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Hurricanes typically dampen real estate sales. And although Hurricane Harvey did far more flood damage to the mainland than the island, Galveston still was fighting errant perceptions about the storm weeks after it struck in late August 2017.

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Steak out: Inquiring readers are hungry for answers about the opening day status of Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers in Bay Colony Town Center, 2955 S. Interstate 45, in League City.

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Banks and other area businesses say they stand to gain a lot from the Trump administration’s corporate tax cuts signed into law late last year, with many expecting stronger profits, which will lead to more spending and economic growth, they said.

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If you like to spend time at the beach and if you like to earn money, the park board has a deal for you. The organization is seeking more than 150 people who want to work where they play during the upcoming spring and summer seasons.

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Smokin’ buzz: Five long months after Hurricane Harvey badly flooded its building, Dickinson Bar-B-Que & Steakhouse, 2111 FM 517, has reopened. And owners Keith and Holly Lilley had some encouraging words for other area businesses and homeowners still battling to recover from the devastat…

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More than 600 women are expected to fill the conference room of Galveston’s Moody Gardens Hotel on Feb. 22 to learn about expanding opportunities for women in the petrochemical and industrial trades industries.

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The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce announced exciting details regarding the 2018 Celebrating Women: Mind, Body, Spirit. The 11th annual Galveston women’s conference will be held on May 4 at the Moody Gardens Convention Center, 1 Hope Blvd., in Galveston.

  • By MARY BETH BASSETT
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This time of year, many of us spend our Sunday evenings watching as movie stars and musicians step up to the stage to receive industry honors. Though it wasn’t a Grammy or an Oscar, the park board recently received regional recognition for one of its projects.

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Retail rumblings: An unconfirmed but intriguing rumor is making the rounds that no-frills grocer Aldi and clothing retailer Ross Dress for Less plan stores at Palmer Plaza in the 3400 block of Palmer Highway in Texas City. It’s the same shopping center Chick-fil-A has been pecking around.

  • By MARY BETH BASSETT
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Anyone who lives in Galveston knows that the island is a popular tourist destination. Each year for the past three years, more than 6 million people have visited the island.

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Calling all young entrepreneurs! The 2018 Step Up for Education Expo and Lemonade Day Galveston County Kick-off Event will take place from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Central Middle School Media Arts Academy, 3014 Sealy St., in Galveston.

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The Santa Fe Chamber of Commerce Inc., will host its 41st annual Awards Dinner & Gala from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday at the Santa Fe Fire and Rescue Station No. 1, 13112 state Highway 6, in Santa Fe.

  • By MARY BETH BASSETT
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While my personal goals for 2018 include improved time management, some here at the park board are more interested in sand management. To that end, the park board and its partners are making long-term plans to keep Galveston’s beaches wide and healthy for years to come.

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Members only: Texas prohibits most forms of gambling, but that isn’t stopping a growing number of private poker clubs from trying their hands at doing business in the state, including one soon to open in downtown Galveston.

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According to the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM), it pays to have engaged employees. Organizations with an engaged workforce and supportive leadership see increased sales, profitability, customer satisfaction and productivity.

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Raise your stein: A year after buzz broke that King’s Bierhaus would open a League City restaurant, the Houston-based concept promises a spring opening. King’s Bierhaus, with strong followings in The Heights and Pearland, offers German/American cuisines and German and Texas drafts. The Leagu…

  • By GALVESTON REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
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The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce will host its 172nd annual meeting, An Evening in Italy, from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday in the Frances Anne Moody Ballroom at the Moody Gardens Hotel, 1 Hope Blvd.

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It was a year of major business openings, closings and a hurricane that slowed down, but didn’t stop, commerce on the upper Texas coast. Here are just some of the top Biz Buzz items of the year.

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E.A. “Trey” Apffel III, who practiced law for 35 years in Galveston County and surrounding areas, began work as State Bar of Texas executive director on Dec. 1.

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While 2017 produced some great accomplishments, the park board has an ambitious work plan in place for 2018 and beyond. The organization will continue to protect and improve Galveston’s natural resources and to build its visitor base.

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Glut feeling: Is this contained or contagious? That’s what some observers are wondering after Neighbors Emergency Center recently closed its doors in Texas City, a little less than two years after opening at 3302 Palmer Highway.

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DEAR BRUCE: I went in with a so-called friend to subcontract painting a house for $12,000 on the exterior and $8,000 on the interior. The total we were supposed to make was $6,000 apiece after it was all said and done, but he has now backed out, which means he’s keeping all the money. No for…

  • By MARY BETH BASSETT
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For most of us on the Texas coast, 2017 was an eventful year — from welcoming hundreds of thousands of people to our area for the Super Bowl to surviving Hurricane Harvey and witnessing snow-topped palm trees on the island for the first time in a long while.

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Last spring, the Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau set out to bring more sports-related events to Galveston. Since that time, the results have been impressive.

  • By MARY BETH BASSETT
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Knowing how to swim is a lifesaving skill. According to The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, 107 children 17 and younger drowned in the state in 2016. Several park board employees have made it their mission to pass along this valuable skill to children through a nonprofit …

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The holiday season is such a special time on the island. It seems like every year, there’s something new added to the lineup of wonderful events that make for lasting memories here.

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For a woman who never worked a day of her life selling commercial real estate, Gail Ayers has had a decidedly outsized influence on women who have made it a career.

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Help us celebrate Small Business Saturday! The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce invites shoppers to show their support for small retailers on Nov. 25.

  • By MARY BETH BASSETT
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Every now and then, I get questions from readers about park board issues. This week, I’ve decided to answer a couple that have come up rather frequently.

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One of the narrowest spots on the island is where the seawall ends at Dellanera Park. The park board is working on some short-term and long-term solutions for shoring up this area and keeping it intact during periods of high tides and coastal flooding.