What were we thinking? Perhaps we should add an additional sign under each of the parking signs on the seawall stating, “Poor people not welcome!” If one does not have a credit card and a cellphone, they can’t park and visit the beach, and for what purpose?

We received three pitiful little trailer bathrooms that run generators all day, spewing more pollution into our already ozone-laden summer air.

I thought we were getting beach bathrooms like those in Southern California and Florida, but when I asked, I was told that they present a crime problem. 

I grew up in Los Angeles. We had a bit of a crime problem there, too, and we also had concrete beach bathrooms. It takes two park employees to haul those trailer bathrooms around, but it takes one park employee to shut and lock an iron gate closing a concrete bathroom at night. 

I really believe that we should have a recall vote on the parking meters on the seawall, so that the beach is accessible to people of all economic levels. If we can’t do that, at the very least the city needs to build some bathrooms. 

Where is all the money?

Joie Soske lives in Galveston.

(4) comments

Miceal O'Laochdha

Unfortunately, the answer to the headline question of this letter is: NO!

When the Parks Board and their legal mouthpiece went to the endpoints of legality and credulity in order to prevent Nash's Bait Camp from reopening after Ike, the long-developing official (but unstated) goal of eliminating all low-dollar community social centers from the sight and hearing of the high-dollar tourists they crave, became irrefutable.

The various official and unofficial power brokers on this Island have been trying to make Gulf access "safe-for-the-wealthy" for a long time and they have pretty well succeeded. Regular folks (aka "riff-raff" to the wealthy) can go play with old pots and pans...

Steve Fouga

I sure haven't been in Galveston as long as miceal, but I would have said exactly the opposite. I walk on the Seawall and/or beach several times every week, and would have said they're crawling with poor people. Overflowing.

Man, I miss Nash's too. I don't see how that applies to the question at hand, though.

Miceal O'Laochdha

Hello Jake. The last paragraph of my post yesterday was intended to make the case for that connection between Nash's (and all the small businesses that were once on the South Jetty) and the high end format of paid parking on the seawall.

And you are right that the Establishment on this Island has not yet figured out a legal way to prevent poor people from actually walking about on the seawall and beach. But be sure they are working on that too.

The (sea) wall that was the Open Beaches Act has been breached. Let's see how long it takes before they manage to start charging beach admission fees along the seawall, to go with the parking charges that can only be paid with credit cards and I-phones. It will be easy. Just like the Boardwalks common on the Jersey Shore, our Seawall offers very limited points of access to the Beach. No real challenge to turn those stairs and ramps into "Checkpoint Charlie" (s). Lawsuits? No problem, the taxpayers will fund the lawyers that the Park Board's lawyer hires. And we will pay for the lawyers that the City Attorney hires too.

Steve Fouga

Okay, got it.

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