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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.
Matagorda County Navigation District #1
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