The Atlantic Hurricane season came to an official end Monday, and for the straight seventh year, no major hurricane struck Texas.
The Atlantic Hurricane season came to an official end Monday, and for the straight seventh year, no major hurricane struck Texas.
The La Marque school board voted unanimously Monday to spend at least $300,000 to hire a Houston law firm to fight the Texas Education Agency's decision to close the school district.
I do not know exactly how many of the 20 Meals on Wheels tournaments I have played in. Whatever the number, that’s how many times I have not won a turkey.
In good years, the Texas Coast gets two days of fall thanksgiving — the one that everybody gets on the fourth Thursday of November, and one that’s ours alone on the last day of the month, when hurricane season comes to an official end.
It’s time to deck the halls and start thinking about Christmas. At least I waited until we got through with Thanksgiving, which is more than I can say for lots of folks, especially those needing to sell more goods to more customers this year.
Anne Boyd has reigned over Dickens on The Strand, the island’s annual Victorian holiday festival, for more than two decades. During the three-day 19th century throwback celebration, she takes the helm as Queen Victoria, a role the actress doesn’t take lightly. In a recent interview, the former history teacher and actress said she has traveled to England several times to research the queen and holds character throughout the festival — even in private.
Russian novelist Dostoevski wrote that all women were half beautiful just by being women. But on the Texas frontier of 1842, S.L. Shipe went him one better when she declared: “Ugliness availed nothing, for woman’s minority was so great that plainness of feature had lost its significance and all women were beautiful.”
McKINNEY, Texas (AP) — Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is expected back in court on felony charges of defrauding investors.
TYLER, Texas (AP) — An East Texas man has been sentenced to nearly five years in federal prison for plotting to sell marijuana stolen from a law enforcement evidence room.
Hammer time: Crews have begun work on a 203-unit luxury multifamily complex called Newport on Marina Bend on the northeast corner of Interstate 45 and FM 518 in League City. The work portends a much larger development. Atticus Real Estate is developing the complex, which is meant to be part of a mixed-use project that would include retail, offices, a 100-slip marina, townhouses with water views, restaurants and a boutique hotel.
Black Friday, while still important to retailers, is no longer the frenetic launch of the holiday shopping season, industry observers say.
Hitchcock's business community sees jobs and industrial growth in a foreign trade zone designation
Multi-million dollar improvements at Center for Marine Training and Safety funded by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service.
Real McCoy: Nailing down details hasn’t been easy, but city officials confirm McCoy’s Building Supply is looking for a new island site. Officials with San Marcos-based McCoy’s said plans for a new island store are very preliminary and speculative. In fact it’s so early, McCoy’s hasn’t identified any island sites, Tim Rogers, marketing and advertising manager for the company, said.But city officials say the company has expressed an interest in moving to a part of the Galveston Housing Authority property that once was the site of Oleander Homes, a public housing community damaged by Hurricane Ike in 2008. McCoy’s is interested in the land facing 51st Street, a block off Broadway and just south of The Salvation Army, 601 51st St.
After several years of strong sales, the island’s real estate market has been slowed by a slump in oil prices and a weak stock market.
Another major health care system has plans to develop a large medical facility in League City.
A major residential and retail development is planned for League City while a long-awaited Indian cuisine restaurant prepares to finally open on the island. Read that and more in Biz Buzz.
A longtime La Marque company has formed an alliance and plans to catch up with European competitors in an underserved part of the plastics industry.
American National Insurance Co. (Nasdaq: ANAT) this week announced third quarter 2015 net income of $42.01 million or $1.56 per diluted share compared with net income of $66.93 million or $2.49 per diluted share for the same period a year ago.
Aldi is rumored to be shopping for island site; Torchy's Tacos heads this way and a San Leon survivor makes a return. Read that and much more in today's Biz Buzz.
Aiming to attract a growing market of larger merchant vessels, the Port of Galveston is studying whether to deepen a western portion of its harbor channel.
Moving target: Hunters, anglers and campers who’ve been counting the days for the opening of Cabela’s in League City will have to aim for patience.
It’s an upstream, downstream story.
Anheuser-Busch InBev’s proposed $106 billion takeover of rival SABMiller won’t stifle competition and likely won’t be felt by area consumers, local beer distributors said.
When Twyla Isaac-Jones walks into a restaurant staff goes on high alert.
Counting chickens: Those plucky rumors that a Chick-fil-A restaurant is set to roost on the island are heating up. Insiders say Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, known for its fried chicken sandwiches, and Landry’s Inc. are in the final stages of a license agreement for the restaurant at the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, 25th Street and Seawall Boulevard. Island-born Tilman Fertitta is CEO, chairman and owner of Houston-based Landry’s, which operates restaurants and entertainment venues on the island, including the Pleasure Pier. Chick-fil-A is stepping up expansion, opening nearly 100 new restaurants a year, according to reports. Stay tuned.
Last week, the Santa Fe hatchery Kenz Henz began selling its pastured eggs in four H-E-B grocery stores, a significant, if not nerve-racking, step for its owners.
Is a Port Arthur-based firm shopping for a second downtown island building to convert into apartments? That’s the rumor.
The Q5000 strikes an imposing figure on the Port of Galveston’s east end.
Pop quiz: Could yet another vacant department store building at Mall of the Mainland get a new life?Rumor has it that College of the Mainland is studying the possibility of buying the 83,000-square-foot building that formerly housed JC Penney at the mall, 10000 Emmett F. Lowry Expressway in Texas City. College of the Mainland officials weren’t available for comment.
City leaders are reminding businesses that it’s time to get ready for the Small Business Thursday, an event designed to promote local holiday shopping.
Island-based business strikes a lucrative deal that will put its products in more than 600 Hobby Lobby stores.
Burdensome regulations, data breaches at major retail chains, interest rates and the effects of volatile oil prices were among the things on the minds of nearly 700 Texas bankers who met on the island Sunday for a four-day convention.
As many as 38 workers at BP’s Texas City Chemical plant could lose their jobs after the company decided to “reorganize” operations at the facility.
Retailer Palais Royal today will unveil interior upgrades and an expanded selection of merchandise at its island store.
On a roll: The food truck trend has cruised into Texas City. Scott Arnold has opened Texas Outlaw Burger in a Streamline trailer at outdoor bar America’s Icehouse, 622 Sixth St. N.
Ongoing legal fees from lawsuits filed by a group of private parking lot owners are costing the Port of Galveston about $37,000 a month in operating expenses, according to an August port activities report. The expenses, already nearing $450,000 over the past 12 months, could continue for more months to come, Port of Galveston Director Michael Mierzwa said.
Patience please: Popular West End island eatery Cafe Michael Burger reopened Wednesday after being closed eight months for repairs and after some unforeseen delays. While patrons should bring their appetites, they should also bring some patience. Owner Debra Lichtenfeldt still is rebuilding staff and training new employees. With the Labor Day weekend ahead, Lichtenfeldt expects big crowds and wants patrons to know that waits might be a bit longer as the restaurant works to get back into a rhythm.
Blue Bell returned Monday morning across Galveston County
Pray tell: Few communities object when churches buy land and build places of worship — unless that land is the last great hope for significant commercial development in a community that’s 89 percent residential. Friendswood City Council’srecent 6-1 vote to approve a zoning change on a 135-acre tract of land at 3801 FM 528 to accommodate the tax-exempt Clear Creek Community Church’s plans to build a place of worship has dashed hopes of any major commercial development at the site. The church won’t lessen the burden of residential property taxpayers and would deter some commercial development on the property, some elected officials have argued.
Crews have shifted into high gear to complete by year’s end an $11 million dollar vehicle processing center at Pier 10 that promises to funnel thousands of new BMWs through the island port and potentially attract the attention of other automakers who might do business there.
Shop owners given option to remodel with beautification incentive program.
The global oil glut continues to affect businesses operating around the county, including a Port of Galveston tenant. The glut, which has driven prices down 50 percent from last year, is evident at Pelican Island Storage Terminals, 3801 GTI Blvd., where the amount of petroleum products moving through the facility has dropped by 49 percent for the first six months of the year, compared to a year ago.
The Port of Houston next year will lose two cruise ships it lured with millions of dollars in incentives. But that loss won’t be the island’s gain, at least while the Port of Galveston scrambles to provide sufficient berths for passenger liners already sailing from here.
Hot dish: Dickinson dining options are soon to increase. Keith and Holly Lilley, owners of Dickinson Bar-B-Que & Steakhouse, have acquired the popular Garcia’s Grill, 2015 FM 517, with plans to demolish the building and replace it with a new concept.
It may be December before the University of Texas Medical Branch’s League City hospital opens for patients, officials confirmed Wednesday. Unspecified construction delays pushed back completion of the $90 million expansion until September.
What’s that? Are you among the many inquiring readers wondering why all that dirt is moving at First Street and Seawall Boulevard on the island’s East End? It’s piling work for a $5 million, five-story Homewood Suites.
Promising savings for shoppers and a boon for business, the Texas Tax Free Weekend begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday and continues until midnight Sunday.
Resort report: The rise of five suites at the San Luis Resort,5222 Seawall Blvd. on the island, has for months intrigued islanders. Last week, island-born billionaire Tilman Fertitta officially unveiled the lavish development known as The Villas at The San Luis Resort,which, on its first day, checked in some high-profile guests.
TEXAS CITY - For 50 years, Jane Baucum has offered generations of Texas City women something that can be fleeting in the days of big box stores and online shopping: a personal experience.
Longevity in business is like longevity in life. It requires an ability to accept change, to recognize your strengths and to overcome obstacles.
What happened: Developer Andy Vickery confirms his plan to transform the historic Medical Arts Building in the island’s downtown won’t be realized — not by him at least. Vickery had been working with a timeshare operator he had declined to name. But Biz Buzz, through documents provided months ago by the city, learned that operator was Wyndham Worldwide, which, along with hotels and resorts, operates a Wyndham Vacation Ownership division.
Like many former farm towns across the county, the city never has featured a town square or traditional downtown. Friendswood Drive, the main thoroughfare through town, passes by a collection of strip centers and houses with little in the way of walkable areas.
Hammer time: A new batch of luxury homes is soon to rise on Bolivar Peninsula. NewCoast Properties earlier this month broke ground on Seagrass Beach. The development, on 33.5 acres with unobstructed Gulf of Mexico views, is 16 miles from the Galveston-Bolivar Ferry when traveling east on state Highway 87. Seagrass Beach will include 35 homes with prices starting in the low $200,000s. Amenities include an elevated beach-front pool, six poolside cabanas, beachside firepit, four community lawns and a stocked fishing pond.
Boom town: NASA area development is taking off like a rocket. The most recent evidence comes from Medistar Corp., a Houston-based company that snapped up 177 acres in Webster with plans to develop a mixed-use project that would include a new hotel and conference center, retail, restaurants, office, medical facilities and an amphitheater. The massive development, on land formerly owned by Exxon Mobil Corp., is planned for land next to the 65,000-square-foot TopGolf, a venue underway at 21401 Interstate 45, and near Fry’s Electronics and Academy Sports + Outdoors. Medistar is reaching out to potential tenants and crews could break ground on the development in the next 16 months or so, Kelly Lindig, vice president of development and acquisitions for Medistar, said. The land Medistar acquired from Exxon was the last easily accessible parcel of that size that’s highly visible from I-45, Lindig said.
Only two model homes are up, with a third on the way, but builders already are reporting strong sales at The Reserve at Clear Lake City, the first major new home development to rise in the area in 20 years. Success of the development, just north of the intersection of Clear Lake City and El Dorado boulevards, is a case study about continuing recovery in the housing market and pent-up demand for new homes.
GALVESTON - C.B. “Bix” Rathburn, who just a year ago was named the executive director of the Galveston County Economic Alliance, is leaving the organization for a similar job with the county.
TEXAS CITY - Mainland Medical Center recently named Robert Alexander Marmerstein as its new chief operating officer.
A “For Sale” sign has gone up on the Medical Arts Building in the island’s downtown, where crews more than a year ago began work to develop 83 timeshare units.
GALVESTON - Michael Doherty has had some remarkable views during his career. There’s the one of the historic working harbor from his fifth-floor office downtown. There was the bird’s-eye view of hard times and sweeping change in the banking industry. And there was the front-row seat to The Strand’s evolution from a place where few lingered after dusk to a vibrant center of shops, restaurants and offices.
Can north county residents soon expect a rash of new retail stores near the 72,000-square-foot outdoor gear retailer Cabela’s, underway at Interstate 45 and Big League Dreams Parkway? It looks that way.
Full circle: Longtime readers might recall when relentless rumors circulated about major island employer American National Insurance Co. slowly but surely moving operations from its island headquarters to the mainland. Some islanders feared the company with hundreds of employees and founded in 1905 by William L. Moody Jr., would leave Galveston altogether. Now, all the buzz is about how American National is moving employees back to the island from League City.
TEXAS CITY — Soon after coming to an agreement on a new labor accord, the United Steelworkers Local 13-1 and Marathon Petroleum Corp. on Friday reached a tentative return-to-work agreement.
Grocer H-E-B is restricting the number of eggs shoppers can buy and fast food chain Whataburger is limiting breakfast menu choices, but area restaurant owners say they won’t crack under the pressure of a national egg shortage and have no plans to raise prices nor alter menus.
Truth and fries: La Marque residents must really like their Whataburger. The mainland restaurant is so successful, the Corpus Christi-based company is building a new one in the city, which explains all that activity behind the existing Whataburger,1004 FM 1764and the Shell gas station/Timewise Food Store on FM 1764 and next to Gulf Greyhound Park. Crews this week began work on the new and larger Whataburger, which will replace the one that’s been in La Marque for 22 years. The new Whataburger will feature a larger dining room, more parking and a double drive-through lane to serve customers during peak hours. Construction began this week and is expected to be complete this summer, weather permitting, said James Turcotte, senior vice president of real estate for Whataburger.
TEXAS CITY — After 128 days off the job, 1,100 striking Marathon Petroleum Corp. Galveston Bay Refinery workers are close to an agreement to return to work.
GALVESTON — Food trucks could operate on the island all year and in more places, including at concession parks, if the city council adopts recommendations by an ad hoc committee it appointed earlier this year.
GALVESTON - A Friendswood developer and attorney who earlier this year bought Mall of the Mainland in Texas City, has added the island’s Falstaff Brewery to his growing portfolio. After months of negotiation and due diligence, Jerome Karam has finalized acquisition of the long-vacant brewery building at 3303 Church St.
Getting a complex: Although the developer hasn’t returned calls, there’s a bit more news about a 230-unit apartment complex proposed for Texas City. The development, planned for land between Tanger Outlets, 5885 Interstate 45 and Buc-ee’s, 6201 I-45, is expected to be of the “Class A” variety. Class A doesn’t mean luxury apartments. It simply means such a property represents the highest quality building in its market and area. Class A apartments generally have been built within the past 15 years, cater to high-income tenants and have low vacancy rates. They generally are professionally managed. Mark Musemeche, vice president of M Group, which is developing the property, did not return phone calls. But Texas City officials said the complex would include some units with attached garages and an area where tenants could rent garage space. The complex would also include a club house, pool and other standard amenities. Depending on how quickly crews work, the complex might well be the first residential project in the massive Lago Mar development.
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