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Posted on: September 17, 2021

Keep Victoria Beautiful assists with Texas Zoo beautification project

Two people work in a flowerbed at the Texas Zoo sign surrounded by potted plants

Larry and Cheryl Clark, volunteers with the Victoria County Master Gardeners Association, help to replant a flowerbed during a Sept. 11 beautification project at The Texas Zoo. Volunteers with Keep Victoria Beautiful, the Victoria County Master Gardeners ...

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Posted on: September 14, 2021

Parks & Recreation invites residents to hunt for painted rocks

Kids at school lunch table painting rocks

PHOTO #1: Children paint rocks provided by Parks & Recreation during an after-school program hosted by the YMCA of the Golden Crescent at Aloe Elementary School.

PHOTO #2: Residents can visit the Parks & Recreation office, 532 McCright Drive, to pa...

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Posted on: September 14, 2021

No-cost WaterWise monitoring service helps residents save water, money

Water Wise Victoria water portal

City of Victoria utility customers can monitor their water usage and be notified of potential leaks by signing up for WaterWise, the City’s water monitoring service, at no additional cost.

The service connects with customers’ water mete...

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Posted on: September 14, 2021

City Manager Jesús A. Garza earns professional development designation

Jesús Garza portrait

Victoria City Manager Jesús A. Garza recently earned his Credentialed Manager designation from the International City/County Management Association. He is one of about 1,400 local government management professionals worldwide who are c...

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Posted on: September 14, 2021

Strategic economic development partnership will bring modern, affordable housing to Victoria

Apartment building exterior

Press release from The NRP Group

With a population nearing 70,000, Victoria, Texas, is a growing community in need of additional low-cost workforce housing options for new and current residents. Victoria's community leaders, along with multi-family housing...

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Posted on: September 10, 2021

Victoria Main Street Program invites public to review master plan draft

DeLeon Plaza and One O'Connor. The street between them is a walkway with food trucks and tables.

PHOTO #1: This concept rendering provided by consulting firm Freese & Nichols shows what DeLeon Plaza may look like as the City begins to implement the community-driven downtown master plan.

PHOTO #2: This concept rendering provided by consulting firm ...

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Posted on: September 10, 2021

Notice of Adopted 2021 Tax Rate

City of Victoria adopted a tax rate that will raise more taxes for maintenance and operations than last year’s tax rate. The tax rate will effectively be raised by 4.07% and will raise taxes for maintenance and operations on a $100,000 home by approximate...

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Posted on: September 8, 2021

Appliance Pro earns City beautification award

Group photo with KVB sign in front of Appliance Pro. Flowering plants and trees are visible.

PHOTO #1: Keep Victoria Beautiful staff and Appliance Pro leadership and employees pose for a photo Sept. 7 at Appliance Pro, 2401 E. Mockingbird Lane, with KVB’s Business Beautification Award traveling sign. Appliance Pro received the Business ...

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Posted on: September 8, 2021

Victoria Police Department to team up with neighborhoods for National Night Out

2015 National Night Out Block Party

The Victoria Police Department’s Community Engagement Unit is inviting Victoria neighborhoods and apartment complexes to participate in National Night Out, an evening of block parties hosted throughout the nation to strengthen police-community r...

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Posted on: September 7, 2021

City seeks animal ordinance input through survey, town halls

A brown dog on a green leash in a vet's office.

PHOTO: A dog is kept on a leash at the Victoria County Animal Control building in this file photo provided by Animal Control.

The City of Victoria is inviting residents to share their suggestions and concerns as the City works to update the section of its ...

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Posted on: September 7, 2021

Story Trail Walk brings storytime to Riverside Park

A cutout on a tree trunk with an owl character. Text reads "Look in the trees and follow my story

PHOTO #1: A sign at the entrance to the Riverside Park nature trail welcomes residents to the Story Trail Walk.

PHOTO #2: Pages from the book “Hoot Owl: Master of Disguise” are spaced along the Riverside Park nature trail.

PHOTO #3: Resi...

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Posted on: September 7, 2021

Keep Victoria Beautiful receives grant for restoration of public flowerbeds

Parking lot near Utility Billing Office. Traffic islands with dead grass.

PHOTO #1: Keep Victoria Beautiful received a $3,000 grant from Keep Texas Beautiful to fund the replanting of flowerbeds at 700 Main Center.

PHOTO #2: This traffic island near the Utility Billing Office at 700 Main Center is barren after Winter Storm Uri.

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Posted on: August 31, 2021

Citizen Survey: City Council Asks for Feedback on Local Animal Control Ordinances

A brown dog on a green leash in a vet's office.

Have your voice heard by filling out this survey!

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Posted on: August 27, 2021

Registration opens for softball, kickball fall adult leagues

Group photo on kickball field. One player holds a kickball.

PHOTO #1: The Monstars were the champions of Parks & Recreation’s 2021 Tuesday night men’s upper division spring softball league.

PHOTO #2: The Big Ballas were the champions of Parks & Recreation’s 2021 Wednesday night...

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Posted on: August 27, 2021

Parks & Recreation to host Punt, Pass and Kick USA competition

Punt Pass Kick Sept. 18th ages 6 to 15. Free registration at ppkusa.com.

The City of Victoria Parks & Recreation will host a Punt, Pass and Kick USA football skills competition 9 a.m.-noon Sept. 18 at Riverside Stadium.

The competition is free and open to ages 6-15. Residents may register at www.ppkusa.com.&nbs...

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Posted on: August 24, 2021

City’s fire department earns American Heart Association recognition

Two pieces of electronic equipment with display monitors. One is connected to small white EKG pads.

PHOTO: A cardiac monitor and electrocardiogram (EKG) defibrillator are displayed at Victoria Fire Department Station Two, 2708 Miori Lane. This equipment is used by firefighter/EMTs to provide first aid to patients with heart attack symptoms.

The City of V...

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Posted on: August 23, 2021

Community Appearance Division plants seeds of civic pride

Three people in safety vests dig holes and plant flowers near a decorative sign.

Note: This article originally appeared in the August issue of Texas Town & City, published by the Texas Municipal League.

By Sam Hankins, City of Victoria communications specialist

PHOTO #1: From left, Joseph Vargas, Korey Parks and Jackie Yates, with t...

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Posted on: August 17, 2021

City to broadcast VISD school board meetings on cable channel

People seated around school board dais with VISD logo on back wall.

PHOTO #1: The Victoria Independent School District’s school board members gather for a meeting June 10 at the VISD administration building, 102 Profit Drive. Starting Friday, the meetings will be broadcast to the City’s cable channels ...

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Posted on: August 17, 2021

Victoria Public Library opens multipurpose meeting room

Meeting tables arranged in a circle with a 75-inch monitor in the background.

PHOTO #1: The Victoria Public Library’s new multipurpose meeting space, located in the former magazine room, features a 75-inch touchscreen monitor with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity.

PHOTO #2: The Victoria Public Library’s new multi...

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Posted on: August 17, 2021

Riverside Golf Course adds carts to meet rising demand

Many golf carts parked near Riverside Golf Course clubhouse

PHOTO: Riverside Golf Course recently added 20 golf carts to its fleet to meet an increase in demand. This brings the course’s total to 70 golf carts.

Riverside Golf Course has become an increasingly popular destination during the past year, and ...

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Posted on: August 11, 2021

City partnership with The Retail Coach brings new dining options to Victoria

Map showing five plots of land highlighted near the intersection of Navarro and Primrose

Residents soon will be able to enjoy five new food options on North Navarro Street near Primrose Street.

The new development is a result of the City of Victoria’s partnership with the Victoria Sales Tax Development Corporation and The Retail Coach to bring...

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Posted on: August 11, 2021

City, developer host groundbreaking for new affordable apartments

Group of people in hard hats dig ceremonial shovels into a pile of dirt

PHOTO: City of Victoria staff, City Council members and Realtex Development Corporation staff participate in a groundbreaking ceremony Aug. 11 to celebrate the start of the construction of Enchanted Gardens Apartments, 4601 N. Ben Jordan St. The new affor...

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Posted on: August 10, 2021

City of Victoria updates building code to meet international standards

Three new homes in various states of construction

PHOTO: New homes are under construction Aug. 6 on Silver Spur in the Terra Vista subdivision.

The City of Victoria will maintain its International Organization for Standardization rating, which is used by insurance companies to set rates within city limits...

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Posted on: August 10, 2021

Communications & Public Affairs adds closed captioning to public meetings

On TV screen, police chief speaks at City Council podium. Closed captioning is displayed.

PHOTO: Audio captions are displayed on a TV screen Aug. 3 during the live broadcast of a City Council meeting on Vtv15, a cable channel operated by the City of Victoria Communications & Public Affairs.

Residents now have the option to view closed capti...

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Posted on: August 3, 2021

2021 Bootfest lineup includes big names, local favorites

Logo reads Bootfest Victoria Texas.

This year’s Bootfest will bring together country, Tejano, variety and rock performers from around the Crossroads and the nation for two nights of music and festivities Oct. 1-2 in downtown Victoria.

Bootfest is Victoria’s largest free festival and will be ...

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Posted on: August 3, 2021

City to allocate funding for child safety programs

Rack of flyers. Titles include "La violencia intrafamiliar" and Stop! Flashing Red...Kids Ahea

PHOTO: Flyers at the Victoria Police Department building feature information about school bus safety, family violence prevention and other subjects related to child safety.

Local nonprofit representatives who are interested in receiving funds for child saf...

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Posted on: August 3, 2021

Keep Victoria Beautiful to host citywide Fall Sweep

People in yellow safety vests in a parking lot gather trash grabbers and other supplies

PHOTO #1: Residents gather cleaning supplies July 17 at Lone Tree Creek Park at the start of a cleanup hosted by Keep Victoria Beautiful.

PHOTO #2: Residents pick up trash July 17 at Lone Tree Creek Park during a cleanup hosted by Keep Victoria Beautiful.

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Posted on: August 2, 2021

Victoria Police Department hires second deputy chief

Man in police uniform raises his hand while being sworn in by the city secretary.

PHOTO #1: Charles “Chuck” Young II, right, is sworn in as a Victoria Police Department deputy chief by City Secretary April Hilbrich, left, during a private ceremony Aug. 2 at 700 Main Center. Young is accompanied by his wife, Natali Young.

PHOTO #2: Victo...

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Posted on: July 29, 2021

City of Victoria attracts developer for workforce housing project

Stock image of apartment building

Realtex Development Corporation will begin construction Aug. 2 on Enchanted Gardens Apartments, a new affordable workforce housing development that will be built on land that was sold July 21 by the City of Victoria to expand housing options for working i...

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Posted on: July 27, 2021

Josephine E. Soliz elected to Texas Municipal League office

Josephine E. Soliz

Victoria City Council member and mayor pro tem Josephine E. Soliz was elected second vice president of Region 11 of the Texas Municipal League, a statewide group that promotes interests in city government, during the organization’s quarterly meeting July ...

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Posted on: July 27, 2021

Ashley Strevel earns Certified Public Communicator designation

Ashley Strevel

City of Victoria Communications & Public Affairs Director Ashley Strevel was honored July 22 for earning her Certified Public Communicator certification from Texas Christian University’s Bob Schieffer College of Communication - Strategic Communication...

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Posted on: July 20, 2021

Metropolitan designation to help City keep federal funding

Logos for Victoria Metorpolitan Planning Organization and Community Development Block Grant

The City of Victoria is in a better position to keep millions of dollars in federal funding after the federal Office of Management and Budget on July 13 elected not to change the Metropolitan Statistical Area population threshold.

The OMB defines a Metropo...

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Posted on: July 19, 2021

City’s Victoria Broadband Commission seeks to expand broadband options with Sparklight partnership

Sparklight logo

City officials are pleased to announce Sparklight, a nationally recognized internet provider, will build a state-of-the-art fiber optic network in Victoria that will provide another option for fast and reliable high-speed internet.

The multimillio...

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Posted on: July 13, 2021

Applications open for hotel occupancy tax funds

Explore Victoria Texas Est. 1824 logo

Local organizations that help to bring tourism to Victoria can begin applying for hotel occupancy tax (HOT) funds for 2022.

Under Texas law, the City of Victoria collects a hotel occupancy tax from hotels, bed-and-breakfasts and other lodging facilities. T...

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Posted on: July 12, 2021

City seeks residents’ feedback on forthcoming internet initiative

CobbFendley logo

Residents can submit information about their broadband internet needs by July 28 to help with a new study to improve internet accessibility, reliability and affordability in the Victoria community.

Civil engineering company CobbFendley is launching a feasi...

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Posted on: July 2, 2021

City of Victoria extends hours for splash pads

Overhead view of kids playing under water features at splash pad

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

The days are getting longer, and now Victoria kids can spend even more sunlight hours splashing at the City of Victoria Parks & Recreation splash pads...

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Posted on: June 29, 2021

Victoria Police Department policies earn gold-standard recognition

Three men in police uniform hold framed certificates outside police station

PHOTO: The Victoria Police Department was recently recognized again under the Texas Police Chiefs Association Foundation’s Law Enforcement Agency Best Practices Recognition Program. Shown, from left, are Officer Jeffrey Lehnert, Police Chief Roberto Arred...

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Posted on: June 22, 2021

City of Victoria adds birding deck near Riverside Park

An elevated wooden patio with a shaded seating area, a map of Riverside Park and additional signage.

PHOTO #1: The City of Victoria Convention & Visitors Bureau on June 15 unveiled the Athey Nature Sanctuary Birding Deck at the historic Hiller house, 3003 Vine St., home to the headquarters of Keep Victoria Beautiful. The observation area features fee...

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Posted on: June 22, 2021

Municipal Court moves to hybrid model for scheduled hearings

A Zoom video feed is displayed on projector screens behind the Municipal Court dais.

PHOTO: A Zoom video feed is displayed on the projector screens at the Municipal Court courtroom, 107 W. Juan Linn St., allowing defendants to appear remotely during an in-person court session.

The City of Victoria Municipal Court will host its first hybrid...

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Posted on: June 17, 2021

City seeks input on how to spend federal COVID-19 aid

Front of the Municipal Court Building

The City of Victoria has received millions in federal aid to help the Victoria community recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and protect itself against future disasters, and residents can have a say in how the money is spent.

The City will receive $14,508,2...

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Posted on: June 1, 2021

Bootfest is back: Music festival to return in 2021

5 musicians perform onstage at DeLeon PLaza. 3 have guitars, 1 on drums, 1 holding a tambourine

PHOTO #1: The Hot Attacks performs at Bootfest on Oct. 5, 2018, at DeLeon Plaza.

PHOTO #2: Reckless Kelly performs at Bootfest on Oct. 6, 2018, at DeLeon Plaza.

After COVID-19 put Bootfest on hold last year, Victoria residents will once again be able to tap...

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Posted on: May 28, 2021

City receives $621,000 grant to repair duck pond

Riverside Park duck pond gazebo with water feature in foreground

PHOTO #1: The Riverside Park duck pond is seen in this 2014 file photo. 

PHOTO #2: This preliminary new design for the Riverside Park duck pond was approved by the Victoria City Council on March 3. The final design will include a sidewalk that ext...

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