Soggy start to holiday weekend brings fewer crowds to Galveston Island

Despite weather, beachgoers savor unofficial last weekend of summer

GALVESTON, Texas - A somewhat soggy start to the Labor Day weekend brought fewer crowds to Galveston Island on Saturday, the first day of the three-day holiday weekend.

Several inches of standing water covered a parking lot Saturday morning at Stewart Beach, the result of a high tide and recent rains.

Nearby, children played in a muddy sand mixture underneath cloudy skies. Still, there were few complaints.

"I love the beach. It's relaxing no matter what the weather is. You can look at the waves and enjoy it," said Dawn Brosie, of Spring.

Catherine Street, of Dallas, said she and a friend drove to Galveston on Friday and will be spending two nights on the island.

"The kids are having fun. There's not a lot of people. We're having a lot of fun," said Street.

As beachgoers savor the unofficial last weekend of summer, Galveston Island Beach Patrol is keeping a watchful eye on 33 miles of shoreline. Chief Peter Davis reported a nice morning, with better-than-expected water conditions.

"The conditions have kind of calmed down a little bit. We're still flying a red flag. There's some rip currents by the piers, but it's actually nice and we're hoping to see more people out," said Davis.

In addition to the efforts in and around the water, another law enforcement effort is focused on the roads. A "no refusal" weekend is underway in Galveston County, with multiple agencies working together to keep everyone safe.

"You're going to see focused details, making sure that any kind of impaired drivers are off the street, providing a safe environment for the residents and the visitors of Galveston," said Sgt. Joshua Schirard, with the Galveston Island Police Department.

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Schirard said more than 250,000 people could visit Galveston Island on a holiday period such as Labor Day weekend.

Davis said larger crowds typically arrive on the island on the second and third days of the holiday weekend.

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