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Galveston Tourism  // Posts tagged as "Galveston Tourism"

24 Mar Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Teamwork

Teamwork

Teamwork

Calvin Stevens Jr., a new parking attendant, rode his Segue up on the seawall. As he went through his normal routine of helping people park, answering questions about the island, and serving generally as a tourist ambassador he noticed something out of the ordinary. Looking down at the 53rd street groin, he noticed a young […]

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17 Mar Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Spring break Sand

Spring break Sand

Spring break Sand

If you’ve braved the seawall during Spring Break you’ve seen the beach getting bigger and bigger. It seems like every time I drive by they’ve made real progress. What a great deal for Galveston! There will be a re-adjustment period as the sand settles into a natural state. The grain size of sand determines its […]

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20 Jan Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Wave Watchers

Wave Watchers

Wave Watchers

Saturday afternoon I got a phone call from my friend Mark Porretto. He told me there were two kids close to the rip current on the west side of the Pleasure Pier. He added that they weren’t in immediate danger, but that we should check on them. I immediately radioed our “on call” unit and […]

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29 Apr Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Megaladonasaurus

Megaladonasaurus

Megaladonasaurus

Before we really professionalized the Beach Patrol, in the days before liability was an issue and we had a 2.6 minute average response time, it was a much looser outfit. This is true of most every long standing beach lifeguard service. Of course those of us still in the game romanticize the old days and […]

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01 Apr Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Mary’s Rescue

Mary’s Rescue

Mary’s Rescue

Last Saturday we almost lost several lives, including one of our lifeguards. The incident started relatively harmlessly. 5 people were swimming between the Pleasure Pier and the 27th street groin. There was a spot where there was a very weak rip current. A gentle drift that pushing offshore. Most people wouldn’t even notice it. But […]

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10 Jul Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Beach Tips

Beach Tips

Beach Tips

I’ve noticed that many websites have a “helpful tips”, or a “frequently asked questions”. After the busy 4th of July weekend (and all the goofy stuff people ask and do!) my staff and I have compiled a tentative list for our website. Keep in mind that this is a very rough draft and probably needs […]

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The 4th

The 4th

Summer is flying by. There have been so many people on the beach that even weekdays feel like weekends. As busy as it’s been even all of our rookie lifeguards have gotten a good amount experience under their belts which helps things run smoothly. We’re already to the 4th of July weekend! The beach has […]

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30 May | Comments

AIA Sandcastle Competition

AIA Sandcastle Competition

Annual AIA Sandcastle competition at East Beach. Come out and see professional architects design and build some incredible sandcastles. Visit the organizer’s homepage for more information.

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27 May Beach Safety, Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Ready for Memorial

Ready for Memorial

Ready for Memorial

It’s hard to believe that we’re already to Memorial Weekend! With all the strange weather this spring it seems like summer just pounced on us. If you’re one of the several hundred thousand we’ll see on the beach this weekend remember to be safe while you’re out having fun. Specifically, swim near a lifeguard, stay […]

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08 May Chief's Column, GIBP News, On The Beach | Comments Off on Compassionate Police Work

Compassionate Police Work

Compassionate Police Work

“Possible drowning, 25th and Seawall Blvd…” came across the radio from the 911 dispatcher. I was close and pulled up to the west side of the Pleasure Pier. Not seeing anything, I drove to the east side and spotted someone near the end of the “T-head” swimming towards shore with a strong, overhand stroke. A […]

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