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Rooftop report: Is this the rise of the single-family rental in the county? Crews have begun work on roughly 150 houses on 40 acres in Saltgrass Crossing Section No. 2 in La Marque. The development, with access at Saltgrass Springs Lane off FM 2004 and Saltgrass Point Boulevard off FM 1765, …

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In a little more than four years, more than 900 Galveston-based employees have been trained to be Certified Tourism Ambassadors. And many more are making plans to receive this designation.

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According to the American Sport Fishing Association, recreational sport fishing is an economic powerhouse. The industry is growing in the areas of participation and spending, and Galveston is poised to get in on the action.

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Bated buzz: An inquiring reader emailed to ask: “Do you have any additional information regarding the new Costco around Bay Area Boulevard? There are many of us in the Galveston area waiting with bated breath for information on an opening date.”

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Sometimes, the best laid plans need to be tweaked. That’s the case for the Park Board’s Coastal Zone Management (CZM) team when it comes to cleaning up after busy days.

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Wouldn’t it be great if every weekend were a three-day weekend? This summer, the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) is tempting island visitors to take an extra vacation day by offering Sunday night fireworks every week during the summer.

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The Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce has been named one of 13 Communications Excellence Grand Award winners by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.

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In April last year, Biz Buzz reported about the imminent opening of Barge 295 in the former site of the Turtle Club at the end of a pier on Clear Lake, 2613 E. NASA Parkway in Seabrook. After 33 years, the Turtle Club, known as Lance’s Turtle Club, closed on New Year’s Eve 2016. It was consi…

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The tourism industry is big business. Here in Galveston, the economic impact of tourism was more than $1 billion last year. A new degree program at Texas A&M Galveston is looking to prepare graduates for success in the industry.

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On Thursday, communities all across the globe will celebrate World Oceans Day, and Galveston is no exception. To commemorate this special day, the Galveston Park Board and local conservation group Artist Boat will host a free festival at the Stewart Beach pavilion.

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Coffee coup: Can caffeine stimulate a revitalization in La Marque’s downtown? City officials think so. Those officials last week announced Art of Coffee would be the first tenant at 401 Laurel St., a building in the La Marque Renaissance District. Coffee shop owners Jimmy Sims and Bill Minak…

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The beach nourishment project along the seawall that was completed last May was quite an undertaking. More than 1 million cubic yards of sand was placed on the beach between 10th and 61st streets. And a national conservation organization has taken notice.

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Land lines: Luxury waterfront community Harborwalk, which in September fended off a foreclosure sale of various parcels and properties, has a new owner and a debt-free future for the first time in its existence.

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My family and I had to hunker down at our West End home for a morning last month when athletes from the Ironman 70.3 were in town. It was tough to get around for a few hours, but based on an economic impact report for the event, I think it was worth it.

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One of the best parts about living where other people go on vacation is that we residents can experience our own vacations whenever we want. This summer, there are many free, fun activities on the horizon brought to you by the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau and its partners.

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It isn’t unusual to order hot wings and beer with a side of cleavage at any one of the many so-called breastaurants, including Hooters or Twin Peaks. But this is new ground for the county.

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Galveston Island welcomed seven million visitors in 2017, up from 6.5 million in 2016. The numbers reflect a record-breaking tourism season that has a far-reaching impact to the island.

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Medical alert: The shocking announcement Friday that Bay Area Regional Hospital would close, lay off 900 people and file for bankruptcy raised questions about other projects by Medistar Corp., which invested $200 million in developing the nine-story, 375,000-square-foot acute-care hospital, …

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Since 1923, the United Way of Galveston has been a community-building organization delivering programs that improve health, education and financial stability to Galveston’s citizens. Recently, the non-profit recognized the Galveston Park Board of Trustees for its support.

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Remember when April used to be a slow month in Galveston? Thanks to some major special events on the island this normally sleepy spring time is teeming with activities that are fun for visitors and locals alike.

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Hammer time? If all goes as planned, crews in June will begin long-awaited work on a six-story parking garage and an apartment complex in a development that will save what remains of the historic Medical Arts Building and ease parking woes in the island’s downtown.

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Thanks to the work of local nonprofit Artist Boat, more than 166,000 students from around the region have taken part in outdoor education along Galveston’s bays. Soon, these students will have an outdoor classroom, complete with a pizza oven, to enhance their experiences.

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If you've heard rumors about a popular Houston and Dallas concept planning to serve up a Galveston version at 2410 Strand, it's just Hearsay — the actual name of the concept is Hearsay Galveston.

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Project Manager Jodi Montemayor last week said engineering was in the design phase and Dickinson Economic Development Corp. officials were about six months from going out for construction bids on the project planned for state Highway 3, across from Dickinson’s City Hall and library.

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The island continues to establish itself as a craft beer destination with the recent opening of Devil and the Deep Brewery, 2425 Postoffice St. — the storefront faces 25th Street — in Galveston’s downtown.

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From pirates to palaces, tall ships to great storms, Galveston is rich in history and experiences. Now, families who visit Galveston have an opportunity to more deeply appreciate this history thanks to the development of a Galveston home school curriculum.

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Icon Bank confirmed last week it was the prevailing bidder in a foreclosure sale of multiple tracts, lots and property at luxury West End island development Bayside at Waterman’s, which includes the newly renovated Stewart Mansion.

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In anticipation of National Travel and Tourism Week from May 6 to May 12, the Galveston Island Park Board and the Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) will host its fourth annual Tourism Summit on May 3. Anyone who works in the tourism industry in Galveston or is interested …

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Galveston’s East End Lagoon is a special place for residents and visitors alike. The nearly 700-acre preserve is teeming with plant and animal life and is set to receive improvements thanks to partnerships with state and local organizations.

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Hurricanes typically dampen real estate sales. And although Hurricane Harvey did far more flood damage to the mainland than the island, Galveston still was fighting errant perceptions about the storm weeks after it struck in late August 2017.

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Steak out: Inquiring readers are hungry for answers about the opening day status of Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers in Bay Colony Town Center, 2955 S. Interstate 45, in League City.

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Banks and other area businesses say they stand to gain a lot from the Trump administration’s corporate tax cuts signed into law late last year, with many expecting stronger profits, which will lead to more spending and economic growth, they said.