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RonShelby
Ron Shelby

Why did Beeton vote against? It wasn't in the story.

Mike Box

Possibly she voted against it because there are other less expensive and better options. The Ike Dike, because it is pushed by TAMUG, seems to have developed a life of its own. Rice University studied the situation and suggested a more limited and less expensive alternative that does not destroy the beach from HIgh Island to Freeport. GCDN might have done a story on that study, but I don't remember seeing it. Living on Boliver or the West End would be much different if you were behind a wall with no beach and no view of the gulf. We need to study the OPTIONS, not the IKE DIKE.

isleshire
Curtiss Brown

Well, she'd be wrong about that. The Cemetery Gates proposed by Rice will end up costing the same and saving no one. Texas City and the rest of Galveston County would be swamped. The height of the water at the north end of the bay would be 24' in the worst case scenario. The Ike Dike protects many more and does so with a much simpler project.
You have to wonder about the kind of person who fails to educate her followers on what is necessary to live on the coast and instead follow the knee-jerk respondents into an ugly future.

Mike Box

Didn't mean to insinuate that I support (or have even read) the entire Rice proposal. Just saying I think there's a much cheaper and better way to protect Galveston and we should look at all the possibilities. I certainly don't speak for Ms Beeton, but I think the ugly future would be the entire upper Texas coast without a beach, just one long seawall.

npappous
Norman Pappous

Concern for this funding centered around the fact that the money may be wasted if CoE are not on board with how the study will be conducted. There was no request from CoE, TAMUG, or Rice. Is this money going to be counted as part of our $5 million match? No answer - so we may be needlessly spending this money twice...

Had the CoE come and said this would count as part of our local match - the vote may have been 7-0.....

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