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

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  • By MARY BETH BASSETT
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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.

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Building buy: A Houston businessman known for redeveloping historic buildings has acquired the James Fadden Building, 2410 Strand, in the island’s downtown, with plans to open a bar.

  • By MARY BETH BASSETT
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When it comes to the business of managing beaches, ideas are exchanged every year at the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) national conference. In October, three Galveston park board staff members were recognized as industry leaders when they made presentations to the…

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Business owners frequently ask me: “Must I have an employee handbook? I really don’t want written policies that tie my hands. I’d rather make decisions based on issues, not a package of rules.”

  • By MARY BETH BASSETT
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This year marks some important milestones for four Galveston park board employees. A member of the beach-cleaning team has been with the organization for 30 years and the controller, a staff accountant and a member of the sales team will mark their 20th anniversaries.

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Restaurants not badly damaged by Hurricane Harvey are reporting brisk business as area residents who lost their kitchens in flooded houses seek hot meals, convenience and a break from it all.

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Palace intrigue: Inquiring readers want to know what happened to Bubba’s Shrimp Palace, which has closed its original 113 Sixth St. restaurant in San Leon and its more recent one in the former Sudie’s Seafood House, 325 Interstate 45 N. A sign on the door at the League City site, which opene…

  • By MARY BETH BASSETT
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A strong, healthy tourism industry is vital to Galveston and to the state as a whole. It takes advocacy and leadership on the state level to help make sure the industry continues to grow.

  • By MARY BETH BASSETT
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When I lived in Colorado and came to Galveston as a visitor, my favorite place to go was downtown. Now that I live here, it’s still a special place for me, and I am glad I play a part in promoting all it has to offer to others.

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After months of debate about what the Port of Galveston should be in the future, its governing board should finally have a completed strategic plan by early January.

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Another chance: After much negotiation, Legend Communities late Friday was able to ward off a foreclosure sale of many parcels and properties in Harborwalk, a luxury waterfront development on West Galveston Bay. The foreclosure sale had been scheduled for Tuesday.

  • By MARY BETH BASSETT
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Summer may have ended with a thud, but it started with a bang — and stayed that way until Hurricane Harvey visited our area. Now that the numbers are in, it’s clear to see that Galveston enjoyed a successful summer of tourism.

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Collateral damage: If there’s a theme to this week’s column, it’s that bankers are taking legal measures to recover loans made on developments and ventures that were once big Buzz items.

  • By MARY BETH BASSETT
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It’s been almost a month since Hurricane Harvey paid us an unwelcome visit. And though I can’t say that I personally know what it’s like to pitch most of my belongings to the curb and gut my home, I can only imagine that if I were faced with that task I’d be in the mood for a break by now.

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ZIPped lips: On paper, it’s the kind of high-tech industry League City officials have dreamed about and one they would certainly want to trumpet loudly. But on June 30, when California-based software company AccuZIP announced it would move its corporate headquarters to League City, creating …

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Hurricane Harvey prevented some Del Papa Distributing Co. employees from making it to the warehouse, but the Texas City beer distributor still had work to do and orders to fill.

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The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce hosted its second annual George P. Mitchell Regional Entrepreneurs of the Year awards ceremony Friday at the Galveston Island Convention Center at the San Luis Resort.

  • By MARY BETH BASSETT
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Restricted funds, grants, local matches, HOT tax — these terms can seem like a foreign language sometimes. Luckily, here at the park board we have a hardworking finance committee, led by a knowledgeable and experienced comptroller, to make sense of our organization’s operating budget.

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Hurricane Harvey has caused a run on short-term rental properties and delays in many sales transactions, but area Realtors are optimistic the market will stabilize in longer term.

  • By MARY BETH BASSETT
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I will venture to say that when organizations put together their crisis communications plans, they hope that they won’t have to use them. Now that the Hurricane Harvey crisis is largely behind us here in Galveston, I must say, I’m glad the Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau had …

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Whether it was by flooding, displaced employees, power, fuel and supply disruptions or curfews, Hurricane Harvey affected businesses across the county — some obviously more than others. In the middle of their own storm recovery efforts — personal and professional — many business owners were …

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Since 1845, the mission of the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce has remained steadfast to promote and advocate for business and community development. The 2017 legislative agenda of the chamber’s legislative affairs and advocacy committees closely monitored the current legislative sess…

  • By MARY BETH BASSETT
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Trash on the beach is never pretty. But thanks to a local art project, the island’s beachside trash receptacles will become a lot more pleasing to look at.

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This summer, I was so excited to see the charming and colorful red and green trolley buses make their way throughout the island’s thoroughfares. A preview of the traditional rail trolleys that are expected to return next year, this summer’s service was a result of collaboration between the c…

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DEAR BRUCE: I am an 89-year-old male with an 85-year-old spouse. We have a Medicare supplemental that costs us $3,984 a year in premiums to pay for the 20 percent that Medicare doesn't cover. This cost is getting a little high for our income. We are considering canceling the policy, putting …

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What’s that? Inquiring readers are wondering about that building rising on stilts along FM 2004, not far from Gulf Greyhound Park in La Marque. The building is for a clubhouse at what will be Big Spot RV Resort, 4313 FM 2004, said Colleen Merritt, a spokeswoman for La Marque Economic Develop…

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Plot thickens: An unconfirmed but credible rumor is circulating that one of the nation’s oldest and most prolific development firms has acquired an 11.39-acre island parcel from Lowe’s Home Improvement and is making offers for surrounding tracts. Sources report that Dallas-based Trammell Cro…

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Wood wins the prize as America’s favorite hard-surface flooring type, outselling vinyl, porcelain tile and every other option, according to market-research firm Mintel’s 2016 report on residential flooring.

  • By BRUCE WILLIAMS
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DEAR BRUCE: I contacted a real estate agent to sell my condo. He already had a buyer and sold the property without placing it on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS).

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NASA has notified Ad Astra Rocket Co. that the agency is picking up the final year of a three-year contract under which the Webster-based startup is developing next-generation space propulsion.

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We buy homeowners insurance to protect against the high drama of our greatest fears: tornadoes ripping off the roof, fire racing up the stairs or floodwaters lapping at the front porch. But in reality, the worst rarely happens.