We’re making much progress at the Galveston Wharves, despite challenges related to COVID-19. I want to share with you five big things that we’re focused on to strengthen our business now and for the future.

Much of the progress I’ll touch on today is thanks to the dedication of our wharves board, staff and business partners who keep the Galveston waterfront running 24/7.

Rodger Rees is port director and CEO for the Galveston Wharves.

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Charlotte O'rourke

The C&M department has always done a great job at the port. Their work is invaluable, and I couldn’t tell a few stories of how they saved the day.

Our community needs a Pelican Island bridge replacement so I hope the port board will agree to help fund it.

The loss of jobs and financial picture for every cruise port is bleak without the return of cruising. The higher the dependency on cruise, the higher the financial impact on port and community. With 65% finances related to cruise, Galveston has not been spared the financial hit as evidenced by the posted financial numbers.

I noticed the port agenda has a resolution for the return of cruise similar to the requests by Florida ports. Let’s hope the no sail order - if extended by the CDC - is not extended past the voluntary October 30th date and safe cruising can return.

I have disagreed with the port (before and after covid 19) the spending of public money on a third cruise terminal without a signed land lease contract.

The decision to enter a crap shoot and spending public money was scary before covid 19 devastated the cruise business, but it’s an even scarier proposition now with covid 19 and the failure of port management to retain other lines of businesses .... all without a firm signed commitment from our cruise partner.

What happened to not losing any businesses during the transition move for a third cruise terminal?

More political promises not kept.

The port is self sustaining, survived many disasters and near bankruptcy, and in my opinion, should not have taken this degree of financial risk without ensuring the retention of other lines of business, diversification of financial risk, and completing the signed contracts.

Charlotte O'rourke

Typo .... Could tell a few stories.

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