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 development called Palm Bay Galveston.

Palm Bay, which also will feature 20 condominium units, will mark the first build-to-rent community on the island and follows a growing national trend.

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Bailey Jones

A lot of great island news here.

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