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Lisa Blair

Thanks to Ted for being a truth teller. It’s crystal clear that the POG needs to face the reality that the cruise business is not the path to jobs and prosperity. The pandemic has forced all manner of enterprises to pivot and change their business models in response. But the POG seem to be stuck and unable to respond. Bring back cargo, get our ILA folks back to work and stop the magical thinking that the cruise business will return to save the day.

alvin sallee

As always, I learn so much about the real Galveston Wharf Stories from Ted. Most folks in Galveston overlook the major role the port plays economically, politically and source of quality jobs.

Jarvis Buckley

With Teds knowledge & love for the city of Galveston. Folks need to encourage him to run for Galveston city Council. He’s not a one trick pony. He knows & loves the City. I’ve kept up with his efforts for years. What you see is what you get. Ted is a good Man.

Bill Broussard

In ports across North America cruise business is what you pursue after you’ve got your core business done well. It’s the third Starbucks store on the block

Here we’ve made it our core business and that’s a big risk for a marginal reward

The portfolio needs balance just like Ted said

Don Schlessinger

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Wayne D Holt

Every one of the folks above this comment are dead on right, as is Mr. O'Rourke. What was done in the name of striking while the iron of cruise traffic was hot is seen for what it always was: a very risky way to provide sustainable economic strength for Galveston's port...and one that has evaporated for the most part, with no real reason to believe it will be back in anything like its previous incarnation. But I still have my $100M cruise terminal trading card that I will cherish as a keepsake.

What the Port has done would be tantamount to Coca-Cola going all-in on New Coke and burning the original formula recipe when New Coke first came out. It was all the rage for a season and then dried up and blew away. Sound familiar?

Bill Broussard

Wayne. I would add it’s the same with any tourist or recreational business. In the world of amusement/entertainment there are unwritten rules but most important is that nothing lasts forever. I grew up here and have watched the islands popularity fade and surge and fade. Sometimes it economics and sometimes storms and sometime lack of interest and sometime gambling and ......etc. just like los Vegas or a winning sports team, amusement business has to have continual investment to renew interest or patrons go elsewhere. The island has that vulnerability. Ask your self how many places to eat were they before 2008? Hills, guido’s

, Windeltrap and the Italian place on the strand. Not much else until Houston rediscovered us after Ike. How many will remain after the pandemic? Putting all your eggs in an entertainment basket is simply not wise. I think it will take ten years—-if even then—for airlines and cruises to recover but by then the young folk today might not be interested

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