It's been a long time, but the Texas City Dike, that five-mile manmade but of pure Gulf Texana, is set to reopen.
Tomorrow morning at 6 a.m., for the first time since Hurricane Ike sent a massive storm surge over its top, the fishing pier will be open for business. There's a ribbon-cutting ceremony tonight.
You have to take some bad news with the good, however: You'll now be charged a fee to get on the thing on weekends if you're not a Texas City resident.
"Dike access fees will be used to help keep beaches clean, for dike maintenance and future improvements," the city explained in a release announcing the reopening.
Restoration work is still ongoing, and things will no doubt be a bit sparser on the dike than before September 2008, but it's good to have the thing back in business.
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And yes, you are now free to resume making as many "Texas City Dyke" jokes as necessary. That, too, is part of the tradition.