- Associated Press - Friday, June 26, 2015

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - The Galveston City Council has voted to spend up to $2 million to replant some live oaks and palm trees destroyed by Hurricane Ike in 2008.

City leaders voted Thursday to pay the Galveston Tree Conservancy to restore the trees to 44 blocks of Broadway Boulevard.

The Galveston County Daily News (http://bit.ly/1LAHeIT ) reports tree plantings are expected to begin this fall.

Broadway Boulevard, before the September 2008 hurricane, was famous for its century-old oak trees that stood over Galveston’s main entranceway. Saltwater flooding caused by Ike killed most of the trees on the boulevard.

The money will come from the city’s convention center surplus fund. The fund collects excess hotel occupancy tax funds that are left after supporting operations at the Galveston Island Convention Center.

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Information from: The Galveston County Daily News, http://www.galvnews.com

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