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  • Labor Day weekend and Hurricane Laura are both behind us and our collective attention has turned towards the election. I thought this might be a good time to update you on what we are doing to help voters make this critical choice.   We have...

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  • Positive Leadership is vital for any community to grow but in these unprecedented times it is more important than ever. As Galveston deals with the effects of CoVid-19 the qualities of professionalism, transparency and inclusiveness are more importan

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  • As your Mayor, the safety of our community is always my top priority. I will continue my weekly conferences with the Galveston County Health Director and the President of UTMB for the most up-to-date information on fighting this pandemic. The key to

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  • As your Mayor, I will continue to focus on Economic Recovery for Island businesses affected by the Coronavirus. Working with the City’s Industrial Development Corporation, the Chamber of Commerce and the Galveston Economic Development Partnership, di

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  • Developing a city-wide oversight and master plan for protecting the natural resources of our Island from the West End to the East End Lagoon needs to be accomplished. Ecotourism has become an integral part of our economy and protecting and promoting

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  • Remodeling, new construction, or just minor DIY projects should not be a dreaded task when it comes to planning and permitting. As Mayor, I will call for the evaluation of the permitting, inspection and application process to make it as efficient as

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  • Pelican Island is not only important to the expansion of the Port Of Galveston but also important to the development of the Port of Houston controlled land. Part and parcel of this development is the building of a new Pelican Island Bridge that invol

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  • There are three points about Drainage that seem to ring true here in Galveston. The first is that Drainage repair is an ongoing project that will continue for many years to come. Secondly, no matter what the approach, it is a very costly proposition.

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  • As Mayor I will continue to support upgrading the quality of life in our neighborhoods with additional Green Space, increased Public Safety and   Infrastructure Improvements to name just a few. Galveston offers a small town atmosphere with Big Town a

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  • One issue that has been discussed for years is the need for more affordable housing on the Island. There is not one solution to Housing concerns, but requires multiple solutions. Evaluating our Zoning Regulations, working with Public/Private Partners

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  • As your Mayor, I will continue to increase the Economic Development structure of the City, such as organizing a workable Land Bank, that would set aside portions of land, purchased by the City, for specific types of development such as affordable hou

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  • Communication – As your Mayor, I will continue to serve Galveston by building relationships and improving communication with all entities that shape the economic forces on the island, as well as our residents. Decisions made by the City, Port a

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  • As challenging as these times are, it has given many of us time to reassess what is a “want” and what is a “need.” At the City, we have re-evaluated many processes to be as flexible as possible. We want to not only meet current...

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  • As your Mayor, I will keep critical safety nets in place, like our $50 million emergency line of credit, set aside to deal with storms and other crises. These funds allow us to immediately deal with emergencies like storm debris, which can be extreme

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  • By CRAIG BROWN August 20th, 2020 I recently spoke at the West Galveston Island Property Owner Association to provide an overview of City activities. We discussed the City’s Budget, Beach Closures (there are no current plans for future closures), and

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  • By CRAIG BROWN August 20th, 2020 Within the last few days, I met with the District Coordinator for the Texas Division Of Emergency Management (TDEM), the City’s Emergency Management Director, and the City’s Fire Chief to discuss Hurricane preparednes

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  • By CRAIG BROWN August 20th, 2020 I just received word that the first of the Rail Trolleys ( #501 ) is being tested on the streets of Galveston. Acceleration and braking, as well as computer synchronization, will be fine-tuned for the next few weeks u

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  • CITY FLAG Calling all artists, the City of Galveston is accepting submissions for designs on a new city flag. My sincere thanks to the Cultural Arts Commission, who will be reviewing the submissions and presenting the final designs to the public for

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  • By CRAIG BROWN June 5th, 2020 Mayor Jim Yarbrough has announced he will be stepping down as Mayor of Galveston effective July 15th. While this announcement comes as a surprise, his decision to protect his health, due to compromised lung function, and

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  • “A Big Thank You to everyone who attended my Mayoral Campaign Kickoff Thursday evening. What a wonderful event and the turnout was fantastic! The energy created from the event was a perfect beginning for my Campaign. I would also like to especially t

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  • It was such an honor and a privilege to visit with so many of you last night at the National Night Out. Unfortunately, we couldn’t make it to all of the gatherings, but I would still love to hear from you. Your participation is vital...

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  • Email or Call Your Friends – One of the first things we would like volunteers to do is to email or call your closest friends who live nearby and tell that you are volunteering for Craig. You don’t have to ask them to support the...

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  • “This structure means more than just a new facility for our firefighters. It represents the revitalization of our community after Hurricane Ike. It also represents our city’s commitment to our firefighters and citizens to provide the best services po

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  • Thank you, to all of you who have expressed support since we launched our campaign earlier this month. Since that time, I have had a chance to speak to several of you about the issues, Galveston’s future, and how we can get there together. If..

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