Round Rock lowers mask fine, GTX Jet Skis opens in Georgetown: Business, community news from Central Texas

Repeated violators of Round Rock's emergency face coverings ordinance will now only face a maximum $200 fine. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Repeated violators of Round Rock's emergency face coverings ordinance will now only face a maximum $200 fine. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Repeated violators of Round Rock's emergency face coverings ordinance will now only face a maximum $200 fine. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

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Round Rock-Pflugerville-Hutto

Round Rock lowers emergency mask ordinance fine following substantial compliance

Frequent violators of Round Rock's emergency ordinance requiring face masks in public will now only face a maximum fine of $200, following action by Round Rock City Council on July 9.


New jet ski rental business now open in Georgetown

GTX Jet Skis opened in Georgetown on July 7. The veteran- and locally owned business offers four-hour watercraft rentals for those looking for water fun on Lake Georgetown. Rentals include two life vests.

National marathon training organization launches Georgetown chapter, invites all fitness levels to join

USA FIT Georgetown is slated to launch Aug. 22 and is part of USA FIT, a national marathon training organization that has existed for over 30 years.

New nonprofit provides permanent homes for senior dogs

New local nonprofit Living Grace Canine Ranch seeks to provide a permanent home for senior canines of all breeds that are deemed physically or emotionally animal shelter "unadoptable" or foster care "undesirable."

Float the San Gabriel River or Lake Georgetown with new kayak rental business

Jonny Reach had been planning his Georgetown kayaking business concept for years, but when he launched the dream and some boats the week of July 6, he was amazed that it finally happened.

Central Austin

Austin’s new law: Follow health authority rules or face $2,000 penalty

Dr. Mark Escott, Austin-Travis County interim health authority, will issue a fresh set of public safety orders in the coming days that will be enforceable by a $2,000 fine after Austin City Council unanimously passed a new law.

Central Austin news roundup: Neighborhood pop-up grocery project extended, The Trail Foundation opens new deck and more

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Sleep Better Austin opens new office on West 38th Street

Sleep Better Austin opened a new office location at 1600 W. 38th St., Ste. 407, Austin, on June 24. The medical office provides oral appliance therapy to treat sleep apnea, which offers appliances that fit like a mouthguard for patients, opening up their airways during sleep.

Enchiladas Y Mas set to reopen in north Central Austin

Enchiladas Y Mas is scheduled to reopen near the end of July, according to new owners Eva and Carmen Hernandez. The sisters bought the business earlier in 2020 from family members Robert and Mary Martinez, the original owners.

Northwest Austin

The eSports Cave opens with gaming tournaments, streaming in Northwest Austin

Video game lounge The eSports Cave is now open in Northwest Austin, offering state-of-the-art video game consoles and computers for casual and competitive use.

Southwest Austin

South Austin entertainment center reopens with revamped health and safety measures

Epic Fun Family Entertainment Center reopened July 1 following months of closure due to local COVID-19 orders and safety precautions. As an entertainment operation offering attractions such as ax-throwing, bumper cars, laser tag and ropes courses, Epic Fun was among the later businesses allowed to reopen under Gov. Greg Abbott's Reopen Texas plan.

San Marcos-Buda-Kyle

Green Guy Recycling in San Marcos expands community options

When Kyle Hahn first opened Green Guy Recycling in 1995, he did it intending to fulfill a need for more recycling in the San Marcos area, said Jeremy Kay—a longtime friend of Hahn and now the owner of Green Guy Recycling.

Buda's Beijing Bistro offers customized eats and family atmosphere

Eduardo Martinez, owner of Beijing Bistro, started working in Chinese restaurants in 1995, shortly after he arrived from Mexico. He started in the food industry as a dishwasher, then eventually became owner of his own restaurant.

New Braunfels

Election day voting for July 14 primary runoffs to be held at 12 polling locations

On July 14, Comal County and Guadalupe County voters will select major party nominees for the November 2020 elections during the primary runoffs.

Lake Travis-Westlake

COVID-19 concerns force cancellation of National Night Out in West Lake Hills

West Lake Hills will not host a National Night Out this October in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, per an announcement from Mayor Linda Anthony during a July 8 council meeting.

Sally Grace Holtgrieve, Ali Linan, Christopher Neely, Kelsey Thompson, Jack Flagler, Iain Oldman, Olivia Aldridge, Evelin Garcia, Lauren Canterberry and Amy Rae Dadamo contributed to this report.


Save Austin Now wants to overturn a city policy that allows public camping. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
Aiming to reinstate camping ban, group guarantees it has enough signatures to put controversial policy on ballot

If validated, the controversial decision to lift the public camping ban could be up to voters in May.

The Austin-based eatery's menu is inspired by Nashville hot chicken; offerings include chicken bites, jumbo tenders, chicken sandwiches, macaroni and cheese, collard greens and homemade pies. (Courtesy Tumble 22)
Nashville-style hot chicken restaurant coming to Round Rock and more Central Texas news

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COVID-19 rates in Travis County starting to improve, but vaccine distribution remains complicated

Austin Public Health and other local distributors still lack enough supply to provide all qualified residents with an initial dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

The 87th Texas Legislature convened Jan. 12. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
State bills target Austin’s police cuts, forced closure of businesses during pandemic

Legislative bills are still being drafted, but even in the session's very beginning, a handful of proposals have drawn the attention of local officials.

A new bus platform at Dean Keeton Street and Guadalupe Street allows Capital Metro buses to pick up and drop off passengers without pulling out of traffic. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin transportation news: A new bus stop on the Drag, a barge on Lady Bird Lake and tolls on US 183

The barge is taking soil samples as part of the environmental review process for the forthcoming Blue Line, and the bus stop is part of a six-month pilot program.

Feeding Texas hosted a Jan. 19 webinar to discuss legislative highlights for the 87th Texas Legislature. (Screenshot courtesy Feeding Texas)
Food insecurity in Texas' 87th Legislature: Hunger relief organization Feeding Texas to propose legislation addressing hunger

Hunger relief organization Feeding Texas hosted a webinar Jan. 19 to discuss increasing funding and accessibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in the 87th legislative session.

Tesla will continue construction of its southeast Travis County manufacturing plant through 2021. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
Story to watch in 2021: Tesla’s gigafactory set for completion by year’s end

Tesla is already hiring a number of manufacturing positions for the factory as well as engineers.

COVID-19 vaccines
DATA: Texas has vaccinated about 9% of estimated Phase 1 recipients

Over 1.1 million individuals from the Phase 1 population, which is estimated to include 13.5 million individuals total, have received at least one dose.

Bob Popinski, policy director of Raise Your Hand Texas, shared the organization's top education priorities for the ongoing legislative session. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
‘What does virtual learning and remote learning look like moving forward?': Raise Your Hand Texas policy director talks legislative priorities

Bob Popinski is the director of policy for Raise Your Hand Texas, an Austin-based organization committed to improving public education. He spoke with Community Impact Newspaper in late December about the 87th legislative session, which began Jan. 12.

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Austin City Council, Travis County Commissioners Court will hold rare joint session to address 'dire' COVID-19 status

County Judge Andy Brown called the meeting "an opportunity to coordinate responses."