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Causeway rename gets Galveston supporters By Lora-Marie Bernard


Bernard, Lora-Marie

STATE REPRESENTATIVE Wayne Faircloth’s, of Dickinson, efforts to rename the Galveston Causeway in honor of George and Cynthia Mitchell will be discussed at a committee public hearing in Austin on Tuesday.
Faircloth, right, filed House Bill 2181 on March 3. It is hurdling its way through the 84th Legislative Session.
The bill is among the first Faircloth filed during his freshman year. It was assigned to the transportation committee on March 12 where it landed in the subcommittee for designation and naming of roads and plates.
Faircloth seeks to have markers commemorating the Mitchell couple erected at the causeway entrances. The causeway could continue to be referred to as the Galveston Causeway since the bill recognizes the tribute would be added to current designations.
To fortify the effort, Faircloth asked the Galveston City Council to adopt a resolution to support the bill.
Galveston Mayor Jim Yarbrough brought the matter to council on Thursday where resolution was adopted with quick unanimous approval.
“He wants us to pay proper respect to Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell for their many contributions,” Yarbrough told the council. “The request comes from (the Texas Department of Transportation) to have City of Galveston acknowledge (them) through this.”
The resolution will be sent to the Galveston state delegation. Specific mention is made of the couple’s revival of Mardi Gras Galveston and the restoration of the Downtown Historic District including the 1839 Tremont House Hotel. The financial support to refurbish the Grand 1894 Opera House is also listed.
The resolution also credits the couple with the rebirth of the seawall through the construction of the San Luis Hotel and the restoration of the Galvez Hotel.
Also mentioned in the resolution are their educational efforts including donations to the island’s University of Texas Medical Branch and Texas A & M University.
The Mitchell’s are also lauded for land donations and developments throughout the island.
Faircloth’s bill enacts Section 9, Article III of the Constitution which allows for the bill to become active on September 1 if a two-thirds majority in each house is not reached.
Since his election to District 23, Faircloth has authored 11 bills and co-authored three bills.
A public hearing was conducted on Tuesday for a bill that would add LED lights to the approved list of Energy Star products. The addition would allow the lights to be eligible for a tax exemption over Memorial Day weekend.  House Bill 1625 was assigned to the Ways and Means Committee earlier this month.

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