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  •  Slowly but steadily rebuilding. (1+ / 0-)
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    I don't live there, but I have friends down there and go visit them quite often. Most of the touristy stuff is back, except, of course, for the Balinese Ballroom. Murdoch's is rebuilding and planning to re-open next spring. The hotels, except for the Flagship (which was sold and will be razed and replaced), are back. The Broadway oaks that died are supposed to be turned into sculptures. The biggest problem is public housing since only one of the "projects" is still there.
    Next week, there will be a lot of activities commemorating the first anniversary of Ike.
    I'm going back next months for the Oktoberfest.

    •  OMG! The Flagship is being replaced? (0+ / 0-)

      I spent many weekends from Dallas and Austin staying there and fishing off the pier out back. I thought that would last forever. What about the Galvez?
      Have fun at Oktoberfest! Ever go to Dickens-On-The-Strand?
      My sweetie and I actually went thru the Balinese when we were there in May. I showed him all the b&w pictures on the walls. All lost. So sad.

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      by TX Scotia on Wed Sep 09, 2009 at 02:51:43 PM PDT

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      •  The Galvez is fine. (1+ / 0-)
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        It was actually one of the first hotels to reopen. The Flagship was kind of run down even before Ike hit and was in the process of being sold. After Ike, there was some lengthy haggling with the buyer, Landry's, but they ended up sealing the deal.
        I always have a time conflict during Dickens, but last year I was there during Thanksgiving weekend for the community clean-up (you wouldn't believe what we pulled out of the storm drains). During the lighting festival at the Galvez, some of the Dickens characters were introduced. Turns out "Queen Victoria" went to college with a good friend of mine.

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