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Board of Trustees of the Galveston Wharves
by Garrett Bryce and John David Suayan
Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The Board of Trustees of the Galveston Wharves on Monday voted unanimously to approve changes to the port's tariff regarding passenger vehicle parking in order to specify rates for cruise parking in the Shearn Moody Plaza Transit Terminal Garage.

The changes include listing the transit terminal's 97covered and 62 uncovered spaces available for the parking of cruise passenger vehicles. Covered parking will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The rate for parking is $13 per day for up to seven days. A $1 discount is applied on the seventh day, resulting in a total of $90 for seven-day parking. Additional days, up to a total of 14 days, are also provided for in the rates at $10 per day. A$5 discount is offered for reserving parking online.

The board voted 4-1, with Richard DeVries opposed, to approve an interlocal contract with the Harris County Department of Education for cooperative purchases through the organization.

The board voted unanimously to send two attendees to the American Association of Port Authorities Commissioners Seminar on May 16-17 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

All other items were approved by unanimous vote. Galveston Mayor James Yarbrough was absent. Trustee Todd Sullivan left prior to several action items. Agenda

The Board will hold a special meeting on Thursday to discuss the port's pension plan. Agenda

During the meeting, the wharves board recognized Dennis Smith with Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics for his efforts in commissioning the Galveston Vehicle Distribution Center. Listen (27:21)

Smith, who was born in Georgia and graduated from Clear Creek High School, recently earned a promotion to work in Smyrna, Tennessee. He led the presentation on the GVDC.

Smith was accompanied by Tracy Murillo, his successor at the general manager position for WWL in Galveston.


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