Univision concert

A crowd reaches for sunglasses while listening to music at Univision’s Uforia Music Series on East Beach on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019.

Before the Galveston Park Board of Trustees aggressively pursues larger events at R.A. Apffel Park, it has to clear some major logistical hurdles, or better yet, decide whether it’s even possible to do so. And it should answer the fundamental question: “What value would it add?”

The park board, which is charged with overseeing tourism and attracting visitors to the island, is doing its job as it considers how to maximize the benefits of Apffel Park, which offers a large beach venue and about 5,000 parking spaces. There’s nothing wrong with such pursuits, but there’s much to hash out and think about.

 Laura Elder: 409-683-5248; laura.elder@galvnews.com

(1) comment

Allen Flores

There are many great family style events in Galveston that adjacent residents and businesses want near them. All events should all start with public input, public hearings and legal considerations for taxpayers. Closing streets for promoters to promote thousands to drink beer is illegal according to The Texas Transportation Code. Closing streets is limited to governments (not private companies) for "necessary" repairs and improvements only. Apffel Park is the best place for large events, but maybe it's time to transition out of the larger events. Smaller events and family events are best. I agree that it's time to rethink the benefits of larger events that place the promoter's profits above the taxpayer's rights. It starts with limiting the events to daytime only, family activities and public hearings before anymore contracts and permits.

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