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What’s that? An inquiring reader emailed: “Can you please tell me what that huge — by local standards — building is that is located to the west, sort of behind Buc-ee’s in Texas City? It looks too big for a hotel or multi-family residences.”

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Despite the cancellations of some of our most beloved holiday events, Galveston still has plenty going on this season. So, since it appears that most of us, like the song says, will be home for Christmas, plan to grab your mask and enjoy the island’s offerings.

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Checking in: In what owners are calling an amicable split, three prominent island hotels — Hotel Galvez & Spa, The Tremont House and Harbor House Hotel and Marina at Pier 21 — will end their 25-year hotel management relationship with Wyndham Hotels & Resorts effective Jan. 1.

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The Galveston Wharves Board of Directors has adopted a conservative 2021 budget based on past performance and realistic forecasts for the coming months. It’s important to remember that we’re a self-supporting, city-owned business that does not rely on tax dollars for any part of our operations.

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Like many industries, the meetings market has been hit hard by the coronavirus. Typically a boon for Galveston especially during shoulder seasons and midweek, business travel has been slower on the uptake versus leisure travel.

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From selling snow cones to renting chairs and umbrellas, small business owners, concessionaires, work to enhance visitors’ and residents’ beach experiences. At park board-managed parks, these concessionaires provide amenities to visitors and an opportunity for the vendors to build a successf…

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Let’s talk trash. Galveston Wharves is implementing a number of waste reduction initiatives as part of our voluntary Green Marine environmental certification. Implementing recycling programs in our facilities, using sustainable paper products and limiting the use of plastic bottles are some …

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Palm reading: Long-term rental houses on the island’s West End and even citywide are hard to come by in a market known for lucrative short-term vacation units. But that might soon change. Texas-based Wan Bridge plans in December to begin work on 94 single-family detached houses in a developm…

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As Galvestonians know, hurricanes can cause serious and finite damage to property. Recent storms, like Hurricane Laura and Tropical Storm Beta, have caused some other problems, murkier in nature. These problems center around public beach designations and who’s ultimately in charge of cleanin…