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.

And judging from the way port and company officials are responding to the rumor, it’s not so much a matter of if, but when Del Monte leaves.

Laura Elder: 409-683-5248;

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(3) comments

Bailey Jones

Glad to hear about the rehab at 1801 L. I drive past it often.

Miceal O'Laochdha

Glad to hear GDN has caught on to this. Our Port Director has been saying in public meetings for over a year that Del Monte was leaving because the Port could not (would not?) accommodate their updated pierside needs.

The Director's confidence of finding another tenant with a burning need for all that high maintenance cost reefer warehouse space is well...interesting. Who gets to keep that first class cargo crane Del Monte built on the pier a few years ago? That would be a good question.

Charlotte O'rourke

Unfortunately, major decisions like Del Monte and land use are being made by OMISSION instead of public policy discussions and actual votes.

A city auditor report dinged the port on this type of transparency failure to vote. The report was discussed at the last port meeting.

Discuss until the cows come home, but nothing is decided until a public vote happens. Hopefully, the majority of the Trustees will wake up before we have lost a major, long-term cargo customer, and our port credit risk increases even further due to lack of investment and diversification.

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