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DPCAC hears Harvey impact, emissions reports

Written by Staff. Posted in Community

When members gathered for the first time since Hurricane Harvey canceled its August meeting, Deer Park Community Advisory Council (DPCAC) heard from member facilities and city and county representatives about the impacts the storm and related flooding had on plant operations and employees.

Most plants fared well, with minimal operating impact. Many ride-out crews that stayed at plants during the storm were stranded longer than anticipated because of flooded roads, but no storm-related injuries were reported. On the average, about 20 percent of plant employees sustained damages from the storm. Each company is helping impacted employees. Examples included sheetrock-removal teams, grants or interest-free loans, cleanup and construction materials, and personal time off.

Deer Park realtor celebrates big milestone

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Carla NettlesA Deer Park native is celebrating a big milestone this month.

“Time flies when you are having fun!” said Carla Nettles, broker-owner of Summit Realtors, who celebrates her 30th year in real estate this month. “Sometimes it seems like just yesterday that I just got my license.”

Nettles started her career at Deer Park Realty with Delecia Fuller as her broker in 1987.

“Delecia took me under her wing and taught me everything. She was a great role model and teacher.” Fuller’s company later became The Prudential Fuller Real Estate and then later sold to Century 21 H*M Realty.

Nettles moved to Pat Lowery & Associates in 1994 where she worked under the great mentor Pat Lowery. After working for large franchise companies, working for a small mom-and-pop company was icing on the cake. She opened her own boutique real estate company, Summit Realtors in January of 1995.

A lot has changed in real estate over the years.

“When I first got in the business, there were no computers or fax machines. There were no lockboxes and when you wanted to show a house that was not your listing, you would have to go pick up a key at another real estate firm or sometimes the owners would just leave the house unlocked. We would promote our listings with flyers made by cutting and pasting artwork and photos. In a way, it was harder but in other ways not. The contracts were shorter and things were simpler,” she said.

Nettles has been one of the top realtors in the area, having produced more than $130 million in sales and selling more than 1,000 homes. She operates a professional, highly ethical organization with experienced agents.

Her parents are Jimmy and Ruthie Dawson, longtime residents. Her husband, Doug is a Deer Park police officer and his parents, Floyd and Marjorie Nettles are also Deer Park residents. She attributes her success to living in the community for so long and having earned a reputation as a hardworking, full time professional who will do a good job for her clients. She said another factor is keeping up with changes in the market.

Nettles invites all home buyers and sellers to contact Summit Realtors for all of their real estate needs.

Fire Prevention Parade set for Saturday morning

Written by Staff. Posted in Community

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Saturday morning, perhaps the city’s loudest parade will travel down Center Street. The Deer Park Fire Marshal’s Office and Fire Department will host its annual Fire Prevention Parade beginning at 10 a.m. Dozens of different trucks, ambulances, ladders and other fire fighting vehicles from across the region are scheduled to participate.

Shell FCU gives back for Hurricane Harvey victims

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sfcu fcuThe Furthering Community Unity (FCU) Team powered by Shell FCU completed their ninth annual “Supplies for Students” drive benefitting a school in Deer Park, Pasadena, La Porte, Pearland, Clear Creek, Spring, Galena Park and Humble Independent School Districts.

Throughout the month of July, all nine Shell FCU locations collected monetary and school supply donations. Employees sold chili dogs and Frito pies as well as hosted bake sales in the lobbies for their members to help raise more money. In total, the FCU Team raised $2,700 to purchase school supplies for the designated school districts.

Business Beat: October 2017

Written by Debbie Westbeld. Posted in Community

Business Beat is a monthly column recognizing Deer Park’s newest businesses and giving you other interesting business news from around town. Debbie Westbeld is the Economic Development Administrator for the City of Deer Park, and can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 281-478-2042. Visit for more business information.

Celebrating History: From their own eyes

Written by Sherry Garrison. Posted in Community

As Deer Park celebrates its 125th birthday in 2017, the Historical Committee looks back on the city's beginnings and preserve its memories for future generations. In this column, Committee chair Sherry Garrison shares the story of two Deer Park graduates who experienced the growth and culture of the community’s early years.