TEXAS CITY — City officials on Thursday reopened a portion of the Texas City Dike that’s been closed since Saturday because of the heavy fuel oil spill in Galveston Bay.

The city’s Homeland Security Director Bruce Clawson said the dike is open to the public from the entrance to the Welch boat ramp. Access to Dike Beach and the end of the dike is off-limits.

The end of the dike is being used as a staging area for the oil spill cleanup.

Clawson said also the hurricane protection levee has been reopened to the public. It was closed except for the use of residents of the Grand Cay subdivision, which sits near the levee’s floodgate.

The city’s $5 per vehicle access fee charged on the weekends also would be waived until the dike fully reopens, Clawson said.

Clawson said those who come to the dike should stick to the north side of the 5-mile pier. There are no fishing restrictions along the dike or levee.

Although officials reopened the bay to marine traffic late Thursday, vessels are under orders to maintain a safe distance from cleanup operations.

Boaters are not allowed to go through the safety zone south, he said.


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