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Update on Return to the Bolivar Peninsula
by Jim Guidry
Monday, September 22, 2008

Galveston County Judge Jim Yarbrough, Commissioner Pat Doyle and Constable Doug Considine met with County law enforcement officials and other staff this morning to discuss the logistics of allowing residents of the Bolivar Peninsula to check on their property. Listen: RealPlayer  MP3

"We are working as quick as we can to get access for all of the folks west of Rollover Pass," Doyle said.  "We are trying to make it where it is not painful for them but to allow them to get in and either have closure or get to their items and look for some of their possessions and get out."

Considine assures the residents that law enforcement is in place on the peninsula to protect the residents' property.

"My office, the constable's office, the Sheriff's Department, DPS, along with the Texas Rangers and the military are all over there protecting the property on the peninsula and just as soon as we can get you back in safely, we will,"   Considine said.

Although there were some early discussions of using the Bolivar Ferry to transport residents to the peninsula from Galveston Island, it is now the plan to transport them from the High Island side of Rollover Pass to the pass, where they will then be transported by buses on the west side to their property.

A date for the return has not been set, but it is hoped that it will begin within the week.  Residents are encouraged to get tetanus inoculations in advance, but the Health Department will set up a basic first aid station.

Ladders are being secured for use of the residents who have lost stairways to their property.

Additional information will be posted on GuidryNews.com and posted to the news media as soon as it is available.






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