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Posted on: June 30, 2022

Rail trolley service canceled Thursday for weather

The rail trolley service is canceled today due to inclement weather. The rubber wheel trolleys will continue providing services, and there will be one rubber wheel trolley operating the downtown loop served by the rail trolleys.

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Community News
Posted on: June 29, 2022

Statue presentation happening this Friday at recreation center

A new statue honoring Jessie McGuire Dent is getting installed at the McGuire Dent Recreation Center this week!Solel International, a Houston-based organization that advocates for the spectrum of arts to connect communities and preserve culture, will inst...

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Community News
Posted on: June 29, 2022

City facilities closed July 4 for holiday

Many City of Galveston facilities will be closed on Monday, July 4, 2022, in observance of Independence Day. Facilities include:
City Hall
Municipal Court
Parks & Recreation administrative offices
Recreation Centers
Public Works administrative offices
Utili...
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Community News
Posted on: June 29, 2022

Galveston to celebrate Independence Day with parade, drone show

We’re ready for another fun and safe Independence Day parade and celebration! 

Join us in celebrating the Galveston Fourth of July parade, featuring dozens of floats. The parade will begin at 6 p.m. on Seawall Boulevard at 57th Street an...

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Community News
Posted on: June 28, 2022

Rubber wheel trolley operating downtown loop Wednesday

Island Transit will have a rubber wheel trolley operating downtown Wednesday instead of the rail trolley service.Two of the steel-wheel trolleys are undergoing repairs ahead of the holiday weekend. The rubber wheel trolley will operate the downtown loop o...

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Community News
Posted on: June 28, 2022

TXDOT update on I-45 work July 5-8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

TXDOT announced a lane closure next week in the I-45 northbound main lanes near Galveston.On Tuesday and Wednesday, July 5-6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., two lanes will be closed on I-45 northbound near Galveston. The Tiki Island exit ramp lane and the outside...

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Community News
Posted on: June 8, 2022

Four GPD officers promoted during ceremony

Four long-time Galveston Police Department sworn officers were promoted Wednesday during a promotional ceremony at the police station. 

  • Captain Andre Mitchell will be appointed to the rank of Assistant Chief of Police
  • Lieutenant Destin Sims will be...
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Community News
Posted on: June 2, 2022

Galveston Island introduces an innovative health-first, paramedicine model to navigate behavioral 91

City of Galveston officials announced plans for a multi-disciplinary response team approach involving its city police, fire, and local mental health authorities, an innovative health-first model to respond to 911 emergency calls involving people with ment...

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Community News
Posted on: May 24, 2022

City accepting applications, interviewing for Galveston Park Board trustees

The City of Galveston is accepting applications for three positions on the Galveston Park Board of Trustees.

The Park Board of Trustees' mission is to promote Galveston Island, its natural resources, attractions, and heritage; to attract visitors ...

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Community News
Posted on: May 19, 2022

Public Notice: Amendment reallocating community development block grants

The City of Galveston proposes to amend its 2017 through 2020 Consolidated Action Plans by reallocating Community Development Block Grant unexpended program funds in the total amount of $236,382.14. In accordance with the Consolidated Planning federal reg...

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Community News
Posted on: April 14, 2022

New downtown parking rate in effect

Rate changes to downtown parking are going into effect today. City Council voted last month to increase the parking fee to $2.25 an hour and implement paid parking on Sundays to fund cleaning initiatives downtown. The vendor responsible for our downtown p...
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Community News
Posted on: April 8, 2022

Public comment open on draft 2022 Hazard Mitigation Plan

The City of Galveston has prepared an update to the local hazard mitigation plan, in accordance with 44 CFR, Part 201. This plan identifies the hazards, risks, and vulnerabilities specific to the City, and identifies specific mitigation actions that can a...

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Community News
Posted on: March 11, 2022

Veteran GPD officer Doug Balli named next Galveston Police Chief

Longtime Galveston police officer Doug Balli will serve as the department’s next police chief, pending a vote from City Council. 

City Manager Brian Maxwell on Friday announced that Doug Balli had been selected as the next department chi...

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Community News
Posted on: March 7, 2022

March 7: Broadway project update

The TXDOT Broadway project is in its final stretch as the contractor prepares to begin the asphalt overlay on the remaining Broadway lane this week.Over the next two weeks, weather permitting, a contractor working for TXDOT will finish the asphalt overlay...

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Community News
Posted on: January 4, 2022

Two new outdoor fitness courts opening in public parks

The City of Galveston is excited to announce the addition of two new outdoor fitness courts, funded by grants from the Community Development Block Grant facility improvement program.

Just in time to help you meet your health and fitness goals in the New Y...

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Community News
Posted on: November 29, 2021

Contractor boring incident leads to sewage spill

Galveston, Texas – November 29, 2021 – The City of Galveston (COG) is experiencing a release of raw sewage from the force main that leads to the Wastewater Treatment Plant, located at 7618 Mustang Road, Galveston, Texas, however, crews...

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Community News
Posted on: November 8, 2021

Lone Star Rally statistics

We've concluded a successful Lone Star Rally weekend and compiled some preliminary stats. These numbers reflect our emphasis on traffic enforcement to deter participants from driving recklessly. 

Thank you to all the many law enforcement ...
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Community News
Posted on: November 2, 2021

Planning Commission recognizes island projects for annual design awards

The Galveston Planning Commission recently recognized several notable island projects during the third annual Planning and Design Awards. The list of awardees includes projects such as the Abe and Annie Seibel Student Residences for Galveston College, the...

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Community News
Posted on: September 28, 2021

Sandhill Crane community meeting tomorrow night

Tomorrow night is the second community meeting for the Sandhill Crane Soccer Complex! Join us at the Galveston Island Convention Center at 6 p.m.

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Community News
Posted on: September 28, 2021

Information for beach-related work post Hurricane Nicholas

Many Galveston residents are working on beach-related projects to repair damages in the wake of Hurricane Nicholas, and the Coastal Resources Division wishes to supply the information you need as you perform this work.

The City did not qualify for the sta...

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Community News
Posted on: September 27, 2021

Galveston Police Chief announces resignation for late October

Galveston, TX – September 28, 2021 – Galveston Police Chief Vernon Hale will step down at the end of October for another career opportunity.

Chief Hale informed the city of his resignation Monday, effective October 29, 2021. Fo...

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Community News
Posted on: September 27, 2021

Work beginning tonight at Broadway, 18th Street

Nightly work will begin at 18th and Broadway tonight and continue over the next four days as part of the 18th Street project.The work will include the closure of the intersection at 18th and Broadway, and traffic traveling 18th Street will be re-routed wi...

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Community News
Posted on: September 23, 2021

Galveston’s rail trolley service beginning October 1

All aboard! Residents and visitors to the island will soon be able to ride the charming historic rail trolleys in historic downtown Galveston. 

The City of Galveston is excited to announce the return of the Galveston Island Trolley service on week...

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Community News
Posted on: September 23, 2021

Sign up for the Citizen's Police Academy

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the badge? Well, here’s your chance to learn more about your Galveston Police Department!
Our next Galveston Virtual Citizens Police Academy will be starting soon! Sign up today by clicking the link belo...
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Community News
Posted on: September 22, 2021

City’s Animal Services Unit helps in study of local coyote population

Josh Henderson of the Galveston Police Department’s Animal Services Unit is no stranger to close encounters with island wildlife. However, the unit is embarking on a new type of project to assist wildlife biologists researching our coastal canid...

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Community News
Posted on: September 21, 2021

Ball High homecoming parade returning Wednesday

The Ball High Homecoming Parade is back, and the community is ready to celebrate.

The annual Ball High School Homecoming Parade will take place Wednesday, September 22, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The parade will follow its usual route, with line-up beginning a...

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Community News
Posted on: September 21, 2021

Businesses: Were you affected by Hurricane Nick?

We're collecting information about the economic impact of Hurricane Nick and have a new form available for businesses to complete. 

Completing the form will help us assess the full extent of storm damage, in addition to any residential pr...

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Community News
Posted on: August 28, 2021

Voters elect Sharon B. Lewis to represent District 1

Galveston voters elected Sharon B. Lewis as the District 1 council representative for the seven-member Galveston City Council in a special election held Saturday.Lewis garnered 80 percent of the vote in a three-way race against candidates Mary Branum and ...

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Community News
Posted on: August 20, 2021

City accepting affidavits for master-planned communities

The City of Galveston is currently accepting affidavits from neighborhood representatives seeking a master-planned community designation.  

Earlier this month, the Galveston City Council approved an amendment to city code adding the definition of ...

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Community News
Posted on: August 20, 2021

Galveston City Council bans balloon releases due to environmental concerns

The Galveston City Council approved a new ordinance that bans residents and visitors from releasing balloons outdoors in an effort to eliminate litter caused by such releases and reduce harm to the environment.

Earlier this month, the city council unanimou...

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Community News
Posted on: August 19, 2021

Notice of city tax rate

The City of Galveston has proposed a tax rate of 0.4985 cents per $100 valuation for the 2021 tax year, a decrease of 0.0615 cents from the 2020 rate or 10.98 percent.While many appraised home values have increased this year, the tax on the average homest...

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Community News
Posted on: August 17, 2021

Public notice: Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report published

The City of Galveston is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to submit an annual Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER). This report provides an assessment of the City’s progress in carry...

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Community News
Posted on: August 10, 2021

Proposed FY 2022 budget now online

The proposed FY 2022 budget is now online! The proposed budget for the year beginning Oct. 1 and the proposed five-year Capital Improvement Plan are posted at galvestontx.gov/financialtransparency.
The Galveston City Council will discuss the budget at its ...
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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: 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: 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: 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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