News Flash

Posted on: August 3, 2021

Pop-up recycling events beginning August 14 and throughout fall

MARK YOUR CALENDARS!  The City is hosting several pop-up recycling events beginning August 14 so residents may more easily drop off recycled goods. Please see the flyer for more information and dates and locations!

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Community News
Posted on: August 2, 2021

Updated golf cart inspections list

We've updated the list of approved golf cart inspection providers, of which there are eight.

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Community News
Posted on: August 2, 2021

Weather watch: Cold front likely to bring scattered storms

Showers and thunderstorms are expected for parts of Southeast Texas for the early half of the work week as a weak cold front slowly pushes through the area, according to the National Weather Service.  

Along and near the front is where the heavies...
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Community News
Posted on: July 28, 2021

Early voting for District 1 Special Election begins August 16

Early voting for the August 28th District 1 election will begin on Monday, August 16 through Friday, August 20 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. And Monday and Tuesday, August 23-24 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Early voting locations will be the Galveston County Justice Cen...
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Community News
Posted on: July 19, 2021

Rental assistance applications due by July 30

The City of Galveston is accepting applications for rental assistance to households who have experienced financial losses due to COVID-19.

Under the ST-TBRA program, the City can assist households with up to 100% of the rent payment. The program will allo...

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Community News
Posted on: July 12, 2021

Rubber wheel trolleys running on weekends

Reminder: The rubber wheel trolleys are running Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The fare is just $1 for adults and free for kids. You can pick up the trolley at various locations downtown and on the Seawall. The trolley is not runnin...
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Community News
Posted on: June 29, 2021

Golf cart inspection provider list

UPDATED! Remember, there are new rules for golf cart rental operators and owners passed to promote better safety on our roadways.

Under the new requirements, annual registration fees for golf carts will increase to $150 for commercial golf cart rental oper...
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Community News
Posted on: June 25, 2021

New golf cart regulations in effect

GALVESTON, TX – June 25, 2021 – There are new rules for golf cart rental operators and owners passed to promote better safety on our roadways.

The Galveston City Council on Thursday voted to enact new regulations for golf cart ...

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Community News
Posted on: June 23, 2021

City, TAMUG collaborate with coastal resources project

An exciting partnership between the City of Galveston and Texas A&M University at Galveston led to new and useful materials for residents and visitors regarding island beaches and beach access.

For the last several months, the City of Galveston's Coast...

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Community News
Posted on: June 22, 2021

Galveston celebrating Independence Day with parade and fireworks

Galveston's beaches provide the perfect backdrop to Independence Day celebrations with a seaside parade and fireworks display. 

The Independence Day celebration is returning this year with floats, military vehicles, and fireworks.&nbs...

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Community News
Posted on: June 21, 2021

Free Covid-19 vaccines available July 9 at Wright Cuney

Free Covid-19 vaccines available at Wright Cuney Recreation Center on July 9, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For ages 12 and up!

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Community News
Posted on: June 17, 2021

Juneteenth to become a federal holiday

Juneteenth, a celebration with origins in Galveston, will soon be a national holiday. On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate passed legislation to establish June 19 as Juneteenth National Independence Day, a U.S. federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in t...

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Community News
Posted on: June 16, 2021

City monitoring activity in the Gulf

The City of Galveston is monitoring activity in the Gulf of Mexico and will update the public with the information we have as forecasts become more certain. 

At this time, the National Weather Service has the storm tracking into the northern Gulf ...
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Community News
Posted on: June 8, 2021

Flamingo Fest Golf Cart parade returning to Postoffice this Saturday

Decorated golf carts will parade down Postoffice Street on Saturday for the second annual Flamingo Fest Golf Cart Parade.

The Postoffice Committee of the Downtown Partnership is hosting the parade on Saturday, June 12 beginning at 12 p.m. The golf cart par...

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Community News
Posted on: June 4, 2021

Juneteenth recognized as official city holiday

The City of Galveston will officially recognize Juneteenth as a city holiday this year. The Galveston City Council voted unanimously to establish Juneteenth as a city holiday to recognize Galveston and American history.  
On June 19th, 1865, Union...
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Community News
Posted on: June 3, 2021

Tips for preventing catalytic converter theft

Catalytic converter theft is on the rise both in Texas and across the United States. Thefts of catalytic converters are skyrocketing across the country because they contain three valuable precious metals: rhodium, palladium, and platinum. The Galveston Po...

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Community News
Posted on: June 2, 2021

Update on the 24" waterline project

Crews next week will begin boring to install the 24" water line along Heards Lane that connects the 59th Street pump station to the pump station at Scholes International Airport. 

The project has been underway since March 2020, with utility w...
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Community News
Posted on: June 1, 2021

Hurricane preparedness fair scheduled for June 12

Today marks the first day of hurricane season and is a great time to make sure you're prepared.If you require help evacuating, be sure to sign up for the state's STEAR program by calling 2-1-1 to register.To sign up for alerts from the C...

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Community News
Posted on: May 28, 2021

City to begin enforcement towing trailers, boats parked on public streets

GALVESTON, TX – May 28, 2021 – The City of Galveston will begin enforcement next week of a new ordinance prohibiting the parking of boats, utility and recreational trailers, and other large motor vehicles in single family residential z...

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Community News
Posted on: May 28, 2021

Galveston summer band concert series returns Tuesday

The Galveston Beach Band Concert series returns this summer for its 92nd season!

The Galveston City Council on Thursday approved the summer band concert series, which is a weekly, free, family-friendly event held on Tuesdays at the Eugenia and George Sealy...

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Community News
Posted on: May 28, 2021

How to report water leaks to the City of Galveston

Water leaks on lines between the customer's meter and the main water supply are the city's responsibility. Please help us address these leaks by reporting any issue you see.There are three main ways to report a leak. On weekdays between ...

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Community News
Posted on: May 28, 2021

Special election scheduled for August 28 for District 1 council position

GALVESTON, TX – May 28, 2021 – A special election will occur on Saturday, August 28 for the District 1 position on the Galveston City Council.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott approved the special election this week, allowing the cit...

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Community News
Posted on: May 27, 2021

Galveston Launches Newest Beach Nourishment Projects

GALVESTON, TX (May 27, 2021) -- This year, Galveston Island’s most significant natural asset, the beaches, are getting a refresh. The City of Galveston, Galveston Park Board of Trustees, the Texas General Land Office (GLO), and the US A...

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Community News
Posted on: May 27, 2021

Summer watering and conservation tips

It's even more important to conserve water and practice good watering techniques with temperatures heating up. Here are some summertime tips for our residents:• Water early in the morning before 10 a.m. Avoid watering from mid-morning to...

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Community News
Posted on: May 27, 2021

Masks still required on Island Transit

Heads up! Passengers on Island Transit, including buses and the trolleys, are still required to wear masks per federal rules.
 
Federal Executive Order 13998, which went into effect on January 21, 2021, requires all passengers using public transpor...
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Community News
Posted on: May 26, 2021

City seeking applications for transit operator

Join our team! The City of Galveston Island Transit Department will be holding onsite interviews. In order to be invited you must fill out an application online at https://www.galvestontx.gov/519/Employment before June 4, 2021. If selected you will receiv...

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Community News
Posted on: May 26, 2021

Parks and recreation department hiring for various roles

Join our team! The City of Galveston Parks & Recreation Department will be holding onsite interviews. In order to be invited you must fill out an application online at https://www.galvestontx.gov/519/Employment before June 4, 2021. 

If selecte...
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Community News
Posted on: May 26, 2021

City requesting August special election for District 1 vacancy

The City of Galveston has filed a request with the Office of the Texas Governor to conduct a special election on August 28 to fill the District 1 position.

Voters in November elected E.R. Johnson to serve as the District 1 representative, however, Council...

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Community News
Posted on: May 24, 2021

Memorial Day closure next Monday

Friendly reminder: City facilities will be closed next Monday in observation of Memorial Day. Trash will run a day behind the normal schedule.

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Community News
Posted on: May 21, 2021

Trolley safety reminder

Friendly reminder: The rail trolleys are out testing and any vehicles parked blocking the trolley access will be towed. Please be sure to park within the lanes and look both ways when exiting the vehicle for your safety!

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Community News
Posted on: May 21, 2021

Public hearing next week on CDBG, HOME program funding

CITY OF GALVESTON

PUBLIC NOTICE

2021 CONSOLIDATED CDBG & HOME RECOMMENDED PROGRAMS

 

The U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) administers the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Programs...

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Community News
Posted on: May 21, 2021

$179 million granted by GLO for disaster mitigation projects in Galveston County

AUSTIN - Today in the city of Galveston, Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush joined Galveston Mayor Craig Brown, La Marque Mayor Keith Bell, Texas City Mayor Dedrick Johnson, and Dickinson Mayor Sean Skipworth to announce the Texas General Land Office ...

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Community News
Posted on: May 18, 2021

Weather update: Galveston under coastal flood advisory

Weather update!  Galveston is under a coastal flood advisory in effect until at least 1 a.m. with strong rip currents expected until at least Thursday night.The National Weather Service is predicting scattered storms beginning tonight through Wed...

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Community News
Posted on: May 14, 2021

City launching new coyote sighting tool

The City of Galveston's Animal Services Unit and Geographic Information System division have teamed up to create a coyote sighting tool to provide animal services officers and residents more information about the island's coyote populati...

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Community News
Posted on: May 13, 2021

Regional flood planning group appoints City Manager as coastal representative

The Texas Water Development Board San Jacinto Region 6 Flood Planning Group voted unanimously Thursday to appoint Galveston City Manager Brian Maxwell as the Coastal Communities Voting Member.

The group is closely involved in facilitating both regional an...

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Community News
Posted on: May 12, 2021

City hosting hurricane preparedness fair June 12

The City of Galveston is hosting our annual Hurricane Preparedness Fair a month from today! The preparedness fair will take place Saturday, June 12 at McGuire Dent Recreation Center, 2222 28th Street, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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Community News
Posted on: May 12, 2021

City preparing for possible influx of traffic for Jeep Weekend

GALVESTON, TX – May 12, 2021 –The City of Galveston will have additional public safety measures in place with a large event planned for neighboring Bolivar Peninsula. 

The annual Jeep Weekend returns to Crystal Beach this Satur...

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Community News
Posted on: May 7, 2021

Harborside Drive closure on May 17

A section of Harborside Drive from I-45 to 77th Street will be closed on Monday, May 17 for ongoing rail work.The Texas Department of Transportation announced the closure would occur on Monday, May 17 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.We anticipate this will could res...

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Community News
Posted on: May 6, 2021

City Manager's Report now online

The latest City Manager's Report is now available online at galvestontx.gov/citymanagersreport! This comprehensive report details each department's recent accomplishments and what's to come in the weeks ahead.

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Community News
Posted on: May 4, 2021

City accepting applications, interviewing for Galveston Park Board trustees

Galveston, TX, May 4, 2021 – The City of Galveston is accepting applications for five positions on the Galveston Park Board of Trustees.

The Park Board of Trustees' mission is to promote Galveston Island, its natural resources, ...

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Community News
Posted on: May 4, 2021

City hosting Shred Day on May 8

The City of Galveston is hosting a second Shred Day event this year following the success of the first event. The next Shred Day will be held on Saturday, May 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Galveston Recycling Center, 702 61st Street. 

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Community News
Posted on: April 30, 2021

The Grand Kids Festival returns this weekend

Galveston, TX – April 30, 2021 – The 25th Annual Grand Kids Festival returns this weekend in downtown Galveston with dozens of activities for kids and families.

The Grand Kids Festival will take place downtown on Postoffice Street betwe...

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Community News
Posted on: April 29, 2021

Rail trolleys testing now downtown

You may have spotted the trolleys out testing this week After being out of service for more than 10 years, the Galveston Island Trolley will open to passengers this summer.
Three of the four historic trolleys have been beautifully restored after getting d...
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Community News
Posted on: April 22, 2021

GPD hosting Blood Drive

The Galveston Police Department, located at 601 54th St., will host a Blood Drive on Thursday, May 6th from 4 pm to 7 pm.  Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center will park their donor coach in front of the Justice Center parking lot to accept donations...
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Community News
Posted on: April 21, 2021

Keep fats, oils and grease out of the sanitary sewer system

?????? We're seeing this issue in our community and its affecting our sanitary sewer system! 
Fats, oils and grease, known collectively as FOG, represent the most serious enemy of our sewer lines.
Common FOG includes: Butter, cooking oil, ...
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Community News
Posted on: April 19, 2021

FEMA offering assistance to residents applying for aid

FEMA will have in-person disaster assistance specialists available to help citizens register for aid from the February Winter Storms. Staff will be available on April 23, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 2000 Texas Avenue, Suite 500, in Texas City.

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Community News
Posted on: April 13, 2021

Free COVID-19 vaccines available Thursday in GALVESTON

Galveston County Health District has first dose Moderna vaccine appointments available Thursday, April 15:

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5600 Seawall Blvd.

Galveston, 77551

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Community News
Posted on: April 12, 2021

Reminder: Harborside closure April 12-30

REMINDER: Work continues on a major drainage project along 18th Street to increase the capacity to move water during storms and mitigate flooding, necessitating a Harborside closure between 19th and 16th streets. 
The second phase begins today. Th...
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Community News
Posted on: April 7, 2021

IRONMAN Texas Triathlon returns this weekend

Galveston, TX – April 7, 2021 – The annual Memorial Hermann IRONMAN 70.3 Texas Triathlon returns to the island this Sunday, April 11 with COVID-19 precautions. 

The swim, bike and run race begins at 6:30 a.m. and is ex...

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Community News
Posted on: April 7, 2021

Help migrating birds by participating in Lights Out Texas

Texas is globally important for birds. Approximately 1 of every 3 birds migrating through the U.S. in spring, and 1 of every 4 bird migrating through the U.S. in the fall, or nearly two billion birds, pass throu...

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Community News
Posted on: March 31, 2021

City accepting comments for CDBG, HOME programs

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) administers the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Programs. The City of Galveston will receive a funding allocation of $1,166,618 in CDBG and $246,70...

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Community News
Posted on: March 30, 2021

Rubber-wheel trolleys will begin Seawall, downtown routes Easter weekend

The rubber-wheeled trolleys will return this holiday weekend as a fun and convenient way to travel along the Seawall and downtown.

Beginning Friday, the rubber wheel trolleys will return to operating on their downtown and Seawall routes on Friday, Saturda...

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Community News
Posted on: March 26, 2021

Major 18th Street drainage project beginning Monday; work requires Harborside closure

Galveston, TX – Thursday, March 25 – Work will begin on a major drainage project along 18th Street next week to increase the capacity to move water during storms and mitigate flooding. 

The City of Galveston has issued a notice...

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Community News
Posted on: March 24, 2021

Parade honoring Mike Evans this Friday

Galveston will celebrate one of our hometown heroes this week with a parade honoring Ball High grad and professional athlete Mike Evans!

Mike Evans, a wide receiver for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, won his first Super Bowl championship in February with a 31-9...
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Community News
Posted on: March 19, 2021

Lasker Park Community Pool now accepting part-time lifeguard applications

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Lasker Park Community Pool now accepting part-time lifeguard applications

 

GALVESTON – March 19, 2021 -- The City of Galveston Parks and Recreation Department's Lasker Park Community Pool is gearing up to open for the ...

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Community News
Posted on: March 16, 2021

Look for pedestrian traffic and practice safety

As spring approaches, more and more Texans will take to the streets and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has an important message for both drivers and pedestrians: watch out for each other. 

State officials warn that pedestrian death...

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Community News
Posted on: March 11, 2021

Spring break reminders for residents, visitors

It's warming up and the island is preparing for a busy and enjoyable spring break. The City of Galveston has a few reminders for residents and visitors.

Under new state rules, businesses may decide if masks will be required in their establishment...

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Community News
Posted on: March 11, 2021

'Leave no trace' ordinance in effect

To protect wildlife and keep our beaches clean, the ‘Leave No Trace’ ordinance will be strictly enforced throughout spring break. 

The Leave No Trace ordinance (No 19-017 Secs 8-27) prohibits leaving any items, such as umbrella...

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Community News
Posted on: March 10, 2021

Changes to COVID-19 regulations beginning today

As a reminder, changes to the coronavirus regulations go into effect today. Rules at businesses may vary, and we ask that you please respect the business owners' wishes.

Masks are required in City facilities, including City Hall and the recreatio...

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Community News
Posted on: March 9, 2021

STR owners: Please inform guests of existing rules, regulations

With spring break approaching, we're reminding short-term rental owners to ensure all guests are aware of the existing rules and regulations and being courteous neighbors.

There are guest occupancy limits to each property and street parking is lim...

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Community News
Posted on: March 8, 2021

City to host recycling clean-up events April 10 – May 1

Get ready for spring cleaning! The City of Galveston will host our annual clean-up initiative with numerous recycling events April 10 - May 1.

On Saturdays from April 10 to May 1, the Galveston Recycling Center will host recycling days for different mater...

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Community News
Posted on: March 8, 2021

Free household waste disposal this Saturday

Galveston County is hosting a FREE contactless household hazardous waste disposal event on March 13th, 2021. 
Household Hazardous Waste Event
Date: Saturday, March 13th, 2021
Time: 10am to 4pm (or once capacity is met)
Location: Galveston County Fair...
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Community News
Posted on: March 5, 2021

Power update

Power is out in locations across the island because of a blown transformer at a substation. We’ve spoken with CemterPoint who say they’re working to get it restored as soon as possible. We’ll update as soon as we have additio...

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Community News
Posted on: March 4, 2021

City update regarding state COVID-19 policy

Governor Greg Abbott on Tuesday announced that the statewide mask order would expire, and businesses will open to full capacity beginning Wednesday, March 10.

In compliance with the Governor's order, a City of Galveston ordinance related to COVID-...

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Community News
Posted on: March 4, 2021

Virtual hearing for I-45 expansion project

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Houston District is proposing to reconstruct and widen I-45 from the Galveston Causeway Bridge to 61st Street in Galveston County, Texas.
This notice advises the public that TxDOT will be conducting an on-lin...
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Community News
Posted on: March 3, 2021

Lasker Park Community Pool update

We're working on freeze-related repairs to the Lasker Park pool and plan to open it as soon as possible, ideally by April 1.  
The Lasker Park community pool sustained damage during the freeze, and like many homeowners, we are awaiting pa...
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Community News
Posted on: March 3, 2021

Masks required on Island Transit

Island Transit riders and bus drivers will be required to wear masks while using public transit despite recent changes in Texas.
Governor Abbott’s order lifting the mask requirement beginning next Wednesday is not applicable to public transporta...
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Community News
Posted on: March 2, 2021

Supply drive, distribution this Friday for residents affected by freeze

A supply drive and distribution is happening this Friday for residents affected by the winter storm.
Supplies will be collected Friday morning from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and handed out from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 2801 Market.

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Community News
Posted on: March 2, 2021

City implementing utility billing changes to address freeze-related water leaks

The City of Galveston has developed a fair and equitable plan to address utility billing for customers that sustained pipe damage resulting in water leaks during the freeze. This policy adjusts customers’ bills to avoid costs from consumption ex...

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Community News
Posted on: March 2, 2021

Seawall parking rate increase goes into effect March 10

GALVESTON, TX – March 1, 2021 – A measure approved by Galveston voters to raise the Seawall hourly parking rate from $1 to $2 per hour will go into effect beginning Wednesday, March 10.  A Seawall parking committee ap...

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Community News
Posted on: March 1, 2021

City accepting applications, interviewing for Galveston Park Board, Planning Commission

Galveston, TX – The City of Galveston is accepting applications for a position on the Galveston Park Board of Trustees and a position on the Planning Commission. 

The Park Board of Trustees' mission is to promote Galves...

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Community News
Posted on: March 1, 2021

Report freeze-related damage

The City of Galveston is collecting information about any type of storm damage sustained during the February 2021 freeze. To fill out the form, visit galvestontx.gov/reportstormdamage
This is not an application for disaster relief or assistance so you woul...
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Community News
Posted on: February 26, 2021

GPD is now accepting applications for 2021 Virtual Citizens Police Academy

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The Galveston Police Department is excited to announce that this year’s Citizens Police Academy is going virtual! This one-of-a-kind Virtual Citizens Police Academy will take place on Zoom every Thursday from March 25th, 2021 to April 29th, 2021...

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Community News
Posted on: February 25, 2021

Mask order extended through March 2021

The Galveston City Council on Thursday extended the mask order to remain in effect through March 2021. The City Council will revisit this issue during next month's meeting.
The following order will remain in effect:
An order requiring commercial e...
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Community News
Posted on: February 24, 2021

Caring for freeze-damaged trees

The City of Galveston Tree Committee encourages residents to be mindful of how they’re caring for trees and plants that may have sustained freeze-related damage.

While it may be tempting to start trimming and removing damaged trees, the best tac...

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Community News
Posted on: February 23, 2021

SBA ready to assist Texas businesses and residents affected by the severe winter storms

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SBA Stands Ready to Assist Texas Businesses and Residents Affected by the Severe Winter Storms

 

Virtual Recovery Centers to Open Tuesday, Feb. 23

 

Low-interest federal disaster loans are now available to Texas businesses ...

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Community News
Posted on: February 22, 2021

Signed up for emergency alerts by phone or text

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The City of Galveston uses an Emergency Notification System to provide essential information quickly in a variety of situations. Alerts may be sent by the city to communicate news about unexpected road or street closures or the need to evacuate buildings ...

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Community News
Posted on: February 22, 2021

City facilities are operating during normal business hours.

Registered Plumbers

City of Galveston facilities are operating back at normal business hours. Trash services have started their normal schedule beginning Monday, February 22, and will continue through the week. The McGuire-Dent Recreation Center is operating normal business ...

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Community News
Posted on: February 22, 2021

Please check on neighbors

During this time of recovery, we're asking that the community please continue checking on your neighbors.
As we all know, many households lost power and water, and we're again asking for help making welfare checks on those in your neighbo...
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Community News
Posted on: February 22, 2021

Follow these common tips to avoid a potential plumber scammer in your area

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The City of Galveston wants you to protect yourself, your home, your business, and your finances after Winter Storm Uri by avoiding plumbing contractor scams. Follow these common tips from the Better Business Bureau to avoid a potential scammer in your ar...

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Community News
Posted on: February 22, 2021

List of registered plumbers

We're providing a list of all current registered plumbers on file.

Lister Plumbing (Richard Lee Lister Jr) 409-765-6833

American Residential Services (Dennis Calvert) 713-777-7777

A Better Plumbing (Rolando Cavazo...

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Community News
Posted on: February 22, 2021

City offering assistance to turn back on water service at residents’ homes, businesses

Municipal Utilities is ready and willing to assist residents who need assistance turning their water back on once repairs are completed.

We're taking requests on a first-come, first-serve basis. Licensed plumbers may turn back on residential and b...

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Community News
Posted on: February 22, 2021

Water distribution site opening at Sea Isle

The City is opening a water distribution site at the Sea Isle Fire Station, 21710 Shelby Drive, at 11:45 a.m.

Supplies will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. The locations will be open while supplies last.

Residents are welcome to drive-up...
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Community News
Posted on: February 21, 2021

Boil Water Notice Rescinded

The City of Galveston has lifted the boil water notice after lab results determined it was safe to do so. The City is also removing water restrictions as the system has been stabilized and the water supply is sufficient.

The City is providing water servic...

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Community News
Posted on: February 20, 2021

City water update, 1:30 p.m.

The City of Galveston's water system is stabilizing and water supply is steadily improving. We’re relaxing water restrictions to Stage 3, but we remain under a boil water notice.

WATER RESTRICTIONS 

As of Saturday at 12:30 p.m.,...

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Community News
Posted on: February 20, 2021

FEMA assistance

The White House has approved a major disaster declaration for 77 counties in Texas including Galveston County, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Saturday morning.
The declaration means that people whose property sustained damage during the storm can apply for ind...
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Community News
Posted on: February 20, 2021

West End water pressure notice

Residents who live west of Jamaica Beach will likely experience lower water pressure over the next two to four hours while we build water supply levels. Residents will still have water but will notice a pressure difference. 
As soon as possible, w...
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Community News
Posted on: February 19, 2021

Water distribution update

The City of Galveston had a successful day distributing nearly 5,000 cases of water to Galveston residents at three distribution centers (Island Community Center, Schlitterbahn, and Wright Cuney.)
The City of Galveston is waiting for additional water suppl...
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Community News
Posted on: February 19, 2021

Thursday Route Trash Services

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Trash services will continue tomorrow. The Thursday route will be picked up tomorrow morning (Saturday, February 20.) If your normal trash day is Thursday, please place your bins out early tomorrow to be collected.

Routes will be back to normal starting ne...

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Community News
Posted on: February 19, 2021

Water service priority notice

Municipal Utilities is working through a heavy backlog shutting off water at homes with broken pipes, and this is our first priority to help conserve the water supply and avoid service disruptions.

These requests will be given priority over requests to tur...

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Community News
Posted on: February 19, 2021

Galveston waiving permit fees for freeze-related damage

Galveston, TX – February 19, 2021 – The City of Galveston is waiving permit and inspection fees for work related to winter storms and sub-freezing temperatures.  

Galveston residents and business owners who sustained p...

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Community News
Posted on: February 19, 2021

City's water system remains fragile, please conserve

The City's water system is still very fragile, so we need residents to conserve water.

The City is under Stage 5 water restrictions. Water use should be limited to essential tasks only. Washing cars and filling pools are prohibited. We ask that r...

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Community News
Posted on: February 18, 2021

Water distribution site opens Friday morning

Water distribution to residents will begin Friday morning at 10 a.m. in two locations: the parking lot of Schlitterbahn located at 2109 Lockheed Street in Galveston and the Island Community Center, 4700 Broadway in Galveston.
Supplies will be distributed o...
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Community News
Posted on: February 18, 2021

City remains under boil water advisory

The City of Galveston remains under a boil water advisory and likely will through the weekend, or longer.
Use bottled or boiled water for drinking, and to prepare and cook food.
If bottled water is not available, bring water to a full rolling boil for 1 min...
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Community News
Posted on: February 18, 2021

Galveston Marathon is canceled due to ongoing winter storm

The Galveston Marathon previously scheduled for this weekend is canceled.

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Community News
Posted on: February 18, 2021

Actualización de la ciudad de Galveston, 1 p.m.

Este es el jueves 18 de febrero a la 1 p.m. actualización de la ciudad de Galveston.

Muchos residentes de la ciudad permanecen sin electricidad y agua debido a una crisis energética sin precedentes que afecta al estado de Texas y a la...

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Community News
Posted on: February 18, 2021

Actualización del agua de Galveston, 8 a.m.

Los niveles de los tanques de suministro de agua esta mañana se mantienen estables pero no aumentan. Estamos tratando de evitar otro cierre tomando medidas proactivas para conservar nuestro suministro de agua.

La Ciudad ha restaurado el agua en ...

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Community News
Posted on: February 18, 2021

City providing public restrooms

The City of Galveston is providing public restrooms for residents given that many still do not have water access in their homes.

The Port-A-Potty restrooms have been placed at 28 locations throughout the city. A full list is provided below. The City has a...

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Community News
Posted on: February 18, 2021

City of Galveston update, 1 p.m.

This is the Thursday, February 18, 1 p.m. update from the City of Galveston.

Many residents of the city remain without power and water due to an unprecedented energy crisis affecting the state of Texas and extensive water line leaks in the system caused b...

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Community News
Posted on: February 18, 2021

Galveston water update, 8 a.m.

Water supply tank levels this morning are holding steady but not increasing. We are trying to avoid another shutoff by taking proactive measures to conserve our water supply.
The City has restored water to many areas served by the 30th Street pump station ...
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Community News
Posted on: February 17, 2021

Tuesday's trash route will be picked up Thursday

Trash services will continue tomorrow. The Tuesday route will be picked up tomorrow morning (Thursday, February 18.) If your normal trash day is Tuesday, please place your bins out early tomorrow to be collected.

Trash collection is going to run two days b...

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Community News
Posted on: February 17, 2021

Please check on your neighbors

Please continue to check on your neighbors and loved ones during this difficult time when much of the city remains without power.
The City of Galveston's emergency personnel are responding to calls but do not have the resources available to perfo...
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Community News
Posted on: February 17, 2021

Please check on your neighbors

Please continue to check on your neighbors and loved ones during this difficult time when much of the city remains without power.
The City of Galveston's emergency personnel are responding to calls but do not have the resources available to perfo...
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Community News
Posted on: February 17, 2021

Warming center at McGuire Dent Recreation Center opening tonight

The City of Galveston is opening a warming center at the McGuire Dent Recreation Center on Wednesday night beginning at 6 pm until Thursday at 10 a.m.

The McGuire Dent Recreation Center, 2222 28th Street, will serve as a warming center for the public, part...

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Community News
Posted on: February 17, 2021

Water update, 4:30 p.m.

Crews are working around the clock to get water back up and running in the city. The City of Galveston's municipal utilities team continues to closely monitor the water supply and has crews deployed throughout the city repairing water mains.&...
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Community News
Posted on: February 17, 2021

City beginning water distribution for Galveston residents

The City of Galveston has received a generous water donation from Rep. Mayes Middleton and will begin distributing water tonight at McGuire Dent Recreation Center beginning at 6 p.m. until supplies last.

We are distributing four 4 bottles of water to each ...

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Community News
Posted on: February 17, 2021

Wednesday, 12:30 p.m.: Power, water outage update

We're providing updates as new information is available. The following is a message from Mayor Craig Brown regarding the current power and water situation:

"The City has spent the last week in constant conversations with Centerpoint, the Elec...
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Community News
Posted on: February 17, 2021

Boil water advisory

Due to reduced distribution system pressure, line breaks, and low disinfection residuals, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has required the City of Galveston Municipal Utilities / PWS 0840003 public water system to notify all customers to boi...

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Community News
Posted on: February 17, 2021

City issues boil water notice, enters Stage 5 water restrictions

Galveston, TX – February 17, 2021 – The City of Galveston is under Stage 5 water restrictions after prolonged freezing temperatures exacerbated by the loss of power for heating caused major water line breaks in homes and busin...

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Community News
Posted on: February 16, 2021

Emergency water update

The City of Galveston is experiencing water line breaks across the island due to sub-freezing temperatures over the last two days. During this time, the Gulf Coast Water Authority, the city's water supplier, separately encountered a water supply ...
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Community News
Posted on: February 16, 2021

What to do if you experience water line breaks

Water line breaks 
As temperatures begin to warm, residents may discover they have a broken water line or do not have running water.
If you do not have running water in your home or if you have low pressure, your service line is most likely frozen,...
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Community News
Posted on: February 16, 2021

City operations resume Wednesday, McGuire Dent will be closed

The McGuire Dent Recreation Center will serve as a warming center until tomorrow at 10 a.m. It will then be closed Wednesday to allow for the building to be cleaned and staff who have been working nights to rest. Normal recreation center operations will r...

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Community News
Posted on: February 16, 2021

Mayor requesting immediate assistance from Governor's Office

Galveston Mayor Craig Brown is calling on the Governor’s Office to provide immediate assistance and relief to Galveston residents who have been without power for more than 24 hours during frigid temperatures and winter conditions.

Many Galveston ...

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Community News
Posted on: February 16, 2021

Power restoration occurring across the island

A bright spot in a dark week! The City Manager just spoke with CenterPoint Energy and power is being restored to areas that have been without for more than 24 hours. Part of the West End, downtown and East End are coming back online now. The hope is to ke...

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Community News
Posted on: February 16, 2021

Water supply notice

As temperatures increase and ice begins thawing, we anticipate there could be major water line breaks throughout the city and customer service pipes (water supply lines) could be impacted by the freeze. This could result in water supply issues. 
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Community News
Posted on: February 16, 2021

Limited information available about power situation

There is limited information available about the power situation as the state faces an unprecedented energy crisis. The City has been in communication with CenterPoint Energy, and the latest timeline for restoration is it could be tonight, though this is ...
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Community News
Posted on: February 15, 2021

City opening a warming center at McGuire Dent Recreation Center

Galveston, TX – February 15, 2021 – The City of Galveston is opening a warming center at the McGuire Dent Recreation Center beginning Monday, February 15, 2021 at 6 p.m. It will remain open until Tuesday morning.

The McGuire D...

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Community News
Posted on: February 15, 2021

City update: What we know about the power outage

Residents and businesses across Galveston are without power as the state responds to an energy crisis. At this time, we estimate 90-95 percent of Galveston residents are without power.

The City Manager has been in communication with CenterPoint Energy and ...

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Community News
Posted on: February 13, 2021

City postponing trash service, transit due to inclement weather

The City of Galveston is suspending trash service until Wednesday due to inclement weather anticipated beginning Sunday through Tuesday.

This will affect trash services for all routes throughout the week. Monday’s route will be collected on Wedn...

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Community News
Posted on: February 12, 2021

City to operate normal services Monday and Tuesday

Galveston, TX – February 12, 2021 – City services will continue uninterrupted on Monday and Tuesday of next week; however, we anticipate there could be delays due to inclement weather.

The City's sanitation department ...

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Community News
Posted on: February 10, 2021

Galveston Certified as Bird City Texas Community

Galveston is now certified as a Bird City Texas community, according to Audubon Texas and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, partners in the Bird City Texas Initiative. Galveston is one of three cities in the state to achieve Bird City designation this ...

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Community News
Posted on: February 9, 2021

City reminding Mardi Gras revelers to be mindful of COVID-19 restrictions

Mardi Gras is a time for celebration but this year it is a time for enjoying ourselves in a manner that is respectful of the health and well-being of our community. Galveston has a proud history when it comes to Mardi Gras and we also have a history of co...

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Community News
Posted on: February 5, 2021

City accepting applications for the Texas Emergency Rental Assistance Program (TERAP)

Galveston, TX – February 5, 2021 – The City of Galveston is accepting applications for the Texas Emergency Rental Assistance Program through February 26, 2021. 

The TERAP provides rental assistance to income-eligible households...

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Community News
Posted on: February 5, 2021

Closures this weekend on I-45

This weekend there will be a total closure of I-45 due to construction. Beginning tonight, February 5, at 9 p.m., until Monday, February 8, at 5 a.m., there will be total closures along I-45 northbound and southbound. 

There will be a total northb...
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Community News
Posted on: February 5, 2021

Celebrate Mardi Gras with a House Float tour

Although there's no official Mardi Gras! Galveston, this year, you can't keep saintly ideas from being bestowed on the masses. For 2021's carnival season, Galveston Island's Krewe of Saints is inviting all krewes, resid...

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Community News
Posted on: February 1, 2021

City extends COVID-19 emergency orders

GALVESTON, TX – February 1, 2021 – The Galveston City Council on Thursday voted unanimously to extend a state of emergency and disaster order for the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The City Council voted to extend three orders related to t...

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Community News
Posted on: January 29, 2021

Remains recovered during search for missing TAMUG student

GALVESTON, TX – January 29, 2021 – Investigators discovered human remains during a search Friday morning for a Texas A&M University at Galveston cadet reported missing this week. While the identification of the body is not yet offi...

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Community News
Posted on: January 28, 2021

City Manager provides update during Kiwanis meeting

City Manager Brian Maxwell provided an update during the Kiwanis meeting this morning about city operations, COVID vaccinations, ongoing construction projects, and other city-related news. Here are some highlights from the presentation and a link to a ful...
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Community News
Posted on: January 28, 2021

Information about vaccine waitlist

To simplify the registration process for COVID-19 vaccine appointments at sites around the county, the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston County Health District, and Galveston County will begin using a vaccine waitlist.
Those interested in getti...
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Community News
Posted on: January 27, 2021

Operation Washout yields 123 arrests

Galveston Police Department

Galveston, Texas – The Galveston Police Department, along with other federal and Galveston County law enforcement agencies, announced their results of Operation Washout, a 10-day task force that focused on gang-related violence in Galveston Coun...

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Community News
Posted on: January 26, 2021

Reminder: Public art grants due Feb 1

We're accepting public art grant applications through February 1, 2021. These art projects may be funded at any level; however, the emphasis will be on projects with a budget of $5,000 or less.  Projects must be completed by the end of t...
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Community News
Posted on: January 25, 2021

Public hearing for CDBG-CV program

The CARES Act made supplemental CDBG funding available through the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for grants to prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus. HUD has awarded the City of Galveston $512,534 in CDBG-CV funding thir...

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Community News
Posted on: January 25, 2021

How to report street light outages

What do you do if there is a street light out in your neighborhood? Street light outages happen from time to time because of storms, sensor malfunctions  or other issues. 

CenterPoint Energy serves the island and has an easy way to report...

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Community News
Posted on: January 25, 2021

Vaccine registration closed

Update: All available appointments for the Galveston County Health District vaccine clinic have been filled and registration is now CLOSED.

Please visit www.gchd.org/covidvaccine for more information on future appointments.

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Community News
Posted on: January 22, 2021

COVID-19 vaccine information

Are you wondering how to get a COVID-19 vaccine?
UTMB was very recently named a COVID-19 vaccine hub provider by the State of Texas. Working in concert with Galveston County, the Galveston County Health District and other community partners, UTMB is focusi...
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Community News
Posted on: January 22, 2021

Registration for COVID-19 vaccine hub now closed

1:30 p.m. update: All available appointments for the Galveston County Vaccine Hub have been filled and registration is now CLOSED.

Please go to utmbhealth.com/vaccine for more information on future appointments.

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Community News
Posted on: January 21, 2021

City facilities reopening to public on a limited basis

City of Galveston facilities will partially reopen to the public beginning Monday, January 25 at 8 a.m. The City will reopen its Utility Billing Department in City Hall to the public and allow in-person meetings by appointment only with other city departm...

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Community News
Posted on: January 21, 2021

December City Manager's Report now online

The December City Manager’s Report is now available online at galvestontx.gov/citymanagersreport. This report highlights what each city department has accomplished in the last month and a look at what’s ahead. Please take a few minutes...

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Community News
Posted on: January 14, 2021

Applications open for short-term rental assistance program

Galveston, TX – January 14, 2021 – The City of Galveston is accepting applications for a rental assistance program to help those who have faced financial hardship caused by the pandemic. The City will accept applications until Friday, ...

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Community News
Posted on: January 14, 2021

Residents invited to vote on the next official city flag

GALVESTON, TX – January 13, 2021 – Residents are invited to help select the official City of Galveston flag by voting on their favorite designs.

The City of Galveston’s Cultural Arts Commission last year asked artists...

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Community News
Posted on: January 13, 2021

Notice for short-term rental owners

Thursday, Jan. 14 update: The notification from Airbnb was not a mass email and was perhaps even sent in a few isolated cases.  Airbnb is aware of the error and is instructing their property managers accordingly.
Wednesday, Jan. 13: It's ...
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Community News
Posted on: January 12, 2021

COVID-19 testing on January 15 at Fire Station 1

GALVESTON, TX – January 12, 2021 – The City of Galveston will serve as a free drive-thru COVID-19 testing site on Friday, January 15. The state will provide free testing at Fire Station 1, 823 26th Street, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.&nbs...

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Community News
Posted on: January 5, 2021

City facilities closed to public; City will continue providing services online, by phone

GALVESTON, TX – January 5, 2021 – The City of Galveston will return to providing services by phone or online in response to rising cases of Covid-19 in the community. City facilities will be closed beginning this afternoon for the prot...

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Community News
Posted on: December 31, 2020

COVID-19 testing on January 6 at Fire Station 1

GALVESTON, TX – December 31, 2020 – The City of Galveston will serve as a free drive-thru COVID-19 testing site on Wednesday, January 6. The state will provide free testing at Fire Station 1, 823 26th Street, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.&...

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Community News
Posted on: December 31, 2020

City to offer curbside Christmas tree collection

GALVESTON, TX (December 30, 2020) – The City of Galveston will offer curbside Christmas tree collection in early January for the benefit of our residents. 

The sanitation department will collect Christmas trees on Friday, January 8 and S...

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Community News
Posted on: December 29, 2020

Apply online for residential parking permits

Residents needing parking passes for their neighborhoods may apply online.

Residential parking permits are free to residents who live in these areas, however, they require an application and proof of residency. The application and maps of the parking areas...

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Community News
Posted on: December 22, 2020

City services schedule for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day

City facilities will be closed on Christmas Eve (Thursday, Dec. 24) and Christmas Day (Friday, Dec. 25.) Island Transit will operate on a Saturday schedule on Christmas Eve and will be closed Christmas Day. Trash service will operate on the normal schedul...
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Community News
Posted on: December 22, 2020

New COVID-19-related restrictions in effect per governor’s order

Galveston, TX – December 22, 2020 – New restrictions are in place effective today, including reduced restaurant capacity to 50 percent, the closure of bars and the cancellation of elective surgeries, as part of Governor Abbott...

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Community News
Posted on: December 16, 2020

Voters decide Galveston City Council positons

GALVESTON, TX (December 16, 2020) – The Galveston City Council has been elected for a term ending in May 2022 following the November election and a runoff election held Tuesday. 

Galveston City Council seats are unpaid positions, and can...

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Community News
Posted on: December 14, 2020

Texas Supreme Court grants City’s request for oral argument

GALVESTON, TX – December 14, 2020 – The Texas Supreme Court on Monday granted the City’s Request for Oral Argument in the City’s Petition for Mandamus against the Texas General Land Office.  Oral argument i...

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Community News
Posted on: December 8, 2020

Free drive-thru COVID-19 testing on Friday, Dec. 18

The City of Galveston will serve as a free drive-thru COVID-19 testing site on Friday, December 18. The state will provide free testing at Fire Station 5, 5728 Ball Street, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Testing is sponsored by the State of Texas and mana...
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Community News
Posted on: December 3, 2020

McGuire Dent Recreation Center closed Thursday afternoon

The McGuire Dent Recreation Center will be closed this afternoon for cleaning and sanitation.
We will reopen tomorrow morning at our normal hours.

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Community News
Posted on: December 3, 2020

Early voting begins for December 15 runoff election

Early voting has started for the December 15 runoff election, which has four positions on the Galveston City Council on the ballot, including positions for mayor, District 2, District 3 and District 5.

Early voting started Monday, November 30 and will cont...

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Community News
Posted on: November 19, 2020

Scholes International Airport publishes draft master plan

The Scholes International Airport is developing its five-, 10- and 20-year master plan and welcomes public comments about the ideas and strategic plan presented to date.This study evaluates the airport’s capabilities and role, to forecast future...

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Community News
Posted on: November 18, 2020

IRONMAN Texas Triathlon returns this weekend with pandemic precautions

Galveston, TX – November 18, 2020 – The annual Memorial Hermann IRONMAN 70.3 Texas Triathlon returns to the island this Sunday, November 22 with COVID-19 precautions. The event was rescheduled from earlier this year after chan...

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Community News
Posted on: November 12, 2020

City Council adopts temporary tax exemption for TS Beta

City of Galveston property owners who sustained property damage during Tropical Storm Beta may be eligible for temporary tax relief.  They are encouraged to complete an exemption application which is available online and submit it to the Galvesto...

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Community News
Posted on: November 10, 2020

City facilties closed for Veterans Day

City facilities will be closed in observation of Veterans Day on Wednesday, November 11. Both recreation centers will be closed and Island Transit will operate a Saturday route (7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.) Trash services will run a day behind the usual schedu...

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Community News
Posted on: November 6, 2020

Lane closures on Broadway

There will be lane closures at areas along Broadway Avenue over the next several weeks as work continues on the state's SH87 repaving project.

 

The Texas Department of Transportation has lane closures on Broadway at 29th and 30th streets ...

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Community News
Posted on: November 6, 2020

Free, walk-up COVID-19 testing available Thursday in Galveston

GALVESTON, TX – November 6, 2020 – The State of Texas is offering free testing on Thursday at Galveston’s Fire Station #1 at a time when the number of coronavirus cases is increasing locally and across the country.&a...

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Community News
Posted on: November 4, 2020

Voters elect City Council positions, some races head to runoffs

GALVESTON, TX (November 4, 2020) – The Galveston mayoral position and six City Council districts were among the many races on the November ballot for Tuesday's election. The following unofficial results are according to the Gal...

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Community News
Posted on: November 4, 2020

Galveston election information

The Galveston mayoral position and six City Council districts were among the many races on the November ballot for Tuesday's election. The Galveston County Clerk's Office conducts the election for local races. The unofficial results are ...
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Community News
Posted on: November 3, 2020

Planning Commission recognizes island projects for second annual design awards

Congratulations to the winners of the second annual Planning and Design Awards! The Galveston Planning Commission recently recognized several notable island projects during the second annual Planning and Design Awards. The list of awardees includes projec...
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Community News
Posted on: November 2, 2020

Utility department/Xfinity opens to public with coronavirus precautions

The City of Galveston’s utility billing department is reopening this week to the public with health and safety precautions in place. The Xfinity Comcast Service Center in City Hall is also reopening to the public.

In-person meetings with other d...

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Community News
Posted on: October 29, 2020

Water services restored on 61st Street after water line break

Update: Water services were restored Friday afternoon to areas along 61st Street and Stewart Road after crews completed repairs to a water line break.

Original: An emergency water line break caused crews to turn off water along 61st Street between Stewart...

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Community News
Posted on: October 29, 2020

City to host ‘Drive-Thru Boo!’ trick-or-treating event this Friday

Galveston, TX – October 28, 2020 – The City of Galveston is hosting “Drive-Thru Boo!”, a trunk-or-treating event at McGuire Dent Recreation Center this Friday beginning at 5 p.m. 

 

Galveston familie...

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Community News
Posted on: October 27, 2020

City accepting applications for public art grants

Galveston, TX – October 27, 2020 – The City of Galveston’s Cultural Arts Commission is seeking proposals for public art projects on the island.  

These art projects may be funded at any level; however, the em...

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Community News
Posted on: October 26, 2020

City monitoring temporary bypass sewer line during water line construction

Galveston, TX – October 26, 2020 – For the next four to six weeks, residents who live in the 74th Street area should expect to see a temporary bypass sewer line periodically.

Work is underway constructing a 24-inch water line e...

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Community News
Posted on: October 23, 2020

Road closures during formerly-scheduled Lone Star Rally

City staff, including the Galveston Police Department, are preparing for an influx of motorcycles from November 5th through November 8th, which would have been the Lone Star Rally dates for this year. Over the summer, the Lone Star Rally announced it was ...

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Community News
Posted on: October 22, 2020

GALVESTON POLICE DEPARTMENT HOSTING ANNUAL DRUG TAKE BACK

Drug Take Back Flyer

Galveston, TX - The Galveston Police Department (GPD) and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) are hosting a public drug take-back event Saturday, October 24, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Galveston Police Department lobby. A face covering is r...

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Community News
Posted on: October 21, 2020

Ride Program pending changes to take effect in November

Galveston, TX - Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Island Transit needed to comply with the CDC guidelines and Governor Greg Abbott's orders regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Island Transit has been operating at 30 percent capacity since the early stag...

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Community News
Posted on: October 14, 2020

GPD National Night Out for District Three and Four

Document

The Galveston Police Department held its first virtual National Night Out for district three and four. 

Check it out: https://youtu.be/MC7SLslVDXY

Community News
Posted on: October 9, 2020

GPD publishes draft policy manual, invites community feedback

The Galveston Police Department has nearly completed a comprehensive review and update of its policies to ensure best practices and is publishing a working draft of the department's policy manual for public review and comment.

 

The polic...

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Community News
Posted on: October 9, 2020

GPD National Night Out for District One and Two

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On Thursday, October 8, 2020, the Galveston Police Department held their virtual National Night Out for district one and two. Each district was informed on crime statistics on the island, ways to stay safe in the community, and how GPD is responding to ca...

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Community News
Posted on: October 8, 2020

Congratulations McGuire-Dent Recreation Center at Menard Park

The Daily News Readers Choice Certificate

The COVID-19 pandemic has not stopped the excellent service in Galveston. In July, the Daily News asked readers to nominate their favorite businesses in more than 100 categories, and the City of Galveston's McGuire-Dent Recreation Center at Menar...

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Community News
Posted on: October 8, 2020

Watch GPD's first night of National Night Out

The Galveston Police Department hosted their first virtual National Night Out in light of the unforeseen COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing restrictions. In case you missed it, you can watch GPD's virtual National Night Out here

Na...

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Community News
Posted on: October 7, 2020

City accepting applications for Planning Commission

The City of Galveston is accepting applications for a position on the Planning Commission.

The Planning Commission duties are to make, amend, extend, or add to a Master Plan for the physical development of the City; recommend to the City Council approval o...

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Community News
Posted on: October 7, 2020

City of Galveston under Tropical Storm Watch

The City of Galveston is under a Tropical Storm Watch in effect because of Hurricane Delta, currently over the Yucatan Peninsula.

The City is anticipating high tides and rain Thursday and Friday. The National Weather Service is forecasting tides 4-5 feet ...

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Community News
Posted on: October 5, 2020

Kitchen safety tips to prevent house fires

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It's Fire Safety Prevention Week and this year the focus is on kitchen safety because cooking is the leading cause of house fires and most fires in the kitchen occur when cooking is left unattended. 
What you should know about home cookin...
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Community News
Posted on: October 2, 2020

GLO issues new emergency rules for dune restoration

The Texas General Land Office (GLO) has adopted emergency rules that enable coastal cities and counties affected by Hurricane Laura and now, Tropical Storm Beta, to expedite the beachfront construction and dune protection permitting process. 

The ...

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Community News
Posted on: October 2, 2020

Galveston Police Department’s National Night Out Going Virtual for 2020

GALVESTON, TX – October 2, 2020 – The Galveston Police Department will host its first virtual National Night Out (NNO) in light of the unforeseen COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing restrictions. Instead of heading out int...

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Community News
Posted on: October 2, 2020

City seeking public comment on drainage project applications

Improving the island’s drainage is one of the City of Galveston’s highest priorities, and the city has developed long-term plans for extensive drainage solutions in addition to the progress already underway on numerous improvements.

As ...

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Community News
Posted on: October 1, 2020

City accepting design proposals for official flag

Galveston, TX – October 1, 2020 – Are you interested in shaping your city's history by developing the official city flag? 

 

The City of Galveston's Cultural Arts Commission is currently accep...

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Community News
Posted on: October 1, 2020

Utility online payment service will be down for scheduled maintenance

The utility billing portal will be down for pre-scheduled maintenance on Friday, Oct. 2 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Customers will not be able to pay their utility bill online during this time. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Community News
Posted on: September 28, 2020

Report any Tropical Storm Beta damage

The City of Galveston is collecting information about any type of storm or wind damage sustained during Tropical Storm Beta. If you had any storm damage, please report it at galvestontx.gov/reportstormdamage 

This is not an application for disaste...

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Community News
Posted on: September 25, 2020

GFD to promote kitchen fire safety

The Galveston Fire Department is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association to promote this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” The campaign works to educate everyone abo...
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Community News
Posted on: September 24, 2020

Understand your flood hazards and what to do

The City of Galveston is dedicated to minimizing the loss of life and property that is associated with flooding events, and providing residents with a safe environment to live, work, and play. Since you own or live in a property that is subject to floodin...

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Community News
Posted on: September 24, 2020

Urgent: Census deadline is fast approaching

We're in the home stretch! The Census deadline is in less than a week. Galveston still trails other communities in response rates, and we need an accurate count.

Have you told your friends and neighbors about the Census? 

Visit www.2020cen...

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Community News
Posted on: September 23, 2020

Dine Out for Charity underway this week and next

Galveston residents and visitors will enjoy top-notch cuisine and help local non-profits at the same time when they participate in Dine Out for Charity. The Texas Restaurant Association-Galveston Chapter in partnership with Yaga’s Entertainment ...

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Community News
Posted on: September 23, 2020

Sanitation adding collection days this week

Our sanitation team will be working additional days this week to complete all the routes affected by flooding from Tropical Storm Beta.

Crews on Friday will collect those Monday's route bins they were unable to get to because of street flooding. ...
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Community News
Posted on: September 22, 2020

Island Transit services suspended

Island Transit has suspended fixed-route services today because of high water along routes and at the terminal. We apologize for the inconvenience, and thank you for your patience. 

Community News
Posted on: September 22, 2020

Limited sanitation service due to high water

There will be limited sanitation services today due to the high water.
Crews are able to service the following areas:

Campeche Cove81st Street

Stewart Rd
65th - 81st - (Stewart to Seawall)
Some parts of Teichman to 91st Street
Bayou Shore to Newman
51st to 55th
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Posted on: September 21, 2020

Island Transit to resume fixed-route services Tuesday

Island Transit will operate its fixed-route service tomorrow (Tuesday) unless conditions deteriorate more than anticipated. At this time, we feel we will be able to safely operate transit. 

The City will also run Tuesday’s trash collecti...
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Community News
Posted on: September 20, 2020

Island Transit, trash services update

Island Transit will not operate its fixed-route services Monday due to inclement weather and street flooding expected from Tropical Storm Beta. Depending on the weather, fixed-route services will resume on Tuesday. Island Transit will operate Dial-A-Ride ...

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Community News
Posted on: September 19, 2020

City issues voluntary evacuation for West End, low-lying areas

Galveston, TX – September 19, 2020 – City of Galveston Mayor Pro Tem Craig Brown has issued a voluntary evacuation of the West End (west of the Seawall) and low-lying areas of the island in response to the high tides and rainfall expec...

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Community News
Posted on: September 18, 2020

With forecast still uncertain, storm expected to bring high tides, rain

Galveston, TX – September 17, 2020 – A slow-moving Tropical Depression is expected to develop into a Tropical Storm later today and could track slowly up the Texas Coast, bringing high tides and rain, according to the National Weather ...

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Community News
Posted on: September 18, 2020

Emergency declaration, certain Covid orders extended through January

The Galveston City Council on Thursday extended an emergency declaration related to the COVID-19 pandemic through January 31, 2021.
The extension of the emergency declaration also extended other Coronavirus-related orders in effect, including a face-cover...
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Community News
Posted on: September 17, 2020

Galveston City Council approves property tax rate

GALVESTON, TX – September 17, 2020 – The Galveston City Council on Thursday voted unanimously to adopt a tax rate of 56 cents per $100 property valuation ($0.56) for property tax year 2020, a rate that is nearly 2 cents less t...

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Community News
Posted on: September 16, 2020

Sanitation service notice: Wednesday's route delayed

Sanitation is working to collect Wednesday’s route; however, we are running on a delay. A truck issue caused a delay yesterday, with some Tuesday route bins getting collected this morning instead. Crews are now working on Wednesday’s r...

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Community News
Posted on: September 14, 2020

Fitch assigns an ‘AA’ rating, citing stability and resilience

Galveston, TX – September 14, 2020 – Fitch Ratings affirmed the City of Galveston’s solid ‘AA’ credit rating, reflecting the city’s healthy operating reserves and reasonable debt burden, and its ...

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Community News
Posted on: September 10, 2020

Online billing payment system down for routine maintenance

Heads up, residents! Our online billing system for paying water and sewer bills will be down beginning Friday at 5 p.m. until Saturday at 12 p.m. for routine maintenance. Please plan to make your online payments during another period. We apologize for any...

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Community News
Posted on: September 9, 2020

Lasker Park pool operating on fall schedule

Fall hours start today at your favorite community pool!
The Lasker Park Community Pool will be open to adults Wednesday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The pool will open an hour later (8 a.m. or 11 a.m.) on...
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Community News
Posted on: September 9, 2020

Public hearing on FY 21 proposed budget tomorrow

Tomorrow is the public hearing on the City’s FY 2021 proposed budget. City Council will meet beginning at 9 a.m. tomorrow. You can watch on this Facebook page or at galvestontx.gov/gtv
All budget documents are available online at galvestontx.gov/...
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Community News
Posted on: September 9, 2020

Paving complete on 45th Street as project nears finish line

We’re moving forward! Despite the chaos of 2020, the 45th Street project is moving along slightly ahead of schedule with the added drainage and concrete improvements. Crews recently finished paving the road and have moved on to sidewalks and cur...

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Community News
Posted on: September 2, 2020

GLO approves expedited emergency beachfront construction permits

Hurricane Laura made landfall around 1:00am on August 27, 2020. Although Galveston Island was spared the worst, the storm surge (estimated as high as 4 feet) did remove or redistribute sand and dunes along Galveston Island’s beachfront.

On Septem...

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Community News
Posted on: August 31, 2020

City launching new, redesigned utility bill

Galveston, TX – August 31, 2020 – Residents and businesses may notice a change to their utility bills next month as the City of Galveston launches a new billing layout.

The City of Galveston redesigned its utility bills to create a more...

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Community News
Posted on: August 31, 2020

Work beginning on Bermuda Beach Drive

The City is preparing for work to rebuild Bermuda Beach Drive after Hurricane Laura caused damage to the roadway.

 Residents should expect to see crews out in the Bermuda Beach subdivision preparing for the placement of crushed limestone today and...

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Community News
Posted on: August 28, 2020

Debris clean up underway this weekend

Crews will be working hard this weekend to clear sand and other debris off streets in the West End. 

The City of Galveston Public Works Department is working throughout the weekend to move sand from West End streets to the beach after getting appr...

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Community News
Posted on: August 28, 2020

Boddeker Road closed for clean up

Boddeker Road, which runs along the ship channel out to East Beach, will be closed beginning today as crews clean up debris and sand that washed over the road during Hurricane Laura. 

The clean up is expected to take about a week, with the road op...

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Community News
Posted on: August 27, 2020

Hurricane Laura Update: No damage, evacuation and curfew lifted

The City of Galveston was fortunately spared the destruction of Hurricane Laura and will welcome residents back today. 

The City did not sustain wind or storm damage, and water is receding in the low-lying areas that experienced street flooding. &...

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Community News
Posted on: August 26, 2020

Hurricane Laura Update

The City of Galveston is prepared for the arrival of Hurricane Laura, which is expected to make landfall early Thursday morning near the Texas and Louisiana border.

City officials have been following weather reports and keeping in frequent communication w...
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Community News
Posted on: August 25, 2020

City of Galveston implements nightly curfews

Galveston, TX – August 25, 2020 – The City of Galveston has implemented a series of curfews over the next three nights for the protection of residents and their property during Hurricane Laura.

Galveston Mayor Pro Tem Craig Bro...

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Community News
Posted on: August 25, 2020

Bus evacuation update

Galveston, TX – August 25, 2020 – Galveston residents who need assistance with transportation and shelter should report to the Island Community Center, 4700 Broadway, before 8 p.m. tonight to board buses.

Throughout the day, th...

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Community News
Posted on: August 25, 2020

Emergency services during the storm

Please remember if you choose to stay on the island during a mandatory hurricane evacuation, you are not guaranteed emergency services.We want to clarify some rumors: The City is not shutting off power or water to residents, though these things may be dow...

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Community News
Posted on: August 25, 2020

City issues mandatory evacuation, city services to be suspended at 12 p.m. Tuesday

Galveston, TX – August 25, 2020 – City of Galveston Mayor Pro Tem Craig Brown signed a mandatory evacuation Tuesday instructing all Galveston residents to begin leaving the island for safety after overnight models shifted the ...

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Community News
Posted on: August 18, 2020

Galveston City Council proposes tax rate, sets public hearing for FY 21 budget

FY 2021 budget one-page(5)

Galveston, TX – August 18, 2020 – The Galveston City Council last week unanimously approved a proposed tax rate for 2021 for publication and hearing purposes, and set a public hearing for September 10 for the proposed FY 2021 budget.

Th...

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Community News
Posted on: August 13, 2020

Join us in the Census challenge

We’re in the final weeks and we NEED to get our Census response rate up! We challenge you to help out by contacting five people you know in Galveston and making sure they’ve completed the Census.

The new deadline for 2020 Census is Sep...

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Community News
Posted on: August 10, 2020

Water service interruptions along 55th Street this week

Water off

There will be water service interruptions later this week as part of a major water line project along 55th Street. The chart shows where the interruptions will take place and on which day. During the posted dates, water is expected to be out from 8 a.m. t...

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Community News
Posted on: August 4, 2020

Applications open for more than a dozen city boards, commissions

GALVESTON, TX – August 3, 2020 – Are you interested in serving your city in an area of interest and expertise?

The Galveston City Council is considering appointments for several city boards and commissions, and we encourage interested r...

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Community News
Posted on: April 13, 2020

Water line work beginning on Heards Lane

Work is beginning on a 24-inch water line project along Heards Lane. Residents will likely notice traffic control measures in place, however, two-way traffic along the roadway will be maintained during this phase of the project.

There will be rolling shoul...

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