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TPWD News Release — April 9, 2010

TPWD scoping options for future Rollover Pass recreational fishing opportunities

AUSTIN — The Texas General Land Office (GLO) has made application for a permit to close Rollover Pass on Bolivar Peninsula due to its impacts on beach erosion and sedimentation within the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. If the pass is closed, there will be loss of public recreational fishing access.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) has heard concerns from many recreational anglers about this potential loss of fishing opportunities and will be hosting a public scoping meeting in Galveston on April 28 to discuss options for future recreational access in the Rollover Pass-Bolivar Peninsula area.

This meeting is not to discuss the Rollover Pass closure issue, rather TPWD wants to gather public comments on what preferred amenities (piers, boat ramps, parking lots, facilities, etc.) would be priority, and what locations would benefit the most people.

TPWD will provide these comments to GLO to assist in developing a plan to create the most suitable recreational fishing opportunities should Rollover Pass be closed.

The TPWD public scoping meeting will be held April 28 from 6-8 pm at the Galveston County Courthouse, 600 59th Street, Galveston. If you are unable to attend the meeting, please provide comments on preferred options for recreational fishing access by April 27 to Tonya Wiley, TPWD Dickinson Marine Lab, 1502 FM 517E, Dickinson, Texas 77539, phone 281-534-0131 or email tonya.wiley@tpwd.texas.gov.

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