Part 3: The Coast and the Future

Part 3: Chronicling MCND#1’s 75th anniversary:  Caring for the Coast and Building for the Future Palacios completes the southernmost point of a connect-the-metros rectangle of Texas Coastal Plain.  The city is equidistant to a triangle of big cities and was often the... read more

Part 2: Changes Bring Challenges

Part 2: Chronicling MCND#1’s 75th Anniversary: Changes in the early shrimping industry brought challenges to the Navigation District Although Palacios suffered during the war years of the 1940’s, losing a number of the town’s young soldiers, enduring rationing and... read more

Part 1: Early Years of Shrimping

Part 1: Chronicling Matagorda County Navigation District No. One’s 75th anniversary – Early years of the shrimping industry in the Port of Palacios As far as the eye could see, citrus and fig orchards dotted the landscape. Rice and cotton filled in the rest of the... read more

Welcome to the Matagorda County Navigation District #1 in Palacios, Texas.  The Navigation District serves its Customers and Taxpayers by maintaining and developing safe navigation and marine facilities in an efficient and cost effective manner.  Through this service, we work to stimulate economic development and the retention and creation of jobs in our District.

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Port Profile

Matagorda County Navigation District #1
Port Director

Deborah G. “Debbie” Morris first visited Palacios, Texas in the late 1970’s. Like many other visitors to this coastal town, she did not know that a seaport was at the heart of the community. When Debbie and her family moved to Palacios from Katy, Texas, in 1999, it was evident that shrimping was the lifeblood of the Port, much like the area where she grew up – Atlantic Beach & Mayport, Florida. Debbie joined the Port as a part-time clerk in 2003 and eventually transferred all financial and investment responsibilities from the County to the Navigation District.  In 2009, her work at the District and past experience in investments and real estate management influenced the MCND#1 Board of Commissioners to appoint Debbie as Port Director. In her role as chief operations officer, Debbie has promoted the Port of Palacios throughout the U.S. and brought recognition to the Port from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Texas General Land Office, U.S. and Texas legislators and many State agencies.  Debbie is recognized as a certified County Investment Officer by Texas Association of Counties and serves as an officer on several boards, including the Matagorda County Economic Development Corporation and Palacios Economic Development Corporation.

Port of Palacios Offices