Galveston Marked Completion of $19.5M Beach Expansion Project Today in Ceremony Led by Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush
GALVESTON, Texas (May 18, 2017) – Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush visited Galveston this morning to mark the completion of a $19.5 million beach expansion project that nourished and widened a four-mile stretch of seawall beaches.
The project, which placed 1.2 million cubic yards of sand on the beach between 10th and 61st streets, was celebrated during an 11:30 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony at 57th and Seawall Boulevard.
"Our research shows this is the largest beach nourishment project ever accomplished in Texas state history and we're proud to be a part of the process," Bush said during the ceremony.
The project began in January and was completed in April. The Texas General Land Office was the principal partner in the project along with the Galveston Park Board, City of Galveston and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The project was the final phase of a three-part sand nourishment initiative that began in 2015. In May 2015, more than a half-mile of beach was added west of the Seawall at Dellanera RV Park. In November 2015, a second project added more than 15 blocks of brand new beach along the Seawall west of 61st Street.
When combined, the three projects represent more than $44 million invested in the Galveston coastline.
For additional details on the project, visit www.galvestonparkboard.org.
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Photo credit: Galveston CVB/Robert Mihovil