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Old Posted Dec 15, 2006, 5:53 AM
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I'd say if Corpus Christi's city council is voting on it, then it will be within Corpus Christi. Interesting, that means a new tallest for the city, even though it's not downtown. Imagine the views of that thing from across the bay.

Great news, they've approved it. The ball is the developer's court now.
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Hmmm...ran into this yesterday. I couldn't find anything else on it, so I don't know if this is a go or if it is being used to generate buzz and then maybe build it if there is enough interest.

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Catalina is located on the quieter northern side of South Padre Island. It is just 2.3 miles from the SPI Convention Center and near the prestigious Shores development. Units at Catalina enjoy doorstep proximity to the beachfront and easy access to the bayside of the island. To the north of Catalina grounds are miles of pristine seashore. From sunrise to sunset Catalina is the perfect place to enjoy the natural beauty of this unique island location.

Starting Price: $450,000.00

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* 12 to 14 foot ceilings
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We are pleased to report construction is moving full steam ahead at Diamond Beach Condominiums. Although we continue to experience some issues relating to Hurricane Ike, specifically as it relates to delivery of materials and supply of power, telephones and internet, the construction in place was relatively undamaged. The Seawall, parts of which were built 100 years ago to protect the Island from just such a storm, performed admirably. Despite the reports you may have seen in the news, Harris County Judge Ed Emmett was quoted saying, “the surge peaked at 11 to 12 feet on the west side. “ According to the U.S. Corps of Engineers, the seawall was built to withstand a 15-foot surge.

The National Hurricane Center put the track of Hurricane Ike directly over Diamond Beach. Despite this direct hit, the work in place did very well. We have attached some photos taken directly after the storm so you can appreciate for yourself how well the building performed. Construction completion will undoubtedly be later than projected due to the storm. However, Diamond Beach does not anticipate that the storm will impact how wonderful the completed building will be.


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Old Posted Apr 17, 2009, 6:27 AM
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^ It's in a good location.
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And so the Flagship Hotel is planned for demolition.

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/loc...t_altered.html

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GALVESTON — Hurricane Ike changed forever many of the landmarks built on pilings seaward of Galveston's sea wall: Some will disappear and others will look different when they are rebuilt.

Nine months after the storm, a few broken pilings are the only signs that the historic Balinese Room and the 61st Street Pier existed.

The Flagship Hotel, built on a pier that juts into the Gulf of Mexico, is an eyesore with broken walls revealing vacant rooms. The Galveston Fishing Pier is missing a 200-yard chunk, its thick concrete pilings ripped away by the storm.

The only landmark under reconstruction so far is the 99-year-old Murdoch's Pier.

Owners of the properties say they are overwhelmed by the thousands of e-mails urging them to rebuild.

“We've had some thousands and thousands of comments,” said J.W. Little, who owns Murdoch's Pier along with his wife, Suzanne. “It's every day, every single day.”

Owners of all the landmarks except the Flagship Hotel are planning to rebuild.

• The Flagship Hotel, one of the most prominent features along the sea wall since it opened with 240 rooms in 1965, will be torn down by owner Landry's Restaurants Inc., said Jeff Cantwell, Landry's senior vice president for development.

The four-block-long pier that the hotel sits on is structurally sound and will be strengthened and used for a project that is in the formative stages, Cantwell said. He declined to reveal the uses under consideration.

He estimated that demolition would probably begin before the end of summer.
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The Flagship Hotel back in 2007.






Some photos I took of it in April.





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The last time I spent a weekend in Galveston I stayed at that hotel. It was a dark and stormy night... The waves outside our balcony were pretty high.
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Is something going to replace the flagship?
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There's long been talk of a pleasure peer there complete with a roller coaster and other rides. I think that's what is destined to replace the Flagship...thankfully. Gosh, what an eyesore.
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There's long been talk of a pleasure peer there complete with a roller coaster and other rides. I think that's what is destined to replace the Flagship...thankfully. Gosh, what an eyesore.
I would be in strong favor of this..

I love pier amusement parks out in Cali.
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I definitely agree, and it's exactly what Galveston needs - More tourism to help boost its economy.

One thing the city should do, is open the doors for big Casinos to come in. Most license plates on cars parked at the Lake Charles Casinos are from Texas, who wouldn't want a shorter drive to have a good time? Galveston becomes a new age, Southern style version of Atlantic City, coupled with other family style attractions of Moody Gardens and whatever Kemah style boardwalk Landry's has planned for the Flagship pier. The city of Galveston would also reap huge rewards from all those tax dollars.
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the texas gulf coast is really making alot of strives!
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New condo Complex on SPI called: KIRANA

Will be located next to the Isola Bella high-rise.

www.kiranasouthpadre.com


http://www.kiranasouthpadre.com/News...re_Island.aspx





































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New condo Complex on SPI called: KIRANA
I like the design!
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I like the design!
I like the asymmetry, the maximization of outdoor spaces and views, and the fact that the design makes for a nice mix of different unit floorplans (no cookie cutter condos).

However, something about the design... my mind keeps wanting to fill in the box -- looks kinda like a rectangular building with a chunk sheared off diagonally... still, I'm all for something new, will definitely be a signature addition to the SPI skyline!
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I like the design!
I agree! I think this looks great, and it should be a new tallest for the island if i'm not mistaken.

It'll also help break up the wall of small 80's looking buildings on that side of the island.
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38 stories. Wow, that's like Miami Beach height.
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I definitely agree, and it's exactly what Galveston needs - More tourism to help boost its economy.

One thing the city should do, is open the doors for big Casinos to come in. Most license plates on cars parked at the Lake Charles Casinos are from Texas, who wouldn't want a shorter drive to have a good time? Galveston becomes a new age, Southern style version of Atlantic City, coupled with other family style attractions of Moody Gardens and whatever Kemah style boardwalk Landry's has planned for the Flagship pier. The city of Galveston would also reap huge rewards from all those tax dollars.
Well, it isn't up the City of Galveston to legalize gambling in Texas. It would have to be a state government action, and since the government is conservative, it probably won't ever happen. Also Texas has the economic power in place already and isn't exactly struggling.
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And yeah, this new tower in South Padre Island should be a new tallest, not only for that city, but for the whole Texas coast. And really, there's nothing on Louisiana's coast that could match it, so the next tallest building would be in Mobile, Alabama probably.

In this rendering it seems to be taller than Sapphire, so surely this will be about 500 feet tall or more.
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And yeah, this new tower in South Padre Island should be a new tallest, not only for that city, but for the whole Texas coast. And really, there's nothing on Louisiana's coast that could match it, so the next tallest building would be in Mobile, Alabama probably.

In this rendering it seems to be taller than Sapphire, so surely this will be about 500 feet tall or more.
I think it may be the tallest tower on the Gulf Coast. Mobile is not on the coast. (which means Mobile does'nt count.) Its by Mobile bay and there are small barrier islands and a peninsula south of Mobile. The next building would be in Florida.
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