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Thank you from President of GCA Wednesday, September 14, 2011
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The Gilchrist Community Association (GCA) would like to thank all of
the fellow citizens of Bolivar Peninsula for their overwhelming
support for our Legal Defense Fundraiser. Rollover Pass has a lot of
history and is enjoyed by thousands of fisherman, weekenders and
overnighters who support local businesses throughout the peninsula
while they are here and are vital to all of our financial growth.  I
can say without any reservation that our Golf Cart Fish Fry Fundraiser
was successful and we could not have done it without you.

One of the GCA’s missions is to provide community services and on
Saturday, we prepared 50 fish fry plates and delivered them to the
employees of  Gulf Coast Market who were unable to attend because they
were at work providing services to the visitors of the peninsula. We
are looking forward to providing other services in the near future.

Once again, thank you Bolivar Peninsula!

Ted Vega
President, Gilchrist Community Association

Work Force on the Coast Wednesday, July 13, 2011
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Below is a snap shot of that information as well as the attachment on the Skills for Small Business. 


Labor Force




Gulf Coast





Galveston County





City of Galveston





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Progress on the Peninsula Wednesday, March 23, 2011
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How are we progressing in efforts to bring back Bolivar? Like beauty, progress can be in the eye, or ear, of the beholder. Read More..
After Ike Pictures of the Entire Galveston Bolivar Peninsula Area Monday, September 15, 2008
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See High resolution pictures of the entire Ike damaged area at the NOAA site Read More..
If You Haven't Discovered the Bolivar Peninsula, You Don't know What You're Missing Monday, June 09, 2008
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Recently featurd in Texas Explorer, Bolivar is the home of popular Crystal Beach and so much more. Bolivar is business at its best and offers a family oriented relaxed lifestyle. Discover Bolivar and you'll never want to leave; and best of all, Bolivar is affordable. Read More..
Top 10 Reasons to Move to the Bolivar Peninsula Sunday, May 18, 2008
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Crystal Beach calls itself one of the nation’s most affordable oceanfront communities. And it has plenty to offer bargain-hunters. Read More..
Where can you buy a Coastal home for under $200k? Sunday, April 27, 2008
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Best Answer: Crystal Beach on the Bolivar Peninsula in Galveston County Texas according to Coastal Living magazine Read More..
The Birders Are Here Friday, April 25, 2008
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The 27-mile long Bolivar Peninsula is world famous for the many species of birds that can be seen here. Read More..
Monarch Butterflies Texas Bound! Tuesday, April 01, 2008
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Birdwatchers to Receive Bonus Viewing Opportunity -- Annual Butterfly Migration Read More..
Attention Birdwatchers- Bring Your Binoculars Thursday, March 13, 2008
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This is a Grand Marquee event! Houston Happy Hikers will hold a 5K & 10K walk at High Island on Saturday, March 15. Read More..
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Governor [Noteworthy] Infographic: Health Care in Texas
4/23/2014 1:05:46 PM Make no mistake, Medicaid is a broken system, just as President Obama said it was in 2009. The difference is, in Texas, we’re not going to dump people into this broken system and watch it spiral even further out of control. Here are some statistics to illustrate where we are, where ACA is taking us, and where Texas needs to go.
Governor [Noteworthy] A Closer Look At Texas Health Care
4/23/2014 1:05:46 PM The idea that the percentage of uninsured will stay the same because Texas is rejecting Medicaid expansion is simply untrue. Like it or not, ACA is the law of the land, and Rep. Lois Kolkhorst, Chairwoman of the Texas House Public Health Committee, makes a complicated situation a little easier to understand as she explains the effects that are coming down the line.
TGC ‘Green’ home buyers and Maslow’s Hierarchy of Need
4/15/2014 7:48:32 PM

A new National Association of Home Builders survey shows that more than 65 percent of home buyers want green houses, but only about 15 percent are willing to pay extra for such features. This is not particularly surprising – most people like the idea of doing something good for the environment, but only a small, fixed number of them are ever truly motivated. It has always been this way — and here’s why:

Although this environmentally conscious group tends to be relatively affluent, it’s not really their wealth but their level of disposable income that determines whether they actually go green. Home-buying consumers have to scale the lower rungs of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Need before they can aspire to a self-actualizing concept like going green. That’s why, as long as it costs more to be environmentally conscious, green buyers will always be a small percentage of any consumer group.

Read more Buyers Want ‘Green’ More Than They Think

TGC Spotting Fake Travel Reviews
4/15/2014 7:35:16 PM

How much value do your guests place on the opinions of others online?

Have they lost trust in review sites or do they still form a crucial component of the booking process?

A new study looked at the way travel consumers interact with online reviews before making a purchase decision.

The findings suggest travel consumers are wising up to the prevalence of fake reviews online and getting better at how to spot them.

  • 70% of those that used review sites as part of the booking process revealed they are prepared to read up to 20 reviews before choosing a property
  • 85% considered a review authentic if there was comparable content online, while reviews that stood out as differing too greatly from others or came across as excessively positive were treated with suspicion.
  • Around 46% like to see pictures and videos, while 39% said they were most trusting of the most current reviews.
  • When confronted with a review that appears to be inauthentic, 35% don’t book and 18% tell their friends about the suspected trickery.

Read more New Research Into Travel Reviews: Spotting Fakes and Making Decisions Online

Swedes Texas Frog Fest
2/14/2014 10:50:00 AM March 8 & 9 2014 Crystal Beach, Tx Sponsored by Nutty Jerry's & Brint Construction
Swedes 40 Years and Counting by Georgia Osten
7/23/2012 2:18:00 PM by Georgia Osten The Walla Family blew into town last Monday for their 40th Annual Crystal Beach Vacation. Yes, Mildred and Johnnie Walla and family have been coming to Crystal Beach every summer for the last 40 years! Mildred remembers coming with her father when she was in high school in Beaumont. To celebrate the event, they had special t-shirts printed. They always plan their vacation for the week after the 4th, because "the crowds are smaller." Their first vacation rental was handled by Mr. Swede himself, and they have been coming back to Swede's Real Estate ever since.
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