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What a Celebration!

swedes_00Swede’s Real Estate’s 60th Anniversary!
Ever since I can remember, Swede’s Real Estate was the first. That yellow store – Swede’s Store, right there at Crystal Beach Road and Hwy. 87. If we weren’t fortunate to have our own beach “camp,” we could always rent one from Swede’s. In those days, we would bring our towels, sheets, charcoal and all our groceries with us. Crystal Beach didn’t have

Dune Restoration in Emerald II

dune0By Brenda Beust Smith
Pictured below, local volunteers, coordinated by property owners in Emerald Beach II, under the direction of Artist Boat, Inc., recently planted native vegetation on beach front Galveston County-owned property in Emerald 2 subdivision. Galveston County acquired the lots by a FEMA HMGP (Hazard Mitigation Grant Program). Now the lots are

Frenchtown Road bridge opens

bridge0By Lee Crowder
Thanks to multi-agency cooperation between Galveston County and TXDOT, contractor John Reed has completed the construction of Frenchtown Rd bridge. Frenchtown Rd is the public access to the Bolivar Ferry landing, ferry restrooms and ferry pedestrian traffic from Port Bolivar. The bridge is open to traffic!

Painted Barrels presented to County

barrell_0By Brenda Flanagan
Lee Crowder, Galveston County Regional Operations Manager for Bolivar Peninsula, and Clayton Comeaux, Customer Service Representative, were presented with the beautiful trash barrels painted by the children of Bolivar Peninsula. These barrels will be permanently displayed at Gregory Park, the Park by the

Poster Design Contest For Mardi Gras 2016

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Bolivar Peninsula Lighthouse Krewe kicks off their Poster Design Contest For Mardi Gras 2016. The theme is “ALL ABOUT THE BEADS”. Deadline for entry is June 20, 2015.

Poster Theme Design Rules…

Kids Have A Work Day

barrels_0By Jaidyn Guerin
Saturday morning 25 Kids and 25 Barrels and a few adults got together at Stingaree to paint the barrels. Everyone decorated in their own styles. The barrels will be given to businesses, in hopes of “Keeping Bolivar Beautiful”. They are planning another get together in the Fall. We had hot dogs and cold drinks provided by Stingaree. We would like

Chamber Awards Banquet

banquet0Another smashing success! The Bolivar Peninsula Chamber of Commerce sure knows how to throw a celebration – A record attendance by this loving community. On Tuesday, April 21st, Stingaree hosted the Annual Award Banquet. The speaker was none other than Elizabeth Alvarado, Galveston Chamber of Commerce, known to most of us as Lizzy Rogers, daughter of Pat and Maryanne Rogers. By

LS Retreat nearing completion

LS_0The buzz of excitement and activity can be seen and heard all around the Lone Survivor Retreat House as it nears completion. The home was hustling and bustling with painters, carpenters, electricians, landscapers, brick masons and many more professionals and volunteers working hard to get the Retreat Facility ready for the Open House on Sunday in which it will be open to the public. The house is

Pearl Beach Charity BBQ a huge success

BBQ_00The 3rd Annual Pearl Beach Charity BBQ Cook Off took place on Saturday. A merry crowd of cookers, volunteers and party people joined in the celebration. As the skies cleared on Saturday morning, 27 teams fired up their grills and prepared some award winning ribs and brisket. Tables of prepared food served hungry visitors willing to give a donation, and lots of great prizes were

Gumbo teams raise money for charity

gumbo_0By Jackie Sticker
The weather gods were smiling on Saturday, March 28th, for the 4th Annual DRIFTWOOD CHARITY GUMBO COOK-OFF hosted by Brian and Jackie Sticker. The pots were boiling, the music was playing and the competition was riding high. Twelve teams competed for bragging rights and the proceeds to donate to charity. The waiting was over by

Pearl Beach 3rd Annual BBQ Cookoff

BBQ_0The meat will soon be marinating and you’ll be able to smell the goodness from miles away. The big day is quickly approaching. The 3rd Annual Pearl Beach Charity BBQ Cookoff is Saturday, April 11th. This Pearl Beach Subdivision event brought more than 30 teams in the past year and there is always room to grow. All of the proceeds go to charity as the teams compete for

Riceland Clinic opens

clinic_0It’s been a long time comin’, but the Riceland Clinic opened March 16th. They are located in the east end of the Crystal Beach Plaza. Yes, Bruce is back! The Grand Opening-Ribbon Cutting took place on Wednesday, March 11th. Bruce Mitchell, Physicians Assistant, will operate the clinic under the supervision of Medical Director, Dr. Kenneth Wilgers, a family practice physician in

Advanced Electronics Grand Opening

electronics_0Saturday, March 14th, was the Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting for Advanced Electronics in Crystal Beach. Advanced Electronics is all about everything electronics – you name it! They’ll sell and install home entertainment, home automation, home security, TV, Internet and surround sound. Their hours are Tuesday to Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 10am-2pm and closed Sunday & Monday.

25 Years of Beads & Bling

parade_0By Bobbey White
The 25th Annual Lighthouse Krewe Mardi Gras Parade began with the Krewe Float all decked out in purple, gold and green to match the theme of “25 YEARS OF BEADS AND BLING”! King Ed Riley and Queen Fran Skiles waved from the front of the float to the adoring parade fans! They then had the honor of throwing the first “goodies”, followed by the

GBF launches Mobile App for Water Pollution Reporting on Galveston Bay

galbayGalveston Bay Foundation has recently launched the Galveston Bay Action Network (GBAN) mobile web app, a pollution reporting and monitoring tool that can be accessed on mobile devices, computers and tablets. Activities such as chemical spills and dumping of wastes have the potential to pollute our environment and threaten the health of the local people, plants, and animals and, when seen, such

25 Years of Beads and Bling

krewe_0By Bobbey White
The Lighthouse Krewe’s 2015 “25 YEARS OF BEADS AND BLING” Ball was held Saturday night at Steve’s Landing. After Cocktail hour of appetizers and a signature drink, the DoDah Parade was lead by Jesters Cody Wood & Ange Busceme! Brad Bradford, MC for the evening, introduced 2014 King Matt White and Queen Bobbey White as

Bolivar Beach Logo winner

Levi-HighIslandISDThe Bolivar Chamber of Commerce selected Levi Bouse, 17, a High Island student, as the winner in the Bolivar Beach Logo competition. Levi will be recognized at an awards presentation and unveiling of the logo in the next few weeks. All finalists will also receive a one day pass to the Moody Gardens Palm Beach attraction. Congratulations to Levi and all the students participating.

Birdie’s health improves

birdie_0By Bobbey White
On December 18th at approximately 3:30 AM, Birdie, a juvenile Bottlenose Dolphin, was found stranded on the Bolivar Peninsula. She was discovered by Sheriff Falcon near the bird sanctuary, hence the name Birdie. With the help of Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network (TMMSN), he quickly took steps to stabilize Birdie, making it possible

Bolivar Beach Logo Finalists Announced

logo_0Last week, the Bolivar Chamber of Commerce selected their finalists in the Bolivar Beach Logo Competition hosted by Galveston County. Staff members of both Crenshaw Elementary/Middle School and High Island ISD enthusiastically promoted the competition, and over 60 students of all ages participated. The entries were collected and given to the Bolivar Chamber of Commerce to

Lighthouse Krewe’s Big Weekend

krewe_0By Bobbey White
The Lighthouse Krewe had a very busy, fun filled weekend! Saturday evening brought out many 50s and 60s costumed merrymakers to celebrate the Krewe annual 50/60s dance at the Ships Wheel. The Texas Blues Brothers Tribute Band entertained a packed house with enthusiastic energy! There was an exciting dance competition won by

Lee Crowder Elevated to Regional Services Coordinator

crowder0Galveston County Commissioners Court voted unanimously last Tuesday to enhance the County staff serving Bolivar Peninsula. The Bolivar Road and Bridge Manager, Lee Crowder, is being elevated to the newly created position of Regional Operations Manager for the Bolivar Peninsula. In that role, Crowder will continue to have ultimate oversight over Road and Beach operations on the Peninsula, but

Santa’s Workshop

toys0Once again, the Bolivar Peninsula Lions Club’s own Charlotte Byus organized and pulled Christmas together for over 40 Peninsula-area children. So many toys, games, dolls, trucks and stuffed animals were donated by The Lighthouse Krewe and Texas First Bank. With the help of our shoppers and wrappers, the Bolivar Peninsula Cultural Foundation, all the gifts were delivered to the families’ doorsteps

CBVFD Christmas Party

vfd00By Diane Blanks
December 19th was a very special evening for five Bolivar Peninsula Families. The Crystal Beach Volunteer Fire Department, PEMSI and Constable William Comeaux hosted a Christmas dinner for the families. They were presented with all the makings for a complete Christmas dinner and presents for all the children. From iPods to dolls to

Stranded dolphin rescued

dolphin0By Bobbey White
Birdie is a juvenile bottlenose dolphin that was found Thursday morning at about 3:30 AM by Sheriff Falcon in Bolivar. She is named in his honor for his quick action that saved her life. She is estimated to be between three and five years old and is being cared for by the Texas Marine mammal stranding network, or TMMSN. Matt and I

This Community is Amazing

cheryl0At a risk of sounding redundant – This Community is Amazing when it comes to helping each other! Saturday, hundreds showed up at Tiki Beach Bar & Grill for our very own Cheryl Small. Thank you Chris and Karen Gatlin of Tiki – you two are always Up Front when it comes to hospitality! As you all know, Cheryl was involved in an automobile accident a few months ago, requiring surgery and leaving Cheryl

Santa Comes to Crystaland

parade0Where else that you know of are there parades on the beach at Christmas Time? Crystal Beach and the Bolivar Peninsula Chamber of Commerce sure know how to throw a Christmas Party! It’s evident, “Bolivar is Back!” Just take a little time to drive around the community this year – it’s amazing!

Very deserving – Grand Prize for Trailer decoration was First Baptist Church – Remnant, Sandy Shores with their

Have a young artist at home?

adopt0Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson is calling for entries in the 19th annual Adopt-A-Beach “Treasures of the Texas Coast” Children’s Art Contest. “Many little Texans never get to go to the beach, but this contest is an easy way to help teach them about the natural beauty of the Texas coast,” Patterson said. “If we want future generations to protect this treasure it’s essential they learn why

Groundbreaking for new Road & Bridge Facility

ground_0Last Thursday, Galveston County officials conducted a ground breaking ceremony for the county’s new Road and Bridge Maintenance Facility on Bolivar Peninsula. The new facility, located on Noble Carl Drive behind the Crystal Beach Fire & EMS Station, will double the size of the current building bringing it just shy of 8,000 square feet. In addition to housing the Road and Bridge Manager and several

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