Hurricane-Ravaged Texas RV Park Reopens

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July 5, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

Typical beachfront campsite at Dellanera RV Park, Galveston, Texas.

After rebounding from nearly $6 million in damage from Hurricane Ike in 2008, Dellanera RV Park in Galveston, Texas, has reopened, The Daily News reported.

The West End RV park reopened to beach visitors on June 18, just in time to welcome tourists for the Fourth of July weekend.

“We were full the first day we were open,” said Mario Rabago, interim executive director of the park board. “What we’re noticing is there is more of a market out there for RVs.”

Dellanera Park, FM 3005 at 7 Mile Road, opened in the 1980s with 84 campsites. Erosion and Hurricane Ike chewed away at the beach, reducing the number of campsites to about 65. Repairs to the park, funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), started about eight months ago.

“We’ve had folks calling us for months now, since last summer,” Rabago said. “They couldn’t wait to get in.”

The park offers spaces for pull-through campers between 50 and 60 feet, slips for 30- and 40-foot campers and also dry camping, which means no available water or other amenities. Day parking is also available at the park.

Amenities include umbrella and chair rentals, picnic sites, showers and, eventually, wireless Internet.

Rabago said the park also has a pavilion with a small store, a recreation room and a shaded deck area.

“This is a year-round revenue source,” he said. “Galveston has the biker rally and Dickens (on The Strand) and, in the past, the place is packed. We missed out on that last year and the year before, and so we’re finally back.”

In 2007, the park generated about $518,000 in revenue, and just before Ike, the park earned $436,000. Almost 30% of the revenue is used for lifeguards, cleanup and security on the beaches.

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