It's warming up and the island is preparing for a busy and enjoyable spring break. The City of Galveston has a few reminders for residents and visitors.
Under new state rules, businesses may decide if masks will be required in their establishments. Many Galveston businesses require masks and we ask that everyone respect the wishes of business owners.
It is imperative people continue practicing healthy habits to slow the spread of COVID-19, including social distancing, wearing masks when in proximity to others, and washing their hands frequently.
Throughout spring break, the City will have enhanced safety measures in the busiest areas, including additional lighting on the seawall between 27th and 39th streets. As public safety needs dictate, there may be temporarily closures of parking areas along the seawall. The Galveston Police Department will strictly enforce DWI laws.
Seawall parking fees have increased to $2 per hour, and paid parking is enforced between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily. We have annual passes available on the PayByPhone app for $45 for the year as an affordable option if you're a resident or staying a while.
The Park Board also offers annual passes, which cover a greater area, including the beach parks. A $50 beach parks pass provides for admission to Stewart Beach, East Beach, Dellanera and pocket parks on the island’s west end. An Ultimate Beach Pass combines admission to seawall parking and beach parks and costs $95. These passes will be available beginning March 13 and may be purchased at the beach parks or at the Park Board offices located at 601 23rd Street.
Remember that alcohol is not allowed on most Galveston beaches and littering is prohibited.
Additionally, a city ordinance (No 19-017 Secs 8-27) prohibits leaving umbrellas or beach set-ups on the sand overnight, so please don't leave any items, including umbrellas or lawn chairs as they will be discarded. More than 120 bollard signs have been placed along the beachfront to inform beachgoers about the ordinance, which is intended to protect aquatic animals and keep Galveston beaches clean. As always, practice beach safety by observing the flag system posted by the lifeguards to determine water conditions and swim near a lifeguard whenever possible.
If you need emergency assistance for any reason, call 9-1-1. We hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable spring break on the island.
More info at galvestontx.gov/springbreak