Bolivar Peninsula

David Harris is infatuated with Bolivar Peninsula. From the Midwest, Harris found his way down south and landed on Bolivar 21 years ago and became a fishing guide. After working 300 trips every year for 16 years, it was time for something new — Bolivar promotion.

“It’s so laid back,” said Harris. “Bolivar is an undiscovered gem. Where else in Texas can you drive golf carts, vehicles and camp right on the beach, and it’s populated enough to run to a restaurant or run to the store.”

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The last time Zechariah Turk made the news was last year when he saved a young family from drowning after their sailboat overturned in rough waters off Crystal Beach. This time he’s making headlines for another reason - Zech is a recipient of a Texas Crab Festival Charities educational assistance scholarship.

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Ever since a group of local friends, residents and business people came together to put on the first Texas Crab Festival in 1986, the Crab Fest has been all about community. Thanks to the continued efforts of local volunteers and sponsors, the annual Mother’s Day Weekend Crab Fest/Beach Party/Family Reunion has grown into a nationally known destination festival, attracting thousands of visitors each year to Crystal Beach, Texas for a celebration of Gulf Coast style music, art and crabs. And as the festival has grown, so has its continued commitment to serve the community.

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The annual Texas Frog Fest will take place this weekend, Saturday, May 28, and Sunday, May 29, in Crystal Beach at 1609 Highway 87 on the Bolivar Peninsula. The event will take place 1 p.m. to midnight each night, rain or shine. There will be plenty of food and drinks available for purchase inside the gates along with an RV and tent area. Performing Saturday will be 10 Man Jam, Aubry Lynn England, Jamie Talbert & the Band of Demons, Bag of Donuts and headliner Cody Johnson.

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A trench is dug for sorbent boom to collect oil seeping from the ground.

The Coast Guard, state and local officials responded to an area of oil seepage Saturday, June 20, 2015, on the Bolivar Peninsula approximately 4 miles west of Rollover Pass.

While conducting a beach patrol Friday at approximately 11:30 a.m., the Coast Guard identified a 100-yard area along the beach with oil seepage.

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On Monday, June 15, Galveston County officials issued a voluntary evacuation order for the Bolivar Peninsula. After withstanding high tides and strong wind gusts, Bolivar restaurants and retailers were open for business and ready for beachgoers by Wednesday, June 17.

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Motorists crossing the channel between Bolivar Peninsula and Galveston Island were impeded by a shutdown of ferry service for approximately three hours Monday morning, May 4, after a man reportedly jumped from a ferry.

According to information from the Coast Guard, the jumper was a white male between 40 and 50 years old. Ferry personnel immediately initiated rescue attempts when the man jumped overboard, but were unsuccessful in locating the man overboard.

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