Report: Galveston needs to improve access to public beaches

Texas

Michelle, John and Logan King walk to the beach at the access point on Indian Beach Drive in Galveston on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. A city committee is striving to add more signs and parking areas to beach access points. A new report calls on a Southeast Texas city to provide better public beach access and more parking. (Kelsey Walling/The Galveston County Daily News via AP)

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — A committee is calling on a Southeast Texas city to provide better public beach access, more parking and new dune protection standards.

The Galveston County Daily News reports that the beach access and dune protection committee presented its suggestions to the Galveston City Council on Thursday after roughly a year of work that included visiting each beach access point.

The committee’s report aims to create standards to bring Galveston beaches back into compliance with the city’s own access plan, and to protect beaches from erosion or other destruction.

Committee member Chula Ross-Sanchez says efficiently managing beaches is crucial for the health of the Gulf Coast and to continue attracting more than 7 million visitors yearly to Galveston.

Residents have complained about unmanageable crowds of tourists at some of Galveston’s beaches.

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Information from: The Galveston County Daily News, http://www.galvnews.com

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