The City of Galveston continues to make progress following the devastation left by Hurricane Ike. During the past year, the city has worked restore its beaches back to the way things were.
This Labor Day weekend, visitors will find miles of clean sand and newly constructed lifeguard towers.
"Between the Park Board Maintenance Division, who did a lot of the debris cleanup on the beach front, and the state, who cleaned up all kind of stuff that was under the water
they've down a great job," said Chief Peter Davis with Galveston Island Beach Patrol.
Galveston Island receives an estimated 5 million visitors a year with many coming to enjoy the sun and surf.
"The water is great
I find the temperature fairly warm," said Regent Lacoursiere.
Lacoursiere visited Galveston for the first time to swim in the Gulf; he is also a world-class swimmer. But there is still one area of the beach not even he would want to venture.
While most of Hurricane Ike's debris has been removed, there are many areas where underwater pylons pose a threat to swimmers.
"There is one little area near 21st Street that still have some posts in the water, but we've got that sign. But pretty much the rest of the beach looks good," said Davis.
Davis said the beaches may even be better than before Ike came ashore and visitors to the island today agree.
"They've done a lot of cleaning up and you can definitely tell they're doing a good job because if they weren't, I definitely won't bring my 10-month-old-son out there," said Brittney Baty.
Galveston Beaches Ready For Visitors
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