Pretty much no one ever goes to visit the modernistic white pavilion at Galveston's Seawolf Park.
Now they never will.
The building, which is mostly a kind of visual landmark seen by people cruising on the ferry, was heavily damaged by Ike. Since it was a bit of a white elephant, the city's Parks Board has voted not to repair it, the Galveston County Daily News reports.
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Now the question is what, if anything, should replace it on the tip of Pelican Island. Suggestions include a hotel, a museum dedicated to the immigrants who entered the US there, an RV park or a restaurant.
Ike wore away the pavilion's foundation, making it inhabitable. Tearing down the place won't cost much more than the $17,000 needed to put a protective fence around it. And, since no one uses the place anyway, it makes little sense to replace it as is.
But the main attraction at the park -- beyond the WW2 sub and escort -- is fishing, especially at night. Revenue from fishers is important to the city, so any new development would, you'd think, have to be compatible with that activity.
There's no timetable set for a decision on what to do; we're guessing some consultant will get paid a lot of money to put together a great PowerPoint presentation filled with artists' renderings of busy, happy places.