County Judge Mark Henry has announced plans to publish a new coffee table book on Galveston County.
The book, to be titled Coastal Visions: Images of Galveston County, will feature photography by noted local photographer, Robert Mihovil (left). His photos will be accompanied by text written by Leslie Watts (right).
According to Judge Henry, the book is being produced to “offer a unique visual perspective on our region.” The book, he said, is designed to help showcase the county, its vibrant economy and the people who live here.
Coastal Visions will be a focal point to proclaim the county’s strength and vitality after our region-wide experience with Hurricane Ike,” Henry said.
The book is a “coffee table” book and will contain dozens of original color photographs depicting life, leisure and work in the county.
Coastal Visions will be a “landmark publication,” Henry stated, that will be fun to read and peruse, yet will help show the world what our area has to offer.
“We intend to present a great visual depiction of the enterprise, the lifestyle and the people that make our area what it is today,” Henry said.
A unique part of Coastal Visions is the “Galveston County Partners” section which will include the profiles of many of the region’s leading corporations and organizations. Participation in this section is being offered by invitation to area organizations and institutions that have played a role in the development and economic strength of the county.
Income from the “Galveston Partners” section will pay for the entire book project, so that no county funds will be spent on the project. “We believe this is a creative way to allow the private sector to voluntarily fund a county project, providing benefits to the entire county,” Henry added.
The “Galveston Partners” section is separate from the main historical manuscript and stories are written by Ms. Watts. Project Manager Joe Bowman will be sharing with regional business leaders the benefits of including their own business profile in the book.
In the production of Coastal Visions: Images of Galveston County, the County is utilizing the services of Historical Publishing Network of San Antonio as its publisher.
The book, when published, will retail for $49.95 and will be available through the county, area chambers of commerce and also at book stores. It will also be utilized as a collateral economic development piece by area chambers and economic development organizations. Many companies may also use the book as prestige gifts and for employee recruiting.