RAYMONDVILLE, TEXAS – Chad Kinney, chairman of Willacy County Navigation District, says commercial development and fishing can co-exist at Port Mansfield.

Some local residents have argued that recreational fishing could suffer if the port becomes more focused on bringing in ocean going barges. In an exclusive interview with the Rio Grande Guardian International News Service, Kinney points out that he is a fisherman and he does not see the port becoming less attractive to fishermen.

Kinney also says that if it were not for the efforts of the navigation district, the port’s ship channel would not have been dredged, thus preventing many fishing boats from entering or exiting the harbor.


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