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Return to Bolivar Peninsula
by Jim Guidry
Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Residents and property owners will be allowed to return to the BolivarPeninsula for a “look and leave” visit beginning at 6 a.m. on Friday. Listen: RealPlayer  MP3

“Finally we have been able to get all the pieces in place to have a re-entry to BolivarPeninsula,” said Galveston County Judge Jim Yarbrough.  “A lot of hard work has been done by TxDOT and our road department to get that bridge at RolloverPass accessible.  We are working with the State to bring other resources to the residents.”

“We’ve got the road bridge finishing up this afternoon,” said Commissioner Patrick Doyle.  “Tomorrow, we will be getting all the PODs (Points of Distribution) all in place; portapots, all the supplies, water, ice all those sort of things.”

Although County officials are working to supply the PODs in time for the Friday re-entry, Doyle advised returning residents and property owners to bring supplies, such as water, ice and mosquito spray, “because we may not have supplied all our PODs by then.”

Residents and property owners will be permitted to drive across the bridge between 6 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day; and will be asked to leave at 4 p.m.  Law enforcement will be present to maintain order and to assure that all persons leave after 4 p.m.

PODs with ice, water, portable toilets will be set up at CrenshawSchool and the FaggardCenter, as well as at HighIsland.  People are urged to have tetanus inoculations before returning to the Peninsula, but the Galveston County Health Department will be giving shots at the POD at the HighIslandSchool.

Registration forms to facilitate re-entry will be posted on prior to the beginning of the program.

Many people have expressed concern that the forms have not yet been posted, but Doyle stresses that they can be filled out on the scene.

“No one will be turned away,” Doyle said. “We just need proper identification.”

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