TEXAS CITY — The city has made more than $412,000 each year in revenue — about $1.4 million total — since the city began charging a fee to get on the Texas City Dike during summer weekends. That money, city officials said, then gets used to clean up the dike and add amenities, which have totaled about $841,000.  

Revenue from dike fees is already at $161,546 for the 2013-14 fiscal year, with about $41,000 coming from the Memorial Day weekend alone, said Texas City Mayor Matt Doyle.   

Contact reporter Christopher Smith Gonzalez at 409-683-5314 or chris.gonzalez@galvnews.com.



(6) comments

Mike Meador

FOR SURE, it's not a vacation place. The best way to use your money is to find another place to bring out-of-staters to fish.

Dede Edwards

I agree. $10.00 for a day pass is too much to use a port a potty. Double the cost? Put in running water and sewer. Where are the stores and bait camps at? If the City wants to double the charge, they should offer more amenities out there.

George Croix

User fees for facilities benefitting a small portion of the population relative to the whole beat all heck out of local taxpayers footing the bill for people from near and far to spend a free day fishing, and, too often, trashing.
Charge what it costs to keep it clean, with a little left over for a rainy day...
Charging extra for holidays that really bring out the trashy is just smart business.

Gary Miller

Tooting their horn about the gross reciepts?
If we knew the Net reciepts, what was spent on what and what was not spent, would be more informative.

George Croix

I believe they listed both total receipts and the expenditures from them. Subtract and the remainder should be the net...should...

ole dad

I used to go to the dike as a youngster and young adult. Our group of friends never trashed out the place however other visitors usually shunned us I think mostly due to our long hair. We would fish the deep side and wait for a ship to speed through on the channel side and catch some righteous waves from their wake. I don't guess I've been out there but a couple of times in the last 40 years. I probably will never go as long as they charge me.

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