Crystal Lagoon in Texas City opens to public, new businesses in the Heights: News from Houston area

Crystal Lagoon opened for resident use in early June, and public access is available July 15-Sept. 13. (Courtesy of Lago Mar)
Crystal Lagoon opened for resident use in early June, and public access is available July 15-Sept. 13. (Courtesy of Lago Mar)

Crystal Lagoon opened for resident use in early June, and public access is available July 15-Sept. 13. (Courtesy of Lago Mar)

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Bay Area

Crystal Lagoon now open to public through mid-September

Crystal Lagoon is open to the public Wednesdays through Sundays starting July 15 through Sept. 13, according to a July 13 media release.

Heights-River Oaks-Montrose



New in the Heights: Businesses look to offer fitness and coffee, whiskey, sushi and more


Here are four businesses expected to open in the Houston Heights area in the coming months.

Lake Houston-Humble-Kingwood

America's Best Contacts & Eyeglasses now open in Valley Ranch Town Center


America’s Best Contacts & Eyeglasses, a discount eyewear and eye examination provider, opened June 26 at 21550 Market Place Drive, Ste. 200, New Caney. The national franchise carries a variety of different eyeglasses and contact lens brands as well as prescription and nonprescription sunglasses.

Spring-Klein

GUIDE: 4 home improvement projects to tackle during quarantine plus tips for a more flood-resilient house

Matt Sneller, owner of Spring-based construction company Sneller Custom Homes & Remodeling, offers four simple projects to do at home.

Statewide

Walmart, Sam's Club to require face coverings in all stores beginning July 20


Walmart and Sam's Club leaders announced in a press release July 15 all stores nationwide will require shoppers to wear a face covering beginning July 20.

Matt Dulin, Kelly Schafler, Anna Lotz and Colleen Ferguson contributed to this report.


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Harris County officials said the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has led to staffing challenges for both the sheriff's and district attorney's offices, creating a perfect storm of more than 90,000 backlogged cases and subsequent overcrowding in the Harris County Jail—already the second largest county jail population in the U.S. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Harris County infuses more than $25M to keep sheriff's, district attorney's offices afloat amid COVID-19 staffing challenges

Harris County officials said the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has led to staffing challenges for both the sheriff's and district attorney's offices, creating a perfect storm of more than 90,000 backlogged cases and subsequent overcrowding in the Harris County Jail—already the second largest county jail population in the U.S.

Fort Bend County commissioners discussed vaccine distribution at a regular court session Jan. 26. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Fort Bend County to open new vaccination sites and more Houston-area news

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The new voting machines differ from those previously used in Harris County in that they feature a digital touch screen as well as a paper copy of the voter's selections that the voter can verify before submitting the ballot into a secure on-site ballot box. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Harris County purchases 12,000 new hybrid voting machines ahead of May 1 elections

The new voting machines differ from those previously used in Harris County in that they feature a digital touch screen as well as a paper copy of the voter's selections that the voter can verify before submitting the ballot into a secure on-site ballot box.

Candidate filing for the May 1 election opened Jan. 13 and will close Feb. 12. (Community Impact staff)
Filing period now open for Clear Creek ISD board election

At-large Position A, as well as Districts 4 and 5, are up for re-election.

Eleven days after officials across Harris County's criminal justice system met to discuss how to alleviate overcrowding at the county jail during the coronavirus pandemic, progress has been "excruciatingly slow," according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office. (Courtesy Brian Jackson/Adobe Stock)
Progress 'excruciatingly slow' on effort to address overcrowding at Harris County Jail

"I know it is keeping many of us awake at night, and it should. It absolutely should," said U.S. District Judge Lee Rosenthal, who is presiding over an ongoing lawsuit dealing with the county's felony bail practices.

Texas Medical Center offers coronavirus updates

More than 118,000 people have received their first shot.

Harris County Flood Control District is planning to submit preliminary flood plain maps to the Federal Emergency Management Agency in late 2021. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Harris County's preliminary flood plain maps to be released in late 2021

The new flood insurance rates in Harris County could take effect in 2023 or 2024.

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Houston opens first drive-thru vaccination site

The site aims to distribute 1,000 doses per day for the first week and can scale up if more doses become available.

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo announced the opening of a COVID-19 vaccine waitlist at a Jan. 25 press conference. (Screenshot courtesy Facebook)
Harris County to open waitlist for COVID-19 vaccines Jan. 26

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo warned that vaccine supply remains "extremely limited," and it will still take time for those waitlisted to get an appointment.

There are a total of nine existing vaccine hub sites across Harris County and Galveston County. (Courtesy Texas Children’s Hospital)
NEW: Clear Creek ISD, Harris County Public Health to use Challenger Columbia Stadium parking lot as vaccine hub

The stadium is one of eight rotating sites; it will be operational Jan. 27-30.