No doubt, 2020 was full of challenges and opportunities. I’m proud to say that the park board team rose to meet the challenges posed by a worldwide pandemic and some fierce tropical weather. I think it’s fair to say we’ve come out on the other side better and stronger for the experiences.

The park board’s fiscal year 2019-20, Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, was set to be another record-breaker in terms of visitation and hotel occupancy tax collections. All indicators looked positive as we neared the kickoff to summer with spring break just around the corner in March.

Mary Beth Bassett is the public relations director for the Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Park Board of Trustees.

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