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.

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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.


Recipients of the COVID-19 vaccine wait after receiving their shot at the Delco Activity Center in Northeast Austin on March 13. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
National supply issues with Johnson & Johnson vaccine affect Austin-area shipments

After a manufacturing error ruined 15 million doses, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the supply will not increase until the plant in Baltimore is once again allowed to participate in production.

Romeo's Pizza held its Georgetown groundbreaking April 6. (Courtesy Romeo's Pizza)
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Austin Public Health coronavirus vaccine portal opens to all adults April 12

APH will continue outreach efforts to high-priority groups.

Austin Public Health holds a vaccination clinic at the Delco Activity Center in Northeast Austin. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Tavel Bristol-Joseph has started a scholarship fund that will provide $6,000 to two Austin Community College Culinary Arts students and give them opportunity to be mentored by Bristol-Joseph and to stage at one of the Emmer & Rye group's five restaurants. (Courtesy Emmer & Rye)
Austin chef starts scholarship and mentorship program for Austin Community College students

Tavel Bristol-Joseph started the scholarship fund, which will provide $6,000 to two ACC students and give them the opportunity to stage at one of the Emmer & Rye group's five restaurants.

Snow and ice cover the pond on the southeastern side of the Mueller development in East Austin in February. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
After winter storm, Austin puts together a plan for better temporary shelters

The locations, which could be schools, libraries or recreation centers, would be disconnected from traditional infrastructure and be able to sustain operations if the city were to experience widespread power or water outages.

Austin ISD is holding community conversation sessions April 12-May 6. (Nicholas Cicale/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin ISD community conversation sessions continuing through May 6

The series offers AISD families an opportunity to learn about the district’s strategic plan and ongoing budget planning.

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Lutie's Garden Restaurant now open at Commodore Perry Estate

The restuarant features "Texas heritage fare" by an award-winning husband-and-wife pair of chefs.

A resident at EdenHill Communities receives their second dose of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine. (Lauren Canterberry/Community Impact Newspaper)
Amid the struggle to get vaccinated, these Austin moms have helped over 3,900 people get appointments

The women volunteer their time searching for hard-to-find time slots that often become available in the middle of the night.

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Austin Public Library to begin resuming in-person services May 10

Austin Public Library will begin reopening branches to the public in May after operating with only digital and curbside pickup services since June 2020.