GALVESTON

The Galveston Police Department cleared out a motorcycle rally related party from a West End house Friday night after complaints about noise, police said.

The police were called to a house on Sand Crab Lane in Pirates Beach about 8:30 p.m. because of a noise complaint, a police spokesman said. Officers returned about an hour later and cleared out the party because of continued complaints, the spokesman said.

The incident was described as a peaceful eviction from a short-term rental property. Around 100 motorcyclists were told to leave the property, police said. No one was arrested, police said.

As the party was clearing out, Texas Department of Public Safety troopers were also in the area to monitor traffic, police said. State troopers did not participate in the eviction, police said.

Galveston’s short-term rental rules require people renting houses follow city nuisance and noise ordinances. Under the city ordinance, rental owners can be fined up to $500 a day if renters break city rules.

— John Wayne Ferguson

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; john.ferguson@galvnews.com or on Twitter @johnwferguson.

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(2) comments

Wayne Holt

What does the City expect when it invites 250,000 to 400,000 of our closest biker friends to descend on us? This type of problem is only going to become more widespread in coming years as the City seems to be comfortable with a strategy of waiting for taxpayers to phone in where the fort is coming under attack before the cavalry shows up. Looking on the bright side, I think police dispatchers should expect to see significant overtime work in their future.

Michael Moriarty

Are the owners being prosecuted and if not, why not?

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