Spill doesn’t make Galveston any less great

Heavy fuel oil washes over booms and onto the beach along Boddeker Road in Galveston on Sunday, a day after more than 160,000 gallons of oil leaked from a disabled barge in Galveston Bay.

Photo by JENNIFER REYNOLDS

Tourism officials and business owners whose trades are tied to the beaches were keeping a wary eye on the wind and efforts to contain more than 160,000 gallons of heavy fuel oil that leaked from a damaged barge into Galveston Bay.


With all that’s going on with the recent spill, I felt that it was important to say thank you to our city for the way we all work together.

Do we get down in the dumps when things like this happen? No! We put a smile on our face, roll up our sleeves and get to work making sure all of our guests — even the unexpected guests — are welcomed with open arms and a friendliness that is truly Galveston.

I work in the hotel business on the seawall and as soon as this happened, all of us — from our great partners at the Galveston Visitors and Convention Bureau to the front desk staff and management to the restaurants and their crew — communicated and worked together as a team. Is it really any wonder Galveston was ranked second behind Cancun in USA Today’s Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards for Best Spring Break Destination?

A guest from Arkansas, her cruise delayed, said, “The great thing about this unexpected change in plans is that we got a chance to see and experience this lovely island for what it is, a friendly and beautiful city. You should be proud you live here.”

I am proud! Keep up the good work, Galveston.

Scott Freudenburg

Galveston

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