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  • 05/31/2019 1:02 PM | Stephanie Haynes (Administrator)

    The City of Galveston is now accepting applications for positions on the Galveston Island Park Board of Trustees.

    The Park Board of Trustees' mission is to promote Galveston Island, its natural resources, attractions, and heritage; to attract visitors to Galveston Island; and to assure that Galveston's assets, for which the Board of Trustees is responsible, provide visitors and residents with exemplary experiences in an environment that is safe, clean, accessible, fun, and environmentally sensitive.

    Interested candidates can apply in person at the City Secretary’s office or access the application online under Online Forms. Applicants may email their completed application and residency affidavit to the City Secretary’s email group at CitySec@galvestontx.gov. The affidavit must be notarized before sending it in. The City Secretary’s Office will notarize forms if applicants come in person.

    Anyone interested in applying should submit their application by June 12th.


  • 05/06/2019 3:06 PM | Stephanie Haynes (Administrator)

    Galveston voters approved doubling the hourly seawall parking fee and extending the paid parking program for another 10 years, according to complete.

    The approved ballot measure, which would take effect in 2020, raises the hourly fee from $1 to $2 with a minimum purchase of two hours.  Additionally, the price of the annual parking  pass increases to $45 from $25.  

    Parking fees are in effective from 10am to 6pm.


  • 01/28/2019 3:00 PM | Stephanie Haynes (Administrator)

    GISD will be hosting the Annual Ball High School Job Fair on Tuesday, February 26th!  This is a wonderful opportunity for you to meet, network, and recruit students (especially graduating seniors) for your organization.  To secure your spot at the event or if you have questions, please call Eric Paul at (409)766-5725 or email ericpaul@gisd.org.

    Date:               February 26, 2019 

    Event:             8:15AM-3:30PM

    Location:        4116 Ave N1/2 (Across from Ball HS)

  • 08/14/2018 11:28 AM | Stephanie Haynes (Administrator)

    Earlier today, the Galveston Convention & Visitors Bureau issued their updated Tourism Report which noted increases in occupancy and total revenue for hotels in  June 2018:


    Occupancy (*Hotels Only) 

    June 2018 80.9% 

    June 2017 77.0% 

    Up 5% from 2017 


    Total Revenues (*Hotels Only) 

    June 2018 $20,008,277 

    June 2017 $17,427,303 

    Up 14.8% from 2017 


    *Occupancy and Revenue as reported by Smith Travel Research (STR)


  • 06/27/2018 4:52 PM | Stephanie Haynes (Administrator)

    At a recent meeting, the Park Board set the value of the Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) penny at $2,040,000 for the fiscal year 2018-2019.  This amount represents a 2% increase over the previous year. The Park Board expects hotel revenues to increase slightly because of higher average daily rates and several new hotels are set to open in the coming months. The penny, a concept used for Park Board budgeting purposes, represents the amount the Park Board expects to collect from each 1% of Galveston HOT, which is a 9% tax collected on overnight stays at island hotels, vacation rentals and other accommodations venues.  For more information, please click here.  

  • 05/03/2018 8:01 AM | Stephanie Haynes (Administrator)

    May is Preservation Month, and Galveston is ready to celebrate! With over 179 years of history as a center of commerce, culture, and finance, visitors and guests might find the historical landmarks across the City fascinating. Now they will be able to locate and tour the various designations with ease.  This new interactive map pinpoints each of Galveston’s historic landmarks, where they are located, and why they were designated as a significant piece of the Island’s story.

    To view the map, please visit www.galvestontx.gov/ourstory. To learn more about the Island’s historic preservation efforts and to have properties designated as landmarks, please visit http://galvestontx.gov/630/Historic-Preservation

  • 04/23/2018 12:28 PM | Stephanie Haynes (Administrator)

    The City of Galveston's is holding elections to select the Mayor and six district Council Members. Early voting starts on April 23rd and is available thru April 27th!  Election Day is May 5th.  Galveston Island residents can vote at any of the county polling locations both on and off the island.   For a list of locations and times, please click here!

  • 02/21/2018 1:26 PM | Stephanie Haynes (Administrator)

    Save the Date - May 3rd

    Join the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau for the 4th Annual Tourism Summit!  This "must attend" event features a dynamic keynote address, top educational breakouts, opportunities to network with other tourism professionals and so much more!  More details to follow!


  • 01/11/2018 4:16 PM | Stephanie Haynes (Administrator)

    A new payment process will allow entities that collect Hotel Occupancy Taxes (HOT) to file and pay them in one step. The new process will automatically calculate the tax rate when the tax payer files his revenue report and will process the payment at the same time. Currently, tax payers must file and pay separately. The new system is being tested among a group of short-term rental property owners and is expected to launch in February. This is the final step in a multi-year process aimed at making HOT collections more business friendly. Previous changes include coordinating payment dates with state mandates, allowing tax payers to file quarterly instead of monthly and accepting credit card payments


  • 08/23/2017 2:00 PM | Stephanie Haynes (Administrator)

    The National Hurricane Center (NHC) has issued a "Tropical Storm Watch" for the City of Galveston as Tropical Depression Harvey reforms in the Gulf.  We encourage you to secure and prepare your property now for the potential of significant rainfall and storm surge flooding starting Friday thru the weekend.  

    For more information from the City of Galveston regarding storm preparations, please visit galvestontx.gov.  You can also follow the City's Facebook page for periodic updates.  

    For the latest information on tropical system, visit the National Hurricane Center website at hurricanes.gov. 

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