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ASCE Texas Section President

Audra N. Morse PhD, PE
President 2015-2016


Corpus Christi Seawall Dedication

Recently I attended the ceremony to dedicate the Corpus Christi Seawall as a Texas Historical Marker. The May 7 event took place on the beautiful Corpus Christi seawall. For the occasion, I had an opportunity to speak at the dedication ceremony and the following observation came to mind. The Corpus Christi Seawall was the vision of Walter Timon, a political figure and Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce President, to protect the beautiful city. After almost 30 years from initially proposing his idea of a seawall, the voters approved the first of two bonds to fund the project. The Corpus Christi Seawall accomplished many things.

•    Protect downtown from the storm surge generated by hurricanes. This was especially important to the residents of Corpus Christi who weathered the 1916 and 1919 hurricanes that hit Corpus Christi.

•    Extend 2 blocks into the bay.

•    Elevate the bay front above sea level 14 ft, which was 3.7 ft above the 1919 hurricane high water mark.

•    Provide a popular place for gathering (or hosting concrete canoe races).

•    Create a beautiful transition into and out of the sea due to the amphitheater appearance generated by the steps along the seawall.

I believe the Corpus Christi Seawall is quite similar to the Texas Section of ASCE, which was established in 1913 in Corpus Christi due to the vision of several civil engineers. The Texas Section of ASCE accomplishes many things.

•    Protects the integrity of the civil engineering profession.

•    Extends our reach to serve others.

•    Elevates the quality of life for future generations.

•    Provides a popular place for like minds to gather.Both the Corpus Christi Seawall and the Texas Section of ASCE are timeless.They connect us to the past, built out of lessons learned in the present and promotes forward thinking so that we are prepared for the future.


 I want to thank the Nueces County Historical Commission for organizing the event. I specifically want to thank Anita Eisenhauer, Mary Jo O'Rear, William Allan Hayes PE, Melinda Luna PE, and Daniel E. Garza PE for sharing their passion and knowledge regarding the Corpus Christi Seawall with all who was there.  Thank you to the Corpus Christi Mayor, Ms. Nelda Martinez, City Council Representative Ms. Carolyn Vaughn, and Nueces County Commissioner Mike Pusley for attending this historic event.

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