Local and federal dignitaries turned out for the official ribbon cutting ceremony for the Texas City Channel Deepening Project today. Texas City Director of Management Services Nick Finan welcomed the crowd to the ceremony on the Texas City Dike and introduced Colonel Christopher W. Sallese, Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District. Listen: MP3 RealPlayer
“The success of this project is a story of collaboration,” Colonel Sallese said. “It’s a story that began a long time ago, years ago, under (former) mayor Chuck Doyle’s vision.”
The project is a partnership between the Corps and the City of Texas City. The Port of Texas City and the local industries also closely collaborated on the project.
Current Texas City Mayor Matthew Doyle said the deepening project will greatly benefit the port.
“Being five feet deeper, it’s only five feet, but it will make a gigantic difference to the opportunities that we are going to have at this port,” Doyle said.
Port of Texas City Director Bill Mathis thanked Moody National Bank President Vic Pierson for his work on the financing of the project and made a special presentation to United States Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison.
“This has been a labor of love,” Hutchison said. “Of course, having grown up right here in La Marque and Texas City, going back and forth all the time, you know that this is such a special place for me.”
Hutchison also gave credit to former mayor Chuck Doyle for having the vision to be an early advocate of the deepening of the channel.