoria’s southside is being lit up thanks to a partnership between the City and AEP, and the north is...

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Posted on: November 15, 2022

Taking care of our employees so they can take care of residents

Cheryl Marthiljohni

At the City of Victoria, we understand that providing great service starts with great people.

Our 600-plus employees provide a wide range of services to the public—from collecting trash to keeping the community safe, from fixing potholes to helpi...

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Posted on: November 1, 2022

State of the City: The formula for success

Jeff Bauknight

During my recent State of the City address, I had a chance to highlight some of the achievements of our dedicated City staff. While State of the City is an ideal time to talk about big milestones and challenges, I also wanted to bring attention to the day...

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Posted on: October 18, 2022

Citizens Academy provides insider look at local government

Ashley Strevel

Have you ever wanted to talk to the people working behind the scenes to improve our community? Are you curious where we’re at with the duck pond, dog park and other projects? Would you like to rappel down the side of a three-story building?

If yo...

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Posted on: October 4, 2022

Teamwork is the secret to downtown’s success

Kate Garcia

Downtown’s recent Weekend of the Arts was a great example of the good things that can happen when different groups work together for the good of downtown.

For the first time, our downtown art walk joined forces with the Victoria Fine Arts Associa...

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Posted on: September 27, 2022

Behind the budget: The road to fixing our worst streets

A rough street with several discolored patches and potholes

PHOTO: Dairy Road is scheduled for reconstruction between Salem and Whispering Creek during the upcoming fiscal year.

Fiscal year 2023 will be another record-breaking year for street projects in Victoria as the City works to repair our most troubled street...

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Posted on: September 20, 2022

Giving our residents The Rundown of local government

Communications Director Ashley Strevel

In local government, we often talk about the importance of civic engagement. When residents stay involved by voting and providing input, their engagement helps us meet their needs. However, just being engaged isn’t enough: Informed enga...

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Posted on: September 13, 2022

Behind the budget: How does the City encourage development?

A woman stands at a podium with a projector screen behind her with information about Texas PACE

PHOTO: Texas Pace Authority President Charlene Heydinger shares information about the Texas Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program with property owners and developers during a workshop Sept. 7 at the Leo J. Welder Center for the Performing Arts. Th...

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Posted on: September 6, 2022

Economic development builds thriving community for businesses, residents

Danielle Williams

During a recent Coffee and Concepts meeting hosted by Innovation Collective, I shared some exciting updates for our community: Boot Barn and Burlington Coat Factory are moving into Victoria Town Center, and downtown is getting some snazzy new crosswalk ar...

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Posted on: August 30, 2022

Behind the budget: Lower tax rate, higher revenue

Construction crew laying a concrete foundation next to Home Depot. Machinery and lights are present.

PHOTO: A crew lays the foundation for Victoria Town Center on Loop 463, on Aug. 26. The shopping center is projected to generate approximately $77,000 in property tax revenue and $622,000 in combined sales tax revenue for the City and the Victoria Sales T...

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Posted on: August 9, 2022

Victoria’s bicentennial plans are starting now

Joel Novosad

Victoria’s 200th birthday is right around the corner, and as part of our plans to celebrate Victoria, we’re preparing to honor the man and woman who started it all.

Last month, the City Council approved a contract with Laredo-based arti...

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Posted on: July 26, 2022

Keep Victoria Beautiful taps into desire to give back

Portrait of Christy Youker

When the newly reformed Keep Victoria Beautiful hosted its first highway cleanup last year, about 80 community members came out to lend a hand. Our recent Earth Day cleanup was over 240 strong, and I have a feeling they’re only going to get bigg...

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Posted on: July 19, 2022

No neighborhood left behind: City, community leaders discuss revitalization plans

Group photo of people standing around a foldout dining table in a building with sheet metal walls

PHOTO: City officials and community leaders from Victoria’s Queen City neighborhood met July 1 at Christ’s Kitchen to discuss strategies for equitable community development. Shown from left are Christ’s Kitchen board member Bill Redding, City of Victoria ...

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Posted on: June 28, 2022

Drought contingency plan helps us use water within our means

Public Works Director/City Engineer Ken Gill

June is normally a rainy time of year for us, but high pressure is creating drought conditions all over the Southwest, and the forecast doesn’t call for it to let up anytime soon.

Victoria is a little luckier than most communities, not only becau...

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Posted on: June 21, 2022

What is the City doing to fix the duck pond (and why is it taking so long)?

The duck pond gazebo island, with water drained and structural damage around the base

This post was originally published in the Victoria Advocate as a letter to the editor.

We understand residents’ frustration with the lengthy closure of the duck pond. The repair and reopening of the duck pond is a more complicated process than re...

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Posted on: June 14, 2022

Prepare for hurricane while waters are calm

Rick McBrayer

For the Victoria City/County Office of Emergency Management, disaster preparation never stops. Throughout the year, we train our partner agencies to respond to a host of disasters, from hurricanes and floods to hazmat incidents and terrorist attacks.

We es...

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Posted on: May 31, 2022

Downtown master plan is set in motion with new initiatives

Kate Garcia

This is an exciting time for downtown Victoria.

In the few years since the City assumed management of the Main Street Program, downtown has been busy with new businesses, new event programming and new development. 

We’re entering a new ph...

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Posted on: January 25, 2022

City Corner Column: Promoting sports tourism is a winning play

Jesús Garza portrait

More than 900 athletes got to experience Victoria’s top-notch athletic facilities firsthand during the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation Winter Games earlier this month—and we hope there will be many more to follow.

It was a historic we...

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Posted on: December 1, 2020

City Corner Column: Victoria Sales Tax Development Corporation sets goals for prosperous future

Portrait of William R. Blanchard, board president of the Victoria Sales Tax Development Corporation

My career has taught me about the type of environment businesses need to thrive. As the CEO of DeTar Healthcare System for nearly 30 years, I knew there were only two ways DeTar’s base of potential patients could grow: if the community grew or if we offer...

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Posted on: November 19, 2020

Let’s talk turkey: How to celebrate Thanksgiving during a pandemic

Thanksgiving turkey on a serving platter

COVID-19 precautions like staying inside and staying apart may not fit most people’s idea of a Thanksgiving celebration, but with a few modifications, you can still enjoy the holiday while keeping your loved ones safe.

Curbing the spread of COVID-19 is esp...

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Posted on: November 16, 2020

City Corner Column: Victoria Fire Department expands public health role

Fire Chief Robert "Tracy" Fox

When young kids say they want to be firefighters when they grow up, they may not imagine themselves providing flu shots to economically disadvantaged residents to keep hospitalizations low during a global pandemic—but for the Victoria Fire Department, it’...

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Posted on: November 10, 2020

Heat your home safely by keeping seasonal hazards in mind

Family forms wide circle around smiling cartoon space heater: I'm so happy when I have my own spa

The weather outside will be frightful before we know it—but before you light a fire in the fireplace or turn on your heating appliances, remember that fire safety is crucial even (and especially) during the colder months.

John Stary, fire inspect...

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Posted on: November 3, 2020

City Corner Column: Victoria Regional Airport helps whole community soar

Airport director Lenny Llerena

Imagine flying into George Bush Intercontinental Airport late at night after a lengthy vacation or business trip. You’re tired and jet-lagged, and you want nothing more than to go home and rest. Would you rather spend another two hours driving home or fly...

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Posted on: October 27, 2020

As fiscal year begins, capital improvement projects steadily move forward

The proposed duck pond design, featuring a larger water area and gazebo moved to opposite side

PHOTO: An image from a March 3 presentation to City Council shows the proposed new design for the duck pond in Riverside Park.

Fiscal year 2021 kicked off for the City of Victoria on Oct. 1, but whether you notice any changes may depend on where you look.

T...

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Posted on: October 13, 2020

PSA shares public health information with Victoria’s Spanish speakers

Josephine Soliz sits at the council dais during the filming of a PSA.

“La familia lo es todo,” Mayor Pro Tem Josephine Soliz implores the camera from her seat on the City Council dais, “y tenemos la responsabilidad de protegernos.”

Family is everything, and we have a responsibility to protect each other.

That’s the message be...

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Posted on: October 6, 2020

City Corner Column: Victoria Broadband Commission seeks ways to keep people connected

Assistant City Manager Darrek Ferrell

As society progresses, amenities like electricity and plumbing that were once luxuries for a privileged few become expected and necessary parts of life. In the house where I grew up, we couldn’t get cable TV because of our location relative to rail lines....

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Posted on: October 2, 2020

City Corner Column: Music industry professionals, how can we help you?

Joel Novosad

The Convention & Visitors Bureau is seeking volunteers to serve on the new Victoria Music Friendly Advisory Board, an unpaid board that will yield dividends for its members, the City and our community as we seek to harmonize our efforts to cultivate V...

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Posted on: September 29, 2020

Census deadline is almost here; here’s why you should respond

Victoria Counts! Census 2020

The window to take part in our nation’s once-in-a-decade head count closes Oct. 5.

As the deadline nears, we realize that residents who haven’t responded yet may have a variety of reasons for not doing so. Nevertheless, we want to emphasize that everyone c...

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Posted on: September 22, 2020

City Corner Column: Take a “Minute” to learn about the City

Ashley Strevel

People like to say, “You learn something new every day.” I hope that’s true for Victoria residents, who have plenty of ways to learn about the many services and programs the City offers. 

When choosing where to eat, V...

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Posted on: September 15, 2020

Public Works in Action: City smooths out pothole repair process

Bryant Stamps repairs a pothole using one of the City of Victoria’s patch trucks.

PHOTO #1: Equipment operator Bryant Stamps repairs a pothole using one of the City of Victoria’s patch trucks.

PHOTO #2: Crew leader James Toth repairs a pothole using one of the City of Victoria’s patch trucks.

PHOTO #3: Crew leader Hen...

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Posted on: September 8, 2020

City Corner Column: With 2021 budget approved, residents can look forward to bright future

Jesus Garza

Last week, the City Council approved the budget for fiscal year 2021. The completed budget represents a culmination of efforts by City leadership to find the best ways to continue addressing the community’s needs and take the next steps toward b...

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Posted on: August 31, 2020

Complete Count Committee ramps up Census effort as deadline nears

Complete Count Committee members discuss the 2020 Census at Liberty Coffee Haus

PHOTO: From left, Celeste Menchaca, City of Victoria development coordinator; Ashley Strevel, City of Victoria director of Communications & Public Affairs; Bethany Castro, executive director of Perpetual Help Home; and Jodi Sandoval, community health ...

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Posted on: August 24, 2020

City Corner Column: Going virtual brings challenges, new possibilities

IT Director James Foote

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced organizations of every stripe to rethink the way they do business, and the City of Victoria is no exception. As social distancing recommendations have guided us to limit the number of people in City-owned buildings, we&...

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Posted on: August 17, 2020

Certified Permit Technician uses love of code to assist residents

Development specialist Dora Gomez works at the front desk

PHOTO: Development specialist Dora Gomez works at the front desk at the City of Victoria Development Center. Gomez holds a Permit Technician Certification from the International Code Council.

Spending hours a day researching building codes may not be most ...

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Posted on: August 10, 2020

City Corner Column: Victoria Public Library provides education, entertainment during pandemic

Dayna_Capone

Recently I ran into someone I know while I was assisting with checkouts on a busy day at the Victoria Public Library. As I helped her check out, she thanked me and said, “This is helping me with my mental health.”

It was a reminder of t...

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Posted on: August 3, 2020

Census 2020: Why it matters; Reason #5: Census plays role in health care, pandemic recovery

Don't forget to wash your hands and respond to the 2020 Census!

Responding to the U.S. Census is a bit like washing your hands: It’s a simple action that won’t take too much of your time and will help to protect the health of your community.

The COVID-19 pandemic has provided a stark lesson about th...

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Posted on: July 27, 2020

City Corner Column: City works to bring you information wherever you are

Ashley Strevel

Whether you’re scrolling through Facebook, Twitter or Instagram; checking email; listening to a podcast; turning on your TV; or picking up the newspaper, the City of Victoria’s Communications & Public Affairs will be there to provi...

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Posted on: July 20, 2020

#WeAreParksAndRec: Recreation services manager

Woman on kayak with another woman on dock

To celebrate National Park and Recreation Month, the City of Victoria is spotlighting its Parks & Recreation employees who help make Victoria a great place to live, work and play.

PHOTO: Recreation Services Manager Jaymie Heibel, right, and recreation ...

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Posted on: July 13, 2020

City Corner Column: What’s in store for Parks & Recreation? It’s up to you

Parks & Recreation Director Jason Alfaro

I’m excited to be back in my hometown directing Parks & Recreation. Victoria is a city with a lot of natural beauty, and we’ve got a great parks system with good bones and plenty of space for expansion and new amenities. Our recrea...

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Posted on: July 6, 2020

#WeAreParksAndRec: Head golf professional

Head Golf Professional Rolando Hernandez wears a face mask at Riverside Golf Course

To celebrate National Park and Recreation Month, the City of Victoria is spotlighting its Parks & Recreation employees who help make Victoria a great place to live, work and play.

When Head Golf Professional Rolando Hernandez tells people his job title...

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Posted on: June 29, 2020

City Corner Column: Building a better Victoria through new methods, ongoing projects

Public Works Director/City Engineer Ken Gill

Public Works is taking an increasingly scientific approach to road repairs, gathering information that will help us to provide a pavement management report that will lead to more cost-effective maintenance programs for our streets.  

We’...

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Posted on: June 23, 2020

Victoria Police Department earns trust by upholding core values

Interim Police Chief J. Mark Jameson

Recent high-profile incidents of police violence have led to a breakdown of trust in law enforcement. We have seen citizens rising up across the nation to demand accountability and have been stunned to see how some protests have turned violent.

The Black L...

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Posted on: June 22, 2020

We’re prepared for hurricane season. Are you?

Yellow binder open to page displaying City and Office of Emergency Management logos

PHOTO: Environmental Services’ emergency procedures for hurricanes and other disasters are recorded in a yellow binder. The department recently finalized contracts with AshBritt, a debris management company, and TetraTech, a monitoring service c...

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Posted on: June 15, 2020

City Corner Column: Looking back, looking forward after 1 year in Victoria

Jesus A. Garza

It’s been a year since I came to Victoria to take on the role of city manager, and both the job and the city have been great. My wife and I love the fact that Victoria is a small enough community to feel family-oriented but big enough to have am...

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Posted on: June 8, 2020

Fun things to do in Victoria this summer

Kayakers on the Guadalupe River

Summer is a time for relaxation, and this year we’ve definitely earned it. The kids have logged out of their virtual classes, and with some pandemic restrictions being lifted, it’s likely that you’re looking for a cure for yo...

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Posted on: June 1, 2020

City Corner Column: Maintenance, custodial staff keep City buildings safe throughout pandemic

Roger Welder

When you come to City offices to apply for a permit or pay your water bill, you may not give much thought to the maintenance and custodial workers who keep the building running. Today, however, I’d like to commend my staff for their excellent re...

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Posted on: May 16, 2020

City Corner Column: Helping downtown thrive through COVID-19 and beyond

Danielle_Williams

Danielle Williams, Victoria Main Street Program director and interim director of Parks and Recreation 

It seems like more and more people nowadays are visiting Victoria’s historic downtown after hours, stopping by to go for a jog or walk...

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Posted on: May 11, 2020

Lessons learned from disasters, part 2: Hurricane Harvey, COVID-19

Emergency Operations Center during Hurricane Harvey

In the second part of my interview with Chief Fox we cover Hurricane Harvey and COVID-19, both so impactful to Victoria in such different ways.

This blog post is the second in a two-part series about Fire Chief Robert Fox’s experiences with major...

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Posted on: May 4, 2020

City Corner Column: 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan outlines long-term goals for Victoria

Maggie Bergeron

Transportation planning is often a moving target. The City’s Development Services department uses the best data available on demographics and growth trends to plan far into the future, but these goals still must be revised and updated on a regul...

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Posted on: April 24, 2020

Lessons learned from disasters, part 1: 1998 flood

1998 flood

Ashley Scott, digital media specialist for the City of Victoria

During a person’s career there are always moments that stand out. For most these may be big projects or promotions. For a firefighter, though, these times may include natural disaste...

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Posted on: April 17, 2020

City Corner Column: Communication can be used for good during public health crisis

Ashley Strevel

There’s a profound word picture in the Bible that depicts how we can become refined through trials, much like gold becomes when it is put through the fire. It’s a parallel to the process of character growth, a concept I’m sur...

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Posted on: April 9, 2020

Things you can do while you’re staying home, staying safe

Stay Home, Stay Safe

Staying at home can be frustrating if you’re not used to it, especially if it’s just one of many challenges you’re facing during the COVID-19 situation. However, following the City and County “Stay Home – ...

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Posted on: April 6, 2020

City Corner Column: Coronavirus Liaison Team seeks out problems, solutions

Portable handwashing station

The recommendation to wash your hands frequently for 20 seconds seems straightforward enough—unless you’re out on the street and don’t have ready access to soap and water.

That’s just one of the problems taken up by ...

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Posted on: March 29, 2020

Census 2020: Why it matters; Reason #4: Census will determine representation

Victoria Counts! Census 2020

They say everything’s bigger in Texas, and that includes our population.

During the last census 10 years ago, Texas’ population was clocked at 25,145,561, and the U.S. Census Bureau projects that our state grew more than 15% between the...

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Posted on: March 23, 2020

Support your community during COVID-19 situation

Joel Novosad

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Texas Governor’s Office and the White House are advising residents to avoid gatherings of 10 people or more in order to contain the spread of the COVID-19 virus. As always, the City of Victoria...

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Posted on: March 16, 2020

Census 2020: Why it matters; Reason #3: Demographic data helps with retail recruitment

Victoria Counts! Census 2020

Do you want to see more shopping or restaurant options in Victoria? You can help by responding to the 2020 Census.

We’re all familiar with the excitement caused by the arrival of a favorite national retail chain in our city as well as the heartbr...

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Posted on: March 9, 2020

City Corner Column: Placido Benavides Drive helps design Victoria’s future

Julie Fulgham

Take a drive along the newly opened Placido Benavides Drive from Navarro Street to Ethel Lee Tracy Park. As you do, look around at the wide-open fields and imagine the possibilities for this blank canvas – new neighborhoods, a Class A office spa...

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Posted on: May 27, 2020

Grant funding drives big changes in Victoria Transit system

Shelter at transit stop

If you were excited to see a sleek new bus stop being installed at the Victoria College Science Center, complete with a bike rack and solar-powered lighting, then get ready to see even more upgrades at a total of 48 Victoria Transit stops across the city....

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Posted on: February 24, 2020

City Corner Column: Are you helping us to keep Victoria beautiful?

Tiffany Koenig

If you’ve driven by Navarro and the Loop this past week, you’ve probably seen City crews chipping away at the litter in the drainage ditch near IHOP, doing their part to turn our public spaces into something we can all be proud of.

The ...

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Posted on: February 10, 2020

City Corner Column: Plan 2035: Victoria’s road map to success

Jesus Garza

Since coming to Victoria, I’ve had countless conversations with elected officials, business leaders and community stakeholders who’ve shared their ideas about what’s important to them and our city. Most of them want the same ...

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Posted on: February 5, 2020

Census 2020: Why it matters; Reason #2: Accurate count helps schools get resources they need

Victoria Counts! Census 2020

If school district officials receive funding to provide lunch for 50 children, one can imagine the last thing they would want is for 250 hungry students to show up when lunchtime rolls around.

Having an accurate head count in the 2020 Census impacts more t...

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Posted on: February 5, 2020

City Corner Column: Victoria Sales Tax Development Corporation: Promises made, promises kept

Gilbert Reyna

The clothes you just bought are helping to pay for road repairs, recreational facilities and a wide variety of other projects that help make Victoria a better place to live and work.

On Jan. 27, the Victoria Sales Tax Development Corporation will gather fo...

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Posted on: February 5, 2020

Census 2020: Why it matters; Reason #1: The 2020 Census determines federal funding

Victoria Counts! Census 2020

The 2020 Census is right around the corner, and with it comes an opportunity for Victoria to show the federal government just how much our city has grown. Maybe you already know that the census is used to gather data for representation and other purposes,...

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Posted on: November 22, 2022

Victoria Public Library’s gingerbread house workshop returns

A young boy wearing glasses builds a graham cracker gingerbread house with a candy happy face

PHOTO #1: Children will be able to decorate gingerbread houses made of graham crackers and milk cartons at the Victoria Public Library’s gingerbread house workshop Dec. 10 at the Victoria Community Center annex.

PHOTO #2: The Victoria Police Depa...

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Posted on: November 22, 2022

Keep Victoria Beautiful, Habitat for Humanity partner to beautify homes

Man with sunglasses painting a house blue with a long paint roller

PHOTO #1: Tommy Darwin, a volunteer with Keep Victoria Beautiful, paints a home in Silver City on Nov. 12 as part of the new Brush Up program in partnership with Habitat for Humanity.

Giving residents a beautiful place to call home is a goal of both Keep V...

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Posted on: November 22, 2022

City planning manager earns floodplain manager certification

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City of Victoria Planning Manager Celeste Menchaca recently earned her Certified Floodplain Manager designation from the Texas Floodplain Management Association. The CFM designation is a nationally recognized certification of professional compete...

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Posted on: November 18, 2022

Keep Victoria Beautiful hosts first volunteer appreciation event

Group photo with balloon backdrop with KVB logos on some balloons

PHOTO 1: Keep Victoria Beautiful staff and board of directors pose Nov. 17 at the Victoria Community Center following KVB’s first volunteer appreciation event.

PHOTO 2: The Victoria East Baseball team was recognized Nov. 17 as a recipient of Keep...

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Posted on: November 17, 2022

Riverside Park to close during youth hunt

A stack of signs reading "Restricted area, hunting in progress, authorized personnel only."

PHOTO #1: Cautionary signs will be placed around the perimeter of Riverside Park during a youth hunt Nov. 21-22.

PHOTO #2: This map shows the area of Riverside Park that will be closed during a youth hunt Nov. 21-22. Barricades, warning signs and red cauti...

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Posted on: November 15, 2022

City Council to consider dog park construction contract

A dog sits in a grassy fenced area

The City Council will consider whether to approve a construction contract for the new dog park in Riverside Park at its Nov. 15 meeting.

If the contract with By Grace Floors & Construction is approved, construction will begin within a month. The projec...

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Posted on: November 15, 2022

First responders to play charity basketball game

US Postal Service versus Victoria's first responders. Sunday, Dec. 4. Faith Family Gym. Tickets $

The Victoria Fire Department and the Victoria Police Department have partnered with National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 1221 (U.S. Postal Service) to play a charity basketball game benefiting the Food Bank of the Golden Crescent and Victoria To...

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Posted on: November 15, 2022

City of Victoria closings for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving meal with turkey, stuffing and traditional sides.

All nonemergency city offices, including the Victoria Public Library, will close Thursday, Nov. 24, and Friday, Nov. 25, for the Thanksgiving holidays. 

The library will close early at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 23.

Riverside Golf Course will close Nov. 24 and...

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Posted on: November 8, 2022

City Communications takes home top statewide honor, other awards

Two people holding three glass trophies

PHOTO #1: City of Victoria Communications & Public Affairs team members, from left, Director Ashley Strevel and Videographer George Partida pose for a photo with awards the department won at the Texas Association of Telecommunications Officers and Adv...

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Posted on: November 8, 2022

Victoria Police Department to host Blue Santa toy drive at Target

Blue Santa waves in front of Target. In the background are a parked squad car and a VPD canopy.

PHOTO: The Victoria Police Department’s Blue Santa collects toys for Region 3 Early Childhood Intervention and Toys for Tots in 2021 at Target.      

The Victoria Police Department is hosting its third annual Target toy...

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Posted on: November 3, 2022

Quality Inn & Suites earns City beautification award

Group photo with KVB sign in front of a pool clubhouse with short palm trees and landscaping.

Keep Victoria Beautiful staff and Quality Inn & Suites management and family pose for a photo Nov. 2 at Quality Inn & Suites, 5401 Houston Highway. Quality Inn & Suites received KVB’s business beautification award for the month of No...

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Posted on: November 1, 2022

City partners with Bad News Chairs to expand adaptive sports opportunities

Two men in a parking lot, one in a wheelchair one standing, with a wagon of hula hoops and footballs

PHOTO #1: From left, Bad News Chairs founder Danny Camacho and Parks & Recreation coordinator Alex Aguero pose for a photo with the footballs and hula hoops that were used for an adaptive Punt Pass Kick competition Oct. 22 outside the Challenged Athle...

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Posted on: November 1, 2022

City’s Main Street Program offers downtown building improvements grant

An empty building with brick walls, plywood surrounding door frame and bare ceiling

PHOTO #1: The interior of 213 S. Main St. is being remodeled in preparation for reopening as 5D Tavern.

PHOTO #2: The interior of 117 S. Main St., which was once a general store, is being converted into an apartment building.

Qualified occupants of downtown...

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Posted on: November 1, 2022

“Yule Love Shopping Victoria!” promotion returns in mobile format

2 women in a boutique. In the corner, a logo with Santa reads Yule Heart Shopping Victoria

The City’s Convention & Visitors Bureau is launching a mobile version of the “Yule Love Shopping Victoria!” promotion, which aims to familiarize shoppers with local businesses in Victoria. 

“The great thing about this promotion is that no purc...

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Posted on: November 1, 2022

City Parks & Recreation, Texas Wildlife Association to host youth hunt

A doe in an open grassy area in Riverside Park

PHOTO #1: A doe roams Riverside Park. The deer population in Riverside Park has been steadily increasing for years, which puts the deer at high risk for diseases, decreases the amount of food available for wildlife and poses an increased traffic hazard.

The...

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Posted on: October 27, 2022

Victoria Fire Department launches new in-house Fire Academy

Fire Academy

The Victoria Fire Department is now hiring civilian cadets to earn their firefighter and EMT certifications while being employed full-time with the City of Victoria. 

The civilian cadets will attend the Victoria Fire Department’s in-hous...

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Posted on: October 25, 2022

City seeks volunteers for TAAF Winter Games

A pickleball player goes for a shot in a pickleball court set up in an indoor basketball court.

PHOTO #1: Pickleball will be played at the Victoria ISD District Event Center during the 2023 TAAF Winter Games.

PHOTO #2: Disc golf will be played at Riverside Park during the 2023 TAAF Winter Games.

PHOTO #3: A swimming competition will be held at the Vic...

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Posted on: October 25, 2022

Communications hosts Citizens Academy alumni luncheon

A woman standing near the front of some rectangle tables holds a microphone and smiles.

PHOTO #1: Communications & Public Affairs Director Ashley Strevel calls on a resident during the Citizens Academy alumni luncheon Oct. 21 at the O’Connor-Proctor building.

PHOTO #2: Former Citizens Academy participants eat lunch and listen to a present...

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Posted on: October 25, 2022

City, Realtex host ribbon-cutting at Enchanted Gardens

People about to cut a big red ribbon at an apartment clubhouse

Officials with the City of Victoria and Realtex Development Corporation, along with other officials, prepare for a ribbon-cutting as part of a public ceremony to celebrate the completion of the Enchanted Gardens Apartments at 4601 N. Ben Jordan St. The ap...

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Posted on: October 18, 2022

City Council to consider design contract for public safety headquarters

Map showing new public safety headquarters on empty land on Main Street

PHOTO: An undeveloped tract at Main Street and Airline Road was chosen as the site of the new public safety headquarters based on its central location, citywide growth projections and compatibility of nearby development.

The City Council will consider whet...

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Posted on: October 18, 2022

City, Realtex Development Corporation invite residents to Enchanted Gardens

Sign in front of an apartment says Enchanted Gardens 4601

From Realtex Development Corporation

PHOTO #1: Enchanted Gardens, 4601 N. Ben Jordan St., is a new apartment complex priced for working individuals and families.

The City of Victoria’s Victoria Housing Finance Corporation, in partnership with Real...

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Posted on: October 18, 2022

Victoria Fire Department honors winners of poster contest

Five kids stand at a table with trophies. The table has a tablecloth that says Fire Marshal's Off

PHOTO #1: The Victoria Fire Department recently hosted a countywide fire prevention poster contest at local schools in observance of National Fire Prevention Week. The contest was sponsored in part by Victoria Fire & Safety, Citgo Petroleum Corporatio...

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Posted on: October 11, 2022

City seeks volunteers for tourism advisory board

A brochure rack sitting on a cabinet countertop is filled with brochures and magazines.

PHOTO: A display stand at the Explore Victoria office holds brochures and magazines with information about things to do in Victoria and the surrounding areas. 

The City of Victoria is seeking four volunteers to serve on the tourism advisory board,...

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Posted on: October 11, 2022

Action agenda update shows progress on 2035 Comprehensive Plan goals

A stone-lined flowerbed with baby trees behind it and more baby and mature trees in background

PHOTO #1: The City of Victoria partnered with the Texas Department of Transportation on the recently completed Green Ribbon Program beautification project on Loop 463.

PHOTO #2: The City of Victoria broke ground on the Riverside Park duck pond restoration ...

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Posted on: October 4, 2022

City of Victoria highlights VPL Jams performance in video feature

Man with a black cowboy hat plays a guitar. He also wears a harmonica holder to play harmonica.

PHOTO: Local singer-songwriter Jacob Kyle gives a performance at the Victoria Public Library as part of the VPL Jams music series.

The City of Victoria Communications & Public Affairs recently produced a video feature of a performance by local singer-s...

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Posted on: October 4, 2022

Application period opens for 2023 Citizens Academy

People are seated at a round table with a tablecloth. A standing woman holds mic for seated woman.

PHOTO #1: Communications Director Ashley Strevel holds the microphone for Citizens Academy participant Amanda Boyd to ask a question during the 2022 Citizens Academy.

PHOTO #2: City Manager Jesús A. Garza teaches participants about the City&...

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Posted on: October 4, 2022

City remains in Stage III of drought contingency plan

A dry riverbed with patches of green water and plants growing

PHOTO: The Guadalupe River is in a state of low flow due to a long period of low rainfall upstream.

The City of Victoria is reminding residents to conserve water while Victoria is in Stage III of its drought contingency plan.

At the Oct. 3 City Council Meet...

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Posted on: October 4, 2022

City of Victoria, Flow Paddle Co host Riverside Row

Group photo of seven people outdoors on a concrete pavilion in a park

PHOTO: The City of Victoria and Flow Paddle Co hosted the Riverside Row on Sept. 24 in Riverside Park. Shown from left are third-place winner Daniel Lozado; first-place winner Joe Luna; Ashley Magee, Flow Paddle Co; Sports Tourism Manager Michelle Myers; ...

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Posted on: October 4, 2022

Victoria Fire Department swears in new employees

Three people in firefighter dress shirts and ties raise their hands during a swearing in ceremony

PHOTO: From left, Paramedic Crew Leader Ben Swanner, Firefighter/EMT Braeden Schmidt and Firefighter/EMT Derrick Montes are sworn into the Victoria Fire Department on Sept. 16 by administrative assistant Debbie Breeden during a ceremony at the Victoria Co...

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Posted on: October 4, 2022

Victoria Police Department’s K9 Hummer to get donation of body armor

VPD K9 Hummer

Press release from Vested Interest in K9s

PHOTO: K9 Lark

Victoria Police Department’s K9 Hummer will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks to a charitable donation from non-profit organization Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.  K9 H...

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Posted on: September 27, 2022

Keep Victoria Beautiful hosts citywide Fall Sweep

SCOPE team group

PHOTO: Volunteers with the SCOPE Respiratory Therapy group showcase their work picking up waste during the 2022 Fall Sweep.

Nearly 400 student groups, local businesses, congregations and others took part Saturday in cleaning up their community as part of K...

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Posted on: September 27, 2022

Parks & Recreation to replace play structure at Ted B. Reed Park

Play structure including different areas, monkey bars, swings and wheelchair access

PHOTO: This conceptual rendering provided by Fun Abounds shows the new play structure that will be installed at Ted B. Reed Park.

The City is preparing to replace the play structure at Ted B. Reed Park with a more modern structure that will be easier to ma...

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Posted on: September 27, 2022

City of Victoria hires new assistant city attorney

Adam West

Adam West was recently hired as the assistant city attorney for the City of Victoria. In this role, he will serve as a primary legal representative for City departments, board and commissions under the direction of the city attorney. Prior to his current ...

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Posted on: September 27, 2022

Victoria Fire Department encourages residents to “plan your escape”

Fire prevention themed posters made by children

PHOTO: The Victoria Fire Department hosts a poster contest each year in honor of Fire Prevention Week.

The Victoria Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Fire Prevention Week&n...

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Posted on: September 20, 2022

City’s compost facility repurposes tree limbs, yard waste

Man in a blue dress shirt and jeans stands next to a huge pile of compost

PHOTO #1: Environmental Services Director Darryl Lesak stands next to a finished pile of compost at the City’s compost facility. The facility sells compost in bulk or by the bag.

If you’re a gardener, the tree limbs and yard waste you l...

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Posted on: September 20, 2022

Victoria Public Library provides voter registration assistance

Red, white and blue voting badges

Residents who still haven’t registered to vote can do so at a convenient location they might not expect: the Victoria Public Library.

The library, like all public libraries in Texas, is a voter registration agency. Residents can visit the front d...

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Posted on: September 20, 2022

Victoria Fire Department receives donation of educational materials

Four people in Victoria Fire Department polos hold packages containing flyers and crafts for kids

PHOTO: The Victoria Fire Department received a donation of educational materials from the Golden Crescent Regional Planning Commission. Shown with some of the donated materials, from left, are Assistant Chief/Fire Marshal Daron Lewis and Fire Inspector/In...

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Posted on: September 14, 2022

Victoria Public Library advisory board updates collection development policy

People seated at rectangle tables arranged in a square. Other people sit in rows of folding chairs.

PHOTO #1: The Victoria Public Library Board conducts a meeting Sept. 13 in the library’s Bronte Room.

The Victoria Public Library advisory board on Sept. 13 adopted an updated collection development policy that affirms the Victoria Public Library...

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Posted on: September 13, 2022

Explore Victoria Texas earns statewide awards for promoting Victoria

Two people holding certificates in front of an Around Houston backdrop

PHOTO: Explore Victoria Texas earned two Texas Destination Excellence Awards in the Website Design & Effectiveness and Video, Story & Podcast categories during the Texas Association of Convention & Visitor Bureaus annual conference Aug. 29-Sep...

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Posted on: September 13, 2022

1st resident receives new home under federal program

Group photo in front of a newly built house. Yellow with white trim.

PHOTO: Employees and leadership with the City of Victoria, Grantworks and RM Quality Construction pose for a photo Sept. 9 with a Victoria resident who received a new home through the federally funded HOME Investment Partnerships Program after her home wa...

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Posted on: September 13, 2022

Victoria Police Department officer earns drug recognition certification

Four uniformed police officers. Man second from right hands a small object to man second from left

PHOTO #1: Victoria Police Deputy Chief Chuck Young, left, and Chief Robert Arredondo and Deputy Chief Mark Jameson, right, present Officer Trenton Ballard with a commendation bar Aug. 30 recognizing his completion of the Texas Drug Recognition Expert Prog...

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Posted on: September 13, 2022

Victoria Police Department’s K9 Lark to get donation of body armor

Police officer and K9 dog

Press release from Vested Interest in K9s

PHOTO #1: Victoria Police Department Senior Police Officer Joseph Smith and his K9 partner, Lark

PHOTO #2: K9 Lark

Victoria Police Department’s K9 Lark will receive a bullet and stab protective vest thanks ...

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Posted on: September 12, 2022

City breaks ground on duck pond

A conceptual rendering of the new Riverside Park duck pond. What was once two ponds is now one.

PHOTO #1: This conceptual rendering shows the new design for the Riverside Park duck pond.

PHOTO #2: The City of Victoria hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Riverside Park duck pond construction Sept. 12. Shown from left are City Manager Jes&ua...

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Posted on: September 6, 2022

Registration will open soon for Christmas Parade of Lights

Children in elf hats on a lighted parade float with a snowman, reindeer and a gingerbread house

PHOTO #1: Children wave to parade attendees during the Christmas Parade of Lights in 2021.

PHOTO #2: Santa Claus greets parade attendees during the Christmas Parade of Lights in 2021.

Although winter weather is still far away, residents should mark their ca...

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Posted on: September 6, 2022

Victoria Fire Department announces new fire marshal

Fire Marshal Daron Lewis and Fire Chief Fox

PHOTO #1: Fire Marshal Daron Lewis, left, poses for a photo with Fire Chief Fox during a meet-and-greet Sept. 1.

PHOTO #2: Fire Marshal Daron Lewis

Fire Marshal Daron Lewis was recently selected to serve as the City of Victoria Fire Department’s next Fire M...

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Posted on: August 30, 2022

Keep Victoria Beautiful announces 2 beautification grant recipients

Group photo outside Christ's Kitchen with KVB beautification grant sign

PHOTO #1: Leaders with Victoria Christian Assistance Ministry and Keep Victoria Beautiful pose for a photo at Victoria Christian Assistance Ministry, 108 N. Liberty St.

PHOTO #2: Leaders with the University of Houston-Victoria and Keep Victoria Beautiful p...

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Posted on: August 23, 2022

Keep Victoria Beautiful, Master Naturalists restore butterfly garden

Butterfly garden featuring plants, stone and brick landscaping and small signs

PHOTO #1: Keep Victoria Beautiful partnered with the Texas Master Naturalist - Mid-Coast Chapter to restore the butterfly garden at The Texas Zoo.

PHOTO #2: From left, Master Naturalists Debbi Roskey and Marilyn Stewart clear overgrowth in the butterfly ga...

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Posted on: August 23, 2022

Keep Victoria Beautiful receives grant for river cleanup

Plastic bottles, soda cans and other trash on the Guadalupe River bank underneath a wooden pier

PHOTO: Discarded trash is strewn along the Guadalupe River on Aug. 21. Photo contributed by Ashley Magee.

Keep Victoria Beautiful’s upcoming Fall Sweep will cover both land and water with help from a grant program aimed at keeping waterways clean...

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Posted on: August 17, 2022

City enters Stage III of drought contingency plan

A hose-end sprinkler on a bright green lawn.

Residents must take additional steps to conserve water as the City enters Stage III of its drought contingency plan.

In spite of recent rainfall, Victoria and nearby communities are still experiencing below-average rainfall for this time of year. The Guada...

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Posted on: August 16, 2022

Victoria Town Center lands Boot Barn, Burlington Coat Factory

Side by side images of boots and coats

The developer of Victoria Town Center, the new shopping center adjacent to Home Depot, has announced its first two tenants.

Boot Barn will open at Victoria Town Center by the end of the year, and Burlington Coat Factory will open early next year.

“We have t...

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Posted on: August 16, 2022

Developer announces new apartment complex for seniors

A multi-story apartment complex with small balconies

PHOTO #1: This illustration provided by FishPond Development LLC shows a future FishPond apartment complex in Alice, Texas. FishPond is planning to build a similar three-story complex in Victoria.

PHOTO #2: This map shows the future location of FishPond at...

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Posted on: August 3, 2022

City Council proposes lower property tax rate

Man in cherry picker installs an overhead LED street light.

PHOTO #1: A Chain Electric Company crew member installs an LED street light on Navarro Street on July 6 as part of Phase One of the City’s citywide lighting project. Phase Two is part of the proposed budget for fiscal year 2023.

PHOTO #2: The pro...

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Posted on: July 19, 2022

City Council to consider duck pond construction contract

Pond with faux stone wall around the edges to prevent erosion

PHOTO #1: This concept photo from a 2020 presentation to City Council shows what the duck pond might look like with a new wall around the edge to prevent erosion.

PHOTO #2: This preliminary design for the Riverside Park duck pond was approved by the City C...

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Posted on: July 19, 2022

Library receives funding to design outdoor space improvements

Library window painted with flowers

PHOTO #1: The Victoria Public Library collaborated with Free Art Victoria to host a window-painting event for teens on April 21. The library is exploring the possibility of remodeling its outdoor space.

PHOTO #2: This conceptual rendering...

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Posted on: July 12, 2022

Council OKs purchase of land for public safety headquarters

Map showing new public safety headquarters on empty land on Main Street

PHOTO #1: An undeveloped tract at Main Street and Airline Road was chosen as the site of a new public safety headquarters based on its central location, space needs, citywide growth projections and compatibility of nearby development.

PHOTO #2: This map, t...

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Posted on: July 5, 2022

Citywide lighting project brightens Victoria’s southside

An LED street light shines brightly at night by a sidewalk.

PHOTO: The City installed LED lights at Queen City Park and Pine Street Park last year.

More than 100 bright new LED lights are shining on Victoria’s southside, and there will be many more where those came from.

The City on June 20 began the first phase of ...

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Posted on: June 28, 2022

Riverside Golf Course lands American Junior Golf Association tournament

A young golf player hits a golf ball toward a hole while an adult watches

PHOTO: A young golfer watches his shot at Riverside Golf Course in 2017.

The City of Victoria has secured a three-year contract to host an American Junior Golf Association invitational tournament, the Victoria Texas Preview, at Riverside Golf Course.

The fi...

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Posted on: June 3, 2022

City of Victoria, UHV break ground on Ben Wilson improvement project

Group photo in front of UHV building with people in foreground digging shovels into dirt.

PHOTO #1: The University of Houston-Victoria hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Ben Wilson Corridor Improvement Project on June 3. Shown from left are City Manager Jesús A. Garza, City Councilmember Josephine Soliz, Councilman Rafael DeLaGarza, UH...

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Posted on: May 24, 2022

AT&T to bring its high-speed fiber internet service to Victoria

Illustration of globe marked WWW and surrounded by internet icons

AT&T has begun the process of installing a state-of-the-art fiber optic network that will provide Victoria residents with another option for ultrafast and reliable high-speed internet.

“One of the goals of the Victoria Broadband Commission ha...

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Posted on: March 23, 2022

Victoria Fire Department’s Station One temporarily relocates

Victoria Fire Department Station One at Navarro and Goodwin

The Victoria Fire Department has temporarily moved out of Victoria Fire Station One, 606 E. Goodwin Ave., for renovations.

The renovations are expected to be complete in nine to 12 months.

Response crews have been relocated within the district to City of Vi...

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Posted on: March 15, 2022

New infill housing program seeks to turn abandoned lots into home sites

A single-family home on a grassy property

Faced with high housing costs and run-down vacant lots, the City of Victoria is proposing to kill two birds with one stone: Why not fill the lots with houses?

The City is partnering with the Victoria Housing Finance Corporation to create an infill housing ...

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Posted on: March 8, 2022

Council approves first phase of citywide lighting project

An LED light shines brightly at night. Faint amber-colored HPS lights are seen in the distance.

PHOTO #1: The City installed LED lights at Queen City Park and Pine Street Park last year.

The City Council at its March 1 meeting approved the first phase of a project that will replace all 4,052 of Victoria’s amber-colored high-pressure sodium (HPS) ligh...

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