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Posted: Thursday, March 31, 2011 8:11 am

Have you seen those two Historical Tour signs just south of the intersection of Dickinson Boulevard and Main Street?

Don't feel bad if they haven't caught your attention -- they're easy to miss.

Fort Stockton Mayor Ruben Falcon wants to make sure visitors don't. March 23, he got the Fort Stockton Convention and Visitors Bureau board to agree to move the signs, and add a third sign near Paisano Pete.

The board voted to move forward with the project, which will include re-siting the two current signs, and the design and purchase of a new sign.

The two signs, which stand about 30 yards south of the Dickinson-Main intersection, denote the city's Historical Tour and provide a map for the driving tour.

The signs are there to draw visitors away from Dickinson and to the downtown area, as well as to lead them to various historic sites, such as the Annie Riggs Memorial Museum, the Old Jail and Historic Fort Stockton.

But that's only if people see them. Another problem, Falcon said, is that at their current location the signs can be a traffic hazard, as people who do see them often pull over just south of the intersection.

The new site for the signs, which currently houses another tourism sign, is a triangular piece of land about 50 yards south of the signs' current location. The new site will still allow vehicles to drive up in front of the sign, but also provide parking off of Main Street.

Falcon also said he would contact the Texas Department of Transportation about a crosswalk on the east side of Main Street at the Dickinson intersection to make it safer for visitors walking from the Chamber to Paisano Pete.

Among other business, the board:

>> approved the financial statement, the accounts payable and the occupancy tax report; director of tourism Doug May reported hotel tax receipts are on track for last year's total and he also informed the board some funds have been dedicated for work at the shooting range east of Fort Stockton

>> approved as much as $500 for the Senior Celebration Conference, which will be from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 19 at Pecos County Civic Center; according to Karan Heffelfinger of Texas AgriLife Extension Service, the event will provide area elderly with resources and information on topics such as diabetes, heart care, nursing and homemaker services and personal assistive devices; the event had requested $2,000, but May had reservations about fully funding the request due to the event's inability to draw a considerable number of overnight visitors to Fort Stockton

>> approved a funding request of $3,500 for the USTA Texas Section Zone Advancement Tournament April 9-10; the tennis tournament is expected to draw about 75-100 participants, according to Bert Rainwater

>> received the Fort Stockton Chamber of Commerce report from executive vice president Arna McCorkle, who told the board the Chamber had a "real good" month in February and that March has also been very busy; she said as many as 30 visitors at once have been at the Chamber; McCorkle also said the annual Chamber banquet went very well

>> received the report on Annie Riggs Memorial Museum and Historic Fort Stockton from museum director Jennifer Justison; the turnout for Texas History Day at the museum went well, Justison said; she also reported repairs are planned for Officers Quarters 7, the guardhouse at Historic Fort Stockton and the museum

>> May informed the board construction has started on improvements at the shooting range; May also said CVB is currently considering upgrades to its Internet site and a virtual tour

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