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Posted on: October 20, 2021

City Council adopts downtown master plan

An illustration of a new version of Main Street with string lighting and colorful crosswalks.

PHOTO: A conceptual rendering provided by consulting firm Freese & Nichols as part of the downtown master plan shows string lighting across Main Street, a potential solution for residents’ concerns about inadequate lighting downtown. String ...

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Posted on: October 20, 2021

Riverside Park, Riverside Golf Course remain closed

In Riverside Park, road is covered in silt and golf course in background is flooded

PHOTO: Parts of Riverside Park are flooded or dirty Oct. 20 after the flooding of the Guadalupe River.

Riverside Park and Riverside Golf Course remain closed after the recent flooding of the Guadalupe River. 

The golf course is expected to reopen O...

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Posted on: October 19, 2021

Parks & Recreation to present draft master plan at open house

Illustration of MLK park design featuring a basketball court and a wide paved area

PHOTO: This image provided by consulting firm Halff Associates shows a potential design for Martin Luther King Jr. Park. The new Parks & Recreation master plan includes conceptual renderings for Ethel Lee Tracy Park, Martin Luther King Jr. Park and Ri...

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Posted on: October 19, 2021

Application period opens for 2022 Citizens Academy

City manager Jesús Garza holds microphone and addresses seated attendees at Community Center annex.

PHOTO #1: City Manager Jesús A. Garza provides an overview of city government and the 2035 Comprehensive Plan during the first session of the 2021 Citizens Academy on Jan. 14 at the Community Center annex.

PHOTO #2: Citizens Academy participant ...

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Posted on: October 19, 2021

Parks & Recreation to host Haunted Drive-In Cinema, trunk or treat

Flyer for drive-in Oct. 22. 6:30 p.m. trunk or treat, 8 p.m. Coco, 10 p.m. Jeepers Creepers.

Residents can put on their costumes and enjoy a scary good event that’s fun for all ages when Parks & Recreation hosts its Haunted Drive-In Cinema on Oct. 22 at the Victoria Community Center, 2905 E. North St.

The event will begin with a trun...

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Posted on: October 19, 2021

Friends of the Library to host 50th anniversary celebration

Patrons browse bookshelves in the library's Bronte Room

PHOTO: Library visitors browse the shelves during a Friends of the Library book sale hosted in May. Proceeds from the book sales support library event programming for children and adults.

This week, the Friends of the Library will celebrate 50 years of adv...

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Posted on: October 15, 2021

Guadalupe River expected to reach major flood stage

Victoria Flood Update. Logos for City, County and Office of Emergency Management

EDITOR'S NOTE: This story was updated at 11:21 a.m. Oct. 15 to include roads in Victoria County that will be monitored for potential flooding.

The Guadalupe River is expected to flood this weekend due to heavy rainfall upstream, and the Victoria O...

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Posted on: October 12, 2021

Victoria Fire Department, State Farm partner for Fire Prevention Week

Group photo with Fire Department Fire Marshal backdrop. Sparky the Dog themed items in foreground.

PHOTO #1: Victoria Fire Department employees and State Farm representatives pose for a photo during a ceremony held Oct. 4 at Fire Station 6 in honor of Fire Prevention Week. The fire department received fire prevention kits, educator kits and smoke alarm...

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Posted on: October 12, 2021

Municipal Court adds live chat, texting services

Screenshot shows a pop-up chatbox for City of Victoria Municipal Court on a City webpage.

Residents now have two new options for contacting Municipal Court staff to ask questions and get help with accessing court services.

The court has added a new chat box to its webpage, www.victoriatx.gov/municipalcourt. Residents can type their que...

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Posted on: September 28, 2021

City uses feedback to craft new proposed animal code

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

UPDATE 10/11/2021: The proposed animal code passed first reading with additional changes. View the updated code here (changes shown in red).

The City of Victoria has drafted a new proposed animal code based on residents’ feedback.

After proposing ...

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Posted on: October 7, 2021

Victoria Fire Department to host free flu vaccine clinic

Fire department employee gives a woman a flu shot in an outdoor park. Other fire employees are near.

PHOTO: Victoria Fire Department personnel administer flu vaccines in 2020 during a clinic at Queen City Park.

The Victoria Fire Department will host a free flu vaccine clinic from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 20 at Queen City Park.

The Victoria Fire Department has ...

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Posted on: October 6, 2021

Residents can vote to help Victoria Main Street Program win $25K

Main Streets make us better. IndependentWeStand.org. MainStreetContest.com

The Victoria Main Street Program is asking for residents’ help to win $25,000 or other prizes that will help make Victoria’s vision for downtown a reality.

The Victoria Main Street Program is a nominee in the America’s Main St...

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Posted on: October 6, 2021

Tokyo Grill & Sushi Lounge earns City beautification award

Four people stand with KVB sign on patio decorated with flowers, shrubs and paper lanterns.

PHOTO #1: Tokyo Grill & Sushi Lounge, 5006 N. Navarro St., received the Keep Victoria Beautiful Business Beautification Award for the month of October. Tokyo Grill received a traveling sign to display during October. Shown with the sign, from left, ar...

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Posted on: October 5, 2021

Victoria Fire Department to celebrate 150 years of dedicated service

Victoria Fire Department. 150 years of service. 1871 to 2021.

If you’ve ever caught a glimpse of the back of the Victoria Fire Department T-shirts, just under the word “Victoria,” you might have noticed that they proudly state “EST. 1871.” 

The Victoria Fire Department will celebrate its 150th anniversary wi...

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Posted on: October 5, 2021

New library streaming service offers music, movies, graphic novels and more

Tablet shows streaming options. Hoopla. Instantly read, listen and watch with your library card.

The Victoria Public Library is expanding its digital offerings with Hoopla, a new streaming service that will provide adult library card holders with access to audio books, e-books, movies, music, TV shows and graphic novels.

Residents can sign up at&n...

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Posted on: September 28, 2021

City seeks feedback about information distribution

Three people in chairs with studio mics. TOWNtalk logo is displayed

PHOTO: From left, City of Victoria Communications & Public Affairs Director Ashley Strevel talks with Environmental Services Director Darryl Lesak and beautification coordinator Christy Youker during the latest episode of TOWNtalk. The TV show airs on...

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Posted on: September 28, 2021

Public Works prepares for record-breaking year of street projects

Street with potholes, cracks and discoloration near Salvation Army warehouse

PHOTO #1: The City of Victoria will begin reconstructing Nueces Street between Navarro Street and Laurent Street during fiscal year 2022.

PHOTO #2: The City of Victoria during fiscal year 2022 will select an engineering service to design a reconstruction p...

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Posted on: September 21, 2021

Regional Infusion Center to open in Victoria County for COVID-19 patients

Victoria City/County Emergency Management Office Seal

A Regional Infusion Center to help treat COVID-19 patients in Golden Crescent Region of Texas will open to the public this week in Victoria. 

The State of Texas through the Texas Division of Emergency Management, in partnership with Victoria Count...

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Posted on: September 21, 2021

Parks & Recreation to host ribbon-cutting at Riverside Soccer Complex

A soccer ball sits in a goal box.

PHOTO: The Riverside Soccer Complex, 1407 W. Red River St., will be opened to the public at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

Soccer players of every skill level will have a new place to play when the City of Victoria this week formally opens ...

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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 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.

P...

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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 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: 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: 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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