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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As the number of patients with COVID-19 in Harris County intensive care units continues to fall, the percentage of those patients that make up the total numbers in the ICU fall below 30% on Aug. 10. (Community Impact staff)
Harris County coronavirus count: Percentage of COVID-19 positive ICU patients falls below 30%

The percentage has been slowly falling since reaching a high point above 50% in early July, according to data from the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council. Public health officials in Harris County have said they want to see that number below 15%.

JD Sports will open a new store at The Woodlands Mall this August. (Kelly Schafler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Businesses opening or coming soon in The Woodlands and more Houston-area news

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A majority of Clear Creek ISD students will return to school in-person classes this fall amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Graphic by Justin Howell/Community Impact Newspaper)
Clear Creek ISD delays full return to in-person instruction; group to protest at Aug. 10 board workshop

The district has extended the final phase of its back-to-school transition plan by one week, meaning some in-person students will return beginning Sept. 14 instead of Sept. 8.

Originally, the Coastal Texas Study included a proposal to build 76 miles of flood walls and levees to protect Galveston Island and the Bolivar Peninsula from flooding during hurricanes. (Courtesy Coastal Texas Study)
Bay Area officials considering ways to locally fund Coastal Texas Study

Bay Area officials are now considering ways to fund locally what could be a $23 billion-$32 billion federal flood mitigation project.

Here are the coronavirus data updates to know in Galveston County. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Galveston County COVID-19 cases continue downward trend

The total number of COVID-19 cases in Galveston County reached 9,376 on Aug. 8, but the number of daily new cases is still trending down.

Attendees sample a wide variety of global wines and cuisine during Wine & Food Week. (Courtesy Food & Vine Time Productions)
Wine & Food Week returns to The Woodlands and more news from the Houston area

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The number of deaths reported has been declining for the past three week, according to the Texas Medical Center. (Community Impact staff)
Texas Medical Center: COVID-19 hospitalizations down 10% since Aug. 3

The number of deaths reported has been declining for the past three week, according to the Texas Medical Center.

Harris County leaders discussed this week whether to raise or lower property taxes. (Courtesy Fotolia)
UPDATED: Harris Co. commissioners eyeing property tax rates

This article was updated Aug. 8 to clarify that an 8% tax rate increase is not considered to be on the table by commissioners.

A mother and daughter visit at Seasons Assisted Living & Memory Care in Conroe earlier in the pandemic. (Courtesy Seasons Assisted Living & Memory Care)
Texas allows limited visitations to nursing homes, long-term care facilities

Facilities that meet the requirements will allow limited visitations, but you still will not be able to hug or kiss your loved one.

HomeAid Houston partnered with Boys and Girls Country to open three cottages in Hockley. (Courtesy Boys and Girls Country)
Builders partner to serve homeless population through nonprofit HomeAid Houston

Since launching in 2003, the organization has helped provide 20,000 beds for homeless individuals in the Houston area.