Beginning on the Fourth of July, the fee for using the Texas City Dike will double to $10 on holiday weekends.
That’s a reasonable fee and reflects a reasonable policy.
Keep in mind that Texas City residents with a decal continue to get in free.
The whole idea behind the charge was that city residents were tired of picking up the tab for cleanup of a site that is heavily used by visitors.
That bill had topped $1 million.
The $5 fee has generated $400,000 to $450,000 a year.
All the revenue is used to offset the costs of cleaning up the dike.
Why the extra charge on holiday weekends?
It’s to help cover the extra costs of cleanup after heavy use.
City officials are expecting 30,000 to 40,000 people on the dike Friday through Sunday.
Naturally, any fee generates some squawking. But this policy has been effective.
For years, The Texas City-La Marque Chamber of Commerce mustered volunteers to the dike to pick up trash.
This year, the chamber called of its Trash Bash because the new policy had pretty much solved the problem.
Texas City had a problem.
City government found an effective solution.