News Flash

Posted on: September 23, 2022

GPD hosting Child Trafficking Prevention & Awareness event on Saturday

The Galveston Police Department, Galveston County Sheriffs Office, and the Galveston County District Attorneys Office will be hosting a Child Trafficking Prevention & Awareness Event on Saturday September 24th 2022 at Wa...

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Community News
Posted on: September 22, 2022

Road closures announced for Galveston Island Shrimp Festival

Galveston Island Shrimp Festival is returning this weekend and we want residents to be aware of road closures to plan their weekend driving.

The annual Galveston Island Shrimp Festival will be held in historic downtown Galveston September 23-24. The event ...

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Community News
Posted on: September 20, 2022

City Council supports efforts to increase state funding for community colleges

Galveston, TX – The Aim Hire Policy Coalition, made up of more than twenty leading business and education organizations, urged state policymakers to strengthen funding for community colleges in Texas and drive improved...

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Community News
Posted on: September 13, 2022

Read and provide comments on the draft Regional Flood Plan

The San Jacinto Regional Flood Planning Group submitted the DRAFT Regional Flood Plan to the Texas Water Development Board on Aug. 1, 2022. The public is invited to provide feedback on the DRAFT Regional Flood Plan and learn more about flood risk, stormwa...

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Community News
Posted on: September 12, 2022

Strengthening Police and Community Partnerships forum set for October 1

Join us Saturday, October 1 at Ball High School for the Strengthening Police and Community Partnerships program from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Strengthening Police and Community Partnerships (SPCP) is a one-day, in-person facilitated program, which engage...
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Community News
Posted on: September 9, 2022

City Council approves budget, significant tax rate reduction

The Galveston City Council on Thursday approved the FY 2023 budget (10/1/22-9/30/23) and set a tax rate of 44.45 cents per $100 valuation for Galveston property owners.

The adopted rate is a 5.4 cent reduction from last year’s rate of 49.85 cents...

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Community News
Posted on: September 7, 2022

CRITICAL SHELTER SOS: GALVESTON ISLAND HUMANE SOCIETY OVERCROWDING

The Galveston Island Humane Society is calling on you to help, as the shelter has surpassed its critical capacity for animals. There are currently 83 dogs and 140 cats in care at GIHS, which has the capacity to care for 55 dogs and 82 ca...
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Community News
Posted on: August 30, 2022

GPD warns of warrant scam

The Galveston Police Department would like to make the community and surrounding communities aware of a fraudulent warrant for arrest scam that has been reported multiples times in the last few days.

Several reports have indicated that unsuspecting victims...
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Community News
Posted on: August 26, 2022

Isle neighborhoods to host annual National Night Out on Oct. 4

GALVESTON, TX – August 26, 2022 – Isle neighborhoods for a night in October will host block parties and community cookouts to bring residents together with local law enforcement and first responders. 

Galveston joins c...

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Community News
Posted on: August 26, 2022

Reminder: Temporary signs at homes, businesses require permit

REMINDER: The City of Galveston requires a permit for temporary signs at businesses and homes, except for political yard signs. This includes feather flags, unapproved banners, and any other sign that is not permanently affixed to a building. The...

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Community News
Posted on: August 19, 2022

Galveston police enhancing traffic safety enforcement

Galveston police officers are enhancing their traffic safety enforcement measures, with a greater emphasis on patrolling for speeding, running red lights and other traffic violations. 

As part of this effort, the department is allocating more of i...

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Community News
Posted on: August 10, 2022

City's 2021 CAPER report available online

The City of Galveston is required by the U.S. Dept. 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 carrying o...

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Community News
Posted on: August 8, 2022

Galveston University fall program to begin Sept. 14

The City of Galveston is thrilled to invite residents to participate in the Galveston University program. In the eight-week program, Galveston University participants will meet key staff members, tour facilities and learn about the various departments wit...

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Community News
Posted on: August 3, 2022

Latest City Manager's Report available online

The latest City Manager's Report is available online now at galvestontx.gov/citymanagersreport.

This monthly report details what each department in the city has accomplished and highlights what's to come in the month ahead. 

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Community News
Posted on: July 22, 2022

Sanitation services update

Sanitation routes have had delays again this week due to ongoing mechanical issues with the trucks, and we wanted to provide an update about the status of new equipment and repairs.

The City of Galveston has 10 automated trucks and eight rear loaders in it...

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Community News
Posted on: July 18, 2022

Message for new commercial water service customers

New water customers, especially commercial customers using larger meters, should anticipate lead times and put in your request for new water service as early as possible. 

Pandemic-related issues are causing delays in ordering parts. If you have a...

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Community News
Posted on: July 8, 2022

City of Galveston FY23 budget meeting schedule

The City of Galveston is in budget season, with staff and management working closely to deliver a budget to City Council for consideration before the fiscal year 2023.

The next fiscal year begins October 1, 2022, and the council must approve the budget bef...

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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: 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: 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

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 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 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 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 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: 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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