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Steve Fouga

I'm all for building and rebuilding our beaches. What I don't understand is why Babe's Beach is being renourished when it is still quite viable, rather than creating a new beach starting at 81st Street. Why not wait a few more years to renourish Babe's, and in the meantime have the benefit of 2 new beaches?

I'm sure I'm not the first to think of this. Does anyone know the answer? 🤔

Byron Barksdale

I asked an employee at the Park Board this question three years ago and was told an oral agreement was made between the Park Board and the Gulf Coast fishing pier to NOT have beach within 1/4 mile either side of the pier because there would not be enough parking for pier visitors and fishing clients due to beach goers using all the parking spaces on either side of the pier. If true, the oral agreement appears unfair to many and favors a very few. An GDN investigative reporter might seek out the true reasons why there is no talk of a new beach West of 81rst. Lack of funding is not correct. An easy solution is to provide public parking for both the pier and the beach around 90th Street. There is vacant land across Seawall Blvd. from the pier. Putting a new beach West of 81rst Street increases property values (higher taxes to Galveston County), protects the Seawall, increases occupancy of motels West of 81rst Street, adds more beautiful beach, etc. The additional taxes would eventually pay for public parking and a nominal fee could also be charged for the public parking. Someone needs to ask some hard questions to the park board.

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