Marissa Barnett

Senior Reporter

New risk maps that will determine who must have federal flood insurance and how much it will cost are out for parts of Galveston County and residents can appeal the new boundaries and dimensions.

A 17-year-old boy who sustained a gunshot wound to the head early Monday morning died from his wounds, a medical examiner’s office spokesman said Tuesday.

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Hi Susan and Don,

Thanks for reading. This is Marissa, the author of the article. Yes, a combination of federal grants (the primary source), a private grant and some local funding paid for the construction of those improvements referenced. The maintenance of those projects is being pa…


Hi Jarvis,

To answer your Q, Councilwoman Cole was out of the country. She video dialed in for part of the meeting, but was not connected during that vote.


Hi Charlotte,

Sure, in this link you'll find some of the proposed revisions, as well as the planning and other groups recommendations/comments on the rules. I think it's the most readable version of the proposed changes. The city compiled it to cross reference with the Chamber of Comme…


Good question, Melody. I'm not sure on whether new garage apartments would be permitted. There's a proposal out there regarding additional "dwelling units" as I think they're called in the zoning rules, but I don't know the details well enough to say right now. I'll find out and ge…


Should also add for clarity: the new proposal prohibiting duplexes in historic districts does not include any sort of special variance to allow a duplex under certain conditions. It is an outright ban.


Hi all,

I'm the reporter who wrote this story and just wanted to clarify something that I think I didn't spell out well enough in the article.

Per the zoning department:

In the 2015 zoning changes, new multi-family units were prohibited in historic districts (at that time…


Hi Bill,

The test was received Sept. 6, the blood work was taken shortly after the crash.

Best, Marissa


Thanks, Jose'. I had the wrong figure. I will get it corrected. We regret the error.



Hi Gary,

Marissa here from The Daily News. I've put these questions out to our local lawmakers. I don't have a response yet, but we will get something in the paper ASAP.

As always, thanks for reading. Best,


Hi Gary and Mark, Marissa here from The Daily News. On Friday, I asked our local lawmakers (who supported this law) to weigh in on whether people affected by Hurricane Harvey should be forced to adhere to this requirement in order to receive relief funds. I don't have responses yet, but we w…