Stack flak: After an expensive nine years, the Village of Tiki Island has agreed to settle a lawsuit, allow a proposed dry-stack boat storage development to proceed and to compensate the plaintiff.
Alternative banking: A group of investors has acquired a 70-acred tract in Lago Mar that it will eventually sell to developer Land Tejas as part of an unconventional business practice called land banking.
Just add water: How much water does it take to fill a 12-acre lagoon? A lot — 23 million gallons, to be precise. That’s enough to fill 35 Olympic-size swimming pools.
Reel deal? Warning: This buzz is rated R for rumor. Word has it a developer plans to buy land on the less developed side of Lago Mar for a new Cinemark movie theater in Texas City. But insiders say the real estate deal isn’t done, so it’s premature to roll the previews.
Home again: An historic island property, which for 20 years operated as a bed and breakfast, has new owners and will soon become a home again.
Room with a view: After two years renovating what would be his most challenging development yet, Jerome Karam has unveiled Events @ The Tasting Room in the original tasting room of the Falstaff Brewery building in Galveston.
Setting the Stage: The department store scene will undergo another dramatic shakeup by the third quarter next year when Palais Royal vanishes from Galveston County.
An old fast food restaurant building is on the way out and a larger gas station and convenience store will take its place at the intersection of FM 1764 and Interstate 45 in La Marque.
Nearly two years of anticipation Katie’s Seafood House launches in Galveston; meanwhile plans are being made to reopen and rename a popular Seawall eatery
Blue-plate buzz: For weeks and weeks, readers have inquired about the unexpected closure Mel’s Blueplate Diner, 910 38th St. in Galveston. The diner left few crumbs to follow. But there’s finally news.
Banana splitting? Is Del Monte Fresh Produce, which has been a figure on Galveston’s public docks since the 1960s, planning to leave the island for another port? That’s the rumor lapping at the waterfront.
Crunch time: Demolition crews last week began tearing down a long-vacant restaurant building at 14th Street and Seawall Boulevard to the cheers of neighbors. But if history is a lesson, what rises in its place might not elicit the same response.
Hammer time: Demand for upscale apartments is so acute in Texas City that developers are planning hundreds more at massive Lago Mar.
Changing market: In 1989, when 9th Street Meat Market opened in Texas City, consumers still valued traditional shops and the customer service for which small, family owned businesses are known. But it’s a world of online shopping, curbside service and home delivery even for food and grocerie…
Bet your boots? Hold tight. Because there could be a mechanical bull ride in your future. Representatives for Western Spherical Developers have confirmed plans to replicate Gilley’s, the famous Pasadena honky-tonk, in League City as part of a first phase of the proposed $450 million commerci…
Ringing up a remodel: After several months of remodeling work, supermarket Randalls in Galveston on Friday officially unveiled the results with a re-grand opening.