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Mary Beth Bassett
Public Relations Director
Office: (409)797-5121

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Caitlin Carnes
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Office: (409) 797-5121

Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau Press Room
Media Contact
Mary Beth Bassett
Public Relations Director
Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau
Office: (409)797-5121
Galveston Island Open for Business
Galveston Beaches & Major Attractions Open for the Weekend
GALVESTON, Texas (August 28, 2020) – Galveston is poised to make a full return to business after withstanding minor effects from Hurricane Laura. After sustaining no damage, the evacuation and curfew has been lifted on the island. The City of Galveston was spared the destruction of Hurricane Laura and welcomed residents back hours after the storm passed.
“Galveston was fortunate during Hurricane Laura and our deep sympathies are with our neighbors in East Texas and Louisiana," City Manager Brian Maxwell said. "While I am feeling blessed today, I'm also feeling proud. We are providing all city services and many businesses have already reopened.”
Timeline for re-opening
OPEN NOW: Galveston beaches are open along with the fishing piers such as Seawolf Park. Many island businesses and restaurants have reopened since the storm. Island hotels, vacation rentals and RV parks including Dellanera are open and taking reservations.
SATURDAY AUG. 29:  Most major attractions will be back online starting Saturday along with Stewart Beach Park. Island officials expect most of the island to be open for business.  
“We fared well through the storm and made a quick bounce back,” Park Board Chief Executive Officer Kelly de Schaun said. “I think it really speaks to the preparations we had in place and the resiliency of our community that we were able to reopen as soon as we have. We know so many people value the island as a place to get away – especially during the COVID-19 pandemic – and we’re happy to offer that refuge once again.”
While we feel thankful and lucky this morning, our thoughts are with our neighbors along the upper Texas Coast and Louisiana. The City is reaching out to our various partners to see how we may be able to provide help to those affected by Hurricane Laura.
Watch this video to see how Galveston is doing after the storm! Click here

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