“Babe’s Beach” Dedication to Be Held Thursday in Galveston to Honor Former Texas Senator A.R. “Babe” Schwartz
GALVESTON, Texas (May 24, 2016) – A new beach in Galveston will formally be named Thursday when the City of Galveston dedicates the beach in honor of one of Texas’ most outspoken senators, A.R. “Babe” Schwartz.
The 10 a.m. beach dedication for “Babe’s Beach” will mark the completion of a $23 million project that created 15 blocks of new beach west of 61st Street along the seawall. The event will also celebrate the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association’s (ASBPA) announcement yesterday that named Babe’s Beach one of the Best Restored Beaches in America.
WHAT: Babe’s Beach Dedication & “Best Restored Beaches” Award Celebration
WHEN: 10 a.m. Thursday, May 26, 2016
WHERE: On the beach at 61st and Seawall Blvd. (In case of bad weather, the event will take place at Casa del Mar, 6102 Seawall Blvd.)
WHY: To formally dedicate the beach in honor of A.R. “Babe” Schwartz and to celebrate the ASBPA naming Babe’s Beach one of the nation’s Best Restored Beaches for 2016.
WHO: City and state officials will speak about the new beach and the ASBPA award. Mr. Schwartz will be present to accept the honor. Other officials in attendance will include:
State Rep. Wayne Faircloth
Dr. Ken Wisian, Texas General Land Office
Galveston Mayor Jim Yarbrough
Dr. Tom Linton, Texas A&M Galveston
Jerry Mohn, President, ASBPA Texas Chapter
Representatives from the Galveston Park Board & City of Galveston
About the ASBPA Best Restored Beach Award:
The American Shore & Beach Preservation Association is a nonprofit organization that advocates for healthy coastlines by promoting the integration of science, policies and actions that maintain, protect and enhance the coasts of America. For more than 50 years, beach restoration has been the preferred method of shore protection in coastal communities on the east, west, Gulf and Great Lakes coasts. Beach restoration is the process of placing beach-quality sand on dwindling beaches to reverse or offset the effects of erosion.
The annual Best Restored Beaches award highlights the value of America’s restored beaches. Entries are judged based on three criteria: the economic and ecological benefits the beach brings to its community; the short- and long-term success of the restoration project; and the challenges each community overcame during the course of the project. 2016 winners include: Babe’s Beach, Galveston, TX; Rosewood Park, IL; Seabrook Island, SC; Topsail Beach, NC; and Renondo Beach, CA.