During the past few months, there has been quite a few discussions in the city of Galveston about traffic problems, quality of life, economic development and generally what is being described as quality of life.

In reality, all those issues revolve around one thing — how the island’s officials and resident feel about tourism and tourists.

Dave Mathews: 409-683-5258; dave.mathews@galvnews.com

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Allen Flores

Good comments. Of course we all want events and festivals. The hotels are already full during Mardi Gras, so the nonsense about late-night concerts for kids helping fill hotel rooms is silly. The excuse of the Mardi Gras promoter that fencing helps safety is disingenuous. Packing thousands of drunks into a fenced-in area, after paying $22, has nothing to do with safety. The promoter's "paid concert version of Mardi Gras" has nothing to do with Mardi Gras. Operating downtown just like Seawall with parades in the day-time is all Galveston needs. Paid concerts and out-of-town vendors can setup away from the Historic Strand Business District. Problem solved. The city should designate a comprehensive plan and focus on an appropriate place for the vendors and paid concerts, away from local businesses and residents.

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