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The Galveston Island Beach Patrol (GIBP) will receive two new fiberglass lifeguard towers aimed at heightening protection for beach-goers and protecting lifeguards. The towers will be placed at Stewart Beach and at 61st Street and are expected to be installed by the 2019 summer season.
At its December meeting, the Park Board approved the purchase of the fiberglass state-of-the-art towers. Each cost $42,000.
The towers’ design features 360-degree views, offers guards protection from the sun, wind, and weather and are highly resistant to vandalism. They can be installed with lightning rods, allowing guards to remain in them during weather events in order to better protect them and beach-goers. The fiberglass construction requires less maintenance and will last longer than the wooden towers currently being used.
GIBP plans to recoup the cost for the towers through paid advertising opportunities that will be made available on each stand.
“These towers will reduce lifeguard fatigue and will allow the guards to work continuously during inclement weather, so we can better protect the people we serve.” GIBP Chief Peter Davis said. “We hope to place more of these modern structures on the beaches over time.”
The Park Board of Trustees oversees beach maintenance and tourism development on Galveston Island, including operations for beach cleaning, the Galveston Island Beach Patrol and the Galveston Island Convention & Visitors Bureau. For more information on the Park Board of Trustees, please visit www.galvestonparkboard.org.