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Old 04-27-2010, 06:17 PM
 
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My wife and I just saw a piece on the news about Neil Diamond helping some folks in Galveston rebuild. It led us to wonder about the state of recovery after the hurricaine that devastated it. Is Galveston Island still pretty much decimated? Has some, lots, any rebuilding gone on? Thanks for the info in advance. We are still considering moving and South Texas has popped up on our radars again.
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Old 04-27-2010, 06:54 PM
 
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Business is good in the summer months. The beaches will be completely full of people for miles and miles.

A lot of places, mainly smaller businesses and cheaper houses, are still in disrepair and have no hope. This does not affect the tourist, though.
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Old 04-27-2010, 07:54 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Yeah. The smaller business and small bed and breakfast type places are still in shambles...that is the structures are standing but they're noticeably weather beaten and their windows are boarded up. That being said, major businesses, restaurants, hotels, etc. are back up and running and have been for some time. In fact, I was down there for the first time since Ike just over a month ago. It's pretty much back to normal. If you take a drive down South, though, where a BUNCH of the beach houses used to be it's just a barren wasteland of empty foundations...kind of sad...
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Old 04-27-2010, 09:52 PM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
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I don't know about the area south where vertigo is talking about being so bad, maybe I just ever went that far south. As far as I am concerned the devastation was never near as bad as you heard on the news. I see little evidence at this time that the hurricane ever hit other then the fishing pier. Whatever damage was done is pretty much hidden or fixed.

Whatever the case, the tourists keep coming and as someone above mentioned, the beaches are wall to wall people. The restaurants are booming and every other type of business is dieing or is dead and gone. But a new round of entrepreneurs will open new businesses in all those vacant stores and hope for the best this beach season.

Despite all the bad things I hear, I still love Galveston. It has it's problems, especially govt corruption but I still love it.

The real devastation which there can be no mistake a natural disaster hit is on Bolivar Island. Now that still looks like a war zone.
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Old 04-28-2010, 08:59 AM
 
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well it already looked devasted before the hurricane
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Old 04-28-2010, 01:21 PM
 
Location: Houston
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I was under the impression that several, if not all, of the county pocket beach parks south of 61st street were still closed. But Galveston state park is now open with limited facilities. Anyone confirm?
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Old 04-28-2010, 06:12 PM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
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I was under the impression that several, if not all, of the county pocket beach parks south of 61st street were still closed. But Galveston state park is now open with limited facilities. Anyone confirm?
Galveston State Park opened last June or July with limited facilities. The RV park was not open at all though they allowed tent campers. I heard from another fellow RVer that almost all the RV park is open now except for the areas that washed away.
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Old 04-28-2010, 06:27 PM
 
Location: The Greater Houston Metro Area
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My wife and I just saw a piece on the news about Neil Diamond helping some folks in Galveston rebuild. It led us to wonder about the state of recovery after the hurricaine that devastated it. Is Galveston Island still pretty much decimated? Has some, lots, any rebuilding gone on? Thanks for the info in advance. We are still considering moving and South Texas has popped up on our radars again.
What is the most astounding is that Neil Diamond was in the news...
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