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Cindy Acosta

The last line gives us "part" of the answer to solve this issue. The county does have ability to restrict access for public safety during an emergency. The county officials and especially the Sheriff should be aware with a group this size and out of control as they were "we are just one bad decision away from a mass casualty event, which will make national news" It may be hard to make a plan and take action now for the future, but it is a lot harder to explain why you did not do it after being warned and knowing what will eventually occur. Hope everyone has a great day!

Bailey Jones

If my recollection is correct, we didn't have these problems last year. Why is this year different?

Don Schlessinger

Social media.

AJ LeBlanc

I think I’ll go with “ bad behavior”.

Tamala Robinson

bad behavior or thugs tearing up the island?

City Manager

None of this occurred on the island or inside Galveston City Limits.

Tamala Robinson

Most of those thugs with their MAGA flags at the topless event still made a heck of a mess, fought, trashed property and caused major accidents!! Lets not play on words outside the city limit of Galveston but still Galveston County and is a part of the island with the beach and waterfront property. My nephew was hit in his car by a drunk driver from that event that ran a stop sign and his car was totaled. His hand and fingers are mangled and his body is bruised with skin missing.. Kind of reminds me of KAPPA weekend but much worse on a smaller scale. By the way, Galveston officials stopped KAPPA weekend. The same can be done for this event. We all know we don't want THUGS causing accidents, fighting and trashing property.

Rusty Schroeder

What event are you talking about that your nephews car was totaled and his hand and fingers mangled ? Got any proof ? I remember you from La Marque posts years back, sounds like you haven't missed a beat. Nice MAGA reference, and KAPPA was a bunch of trashy thugs urinating, defecating, and stealing from area business. That's what I remember.

Tamala Robinson

Might I add that Galveston Sheriff's department/police were utilized for this event. Taxpayers.

Kelly Naschke

Tamala...islands are surrounded by water...peninsulas are surrounded by water in 3 sides and link to a landmass. Bolivar is not an Island. I would also like to know how Galveston stopped Kappa weekend. My recollection is that that event wore itself out. It also really bothers me that this is referred to as Jeep Weekend. The connotation of Go Topless was a reference to taking the top off your Jeep and hanging out with other like minded jeepers. The connotation NOW is totally different and references something totally disgusting. The under 25 crowd ruined it for the jeepers. There are several videos on YouTube that shows the Jeeps are outnumbered by about 10-1 by sxs’s, lifted trucks, and other vehicles. The Jeep club that I belong to bailed on CB when the trash started showing up several years ago. There were somewhere between 300-400 jeeps at the San Luis Pass this past weekend. Check the police logs ...,,not ONE arrest. It was a well behaved family oriented crowd that grandparents and grandkids could, and did participate in. That crap show in CB was a filthy disgusting display of idiocy.

Matthew Dan

The culture has changed with today's teen age kids. The old days of drinking and having fun has changed to extreme behavior that's increased by alcohol. The fights and drinking are part of the entertainment and reason people go to certain events. Today's kids have no respect for laws or law enforcement.

Robert Waggoner

Evidently you were either not old enough to remember or just not aware of what it was like in Galveston in the early 60's with "May Day" on the beaches in Galveston. The culture didn't change, law enforcement made it change along with what the city saw this event becoming.

Carlos Ponce

I don't recall "May Day" but I do remember "Splash Day" in the late fifties and early sixties.
"Five Major Accidents Mar Splash Days Opening"
The Galveston News, May 3, 1959
"They called it Splash Day back then.
It was a time of bathing beauties, diving competitions, parades, a regatta, and, unfortunately, a riot.
You might remember those days. Heck, you probably went to it!
But the fun didn’t start in the 1950s. It goes further back than that.
Some sources say it started in 1911. By the 1920s, Galveston was hosting the Annual Bathing Girl Revue, which soon morphed into the International Pageant of Pulchritude. The winner was named Miss Universe."
"The fun resumed after WWII and thousands would flock to the island in seemingly greater numbers each year. In 1959, an estimated 100,000 turned out. The following year, Larry Kane hosted a teen dance followed by a performance from Fats Domino on the Pleasure Pier.
But in 1961, things changed. That year, hundreds were arrested in nighttime rioting that broke out along parts of the city. About 250 officers were called in from around the area, including Houston. No one was seriously injured."

Robert Waggoner

Thanks for the correction. Got my Days wrong. Meant Splash Day.

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