This year, Galveston Island’s most significant natural asset, the beaches, are getting a refresh. The City of Galveston, Galveston Park board of trustees, the Texas General Land Office (GLO), and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are partnering on several renourishment projects in an ongoing effort to maintain and protect Galveston’s beaches. And at no additional cost to residents.

The first project is a beach nourishment project for Babe’s Beach, which begins west of 61st Street. This project starts this summer. One of the Corps’ roles is to dredge Galveston’s ship channel to maintain a specific depth for vessels. To support this project, the Corps is transferring the Beneficial Use of Dredge Material, or sand, to replenish this beach area. The project is funded through a variety of programs, including the GLO Coastal Erosion and Planning Response Act; the City of Galveston Industrial Development Corporation 4B Sales Tax; the Resources and Federal Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act; and Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA).

The next project, which begins in the fall, is the renourishment and dune restoration of Dellanera RV Park, located west of the Galveston Seawall, to the western property line of Dellanera Park. Hurricane Harvey caused significant beach and dune erosion in this area. The project is funded by FEMA and through the GLO’s Coastal Erosion and Planning Response Act program.

Additionally, the Galveston Park Board is working with the GLO to renourish the Historic Seawall beaches from 12th Street to 61st Street. This nourishment project is part of the Hurricane Harvey FEMA-funded repairs. This project is also scheduled to begin in fall 2021 and is estimated to take approximately nine months to complete.

Lastly, the Galveston Park Board is coordinating a nourishment project planned for the beaches west of Dellanera RV Park to 8-mile Road for an added 3,100 linear feet. The upcoming project is for engineering services to design the beach, resulting in the next phase of actual beach nourishment. Once the beach is designed, the construction will be 100 percent funded by the GLO. The timeline for this project is still in the works. The IDC, funded through the 4B Sales Tax, and the GLO’s Coastal Erosion and Planning Response Act fund cover the engineering project cost.

Beach nourishment projects reduce shoreline erosion and fortify the beaches. Galveston completed a three-part beach nourishment project in 2017 representing more than $44M. According to the GLO, that project was the largest beach nourishment project ever accomplished in state history.

Babes Beach

Location: West of 61st Street

Funding:

•GLO Coastal Erosion and Planning Response Act (CEPRA)

•GLO Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA)

•Resources and Federal Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States (RESTORE) Act

•City of Galveston Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) 4B Sales Tax

Timeline: Summer 2021

Dellanera Beach

Location: West of Galveston Seawall to the western property line of Dellanera Park

Funding:

•Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

•GLO Coastal Erosion and Planning Response Act (CEPRA)

Timeline: Fall 2021

Historic Seawall

Location: 12th to 61st Streets

Funding:

•Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Timeline: Fall 2021

W. Galveston Engineering Project

Location: western property line of Dellanera RV Park to 8 Mile Road

Funding:

•City of Galveston Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) 4B Sales Tax

•GLO Coastal Erosion and Planning Response Act (CEPRA)

Timeline: TBD

The Park board of trustees oversees beach maintenance and tourism development on Galveston Island, including operations for beach cleaning, management of several island parks, the Galveston Island Beach Patrol, and the Galveston Island Convention and Visitors Bureau. For more information on the Park board of trustees, please visit galvestonparkboard.org.

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