May 3, 2009
Thanks for Hugo Martin's update on Galveston, Texas ["Battered Island on the Rebound," April 12]. I greatly enjoyed the article. I grew up in southeast Texas, and Galveston was the place to go for summer vacations and even great weekends. Galveston is a very charming city. Though it can't hold a candle to Malibu, it is, for all practical purposes, southeast Texas' version of Malibu. I can't believe all they've been through, but I am glad they are hanging in there and trying to rebuild.
April 12, 2009 |
Here's a snapshot taken on a recent weekday morning in Galveston, Texas. Tanned surfers ride breaking waves. Souvenir hunters stroll past roadside shops. Sightseers pedal rented bicycles on the shoulder of Seawall Boulevard while hungry vacationers munch on blackened catfish and fried shrimp at beachfront eateries. But the picture is marred by the seven-story Flagship Hotel, perched on the Galveston Island pier. The ornate, beige-and-red hotel stands as a reminder of the $3.
February 15, 2009 |
Hundreds of people gathered in Galveston to celebrate an annual Mardi Gras tradition in a show of support for the island, ravaged by Hurricane Ike's powerful storm surge five months ago. Revelers and some of the floats in Saturday's parade paid homage to the storm. One float was decorated with the blue tarp material that still covers hundreds of roofs. Phrases such as "No lights" and "No phone" and the word "Ike" with a line drawn through it were written on the float. About 75% of homes in Galveston were damaged when the hurricane struck Sept.
October 26, 2008 |
Carnival back in business in Galveston Carnival Cruise Lines will return to sailing from Galveston, Texas, on Saturday -- just seven weeks after Hurricane Ike devastated the city. The company's two Galveston-based ships, the Ecstasy and the Conquest, began using Houston's port for their Caribbean cruises after the hurricane. In a news release, Galveston's port director, Steven Cernak, said Cruise Terminal 1, damaged in the storm, had been overhauled, with work crews tearing out carpeting and walls, installing new amenities and repairing equipment.
September 19, 2008 |
Hurricane-ravaged Galveston just "isn't ready" for residents to return, officials warned as they pleaded for evacuees to stay away at least another week. The roughly 45,000 people who fled Galveston Island are among more than 1 million who evacuated the coast as Ike approached. Gov. Rick Perry said 22,000 people are still living in shelters. He joined Galveston Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas in asking for patience. Galveston Island remained closed, as did the worse-off Bolivar Peninsula, where the storm's surge washed entire neighborhoods into the sea. In Houston, life tentatively began to return to normal.
September 18, 2008 |
As recovery efforts along the Gulf Coast slowly expanded Wednesday, local leaders and federal officials resolved their spat over logistical tie-ups that kept thousands of residents from getting food and supplies from government aid stations. But in hard-hit Galveston Island, Hurricane Ike's widespread devastation left frazzled city officials sniping at one another about the crush of residents who wanted to return to a place that medical experts said is a health hazard.