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The City of Jamaica Beach will be accepting applications for a place on the General Election ballot starting at 8:00 a.m. on January, 16, 2019 thru 5:00 p.m. on February 15, 2019.  The General Election to elect a Mayor and 2 Alderman for a two year term is scheduled to be held on Saturday, May 4, 2019. For more details, please click on the Notice of Deadline to File for a Place on the Ballot and/or the City Election tab.

 

December Holiday Events in Jamaica Beach: Join us for the following family-friendly events:

 

Saturday, December 15, 2018 - Golf Cart Parade & Holiday at the City Park: The Golf Cart Parade will start at 4:30PM. Citizens with golf carts are encouraged to participate by decorating their golf carts to drive in the parade (participation is free and registration is not required; line up is at 4:00 PM). The parade will start and end at the City Park, just in time for Santa's arrival at 6:00 PM. Click here to read flyer!

 

Don't forget to decorate your home to be automatically entered in the "Best Christmas Decorations Contest!" Judging will be done on December 14th, so be sure to have your Christmas lights on that night!

 

'Tis the Season to Volunteer! Holiday at the City Park is an annual event hosted by Volunteers and the generosity of our great community! If you would like to volunteer during the event, please contact JoBeth Berry at (409) 996-1710 or jobethaberry@yahoo.com. To have a successful event, we are seeking volunteers to help decorate on Thursday, December 13th, starting at 9:00 AM. All volunteers and/or donations will be greatly appreciated. Happy Holidays!

   

Texas Coastal Study: The Galveston District of the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers and the Texas General Land Office recently released the Texas Coastal Study. This study provides various options being considered to safeguard the Texas coast from severe weather events  (http://coastalstudy.texas.gov/). 

 

This is a preliminary report with a final report to be completed before the end of 2021. Alternative (A) addresses some type of “barrier along the west end of Galveston Island”.  We hope for a dune construction project on the beach, but the general feeling is to elevate FM 3005 with some type of panels or barrier on the North side of the highway.

 

If FM 3005 is elevated or some type of panels are placed along the road, the homes south of FM 3005 will be impacted with higher insurance costs and lower property values. 

 

The Turtle Restoration Network will host a public meeting regarding the "Ike Dike" here in Jamaica Beach on December 11th at City Hall beginning at 6:00PM.  The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers and the General Land Office have scheduled a public meeting to be held at the Galveston Island Convention Center on December 12th beginning at 5:30PM. We encourage you to attend both public meetings.  

Flood Insurance Discount: Great News – FEMA has recognized the floodplain management activities implemented by our community, which qualifies for a 5% discount in the premium cost of flood insurance for NFIP policies issued on or after October 1, 2018. This savings is a tangible result of the flood mitigation activities our community implemented to protect lives and reduce property damage.

 

Reflective Delineators: Property owners on Jamaica Cove Road and the curve on Jolly Roger Road will soon see Flexible Highway Delineators in their neighborhoods to assist motorists traversing these areas during high tides. The reflective delineators will be installed during the next two weeks. Please be cautious when mowing around these safety devices.

 

FY 2018-2019 Budget: The City of Jamaica Beach Council adopted the FY 2018-2019 Budgets during the Regular Called Meeting on Monday, September 17, 2018. To view a copy of budgets click on the following: General Fund Budget or Municipal Services Budget.

 

2018 Tax Year Property Tax Rate: A tax rate of $0.197135 per $100 of property valuation was adopted by the City of Jamaica Beach Council on Monday, September 17, 2018.

     Proposed Tax Rate $0.197135 per $100

     Preceding Year's Tax Rate $0.193754 per $100

     Effective Tax Rate $0.197135 per $100

The effective tax rate is the total tax rate needed to raise the same amount of property tax revenue for the City of Jamaica Beach from the same properties in both the 2017 tax year and the 2018 tax year. Click here to view a copy of the Tax Rate Ordinance levying Ad Valorem Taxes for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2018.

 

Go Green - Paperless Billing: Water Customers can now sign-up for Paperless Billing! Please visit the City of Jamaica Beach Online Services link to register.

 

Hurricane Season: Hurricane Season started June 1st!  Please visit the City of Jamaica Beach Emergency Preparedness link to sign-up for emergency notifications and/or for helpful information and links related to emergency preparedness.

 

Official Facebook Page: The City of Jamaica Beach has created an Official Facebook Page for posting announcements of City Council meetings, events, committee and/or board notices; matters appearing on the Council Agendas; specific factual information concerning the city and/or policies; and city department notifications. Important Notice regarding the City's Facebook Page: The City of Jamaica Beach is not responsible for the content nor endorses any site which has a link from our FB page. All content, comments and replies posted are subject to the Freedom of Information Act and all Texas Open Records laws; the City of Jamaica Beach reserves the right to remove any messages or postings.  The City of Jamaica Beach reserves the right to restrict or remove any content that is deemed in violation of its policies or any applicable laws.  Social Networking content or comments containing any of the following will not be allowed for posting: comments or material not topically related to the site or article being commented upon; profane, vulgar, offensive language or obscene content; content that promotes, fosters or perpetuates discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, age, religion, gender, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, national origin, physical or mental disability, or sexual orientation; personal attacks, insults or threatening or harassing language; political or religious advocacy or commentary. Comments cannot serve electoral campaign purposes. Political messages will not be published except for announcements of city elections or voter encouragement campaigns; support or opposition for any ballot issue or candidate for office; and promotion or advertisement of any businesses or commercial enterprises, unless they are providing support to city services.

Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) is imposed on the rental of a room or space costing $15.00 or more each day for State reporting and $2.00 or more each day for Local reporting. Any person leasing their house(s), or room in their house, as a Short Term Rental must collect the tax from their customers in the same way a hotel or motel collects the tax from their guests. The HOT rate in Jamaica Beach is 15% (6% to State and 9% to Local) of the cost of the room.  Please visit the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts website for more information and/or State reporting. Download the city's Hotel Occupancy Tax Form for Local reporting and remitting. Please file reports, even if no tax was collected, by due date to avoid State and Local penalties.

For Sale: The City of Jamaica Beach has "New" JB Flags, T-Shirts, Hot & Cold Tumblers, & 40th Anniversary Koozie for sale benefitting the Jamaica Beach Park Board!! Golf Cart Flags: 1-$20, 2-$35 or 3-$45; Flags: $35; T-shirts: $15 each or 2-$25; Koozies: 1-$3, 2-$5 or 5-$10; 40th Anniversary Koozies: $1 each!!  Items for sale at City Hall, Park Board Events, or City Pool (during operating Season). 

 

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