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Galveston Daily News (Newspaper) - June 20, 2001, Galveston, Texas WEATHER Partly cloudy with a 2O per cent chance of rain Forecast on PageA2 FOOD ATTHE MARKET HEB Central Market opens its doors in Houston Page Cl SPORTS RAPID ROCKIE Former Whitecap Juan Pierre makes his way in the majors Page Bl 2001 Vol 159 No 71 www galvnews com 50 cents Whats there now This land hear 57th Street and Seawall Boulevard may be come the site of a new convention center KEVIN Daily News Fertitta pitches new site Convention center would move from Fort Crockett to seawall ffHf a t viyss 4 s Ajy i tj i An artists rendering of the proposed million convention center in Galveston Developer to seek permission to move planned center The Daily News Developer Tllman Fertitta Is ex pected to unveil a p5an to city officials to move the proposed convention center site from Fort Crockett camps 1 to the sea wall By CARTER THOMPSON The Daily News GALVESTON The citys new convention center should be on Sea wall Boulevard rather than behind the San Luis Resort the developer is proposing Tilman Fertitta hopes to convince city officials to allow him to change the location from Galveston Colleges Fort Crockett Campus to a 6acre tract on the seawall east of 57th Street The convention center would an chor a stretch of redevelopment that also would include a new 11story tower at the adjacent Hilton and a Rainforest Cafe an outlet of the themebased restaurant chain owned by the Fertittaled Landrys Seafood Restaurants What City council When 8 today Where City Hall 823 25th Room 204 See editorial on Page AS Fertitta would have to purchase the El Mina Shrine Temple at 5620 Seawall Blvd Getting the Shriners land for a reasonable price might require the city to exercise its powers of emi nent domain he said Fertitta will present the new con cept to city leaders today I feel like from an economicde velopment standpoint a selling standpoint this son of a gun just hits said Fertitta Landrys Management a sub sidiary of the restaurant chain had planned to purchase the campus from the college for million But problems with the deal and statements by college officials that it was possible Landrys would have to bid against others for the land prompted Fertitta to begin looking for alternatives in late April he said Landrys owns or has longterm leases on all the property needed ex cept the Shriners property Fertitta Said he has offered million The organization asked for million he said The property is appraised at by the central appraisal district Fertitta said he hoped to strike a deal with the Shriners for the pur chase without city involvement Please see PAGE Friendswood storm bill million By AUCIA GOODEN The Daily News FRIENDSWOOD Early es timates show that floods from Tropical Storm Allison caused at least million of damage to homes in Friendswood Its pretty said Mayor Harold Whitaker Friendswood was the hardest hit area in the county According to records filed with the Federal Emergency Management Agency 489 homes were damaged in 22 subdivisions Thirtytwo of those homes are permanently unin habitable The hardest hit areas were Im perial Estates Heritage Estates and Wedgewood Village The city evaluated its home losses because of the massive flooding and damage Whitaker said Several homeowners were still in the process of registering with FEMA said Whitaker Well have an actual damage amount in about three months after FEMA has finished its he said Thoxigh other cities sustained residential damage they were not assessing individual home damage Bruce Clawson emergency management coordinator for Texas City said the city has not received damage estimates from homeowners Texas City reported 40 homes sustained major water damage meaning that the structure was uninhabitable and got 2 to 4 feet of water inside it Another 40 sustained minor damage meaning six inches to two feet of water got inside the house The city estimated damage to city property at Two 20feet holes were found in sewer lines The cost of repair is about each League City officials also hadnt compiled a damage estimate Ac cording to FEMA figures 144 homes in the city were damaged Denny Holt the citys emer gency management coordinator said the city used to assign dollar estimates to homes but stopped the practice over the last decade The city is seeking reimburse ment from the Federal Emer gency Management Agency for the of public property damage it suffered said Holt Santa Fe Kemah and Bayou Vista officials also did not cal culate residential damage Galveston celebrates Juneteenth By HEATHER McGUIRE Correspondent GALVESTON Bright yellow red green and blue flags hang from Annie Mae Charles home on Av enues H The lady of the house is wearing a blue dress and homemade purple and white gingham hat She smiles at passersby from her porch and in vites everyone in for a bite to eat Inside she has potato salad green salad beans sausage pork ribs beef sweet potato pie and pound cake Outside the aroma of hundreds of grilled hot dogs permeates the hot afternoon air She was awake until 1 Monday getting everything ready She woke up at 7 to prepare for one of her most cherished days She ignores the pain from the bunion on her right foot but keeps serving and smiling Tuesday Charles enjoyed her 88th Juneteenth celebration She has been cooking for friends and family as long as she can re Please see PAGE KEVIN Daily News A June teenth pa rade moves along Ball Street In Galveston on Tuesday Correction We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of the information we report and it is our policy to correct errors promptly Readers may bring mistakes to our attention by telephone at 409 6835200 or 800 5613611 or by fax at 409 7403421 Texas Lottery Tuesdays drawings Pick 3 590 Cash 5 2315131830 Tx 2step 302516 Next Lotto Today The Dally News online Get the latest news and sports and talk about issues on The Daily News Web site at Index Our D2OOl The Galveston County Dally News
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