A year after Ike

One year after Hurricane Ike made landfall over Galveston, the news is surprisingly positive for the island, though many challenges still remain. The Lege helped Galveston in a number of ways for this year, such as requiring UT to reopen the Medical Branch and allowing the school district to use its 2008 count of students for funding purposes. Businesses are coming back, people are buying beachfront property, and tourism is about where you’d expect it to be, maybe a little better, given the economy. But there’s still a lot of people who aren’t back, most of them still waiting for their homes to be rebuilt, property tax revenues are significantly down, and the reduced population count will affect the Census as well as next year’s state allocation for schools. There is hope, though, and that counts for a lot. Read the story, as well as the previous entries in the look-back series and this week’s Houston Press cover story, and get a feel for it.

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