- Associated Press - Thursday, May 19, 2016

TEXAS CITY, Texas (AP) - Leaders of a Southeast Texas city have approved more than $420,000 to upgrade the fishing-popular Texas City Dike and a nearby park.

The Galveston County Daily News (https://bit.ly/1RbaBPt ) reports the Texas City City Commission on Wednesday agreed to spend $221,000 to improve Bay Street Park, with new pavilions, a trail and a pedestrian bridge.

Plans also include a new shrimp boat pier along the Texas City Dike, which juts out more than 5 miles into Galveston Bay. The dike last June marked its 100th anniversary.

Commissioners will spend $200,000 to help the state fund an oyster reef restoration project in Galveston Bay.

Texas City Mayor Matt Doyle says most oystering in Galveston Bay happens within the city limits. Reefs were damaged in 2008 during Hurricane Ike, plus from years of drought.

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

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