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TheDailyNews (Newspaper) - January 9, 2013, Galveston, Texas Galveston county Texas wednesday january 9, 2013 a the daily news a a3 Board approves first Vendor for Park by John Wayne Ferguson the daily news a Galveston there will be a new business on East Beach when warmer weather Rolls around. On tuesday the Park Board of trustees approved a Concession agreement with Beach buddies Lac a Concession company that will sell Beach supplies near the newly rebuilt Apffel Park Pavilion. Beach buddies is the brainchild of Houston native Leslie Waddell and her husband Jim Somerville who was in attendance at the Park Board meeting. A we love the Beach and we Felt that it was a great area a Somerville said. A after Ike the Beach has struggled. So were looking Forward to being part of help bringing it Somerville said the idea for a Beach Supply company located directly on the Beach came after a visit to the Ocean with his daughter and realizing there were few nearby places to get supplies. Beach buddies is not expected to be the final Concession agreement entered into for the new looking East Beach. The new Pavilion is planned to include drive up spots for food trailers and a stage that can be used for concerts. Board chairman Craig Brown said Beach buddies will provide a service that is a dearly needed at East Beach. A having someone with the enthusiasm that they bring and bring a Quality concessionaire is going to be nothing but positive for the tourists a Brown said. The business will pay an annual rent of $5,500. The lease ends in january 2015. According to the agreement with the Park Board the trailer will not be Able to sell beverages food Cabanas chairs or flotation devices. Brown said the Hope is to have an opening ceremony for the Pavilion some time before the summer season. Somerville said the Beach buddies trailer will be present during the City a Mardi gras celebrations and then move Over to its position on East Beach in time for Spring break. Other business in other business tuesday the Park Board a approved spending $18,000 to design and develop Way finding signs for downtown. A passed a Resolution supporting the creation of a National coastal recreation area a agreed to spend $54,450 to Purchase a Beach Rake to help with the cleaning of seaweed and other debris on Park Board beaches. The Rake is the first one to be owned by the Park Board which has previously rented similar equipment. Contact reporter John Wayne Ferguson at 409-683-5226 or police Texas City police detain 3 in robbery probe a Texas City three people were detained while police investigate a Strong armed robbery authorities said tuesday. A Man 21, told police three acquaintances attacked him at approximately 8 . Monday in the 7000 Block of Carver Avenue Texas City police capt. Brian Goetschius said. Police had three people in custody but charges had not been finalized As of tuesday Goetschius said fhe victims injuries weren to life threatening. Chris Paschenko legislators continued from Page a1 Sion of the 83rd Texas legislature on tuesday. Taylor a Friend Wood did no to return because he missed being a state representative he did so to inform the state House that the Texas senator was a organized and ready for business a which Drew plenty of chuckles and raspberries from former House colleagues. A yeah i used to laugh when i heard that too a Taylor told the gathering on the first Day of the legislature. Taylor previously a state representative from Galveston county was among five new faces to the state Senate. Meanwhile the Man who replaced him in the state House or. Greg Bonnen a Friendswood was among 40 members of the freshman class of the state House. Taylor and Bonnen who had about 200 people travel to Austin to see them take their oaths of office enjoyed the Day of ceremony before the legislature gets Down to business. Joining them was the Dean of the county a legislative delegation Craig Eiland a Galveston. All three men sounded a similar tone of regional cooperation and working on issues important to the county and statewide. All three took note of a monday state comptrollers report that the state should have about $8 billion left Over in the budget at the end of the current Cycle. State sen. Larry Taylor a Friendswood state rep. Greg Bonnen a Friendswood state rep. Craig Eiland a Galveston Taylor said much credit for the projected surplus should go to the last legislature that made deep cuts to the state budget including significant cuts to Public education funding. A we handled that budget As Well As it could be handled last time a Taylor said. A the proof is in the pudding. Our Economy is doing very Well. We Are Back to pre recession employment Levels and other states Are not doing Ealand cautioned that the state can to get too Money hungry even with the budget surplus. Noting that the Texas education Agency already said there would need to be an additional $1 billion to this years budget for Public education after the severe cuts two years ago a lot of the Money is already a accounted Bonnen said he too would be cautious approaching the budget even with a projected surplus. A we still have to be responsible to the people of Texas and not overspend a he said. Taylor said while it was Likely some of that Money would go Back to Public education he wants to see a new sys tem for Public education that finds efficiencies. A there is no future big pot of Money for education a Taylor said. A a that a Why we need to look for Best practices to be More efficient and bring education in Texas to the 21st Taylor warned that the rising costs of health care in the state would Likely Strain any new dollars that might come into the state Treasury. Creating a water plan for the state which was one of the top priorities of House speaker Joe Strauss is also a top priority for the county a legislators. A we Are just getting a glimpse of what in the future will be an every Day thing a Taylor said of the drought conditions the state faces. Strauss called on the state to devise a 50-year-water plan and make sure its funded. A a 50-year water plan that Isnit funded is inadequate a Strauss said making note that the states drought has Cost the agriculture Industry More than $8 billion in the past two years. Contact Mainland editor at 409-683-5334 or . Palais Royal your town your store. Local free 7-pc. Gift with any Clinique Purchase of $25 or More a moisture surge intense earn a $10 payback Reward for every $250 you charge on your palais Royal credit card Don t have a card apply in store or online. Subject to credit approval. Premier rewards provided by specially retailers inc. Restrictions apply see store for details. 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