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David Smith

Who owns the most land on Pelican Island? Who would b$n$ fit the most from a new bridge? And yet not once has their name been mentioned in the search to obtain funding.

Craig Mason

Who?

Miceal O'Laochdha

Craig, it is the Port of Houston. They bought a lot of acreage up years ago so as to preclude Galveston from building a container port on Pelican Island that would compete with their box ship business by offering a much shorter transit time between the pilot station and the dock in one of the shipping industry's most time sensitive businesses. As the Port of Houston is governmental entity, they pay no taxes on that land. They will offer no money for a new bridge because any resulting maritime-related development by Galveston would almost certainly compete directly with them. They will hold that land forever fallow if they can, unless it becomes seriously advantageous to develop it for their own uses, not for the benefit of Galveston.

Don Schlessinger

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Ray Taft

The Battleship Texas is to be towed to a shipyard for the massive repair and restoration process. It’s new, permanent location has not yet been finalized. As stated in this editorial the money is coming from the state’s Rainy Day Fund. The state of Texas can use its authority and funding to complete the project concerning the ship’s new home. State lawmakers can readily solve the bridge problem at the same time. Make Pelican Island the new home for the Battleship Texas. Everyone can come together to build a new Pelican Island bridge to replace the old bridge, so tourists can safely visit the Battleship Texas. The state can chip in to make it the bridge that the Texas A&M University wants. Everyone else can chip in to get the bridge they want. It will become the bridge that opens up Pelican Island to an economic boom. A boom that also allows lots of visitors to see the restored Battleship Texas on Pelican Island.

Miceal O'Laochdha

An excellent and sensible suggestion Mr. Taft. The foundation operating the USS Texas wants to install it at Pier 21 after the shipyard period. That is not a good use of Pier 21 and your suggestion here is a much better plan. Install the USS Texas at an expanded park with the USS Stewart and the submarine already at Pelican Island and tie State funding contribution to the new Pelican Island bridge; routed around the TAMUG campus, to that effort. And make it the Land Bridge option with rail connection, while they are at it.

Dan Freeman

The submarine is the USS Cavalla (SS-244). On her maiden patrol Cavalla, en route to her station in the eastern Philippines, made contact with a large Japanese task force on 17 June. Cavalla tracked the force for several hours, relaying information which contributed to the United States victory in the Battle of the Philippine Sea (commonly known as the "Marianas Turkey Shoot") on 19–20 June 1944. On 19 June she caught the carrier ShÅkaku recovering planes, and quickly fired a spread of six torpedoes, with three hits. ShÅkaku sank at 11°50′N 137°57′E. After a severe depth charging by three destroyers, Cavalla escaped to continue her patrol, with relatively minor damage by depth charges from the Urakaze. The feat earned her a Presidential Unit Citation. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS_Cavalla_(SS-244)

Don Schlessinger

Why don't we do this. Build the bridge and road around the Aggies as they want us to do, but make any access to and from the new road gravel, or gravel and sand. If they want to improve on their new gravel road let them build it themselves. A&M is a school full of great engineers, they should have no problem making their own access to the school.

Doug Sivyer

LOL, [beam]

Gary Miller

Don! Build the bridge A&M wants with no access to the campus?

Gary Miller

A&M Should offer a majority share of funding for the bridge before being given a majority voice on what bridge is built. Put up A&M or shut up.

Jose' Boix

Just wondering. On Tuesday, November 7, 2017: Voters OK $80 million Galveston County bond package. One project slated for funding through the package would be $5 million to match existing county funds to repair of the Pelican Bridge connecting Galveston to Pelican Island. I wonder how is this money being managed.

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