My paycheck stub says I work for the Park Board of Trustees of the city of Galveston. While these two organizations certainly have a useful partnership, they are separate entities with shared — and separate — purposes.
While I admit it’s not necessarily a bad problem to have, deciding where to eat in Galveston presents almost too many choices. The struggle is real. And it’s about to get more real as the island kicks off Galveston Restaurant Week Monday through Feb. 13.
Part of the park board’s communications team’s focus is to build relationships with members of the media. But, there’s another equally important component to the team’s mission and that’s to convey to island residents the benefits of tourism, the way the organization is funded and how reside…
’Tis the season to count our blessings, reflect on the year and look forward to the new year. Before writing today’s column, I made a list of 2021 Port of Galveston accomplishments and the many things for which I’m grateful. I would like to share with you just some of the things on my list.
From withstanding a worldwide pandemic to weathering a historic freeze and some tropical weather, Galveston has been through much this year. As 2021 draws to a close, I’d like to share some highlights of the work the park board accomplished this year.
Christmas is right around the corner — children will be out of school for a couple of weeks, and many of us are welcoming families to the island.
When I began working for the park board, short-term rentals contribution to Hotel Occupancy Tax collections comprised about 24 percent to the total. Flash forward seven years later, and that figure is closer to 50 percent.
Continued high demand against low supply means higher car prices and more profit for automakers and sellers, which might have dealers rethinking inventory and the end of pricing deals and sales incentives.
During the height of the pandemic, the hospitality workforce was hit hard with hotel closures, capacity limitations and the temporary loss of customers based on the hesitancy of many folks to be out and about.
One of the best parts of my job is talking to local students and teachers about the Port of Galveston and the diverse array of maritime industry career opportunities it generates. Jobs in the maritime industry are wide ranging, interesting and often pay well.
That’s a wrap. The third beach replenishment project at Babe’s Beach, west of 61st Street, is complete and crews are mobilizing off the site. More than 600,000 cubic yards of sand have been placed along the stretch of beach that came into existence just six years ago.