The county has approved final steps to begin construction on a $4.2 million emergency shelter on Bolivar Peninsula, which will be built to withstand high-level hurricane winds. Officials anticipate it will be one of the strongest buildings along the Gulf Coast.
The county commissioners court last week unanimously approved an agreement with High Island school district to build the 9,500-square-foot building on its property, which the school will use as a gymnasium on a regular basis during nonemergency situations. If a storm or hurricane strikes the vulnerable peninsula, the building will be used as a base camp for emergency responders to distribute supplies and park vehicles, the first facility dedicated to this purpose, officials said. It also will serve as a point of re-entry onto the peninsula following a storm.