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.


Austin Mayor Steve Adler (Courtesy ATXN)
Austin mayor pushes for new ideas in policing, $100M cut to police budget during State of the City address

Austin Mayor Steve Adler also said the city needs a police chief who will champion change.

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Travis County adds 202 new coronavirus cases Aug. 5

The county has confirmed 22,024 cases of the virus, with an estimated 20,059 recoveries.

A camp is set up by someone experiencing homelessness in August 2019. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
Petition to reinstate Austin's homeless camping ban ruled invalid by city clerk

The group behind the petition said "this fight is not over."

The Confederate Soldiers Monument stands on the south grounds of the Texas Capitol. A group of Democratic lawmakers have called for its removal, along with other statues and portraits honoring the Confederacy. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
State legislators seek removal of Confederate monuments at Texas Capitol

The decision may ultimately lie with Gov. Greg Abbott and the rest of the State Preservation Board, which last year authorized the removal of a plaque in the Capitol that said slavery was not an underlying cause of the Confederate rebellion.

Austin City Hall was one of several downtown buildings to get vandalized during June's protests against police brutality. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
Latest Austin police budget proposal seeks compromise, longer-term commitment to transformational change

The effort to make significant changes to the Austin Police Department has been met with clashing interests.

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Travis County health authority tells residents to 'stay the course' as cases plateau

Austin Public Health reported 273 new cases Aug. 5, higher than the seven-day moving average of 218 daily confirmed COVID-19 cases. APH also confirmed 41 new hospital admissions of coronavirus.

A photo of a sign for Austin Java
Austin Java closes 3 locations in Austin and Dripping Springs

Austin Java's City Hall, Met Center and Dripping Springs locations will close.

In the last year, Whataburger launched a new, modern restaurant design and began offering curbside and delivery services for the first time amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to the release. (Courtesy Elizabeth James for Whataburger)
Whataburger to celebrate 70th anniversary, unveil food truck, expand into 3 states

Nine more new Whataburger locations are planned by year's end, and 35 new restaurants are proposed for 2021.

Dell Children's Medical Center announced its new pediatric heart transplant program July 31. (Courtesy Dell Children's Medical Center)
Dell Children's begins pediatric heart transplant program

The hospital says the new program means children and their families will no longer have to travel outside of Central Texas for complex heart transplant procedures.

The U.S. Census Bureau will halt its counting operation a month earlier than expected. (Courtesy U.S. Census Bureau)
U.S. Census Bureau to halt counting operation a month earlier than expected

The self-response deadline has moved up to Sept. 30.