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Posted on: May 22, 2020

City facilities closed Monday in observance of Memorial Day

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A friendly reminder, City facilities will be closed on Monday in observance of Memorial Day. There will also be changes to services provided next week. Sanitation will run a day behind its normal schedule and Island Transit will operate on a Saturday sche...

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Community News
Posted on: May 22, 2020

City seeks public input on plan for CARES funding

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 $714,670 in CDBG-CV funding. The...

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Community News
Posted on: May 22, 2020

Court denies bar owner's request for a temporary restraining order

Holly Landry, owner of Sharky’s Tavern, filed a lawsuit Wednesday seeking to enjoin the city from enforcing Governor’s Executive Order GA-18.A TRO hearing was scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday. During the hearing, the city pointed out that...

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Community News
Posted on: May 22, 2020

Water off along Heards Lane next Tuesday, Wednesday

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Residents along Heards Lane from 69th Street to 73rd Street will have their water off next Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The water will be off as part of work on the 24-inch water line project. We understand water outages are a major inconven...

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Community News
Posted on: May 22, 2020

Water shutoff notice for 25th Street project

Temporary water service interruptions will continue at properties in the blocks surrounding 25th Street as part of the 25th Street reconstruction project. The water service interruptions are necessary to install water valves. For most properties, the serv...

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Community News
Posted on: May 20, 2020

City proposing changes to HOME program

The City of Galveston proposes to amend its 2017 through 2019 Action Plans for significant changes by reallocating funds and changing project descriptions for the HOME Program under the HUD HOME Program Waivers in response to COVID-19 Pandemic as follows....

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Community News
Posted on: May 18, 2020

City accepting applications, interviewing for Galveston Park Board trustees

Galveston, TX – 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...

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Community News
Posted on: May 18, 2020

Galveston County and UTMB to Open Mass COVID-19 Testing

We’re sharing a press release from the county regarding public COVID-19 testing.

Galveston County, Texas – Starting Wednesday, May 20th, Galveston County and the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) will be offering free COVID-19 ...

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Community News
Posted on: May 18, 2020

Notice: Sanitary sewer break causes release in Lake Madeline channel

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A sanitary sewer line break caused a sewage overflow into the Lake Madeline channel near 74th Street and Heards Lane. No waste is going into the channel at this time, and the contractor and city crews are working to identify where the break occurred.

The C...

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Community News
Posted on: May 18, 2020

Water shutoff notice for 25th Street project

Temporary water service interruptions will continue at properties in the blocks surrounding 25th Street as part of the 25th Street reconstruction project. The water service interruptions are necessary to install water valves. For most properties, the serv...

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Community News
Posted on: May 14, 2020

Six beach access points to close to vehicular traffic, pedestrian traffic allowed

Galveston, TX – May 14, 2020 – Six beach access points will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning Friday, May 15 through Sunday, May 17, including at the San Luis Pass. The beaches are only closed to vehicles and remain open to pede...

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Community News
Posted on: May 13, 2020

McGuire Dent Recreation Center reopening to adults, by appointment

 

 

 

Galveston, TX – May 13, 2020 – The City of Galveston will reopen the McGuire Dent Recreation Center for adult fitness beginning Monday, May 18 as part of the state’s gradual reopening pl...

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Community News
Posted on: May 13, 2020

Water service interruption this week on 25th Street

Temporary water service interruptions will continue at properties in the blocks surrounding 25th Street as part of the 25th Street reconstruction project.

The water service interruptions are necessary to install water valves. For most properties, the serv...

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Community News
Posted on: May 12, 2020

A message regarding fire marshal inspections of restaurants

A local restaurant contacted the City Fire Marshal’s Office with a concern about a fire protection contractor. The establishment had been visited by a contractor with a licensed fire protection firm who stated that the company had been &ldqu...

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Community News
Posted on: May 7, 2020

Eight beach access points closing to vehicular traffic over weekend

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The City of Galveston is announcing changes in beach access and enforcement in advance of the weekend.

Eight beach access points in Galveston will be closed to vehicles beginning Friday through the weekend in response to concerns about heavy-traffic and th...

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Community News
Posted on: May 7, 2020

Galveston County Food Bank, Moody Gardens hosting food pick-up

The Galveston County Food Bank and Moody Gardens are hosting a drive-through food pickup tomorrow for those in need. The food drive will begin Friday, May 8 at 9 a.m. and continue while supplies last. The food will be distributed in the west park...

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Community News
Posted on: May 6, 2020

Full closure of I-45 beginning next week

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UPDATE: TXDOT has announced a change to the I-45 closure planned this weekend. The closure will begin Monday, May 11 at 6:30 p.m. The work will occur nightly from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. from Monday, May 11 to Friday, May 15. The detour plans remain unchan...

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Community News
Posted on: May 5, 2020

Hurricane Preparedness Week: Have a supply kit ready

National Hurricane Preparedness Week is a good time to brush up on your family’s plan. As we approach hurricane season, remember that it’s good to stock up on a few supplies.In the event of a storm, you’ll want to have enough...

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Community News
Posted on: May 4, 2020

Hurricane Preparedness Week is a good time to get your plans ready

This week is National Hurricane Preparedness Week and today the focus is evacuation plans. 

Have you and your family started your hurricane season preparations? Hurricane season begins June 1 and we encourage all residents to begin thinking about...

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Community News
Posted on: May 4, 2020

Water service disruption this week on 25th Street

ATTENTION: There will be water service disruptions this week along 25th Street from Broadway to Avenue N on the west side of the street as part of work on the 25th Street reconstruction project.Water will be turned off during the day, between 8 a.m. and 5...

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Community News
Posted on: May 1, 2020

City of Galveston issues new guidelines for reopening city

The City of Galveston has issued new guidelines for visiting City facilities in response to COVID-19. 

The Coronavirus has altered the way in which City employees provide essential services to the community. While we continue to provide all city s...

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Community News
Posted on: May 1, 2020

Moody Foundation, Moody Endowment team up to support Galveston first responders

GALVESTON, TX – May 1, 2020 – First responders in Galveston have the necessary personal protective equipment to maintain health and safety for themselves and the public thanks to generous donations from the Moody Foundation an...

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Community News
Posted on: April 30, 2020

Coronavirus-related signage templates available for businesses

Signage templates are available for local businesses to use in their retail and restaurants as desired related to the COVID-19 opening requirements issued by the governor earlier this week. These templates are available here and may be edited to reflect y...

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Community News
Posted on: April 29, 2020

Galveston beaches to open May 1 with social distancing recommendations

Galveston public beaches will open Friday, May 1 with social distancing recommendations.

On March 17, 2020, the GLO gave approval for local governments to close beaches due to COVID-19. The basis for the GLO approval was the Governor’s State of D...

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Community News
Posted on: April 28, 2020

City, Park Board to co-host State of the City Wednesday

The Galveston tourism community is invited to join officials from the City of Galveston and the Galveston Park Board to receive updates on the COVID-19 pandemic response and plans to re-open Galveston businesses.

This State of the City address will take p...

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Community News
Posted on: April 28, 2020

Reopening plans for Galveston following governor's order

Texas Governor Greg Abbott on Monday issued Executive Order GA-18 relating to an expanded reopening of services in the State in response to COVID-19, including the necessity to adhere to standard health protocols including the requirement for social dista...

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Community News
Posted on: April 27, 2020

City accepting public comments for Thursday council meeting

The City of Galveston is accepting public comments in advance of the Galveston City Council meeting scheduled on Thursday, April 30, 2020. Public attendance will be restricted due to concerns about Coronavirus, but participation is still encouraged.

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Community News
Posted on: April 24, 2020

Extended public comment time for 2020 CDBG and HOME Programs

 The U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) administers the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) Programs and has released the 2020 CDBG and HOME Funding Allocations. The City will receive ...

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Community News
Posted on: April 23, 2020

Partial beach opening begins Monday

The Galveston City Council voted Thursday on a partial opening of public beaches. The vote was 4-3.

Beginning Monday, April 27, the public beaches will be open in the morning to pedestrians for exercise only. The public beaches will be open from 6 a.m. to ...

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Community News
Posted on: April 22, 2020

Galveston County Food Drive, Moody Gardens to host food drive

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The Galveston County Food Bank and Moody Gardens are hosting a food drive on Friday, April 24 from 9 a.m. until supplies run out. The food drive will be held in the west parking lot of Moody Gardens behind the Aquarium Pyramid. Please practice safe social...

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Community News
Posted on: April 21, 2020

Road closure on Chantilly Circle beginning Monday

Beginning Monday and for the following two weeks, a section of Chantilly Circle between the 7600 and 7700 blocks will be closed for a sanitary sewer rehab project.

These closures will occur daily between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Street parking will not be allowed...

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Community News
Posted on: April 20, 2020

City accepting public comments for April 23 meeting

The City of Galveston is accepting public comments in advance of the special-called Galveston City Council meeting scheduled on Thursday, April 23, 2020. Public attendance will be restricted due to concerns about Coronavirus, but participation is still en...

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Community News
Posted on: April 20, 2020

GCHD continues to operate COVID-19 testing site

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The Galveston County Health District continues to operate its Galveston testing site this week at Fire Station No. 5, 5728 Ball Street. The hours of operation are from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday through Friday, and the health district is conducting 92 tests...

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Community News
Posted on: April 17, 2020

City partnering with RCC to host sexual assault prevention classes

The City of Galveston is proud to partner with the Resource and Crisis Center of Galveston County on sexual assault prevention classes geared toward empowering young girls. RCC is implementing a sexual assault prevention curriculum, Be Strong: From the In...

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Community News
Posted on: April 17, 2020

Galveston beaches remain closed until April 30

We understand there may be some confusion about which beaches are open at this time. 

Galveston County reopened beaches within the county jurisdiction, including Bolivar Peninsula and other unincorporated areas, on Monday, April 13. However, beach...

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Community News
Posted on: April 17, 2020

GCHD extends Galveston COVID-19 testing site hours

The Galveston County Health District is extending its operating hours for the COVID-19 Galveston testing site into next week. The site will be open by appointment Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The health district will be administering 92 tests a da...

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Community News
Posted on: April 17, 2020

Gov. Abbott issues new executive orders related to COVID-19

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday announced several executive orders related to the reopening of Texas businesses that have been closed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The first executive order is the establishment of a statewide strike-force to study the saf...

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Community News
Posted on: April 17, 2020

March City Manager's Report now online

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The March City Manager’s Report is now online at www.galvestontx.gov/citymanagersreport. This comprehensive report details what each department in the City has accomplished in the last month, the progress that has been made on multiple ...

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Community News
Posted on: April 16, 2020

Beginning Saturday, 45th Street will be northbound only

Beginning Saturday, April 18th, traffic on 45th Street will be restricted oneway northbound only (from Seawall to Broadway.) Traffic will move in the east lane, which is paved, and the entire west lane will be closed for paving. This will continue until f...

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Community News
Posted on: April 16, 2020

Beginning Saturday, 45th Street will be northbound only

Beginning Saturday, April 18th, traffic on 45th Street will be restricted oneway northbound only (from Seawall to Broadway.) Traffic will move in the east lane, which is paved, and the entire west lane will be closed for paving. This will continue until f...

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Community News
Posted on: April 15, 2020

Be aware of scams, suspicious activity

Scam alert! 🚨 Law enforcement in the region have reported a scam of people attempting to gain access to residents’ homes by claiming to be testing water for COVID-19. In those instances, the scammers claimed they were working for the city. Law ...

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Community News
Posted on: April 14, 2020

Galveston County Health District opening island testing site

Galveston County Health District on Thursday will open its free COVID-19 testing to anyone, regardless of symptoms, and expand its drive-thru testing to Galveston.

Testing will be available in Galveston Thursday-Saturday (April 16-18) by appointment only a...

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Community News
Posted on: April 13, 2020

City accepting new water and sewer tap applications

The City of Galveston will resume accepting new water and sewer tap applications effective Tuesday, April 14 at 8 a.m. 

The city had suspended these new applications, which typically are received for new construction homes, apartments and business...

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Community News
Posted on: April 13, 2020

City accepting public comments for April 16 meeting

The City of Galveston is accepting public comments in advance of the special-called Galveston City Council meeting scheduled on Thursday, April 16, 2020. Public attendance will be restricted due to concerns about Coronavirus, but participation is still en...

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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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Community News
Posted on: April 9, 2020

City facilities closed in observance of Good Friday

City facilities will be closed Friday in observance of Good Friday. Except for the police and fire stations, city buildings will be closed and staff will not be there to answer phones or respond to online inquiries on Friday.  

Due to COVID-19, th...

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Community News
Posted on: April 8, 2020

City accepting public comments for April 9 council meeting

Galveston City Council will meet via video conference on Thursday, April 9 at 1:15 p.m. for a special-called meeting. The City is accepting public comments in advance of this meeting at https://forms.galvestontx.gov/forms/publiccomment. The agend...

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Community News
Posted on: April 8, 2020

City monitoring potential severe weather

The City of Galveston is monitoring a weather system expected to move through the area tomorrow. The U.S. National Weather Service forecast indicates that storms moving into the region Thursday could bring widespread rainfall of 0.5-1 inch with isolated a...
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Community News
Posted on: April 7, 2020

City accepting public comments for CDBG, HOMES programs

We’re accepting public comments for the 2020 Community Development Block Grant and HOME Investment Partnerships programs.
The U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) administers the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME I...
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Community News
Posted on: April 7, 2020

Governor's order rules golf courses nonessential services

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday clarified his statewide executive order to note that golf courses are to remain closed for the duration of the order as a nonessential service.
We thank you all again for your compliance in following these orders.&nbs...
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Community News
Posted on: April 3, 2020

City monitoring potential hazardous weather

The City of Galveston is monitoring and preparing for the potential of heavy rains beginning tonight (Friday) into the weekend. 

The U.S. National Weather Service is forecasting hazardous weather moving through the region today and into tomorrow. ...

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Community News
Posted on: April 3, 2020

Galveston City Council extends COVID-19 emergency orders until April 30

The Galveston City Council on Friday extended several emergency orders related to the COVID-19 public health response, including a stay-at-home order, a public beach closure, and restrictions on hotels, short-term rentals, bars and restaurants.

All City of...

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Community News
Posted on: April 3, 2020

Important upcoming events: State of the City and Virtual Town Hall

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In addition to today’s Galveston City Council meeting, two important events are happening next Tuesday to update residents about the COVID-19 response.

First, the Galveston tourism community is invited to join officials from the City of Galveston...

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Community News
Posted on: April 3, 2020

Make sure we #CountGalveston, complete the Census today!

The U.S. Census -- taken every decade -- is extremely important to communities. An accurate count helps provide communities with the resources they need to serve their residents, including transportation grants and other important funding. While you&r...

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Community News
Posted on: April 1, 2020

City accepting public comments for April 3 City Council meeting

The City of Galveston is accepting public comments in advance of the special-called Galveston City Council meeting scheduled on Friday, April 3, 2020. Public attendance will be restricted due to concerns about Coronavirus, but participation is still encou...

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Community News
Posted on: April 1, 2020

Orders related to COVID-19 available online

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Galveston, thank you for doing your part to stop the spread of COVID-19. Our hope is by making these sacrifices now we can get through this safely and as quickly as possible. The health of this community remains our top priority and we’re commit...

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Community News
Posted on: March 30, 2020

Available resources for businesses affected by COVID-19

Galveston, TX – March 30, 2020 – The City of Galveston’s Economic Development Division has prepared information about several resources available for local small businesses affected by COVID-19.

The resources are available onl...

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Community News
Posted on: March 30, 2020

City annual financial report available online

The City of Galveston Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year 2019 is available online now at galvestontx.gov/financialtransparency

The report is prepared in compliance with a massive body of accounting and financial reporting ...

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Community News
Posted on: March 30, 2020

Las playas publicas de Galveston están cerradas en respuesta al virus COVID-19

Language translation through a partnership between the City of Galveston and Center for Violence Prevention, University of Texas Medical Branch. 

Galveston, TX- marzo 29, 2020 – Dos ordenes están en efecto desde el domingo por...

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Community News
Posted on: March 30, 2020

Remember to complete the Census

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While you’re #SafeAtHome, please take a few minutes to fill out the #Census. Remember the Census -- completed every 10 years -- is extremely important for communities, and we need your help to make sure everyone is counted.

Fill out your form at ...

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Community News
Posted on: March 29, 2020

Galveston public beaches are closed in response to COVID-19

Two orders are in effect as of Sunday afternoon, March 29, 2020 at 2:45 p.m. closing all public beaches in Galveston and restricting vehicle traffic on the beach west of the end of the Seawall. By state law, this order is in effect for seven days until Su...

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Community News
Posted on: March 29, 2020

Orden de Permanecer en Casa

Language translation through a partnership between the City of Galveston and Center for Violence Prevention, University of Texas Medical Branch. 

Además de las ordenes dictadas por el condado y estado, la Ciudad de Galveston esta bajo l...

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Community News
Posted on: March 27, 2020

City offering free bulk trash drop-off

Beginning Monday (3/30) and through April 30th, residents will be able to drop off brush and bulk trash at the transfer station at 5515 Harborside Drive from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be no charge with proof of residence. We will require a valid ID and ...

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Community News
Posted on: March 27, 2020

Dos and Don'ts of the Galveston Stay-at-Home Order

In addition to orders issued by the county and state, the City of Galveston is under a Stay-at-Home order until at least 5 p.m. on April 3, 2020. This order is in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the community and based on guidance from federal, ...

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Community News
Posted on: March 27, 2020

Island Transit operating on new schedule

Beginning Saturday, March 28, Island Transit will operate its fixed routes from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. daily. until further notice.

Community News
Posted on: March 27, 2020

Three new orders in effect related to COVID-19

Three new City of Galveston orders went into effect Friday, March 27, 2020. The orders will in effect until at least 5 p.m. on April 3, 2020. The City of Galveston is closely monitoring the public health situation in Galveston County and COVID-19 cases. A...

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Community News
Posted on: March 26, 2020

Be mindful of what you're flushing down the toilet

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We know some of you may be...improvising. But this is a friendly reminder from your Municipal Utilities crews that the toilet is not a trash can. Please only flush toilet paper down the drains. Wipes, diapers, paper towels, cotton pads, sanitary products,...

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Community News
Posted on: March 26, 2020

Essential city services guide

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Your questions answered! The City of Galveston continues to provide essential city services. We’ve created a guide for some of the most asked about areas. If you have additional questions, please first consult the department’s webpage ...

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Community News
Posted on: March 25, 2020

Bulk trash collection suspended until further notice

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Due to staffing limitations in Sanitation, the City of Galveston will suspend bulk trash collection until further notice.

Community News
Posted on: March 25, 2020

City of Galveston to provide all essential services with limited staffing

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Galveston, TX – March 25, 2020 – The City of Galveston will continue providing all city services under the Stay at Home order; however, the City of Galveston has reduced its staff effective Wednesday, March 25, 2020. This may ...

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Community News
Posted on: March 25, 2020

City taking precautions for public transportation

The City of Galveston is currently under a Stay at Home order except for essential business and activities. Public transportation is an essential operation and needed to ensure residents are able to reach grocery stores, pharmacies, report to work, and pe...

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Community News
Posted on: March 24, 2020

Four new orders in effect beginning Tuesday, including Stay at Home order

Galveston, TX – March 24, 2020 – Four new City of Galveston orders went into effect Tuesday, including a City of Galveston order for residents to stay at home except for essential activities. The Stay at Home order is in effec...

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Community News
Posted on: March 23, 2020

GPD modifying certain services to prevent potential spread of COVID-19

The Galveston Police Department continues to serve Galveston residents in all capacities; however, the department has modified certain services to prevent the potential spread of COVID-19.

To prevent the potential spread of COVID-19, the Records Window at ...

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Community News
Posted on: March 22, 2020

Governor Abbott, Mayor urge residents to stay home

Governor Greg Abbott has continued to emphasize his earlier executive orders, as well as adding others to increase hospital and care capacity.

During a Sunday news conference, Gov. Abbott announced a new order requiring health care professionals postpone &...

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Community News
Posted on: March 20, 2020

Beach access points on island’s far West End will close to vehicular traffic

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The Mayor of Galveston issued an order Friday prohibiting vehicular traffic on all beaches west of access point 35 to San Luis Pass amid concerns about the spread of the Coronavirus.

The beaches are still open to pedestrian traffic, but the Galveston Polic...

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Community News
Posted on: March 20, 2020

Development Services not accepting new water and sewer tap applications

The City of Galveston’s Development Services Department will not accept new water and sewer tap applications effective today at 1 p.m. and until further notice.

The department will continue to service repairs to existing water and sewer infrastru...

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Community News
Posted on: March 20, 2020

GEDP: COVID-19 Business recovery loan program

From the Galveston Economic Development Partnership:

The devastation from COVID 19 has prompted Galveston banks to reinstate a Business Recovery Loan program that proved successful following Hurricanes Ike and Harvey.

“HomeTown Bank, Moody Natio...

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Community News
Posted on: March 19, 2020

Chamber launches COVID-19 business resource site

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The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce has launched a COVID-19 Business and Community Resource page with great information for local businesses. The Chamber is updating the page as new information comes in. 

To learn more, visit http://www.gal...

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Community News
Posted on: March 19, 2020

Public beach amenities to close until further notice

Thousands of you choose to spend spring break in Galveston. While we are honored to be your destination of choice, COVID-19 has put a damper on spring break this year. Out of abundance of caution, all beach park public service amenities will be closed as ...

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Community News
Posted on: March 18, 2020

Support the #BuyGalvestonFirst campaign

We support the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce’s #BuyGalvestonFirst campaign.

What does this mean for shoppers? Particularly in the next 14 days, if you can afford to do so we urge you to spend your money locally and support Galve...

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Community News
Posted on: March 18, 2020

To ease food pickup, mayor extends free parking period

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Mayor Yarbrough has extended the free parking period in paid parking areas from 15 minutes to 30 minutes, effective 12 p.m. Wednesday, March 18. This allows more time for people to pick up take-out meals at local restaurants. We continue to encourage your...

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Community News
Posted on: March 17, 2020

City closing public entertainment venues and limiting food services, per federal guidelines

Mayor Jim Yarbrough on Tuesday enacted two orders closing public amusement venues, including bars, and limiting restaurants to take-out, delivery and drive-thru services, following federal guidelines regarding Coronavirus and public gatherings.

The order r...

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Community News
Posted on: March 16, 2020

City revises Special Events policy

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 The City will not issue any Special Event Permits through the end of May 2020. This means that any currently scheduled event of 50 or more people will be cancelled or postponed until after June 1, 2020.

 We encourage private event sponso...

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Community News
Posted on: March 16, 2020

Feds issue new guidelines over Coronavirus

The Trump administration issued new guidelines Monday afternoon for Americans to follow over the next 15 days in an effort to slow the spread of the Coronavirus. 

 These measures are intended at flattening the curve – meaning re...

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Community News
Posted on: March 16, 2020

Mayor Yarbrough issues emergency declaration over Coronavirus

GALVESTON, TX – March 16, 2020 – Mayor James Yarbrough on Monday signed a Declaration of a Local State of Disaster related to the emergence of the Coronavirus (COVID-19.)

Mayor Yarbrough signed the declaration out of an abundan...

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Community News
Posted on: March 16, 2020

Report suspected price gauging

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Texans who believe they have encountered price gouging should call the Office of the Attorney General’s toll-free complaint line at (800) 621-0508 or file a complaint online.

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Community News
Posted on: March 14, 2020

City announces measures to reduce spread of Coronavirus

GALVESTON, TX – March 14, 2020 – The City of Galveston is taking proactive measures to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), including limiting in-person interactions for city business and suspending permitting for large sp...

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Community News
Posted on: March 12, 2020

As a precautionary measure, city closes pool and recreation centers

Out of an abundance of caution, the City of Galveston will close the Lasker Park Community Pool and the municipal recreation centers, McGuire Dent and Wright Cuney, until further notice. This is in response to concerns about the Coronavirus.

There are cur...

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Community News
Posted on: March 12, 2020

City monitoring COVID-19 developments

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The City of Galveston is taking precautionary measures to protect the public health of our community.

City staff is closely monitoring developments of the Coronavirus and participating in daily conference calls with the Center for Disease Control, the Galv...

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Community News
Posted on: March 9, 2020

Lasker Park Community Pool opens for 2020 season

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The City of Galveston is excited to announce that the 2020 community pool season has begun.

The city’s public pool opened Sunday morning at 10 a.m. as the kick off to the season. Throughout the spring, the lap pool will be open; however, the spla...

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Community News
Posted on: March 9, 2020

Rubber wheel trolleys operating on new hours

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Beginning today, the rubber wheel trolleys will operate from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
The trolley fare is $1 for adults, while minors who are accompanied by adults can ride for free. Riders will need to bring exact change to place in the fare box because...
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Community News
Posted on: February 28, 2020

Contractors moving forward on 25th Street project

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

The City of Galveston issued the notice to proceed for the 25th Street project this week. As the contractor prepares to begin construction, the interior lanes northbound and southbound of 25th Street will be closed between Avenue K and Avenue M.

Contractor...

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Community News
Posted on: February 26, 2020

City Marshal’s Office, police department to participate in statewide warrant round-up

Great Texas Warrant Round up

The City of Galveston, along with law enforcement agencies and courts from more than 250 jurisdictions across Texas, are combining efforts to host the 2020 Great Texas Warrant Round-Up beginning Tuesday, March 3, 2020. 

This event is designed to b...

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Posted on: February 24, 2020

City announces intersection closure at 45th and Avenue S

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Contractors working on the 45th Street project and the City of Galveston will have the intersection at Avenue S and 45th Street closed beginning Monday, March 2 until Thursday, March 12 -- or until paving is complete.

The intersection at Avenue S and 45th ...

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Posted on: February 21, 2020

Galveston recognized as Tree City USA

Tree City USA designation

Thanks to the efforts of the City of Galveston Tree Committee, the Galveston Island Tree Conservancy and many committed residents, Galveston earned the designation of Tree City USA for the second year in a row.

 The Arbor Day Foundation recognized...

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Community News
Posted on: February 18, 2020

Galveston Police Department transitions to new crime reporting data system

GALVESTON, TX – February 18, 2020 – The Galveston Police Department is transitioning to a new crime reporting system to improve the quality, accuracy and transparency of the department’s crime data.

The transition to a new acc...

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Community News
Posted on: February 6, 2020

City accepting applications for two boards

City accepting applications

Are you interested in serving your community? The city is accepting applications for the Galveston Island Redevelopment Authority and the Building Board of Adjustments and Appeals.

 The Galveston City Council will appoint the new Redevelopment Au...

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Community News
Posted on: February 6, 2020

City statement regarding appeals court ruling

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The City is pleased to announce that Mardi Gras will proceed as planned and scheduled on February 14, 2020, as the result of an appeals court ruling issued Thursday.

The Court of Appeals for the First District of Texas denied the motion of Mr. Flores and h...

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Community News
Posted on: February 6, 2020

Everything you need to know about Mardi Gras! 2020

Mardi Gras

It’s Mardi Gras season once again in Galveston and there are several important things for you to know as you prepare to celebrate.

The island’s 109th Mardi Gras celebration begins Friday, February 14th and continues until February 25th,...

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Community News
Posted on: February 6, 2020

Important information about the city's tree trimming ordinance

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Residents, particularly those living along Avenue O and Avenue P, recently received a letter from the City of Galveston related to the pruning of low-hanging trees along roadways.

A recent incident in which a fire truck was unable to access an area because...

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Posted on: January 29, 2020

Reporting street light outages

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We have heard from residents about street light outages throughout the city.  These are CenterPoint Energy lights and they are working with us to get as many repaired as can be reported.  The city is responsible for street lights on the ...

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Community News
Posted on: January 28, 2020

Texas Public Pool Council names Lasker Park 'Agency of the Year'

Texas PUblic POol

The Texas Public Pool Council again named the Lasker Park Community Pool the “Agency of the Year" during this week’s conference in Austin. 

The Texas Public Pool Council is an organization dedicated to providing informatio...

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Community News
Posted on: January 27, 2020

GLO, Army Corps to host public meeting in Galveston

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The Texas General Land Office (GLO) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced the upcoming dates and locations for a series of Public Open Houses on the Coastal Texas Study, including one in Galveston.

The Coastal Texas Protection & Restor...

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Posted on: January 9, 2020

City releases information about additional 45th Street closures

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Contractors will have rolling intersection closures on 45th Street from Thursday, January 9, 2020, to Thursday, January 23, 2020, from 7 AM to 5 PM, daily, for the reconstruction and installation of storm sewers.

Ave O ½ and 45th St – ...

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Posted on: January 9, 2020

Island hosts Galveston County Mayors and Council Members Association

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The City of Galveston had the privilege of hosting the Galveston County Mayors and Council Members Association on Wednesday night at the new Fire Station 1 downtown. 

The association meets regularly in different communities around the county and i...

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Community News
Posted on: December 22, 2019

City Manager addresses 45th Street project in column

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The following guest column from City Manager Brian Maxwell regarding the 45th Street project ran in today's edition of the Galveston County Daily News:

"I appreciate the concerns surrounding the 45th Street project and wanted to update residents as to...

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Community News
Posted on: December 20, 2019

City responding to issues at Compass Pointe apartment complex

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The City of Galveston is concerned about ongoing problems for residents at the complex commonly referred to as Sandpiper Cove (officially called Compass Pointe) and the condition of the units. 

Earlier this year, the City of Galveston and Galvesto...

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Posted on: December 14, 2019

Paving beginning on 45th Street to expedite project

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Contractors working on the 45th Street project will begin paving the east side of 45th Street beginning at Broadway and working toward Avenue M to expedite the project.

To date, the contractor has completed the installation of new water lines and sanitary ...

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Posted on: December 10, 2019

Celebrate the holiday season this weekend at the annual Christmas Parade

Christmas Parade Map

Mark your calendars, we've got your Saturday night plans covered!  

The annual Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Galveston Municipal Police Association, returns to the island this Saturday night.

 The City of Galveston invites residents a...

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Community News
Posted on: December 6, 2019

Strand ordinance rules explained

Strand ordinance

City Council recently adopted new regulations for the Strand/Mechanic Historic District that prohibit the obstruction of architectural features with the placement of items for sale or other displays. 

The purpose of the ordinance is the protection...

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Posted on: November 15, 2019

City Council accepts $500,000 Moody Foundation grant for City Hall plaza

The Galveston City Council on Thursday accepted a $500,000 grant from The Moody Foundation to create a public green space on the site of the former Central Fire Station and City Hall annex.  

This generous gift provides the City of Galveston with...

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Posted on: November 8, 2019

Fire department seeks resident feedback with survey

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The Galveston Fire Department is asking residents to complete a survey in an effort to assess the quality of service the department provides and make any needed changes.

 The Galveston Fire Department has put an increased emphasis on both interna...

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Community News
Posted on: October 24, 2019

Fleeing Suspect Injures Jamaica Beach Officer

At approximately 1230 AM, the Lake Jackson Police Department requested the assistance of the Galveston Police Department in apprehending a suspect in a white Ford truck that had been eluding capture for some time at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour....

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Community News
Posted on: October 22, 2019

City Council confirms new Fire Chief

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The City of Galveston is proud to announce that Charles Olsen, Sr. is the new Fire Chief.

Chief Olsen joined the Galveston Fire Department in 1991 and most recently served as an Assistant Fire Chief. City Manager Brian Maxwell appointed Olsen the interim c...

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Community News
Posted on: October 22, 2019

Road closures announced for numerous fall events

Galveston, TX – October 22, 2019 – The island will be the host of many special events this week, including Ball High School homecoming parade, Oktoberfest and The Daily News Press Run.

BALL HIGH SCHOOL HOMECOMING PARADE&nbs...

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Posted on: October 21, 2019

Man killed in car crash involving Island Transit trolley

Galveston, TX – October 21, 2019 – A 30-year-old man died Sunday night after a vehicle collision involving an Island Transit trolley bus.

On Sunday at approximately 10:00 p.m., dispatch received a report of a major accident involving an...

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Community News
Posted on: October 16, 2019

GPD identifies officer involved in Oct. 12 shooting

October 16, 2019 – Galveston, TX – On the evening of October 12th, 2019, a Galveston Police Officer was involved in a shooting while conducting a traffic stop near 9 Mile Road and Stewart. The case is being investigated by the Galvesto...

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Community News
Posted on: October 9, 2019

City receives strong credit ratings, ensuring low interest rates for public improvements

Galveston, TX – October 9, 2019 – Two of the top financial rating firms assessed the City of Galveston this month and assigned strong credit ratings, citing the City’s prudent financial management and low debt burden.

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Posted on: September 27, 2019

TxDOT to begin Broadway project this weekend

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GALVESTON, TX – September 27, 2019 – A Texas Department of Transportation project to repave and improve drainage on Broadway between 59th Street and the Seawall begins Sunday, September 29.

For the next month, there will be alternating ...

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Posted on: September 23, 2019

2019 Tax Year Adopted Tax Rate For City of Galveston

The City of Galveston, Texas, adopted a tax rate that will increase taxes for maintenance and operations for Tax Year 2019. The Tax Rate will effectively be raised by 7.63 percent and will raise taxes for maintenance and operations on a $100,000 by approx...

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Posted on: September 20, 2019

City Council approves tax rate, budget

GALVESTON, TX – September 19, 2019 – The Galveston City Council on Thursday adopted a tax rate of $.579885 per $100 of property valuation for Tax Year 2019.

A homeowner who occupies their home valued at $235,000 would pay $1,09...

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Community News
Posted on: September 13, 2019

City announces traffic plan for 25th Street project

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The City of Galveston is seeking feedback from property owners and residents who live on 25th Street about the traffic plan for the 25th Street reconstruction project.

We anticipate construction beginning on the 25th Street reconstruction project in late O...

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