Crews are working to clean up the mess created by more than 150,000 gallons of sticky black crude oil dumped in Galveston Bay on Saturday, but with no end in sight the environmental implications will likely only get worse. So far, Texas Parks and Wildlife officials report they've found three oil-c ... More >>
Photographer Daniel Kramer returns to the scene of Houston's most recent tropical nightmare.
On my first day of high school, my parents drove me from my aunt's house. We were all living there because our house on the north side of town still had no power thanks to Hurricane Alicia, a storm that hit Houston 30 years ago this past weekend. And while Alicia may not have been a monster storm -- ... More >>
Notwithstanding the recent Galveston-based Carnival cruise liner whose faulty engines landed its passengers in a world of hurt (and national headlines), the island is again throwing its arms open for the upcoming summer season. Last week the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau announced th ... More >>
Wondering where all the Gulf appellation oysters are this year, after the big to-do over Pepper Grove and Ladies' Pass oysters in 2011? Not to worry, says Jim Gossen of Louisiana Seafood, one of the area's largest oyster suppliers. They're right around the corner. Gossen -- along with noted oyster ... More >>
Photo by Tony ChenYou must make the crawfish do a puppet dance for your amusement before eating it. Fact.Yesterday, we showed you the proper way to eat crawfish. Today, armed with that knowledge, we're going to show you the best places to eat them in Houston. It may not officially be crawfis ... More >>
Pepper Grove oyster on the half shell at Branch Water Tavern.At this past weekend's inaugural Foodways Texas symposium, one of the most eagerly anticipated seminars wasn't held in a conference room, and it didn't come with a PowerPoint presentation. Attendees instead slurped down all manner o ... More >>
Do it for the crabs.Tomorrow morning, rain or shine, thousands of Texans across the 367 miles of state coastline will take to the sand, gloves on and plastic bags in hand. Call it a goodbye and thank you to summer, and hello fall.Groups will be gathering at 28 sites at 9 a.m. for the annual Adopt ... More >>
How far did cardinal go in tearing down Ike-ravaged church?
Civil War over a Bolivar churchOrdinarily, the dedication of a new church building is cause for unbridled, unqualified celebration. Such is not the case in Crystal Beach on the Bolivar Peninsula, where the circumstances surrounding the dedication of the new Our Lady By The Sea Chapel and Catholic ... More >>
Not all country music has to be about down-and-out truck-driving lifestyles, D-I-V-O-R-C-E, abusive husbands and the dissolution of the American Dream. More than any other genre, country lends itself so nicely to parody and self-satire. The best country music is self-referential, where the artist k ... More >>
Photos by Brittanie SheyWhen Texas Traveler last went to the Bolivar Peninsula, she got a flat tire in the sand, and the small towns of High Island and Crystal Beach were still struggling to rebuild a year after Ike. The flat tire incident was scary -- a nail no doubt from one of the many des ... More >>
The list of Galveston Catholic churches that the Archdiocese wants to tear down is out, and it's somewhat grim reading.The Galveston County Daily News reports that Archbishop Daniel DiNardo wrote island parishioners of the plans, not making everyone all that happy in the process.Among those that ... More >>
Without as much to lose as Galveston, Bolivar surges ahead in its recovery.
Photo by J.C. ReidOn a recent trip to the Bolivar Peninsula with a carload of friends, I stopped in the small town of Winnie, Texas for a quick pit stop at the local Texaco gas station that had a hot food counter serving mostly pizzas and fried foods. These counters, combined with a few picnic tabl ... More >>
Photos by Brittanie SheyCrystal Beach, TexasSometimes vacations don't always go as planned. Texas Traveler hadn't been to the Texas Coast since last summer, a month or two before Ike hit. We'd seen the footage and heard the stories -- it was just too depressing to imagine our favorite beaches cover ... More >>
Photos by J.C. ReidReason to celebrateTwo of the biggest annual events at Crystal Beach on the Bolivar Peninsula east of Galveston are the Texas Crab Festival and the Stingaree Music Festival. In its 24th year, the Crab Festival traditionally has occurred on Mother's Day weekend and celebrates every ... More >>
In the aftermath of Hurricane Ike's steamroll across the Bolivar Peninsula, before-and-after aerial photos of beach communities like Caplen and Gilchrist became iconic images of the hurricane's devastating power. The before pictures show verdant blocks of raised-on-posts beach houses; the after pic ... More >>
The man who directed the new documentary The Messenger, Shawn Sterling Welling, is a self-described "self-absorbed, amateur film director" who happened to have a friend with movie-making equipment laying around. He literally stumbled upon The Messenger's story while biking on Bolivar Peninsula. Need ... More >>
We've already noted that some Galveston residents are hoping that legalized gambling is the island's ticket for a post-Ike comeback; now it's Bolivar Peninsula getting in on the action.Galveston County Commissioner Patrick Doyle who represents the devastated area, tells KHOU the devastation is a big ... More >>
Some may never be found.
The job of looking for Ike victims in the debris piles and swamps of Galveston County -- a nasty, brutal job that drained the searchers both physically and emotionally -- is over.The county's second and final search for missing Ike victims ended recently with eight people from the Bolivar area still ... More >>
Good news has been in short supply on the Bolivar Peninsula since Ike hit, but something that could pass -- these days, anyway -- as good news was announced this week.Crenshaw, a pre-K-8 elementary and middle school on the peninsula, will reopen February 4, GISD announced to the applause of resident ... More >>
This week's feature story by John Nova Lomax looks at the struggles on Galveston Island and Bolivar Peninsula in the wake of Ike. Photographer Dan Kramer filmed a video to accompany it, and art director Monica Fuentes edited it. We were going to hire Varnaline to write a new song to go with it, but ... More >>
It's back! As of six o'clock this morning, service on the Bolivar Ferry has resumed. The biggest job in getting the boats back in service wasn't any damage to the ships themselves; rather it was dredging a bay that had been transformed by Ike. There was minor damage to boats and facilities, but th ... More >>
It was one of the iconic pictures of Ike. Taken by the Houston Chronicle’s Smiley Pool (and other photographers with access to a helicopter), the shot of a lone house still standing in Gilchrist on the Bolivar Peninsula was used by media outlets around the world. And wherever it showed up, people ... More >>
Over the past couple of weeks, we've heard ad nauseam about the painful effects of Hurricane Ike -- the flooded homes and businesses, the damaged rooftops, the rampant power outages, the lingering failures of Comcast not only to provide cable and Internet but also to explain coherently why they are ... More >>
After several days of coolness, the weather gods brought the heat yesterday. Great timing, considering half the city still doesn't have a/c. Here's what we were doing when we weren't sitting around and sweating. 9:30 p.m. at Avant Garden One way to tell things are slowly getting back to normal: ... More >>
Photo by Daniel Kramer / Click here for a slideshow It’s probably safe to say that other than the communities on the Bolivar Peninsula, no places in Texas were ravaged worse by Hurricane Ike than the bayside Chambers County towns of Oak Island and Smith Point. In the case of Oak Island, as with ... More >>
Any of you holdouts on Bolivar, the law is coming. For you. Just off the AP wire: GALVESTON, Texas - Authorities say the holdouts on Texas' ravaged Bolivar Peninsula will be required to leave in the next few days, and they are prepared to impose martial law if needed to empty the barrier island sc ... More >>
Helping Hand Spurned
LIVE!! From Crystal Beach in Bolivar Peninsula! Is a reporter from Channel 13, outside, telling us no one should be outside. "There's suprisingly a lot of traffic out here," he says, as the camera pans to show two trucks. Which may very well count as a lot of traffic in Crystal Beach, we guess. ... More >>
The last three weeks of this month promise to be hard on your wallet, eardrums and liver
Galveston escapes with a close call
Below are songs 90-100 from our Houston 100, five-score of the best songs ever from Houston. We will be running these lists ten at a time here on Houstoned Rocks, and we'll unveil the Top 20 tomorrow in the print edition and on the Web site. – John Nova Lomax PS: I have decided to bar all songs m ... More >>
Hayes Carll hosts a sandy shindig in a reverse hurricane
Despite natural disasters and failed marriages, this seafood joint lives on
Meet Doug Sartin, onetime heir apparent to a Texas barbecued crab dynasty
Hands off the Bolivar ferry, Al Qaeda!
Get a perfect tan at McFaddin Beach
A bridge to Bolivar might be good for business -- but not for the birds
Take your time when eating Gulf blue crabs
At the Village of Surfside, it's not just the beaches that are eroding. It's the Open Beaches Act.
The oil is gone from High Island, but the birds still come. So do the bird watchers.