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Texas City's 'Crystal Clear Lagoon' opens to Lago Mar residents, public access phase underway

Texas City's 'Crystal Clear Lagoon' opens to Lago Mar residents, public access phase underway

The lagoon anchors a 100-acre mixed-use entertainment district inside the Lago Mar development that upon completion, will feature white sand beaches, a heated cabana pool, kayaks, paddleboards, sailboats, beach club and swim-up bar.

The Lago Mar development in Texas City opened its 12-acre "Crystal Clear Lagoon" to residents Friday, according to representatives with the developer, Land Tejas.

Land Tejas claims the attraction is the largest lagoon in Texas and the nation by length and waterfront shoreline. It spans more than a quarter-mile from end-to-end, holds 24 million gallons of water and its liner system is large enough to cover the entire Houston Galleria or 14 football fields, according to a news release.

A public, pay-for-access portion is the next phase for the project but no date has been announced yet. However, the general public can register for a one-day pass to the lagoon by stopping by the Lago Mar information center, representatives said.

The lagoon anchors a 100-acre mixed-use entertainment district that upon completion, will offer hotels, condo buildings, retail and dining options. When it opens to the public, the lagoon will offer white sand beaches, a heated cabana pool, kayaks, paddleboards, sailboats, kid's beach and swim-up bar.

Due to the pandemic, the lagoon is enforcing that guests and staff follow state health protocols, including wearing masks and practicing social distancing. Guests can also plan for "lagoon breaks" that will be issued to sanitize swim areas.

“We are in talks with several commercial development companies that plan to develop hotels and multi-family condominiums around the lagoon with direct views of the crystal clear water," Uri Man, Executive Vice President for Land Tejas said in the release. "Lago Mar is primed to become Houston’s new waterfront destination.”

The company has two other lagoons in Texas; a 2-acre lagoon in Humble's Balmoral community that opened in 2018 and a 4-acre lagoon in the Sierra Vista development in Rosharon still under construction.