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Allen Flores

If Maxwell and council members do not enforce the new restrictions on Mardi Gras and other promoters, then they are endorsing a double standard against local businesses unfairly. These rules have good intentions. But the rules must apply to everyone, without exceptions for promoters who charge taxpayers to enter public streets and place vendors in front of local businesses. All rules must also apply to the promoters who hang banners and t-shirts all over the historic buildings during events. It would be hypocritical of council to throw-out the new restrictions and give special treatment to promoters.

Don Schlessinger

All rules are off during Mardi Gras.

Ron Shelby

Allen, I'm sure that strand businesses will be allowed the same exact freedoms that event vendors are provided during that short period. I don't think that you'll have to worry.

Joe Flores

most strand merchants dont worry and really appreciate this decision and hopefully there will be more to revitalize the historic shopping as opposed to loud music , beer sale and entertainment district ...IT IS an Historic Gem and lets treat it like we used to and should be !!! have a mo bettah day

Jeff Patterson

This ordinance was never about T-shirt’s. The goal was protecting the exterior facades from damage and obstruction. Many many years of preservation efforts have brought the Historic Strand back to life. Prior to that the Strand had lost any commerce and was a dangerous and desolate place with the historic buildings boarded up and used for warehouses... Trailblazers like the George and Cynthia Mitchell, Galveston Historical Foundation and many others realizing that what we had left standing, of a bygone era, is a national treasure. Many of the buildings were structurally at risk and millions of dollars were spent reviving the area and creating a new commerce, heritage related tourism. 12% of all tourism in Texas is historic/heritage related and it’s a billion dollar industry. Ask yourself this... why did no one visit it before? Buildings were always there? So tourism is the LIFEBLOOD of the Strand, without it, businesses close,LOCAL jobs are lost,revenue to the city is lost. And there isn’t enough commerce with just the local population to support these businesses. As it is now the Strand is in decline for a multiple reasons. Negative reviews on social media sites (trip advisor) to outlet malls and filling stations just off the island. Just this week I walked the Strand area and observes the multiple VACANT retail spaces. We have to get back to what created the rebirth of the Strand to begin with... tourism. As long as we are mindful of that the Strand has the best chance at continued success.

Joe Flores

Great comments Connie !!

Allen Flores

The new ordinance is well intentioned and has full support to keep The Strand with a nice appearance. Many of The Stand area businesses are heavily supported by locals and weekend business is very good. The streets and trash cans are not well maintained and parking remains a major problem. But to your point, the rumbling of thousands of motorcycles is not good for old buildings either. The motorcycle is a great event, but a historic district is not the best place in Galveston. Maybe Cherry Hill is best for the motorcycles and the Mardi Gras concerts? Either way, do you agree that it's unfair to waive the enforcement of city ordinances for promoters? They cover the historic buildings with large banners and and t-shirts/beads are hung everywhere on historic buildings.

Joe Flores

totally agree !!! move da cycles !!

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