- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - A Galveston city leader wants more oversight of a parks board that approved helicopter rides from a beach near some condominiums.

City Councilman Ralph McMorris raised noise concerns on behalf of residents of Emerald Condominiums over the rides, which began last weekend, the Galveston County Daily News (https://bit.ly/1LWoCDi ) reported. The Emerald is about 1,000 feet from the landing pad at Stewart Beach.

“Would you like to live next door to a helicopter,” he asked Tuesday. “People don’t generally like to live by airports.”

But park board officials say they considered residents and had a letter from those nearest the site offering no objections.

The Galveston City Council will consider a proposal Thursday to have final approval over all leases reached by the Galveston Park Board of Trustees, which was given the ability to enter contracts when it was created in 1963.

Trustees approved a one-year deal June 10 with Oasis Beach Services to operate on a commercially zoned site formerly used by a go-cart track. The city owns the land, but the park board is in charge of managing the property.

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


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