Allen Flores

To be clear, we are not asking to end Galveston's events, we are asking for the promoter to honor the contract and respect local businesses without interference. The easy solution is for city council members to do the right thing and simply relocate vendors and paid concerts to an appropr…

The Strand historic district should remain a free area for shopping, dining and brick-and-mortar businesses only. There are better places for out-of-town vendors and it’s wrong for the city to sell-out free public streets to promoters. If vendors are needed, local businesses should be all…

The city’s response is that the line in the contract that requires the promoter to get consent from local businesses doesn’t really mean that the promoter needs to get consent? So what does it mean?


There is a double standard regarding events in Galveston because there is no set template or comprehensive plan to protect taxpayers. The city council should hold public hearings on all events. Maxwell said that the cost of events must be paid by the promoter on East Beach but council mem…

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 a…

The new ordinance is well intentioned and has full support to keep The Strand with a nice appearance. Many of The Stand area businesses are heavily supported by locals and weekend business is very good. The streets and trash cans are not well maintained and parking remains a major problem…

If Maxwell and council members do not enforce the new restrictions on Mardi Gras and other promoters, then they are endorsing a double standard against local businesses unfairly. These rules have good intentions. But the rules must apply to everyone, without exceptions for promoters who c…

Galveston leadership can improve the balance between tourism and residents' quality of life. Rethinking the current placement of large rowdy festivals is necessary. Placing them near the cruise ship traffic makes no sense. Another way to curtail traffic for cruise passengers is a shuttle …

Originally, Mardi Gras was one weekend only. There were no admission fees but the park board collected written consent from businesses to comply with state law anyway. There were parades only. There were no promoters, no late night concerts and street vending was disallowed by anyone othe…

Businesses on The Strand are not against Mardi Gras. But for ten years, most businesses and residents downtown have respectfully asked council to relocate the Mardi Gras promoter’s disruptive parties away from our businesses and residents. We want to operate without a promoter placing fen…