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A new year brings a new award for one of the Park Board’s own. Earlier this month, Galveston Island Beach Patrol Chief Peter Davis was selected to receive the 2019 Paragon Award from the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF).

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Former First Lady Laura Bush will be the keynote speaker at the Galveston Regional Chamber’s 12th annual Galveston Women’s Conference set for May 9 at the Moody Gardens Convention Center at 1 Hope Blvd. in Galveston.

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One of my New Year’s resolutions this year is to take advantage of living in a tourist destination and visit the attractions and museums right in my own backyard. I’m in luck! On Jan. 26, 12 Galveston area museums will participate in the inaugural Galveston Museum Day.

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From the largest man-made lagoon ever to be built in Texas to a shocking closure of a fairly new hospital, business buzz was big in 2018. Here are just a few of the highlights:

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Ready for takeoff: Those rumors flying around the island are true — enterprising island brothers Billy, John and Todd Sullivan have acquired the 100,000-square-foot building formerly occupied by the Lone Star Flight Museum, 2002 Terminal Drive in Galveston.

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Since I’ve lived in Galveston, I’ve seen two major beach nourishment projects take place along the seawall. It wasn’t until I started working at the Park Board that I began to truly appreciate how these projects — and many policy decisions — come to fruition.

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Former Texas State Sen. A. R. “Babe” Schwartz, a founder of the Galveston Park Board, said he envisioned that the trustees had to truly be representative of the best our community had to offer. More than 50 years later, the Park Board of Trustees of the city of Galveston remains comprised of…

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When visitors to Galveston stay overnight in a hotel, condo, bed and breakfast or short-term rental, they’re assessed a 15 percent tax known as the Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT). These funds help keep our beaches clean, protect beachgoers, market Galveston to potential visitors and more.