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Should BP Settlement Funds Be Used to Stop Development in Galveston?

Posted on · When the Friends of Galveston Beaches proposed using $9.5 million from the BP oil spill settlement to stop development and preserve a beach, an old community argument erupted again over new development versus open spaces. We learn more from Galveston County Daily News reporter John Wayne Ferguson. MORE: Group Wants RESTORE Money to Buy Galveston Beaches […]

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BP Spill and Small Businesses: Thursday’s Show (May 5, 2016)

Posted on · It’s been six years since the Deepwater Horizon explosion and subsequent spill, which devastated several state coastlines along the Gulf of Mexico. Last month, a federal judge approved a more than $20 billion settlement between BP and plaintiffs, including the federal government, Texas, four other Gulf Coast states and hundreds of local municipalities. That settlement includes […]

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A Look At Upcoming City Council and Mayoral Election in Galveston

Posted on · The Texas primary may be over, but another vote is close behind in Galveston where the mayor and all six city council seats are up for election in May. This happens every two years — does that make it harder for Galveston Island officials to do their jobs? We preview the upcoming election in Galveston […]

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Galveston Election Preview: Monday’s Show (March 14, 2016)

Posted on · The Texas primary may be over, but another vote is close behind in Galveston where the mayor and all six city council seats are up for election in May. This happens every two years — does that make it harder for Galveston Island officials to do their jobs? On this edition of Houston Matters, we […]

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Why Affordable Housing Has Been so Contentious and Continues to Be in Galveston

Posted on · After public housing in Galveston was damaged during Hurricane Ike, the federal government offered $586 million in disaster aid to rebuild. But some folks there didn’t want the housing rebuilt, leading to a protracted legal battle. We’ll review that dispute, and discuss the state of public housing in Galveston with John Wayne Ferguson, Galveston City […]