Mayor Glenn Royal would like to personally encourage Seabrook residents and business owners to attend a special event on Thursday, March 3, 2016 that will be discussing what needs to be done to safeguard the Houston region against a massive hurricane, one that could have an overwhelming impact well beyond the upper Texas coast.
The Houston-Galveston region is home to the nation’s largest petrochemical complex and the Houston Ship Channel, a vital waterway that serves one of the largest ports in the nation and the world. As political and scientific leaders continue to debate an approach, billions of dollars in infrastructure, thousands of people and the economy of Texas face unprecedented dangers.
Join Mayor Royal and others at the new San Jacinto College Maritime Technology and Training Center in La Porte for this discussion on how the region is at risk, what is being proposed to protect against those risks and what must be done to move a consensus approach forward. Tribune Managing Editor Ayan Mittra will moderate, and ProPublica News Applications Developer Al Shaw will present the immersive multimedia story.
The panelists are:
- State Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood
- Chad Burke, president and CEO of the Economic Alliance Houston Port Region
- Leon Phillips, president of the Galveston County Coalition for Justice
- Len Waterworth, executive professor in the Department of Maritime Administration at Texas A&M University Galveston
Community members are be invited to interact and engage with the project, launching March 3, which will include a mapping feature to explore the potential impact of such a storm at any location within the ship channel region.
This event will be held in the Multipurpose Room on the second floor of the San Jacinto College Maritime Technology and Training Center in La Porte (3700 Old Highway 146, La Porte, TX 77571 - map). Parking is available in the parking lot immediately in front of the building. It is free and open to the public. Snacks will be provided.
The conversation will also be livestreamed at texastribune.org/livestream (starting at 6:30pm), and the video will be accessible for viewing afterward.
This event is hosted by The Texas Tribune and ProPublica. You are encouraged to RSVP for the event online.