GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — A committee is calling on a Southeast Texas city to provide better public beach access, more parking and new dune protection standards.
The Galveston County Daily News reports that the beach access and dune protection committee presented its suggestions to the Galveston City Council on Thursday after roughly a year of work that included visiting each beach access point.
The committee's report aims to create standards to bring Galveston beaches back into compliance with the city's own access plan, and to protect beaches from erosion or other destruction.
Committee member Chula Ross-Sanchez says efficiently managing beaches is crucial for the health of the Gulf Coast and to continue attracting more than 7 million visitors yearly to Galveston.
Residents have complained about unmanageable crowds of tourists at some of Galveston's beaches.