The City of Galveston is preparing for a busy weekend on the island. The City is implementing a few changes and additional services over the weekend, including extra lighting and parking modifications, to better accommodate residents and visitors.
The City is not permitting special events currently due to COVID-19, and we are not aware of any large gatherings planned on the island. However, with beautiful weather forecasted throughout the weekend, we anticipate many visitors. Galveston has been drawing crowds on most weekends since beaches reopened May 1.
We hope our residents and visitors enjoy a safe weekend on the island. Under the state’s reopening plan, many island businesses have opened but are still operating at various capacities so we do recommend making reservations where possible.
Here is a rundown of the additional services:
Beach communities across the country have been reporting more issues with trash as states reopen amid the pandemic, and Galveston is, unfortunately, no exception. We ask that those enjoying the island practice common courtesy and pick-up after themselves.
The Galveston Park Board does a great job of maintaining and cleaning the beaches and the Seawall, as do the city crews who run daily pickups at City parks.
Starting this weekend, our Parks and Recreation Department will have additional crews addressing litter pick up on major thoroughfares, the esplanade along Broadway, and other heavily trafficked areas as needed. Also, the City Marshal’s Office will have two marshals out each day of the weekend enforcing litter violations. Littering carries a $500 fine.
Keep in mind too; the City of Galveston has a “Leave No Trace” ordinance that states that all items left on the beach after sunset will be removed. This is strictly enforced.
There will be “No Parking Zones” over the weekend on the north side of Seawall Boulevard from 25th to 39th streets. There will not be parking along 27th and 28th Streets from Seawall to Avenue Q. This is to address some of the crowding issues we have seen in these areas over the last six weeks.
The City of Galveston is putting additional lighting in five locations, including near Menard Park, 29th and Seawall, 31st and Seawall, 35th and Seawall, and 39th and Seawall.
Be sure to take precautions to protect yourself from the heat. Stay hydrated, reapply sunscreen often, and seek shade. Protect your pets as well by bringing extra water for dogs and keeping paws off the hot pavement for extended periods.
Keep beach safety top of mind. Do not swim in areas that are marked off and pay attention to the flag warning system. Remember that glass is banned from beaches and alcohol is not allowed in most areas. Alcohol is permitted at East Beach/Apffel Park, Porretto Beach, and west of 61st St to 16 Mile Road. Alcohol is prohibited in all other areas on Galveston Beaches.
Please remember the number of active COVID-19 cases is increasing across the state and take health precautions. Practice safe social distancing, frequently wash your hands and wear a mask in public spaces here social distancing is difficult to achieve, such as the grocery store.
The City is staffing the police and fire departments similar to a holiday weekend, as we have over the last several weekends. For non-emergencies, please call 409-765-3702.