Galveston Beaches May, May Not Be Improved

Edouard didn't cause much in the way of beach erosion (or anything else) in Galveston, but efforts to restore beaches on the island have hit the usual snag -- money.

Estimates for how much it would cost to put 200-feet beaches on the seawall between 103rd Avenue and 61st Street have skyrocketed, from $13 million to possibly $71 million.

"It's going to take a hell of a lot of money," Jerry Mohn, president of the West Galveston Island Property Owners Association, told the Galveston County Daily News.

Another beach project looks more promising. Slightly.

A plan to put 200 yards of sand from the end of the seawall to 13 Mile Road is still alive, although it, too, may face a budget crunch.

That $13.5 million project will require some private fund-raising help, and crossed fingers that the Legislature doesn't slash any beach budgets anytime soon.

Not to mention, of course, that one good storm would take most of the sand away anyway.

-- Richard Connelly

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