Earlier this year we launched a podcast network, adding the Manifesto hosted by Gideon the Free-quent Flyer to the Patreon Feed.

In this episode Gideon sits down with Kelly de Schaun, Chief Executive Officer of the Galveston Park Board.

Enjoy this special episode, and if you’re interested in even more great podcast content, check us out on Patreon.

[0:00] Intro

[2:37] Beach nourishment and replenishment

  • Galveston Island geography
  • Beach recreational opportunities and economics
  • Relationship with Army Corps of Engineers
  • Dredging of Galveston Channel
  • Hurricanes!

[8:07] VisitGalveston.com 

[9:07] Galveston’s history

[18:37] Tourism breakdown

[23:37] Status of AirBNB/VRBO

  • Registration requirements
  • Local contact (noise complaints)
  • Compliance program

[26:37] Seasons

[30:37] Fishing

[32:37] Current Events: COVID-19

  • COVID-19 Shut down during Spring Break. Beaches, state parks, recreational areas
  • Re-opened June 1
  • Closed again July 4 and Memorial Day

[35:37] Current Events: Hurricanes

[40:47 Dickens On the Squares: https://www.galvestonhistory.org/events/dickens-on-the-strand

[41:07] Capacity restrictions

  • Restaurant occupancy 75%
  • Meetings and conventions 50%
  • No out-door capacity restrictions
  • Bars closed (if they don’t serve food)

[42:07] Juneteenth and Race Relations

[45:17] Transportation

  • Rent a car (45 minutes from HOU, 1:15 from IAH)
  • Shuttles (Galveston Limousine: https://galvestonlimo.com/)
  • Lyft and Uber (now legal for pickup in Galveston)
  • Segways
  • “Surries”

[47:47] Lodging

[49:27] Neighborhoods

[51:47] Eating

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