This web-site will be updated as often as we have accurate information available to report to the owners.
The west pool resurfacing is complete and the pool heater is on site and should be installed within the next few days. We are weighing the pros & cons of starting it up, as the limited number of guest using the pools may not warrant the expense at this time.
We just planted flowers in the front entry beds and at the front office area and they are such a beautiful sight, again, just one more step toward bringing our property back to its normally beautiful appearance. This highly visible area serves as testimony not only to Casa del Mar, but also to the rest of the Island that recovery efforts are well underway. We are not planting in the other areas of the property to save on expenses; however, we are adding mulch and treating the soil in other beds to get them rejuvenated from the inundation of salt water they experienced.
We have not had any official updates from our insurance company regarding the progress of claims for interior unit damage recovery, or elevator, satellite and fire alarm systems; however, we will update the web-site as often as we have new information. As for the west building power, we are waiting for materials to arrive on site and we will update owners on the progress of that project as we have more definite dates.
The city is continuing with their clean up efforts and many organizations are volunteering to help with this monumental task. If you know of any organizations who might consider donating their time or resources toward the recovery efforts, please encourage them to contact the Galveston Chamber of Commerce at 409-789-5906. Neighborhoods are also working together to establish clean-up and recovery effort programs. We encourage our owners to check the city's web-site at www.cityofgalveston.org and also the Galveston County Daily News web-site at www.galvnews.com for up to date citywide information.
You can also be a part of History by attending the IH 45 Galveston Causeway Ribbon Cutting:
Date: November 13, 2008–9:00 a.m.
Location: New southbound entrance ramp from Tiki Island
Delvin Dennis, P.E., TXDOT's Interim Houston District Engineer will MC the event. Speaking at the ribbon cutting will be Texas Transportation Commissioner Ned Holmes, State Senator Mike Jackson, State Representative Craig Eiland, Galveston County Judge Jim Yarbrough and Galveston Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas.
In June 2003, the Texas Transportation Commission awarded the IH 45 Galveston Causeway construction project to Traylor Brothers, Inc., of Evansville, Indiana for $135.9 million. Construction began in October 2003 and is slated for completion this month.
The new Causeway is 144 feet wide, nearly double the 80 feet of the old structure, and 8592 feet long. It will carry six lanes of traffic, both north- and southbound, with 12-foot inside and outside shoulders. The span over the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway will also be significantly wider to accommodate increasing barge traffic. Extensive landscaping will be placed at both Galveston Island and Virginia Point and newly erected pylons now mark the entrance to the island.
We thank you for your patience and assure you we are working diligently to bring the property back into full operation. As stated in the last update, the Island and Casa del Mar will survive.