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Galveston Elects Council Members Wary Of Development

Voters in Galveston, Texas have elected three new city council members who are hesitant about unrestricted growth on the island. 

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From the Houston Chronicle article on the election

Developers on Galveston Island are wary of three newly elected controlled-growth advocates to the City Council who are calling for regulations to protect wetlands and ban construction on rapidly eroding beaches.

” ‘Interesting’ is going to be a good word for this,” said Gregg Harrington, Chamber of Commerce president. “We know it’s a slate of controlled growth, so that’s going to present some challenges to developers.”

Opposition to unfettered development was the key to the election last week of the new councilwomen — Elizabeth Beeton, Susan Fennewald and Karen Mahoney. They rode to electoral victory on a wave of public outrage over the City Council’s decision to approve the largest development ever proposed on the island.

Many in Galveston live in the vicinity of the white symbol in the middle of the picture.

Galveston is 57,000 people on that little sand spit of an island, holding on against hurricanes coming from one direction, and developers who care about money only from the other direction.   

Yet, wary as I am of developers, I did note in the article that it was a low turnout election. (That’s about the only kind we have here in Texas.) I wonder if there exists on the island a number of people doing reasonably well who don’t anything to change.

It’s a matter for the people of Galveston to resolve for themselves. And you can be sure developers would build anything they could get away with regardless of erosion and other environmental issues.

Still, I hope the newly configured city council has some ideas for Galveston’s large number of citizens who could stand some economic help.

May 20, 2008 - Posted by | Galveston, Politics, Texas | , ,

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