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Jamaica Beach City Hall Offices Closed to Public Effective 06/25/20: The City of Jamaica Beach is releasing this information out of transparency and accountability to our staff and the public. Please note that we will not be able to respond to additional inquiries on the matter due to confidentiality laws. A person in the Jamaica Beach Police Department has tested positive for COVID-19. Out of an abundance of caution, we are testing all Police Officers that have been in contact with the affected staff member to include testing of all City Hall staff members; we anticipate the results within 48 hours. The testing of these individuals has not impacted the department's ability to be fully operational. The Jamaica Beach Police Department has disinfected and cleaned the station and all equipment. City Staff has also cleaned and disinfected City Hall, but as an extra precautionary measure the lobby at City Hall will be closed to the public until further notice.

 

The City's top priority is the health, safety and welfare of our community, its residents, visitors, and employees. The city is also committed to providing all essential services. Therefore, we encourage any city business that can be handled online or by phone to be done in that matter. If you believe your request cannot be handled over the phone, please contact City Hall at (409) 737-1142 to schedule an appointment. Face mask will be required. Everyone must cover their nose and mouth before entering City Hall. Thank you for your cooperation. (Public Notice)

 

Memorial Brick Fundraiser: The City of Jamaica Beach is providing another opportunity to purchase a Memorial Brick for the walkway at the city park. If you would like to place an order, please complete and return the Memorial Brick Order Form to City Hall before the August 14, 2020 deadline. (Order Form)

 

Jamaica Beach "Private" Boat Ramp effective 06/17/20: On May 18, 2020 the City Council for the City of Jamaica Beach approved Ordinance 2020-3, establishing usage, parking and permit requirements for the Regatta Basin aka "Marina" boat ramp and parking area. This private facility is for Jamaica Beach residents and their guest ONLY, requires a permit to launch, remove and/or park, and does NOT allow for any type of commercial use. Residency will be verified. Jamaica Beach residents may purchase an annual permit for $25.00 each or a daily permit for $10.00 each. Before purchasing a permit, please read the full list of "Terms of Use" on the permit application. Permits may be purchased in person at Jamaica Beach City Hall during office hours, upon completion of the Marina Boat Ramp & Parking Permit Application 

 

2020 Hurricane Preparedness: Hurricane Season is June 1st to November 30th. As we prepare for the 2020 Hurricane Season, the city encourages residents to remember the three keys to hurricane preparedness: 1) Make a Plan 2) Build a Kit & 3) Stay Informed. Galveston County Judge Mark Henry and the GCOEM have put together a short video presentation for you to use for the 2020 Hurricane Season. Please take some time to review this video and the associated Galveston County Emergency and Disaster Guide that focuses on hurricane preparedness. (Video) (Guide) (Notice) Please visit the city's Emergency Preparedness page for additional information, videos, guides and websites or to register for Blackboard Connect the city's emergency notification system. Citizens with disabilities or access and functional needs that require transportation assistance, personal care assistance or additional medical assistance during an emergency/disaster event may register with the STEAR program. (STEAR Flyer)

 

JB Pool 2020 Operating Season: The City of Jamaica Beach public swimming pool is now open. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the State's social distancing regulations, the pool will be operating with limitations. The pool will be open Tuesday-Sunday from 12:00PM to 7:00PM (weather permitting) and at a maximum capacity of 50%, which equates to 38 patrons at any one time. To view a full list of the limitations, click here. Water Aerobic classes will be held on Saturday & Sunday from 9:00AM-10:00AM for $10.00 per person, per class.

 

Notice of Deadline to File Applications for Place on the Ballot: The City of Jamaica Beach will be conducting a General Election on May 1, 2021 to election a Mayor and two Alderman. Applications for a Place on the Ballot may be filed between January 13, 2021 thru February 12, 2021. Please visit the Election page for more information, notices and forms. (Notice of Deadline) (Internet Posting Requirements)

 

Reminder to Please Bag All Trash Before Placing It At The Curb: For the health and safety of AmeriWaste's employees, please be sure to bag all trash and recycling items before placing it at the curb. Any household waste that is not bagged will not be picked up. For large item pickup, please contact Ameriwaste at (281) 331-8400 by noon on Wednesday for the item(s) to be picked up on Thursday. Thank you for your cooperation.

 

COVID-19/Coronavirus Information & Updates:

UTMB offers free coronavirus testing: (Free Testing Flyer)

(Galveston County Health District (GCHD) Testing Sites: Galveston County Health District provided a press release announcing the COVID-19 mass testing site for Galveston County. (Press Release) Additional information can be found at www.gchd.org/testing.)

(Texas Department of State Health Services COVID-19 Talking Points from 03/10/20)

(Galveston County Health District COVID-19 Helpful Information Link If you have questions about COVID-19, please call the GCHD information call center at 409-938-7221, option 1.)

(COVID-19 Patient Handout)

(UTMB's What to Do If I am Sick Notice)

(COVID-19 Small Business Guidance & Loan Resources)

(Local, State & Health Declarations as of 03/19/20)

(County of Galveston Order to Stay at Home effective 03/24/20)

(County of Galveston Extended Order to Stay at Home effective 04/02/20)

(Galveston County COVID-19 Mapping link)

(Gulf Coast Center COVID-19 Support - Helpful Resources and Links)

(Governor Greg Abbott's Executive Order issued 03/31/20)

(Governor Greg Abbott's Executive Order issued 04/27/20)

(Governor Greg Abbott's Executive Order issued 05/05/20)

(Jamaica Beach Town Hall via Telephone Conference: Mayor Steve Spicer and City Administrator Sean Hutchison hosted a Town Hall via telephone conference to provide residents with updates related to COVID-19 on Monday, April 13, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. Public Notice Audio Recording)

(City of Jamaica Beach COVID-19 Q&A revised 04/09/20)

(Mayoral Declaration of Local State of Disaster issued 03/17/20)

(Mayoral Declaration of Local State of Disaster-Revised issued 03/19/20)

(Jamaica Beach City Council Resolution 2020-3 extending the Revised Mayoral Declaration)

(Mayor Spicer's Order Closing Public Beach Access to Vehicles issued 03/30/20)

(Mayor Spicer's Order Closing Public Beach Access to Vehicles-Revised issued 04/06/20)

(Mayor Spicer's Order Closing Public Beach Access to Vehicles-Terminated as of 11:59 p.m. on 04/30/20)

(Mayoral Renewal and Continuation of Declaration of Local Disaster and Public Health Emergency issued 05/01/20)

 

2020 Census: The 2020 Census is here!  Every 10 years, the census counts how many people are in our community to decide how much federal funding and representation we should receive. Households have begun receiving invitations in the mail to take the census. The census is only 9 responses and take about 10 minutes to complete. It is available in 13 languages and can be completed by phone, by mail, or online. Your responses are completely confidential. A complete and accurate census count is critical for our community. Census results show where communities need schools, clinics, roads and other services benefiting families, older adults and children. They help decide federal funding for disaster recovery, mental health services, medical benefits programs, education programs and much more. When you're counted in the census, you're helping to build a better community. Visit 2020census.gov to learn more.

 

5-Year Waterline Replacement Plan: To view the City of Jamaica Beach's 5-Year Water Improvement Plan being proposed by the City Administrator, click here.

 

Seeking Volunteers: Community involvement is a great way to meet new people and make new friends...what better way to get involved than becoming a city volunteer! The City of Jamaica Beach is seeking volunteers to help plan and organize various events at the City Park. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact City Hall by phone or e-mail.

 

Street Improvement Project Notice: In April 2019, City Council approved an interlocal agreement with Galveston County to provide various roadway improvements throughout our community. The Street Improvement Program is scheduled to begin in November 2019 and be completed by mid-May 2021.  Please click here to read more details.

 

Remove It or Lose It Notice: In 2019, the Jamaica Beach City Council voted to approve an ordinance barring people from leaving personal property on public beaches between the hours of sunset to sunrise. The JBPD will be enforcing the city ordinance. Please click here to read the Remove It or Lose It Notice.

 

Bermuda Way Fire Hydrant Installation Project Notice-Update as of 03/24/20: The Bermuda Way Fire Hydrant Installation Project is delayed indefinitely until the COVID-19 pandemic is no longer a health issue. Notice of the construction schedule will be provided to affected homeowners several days before the project begins. The installation is expected to take no more than 30 days to complete. Please Plan Accordingly for the Water Service Interruptions and/or Outages - the work will be performed Monday through Friday between 7:00am to 5:30pm. During the construction project, please expect frequent water service interruptions and/or outages with water service being turned off at 9:00am and restored at 3:00pm. We apologize for not being able to provide additional notice and any inconvenience this may cause. We appreciate your patience during the construction project.

 

Waterline Replacement Project Notice-Update as of 04/22/20: The Waterline Replacement Project completion date has been extended 135 days due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The city's contractor is currently laying the waterlines, but will not make the final meter connections until the Stay at Home Order is lifted. 

Please Plan Accordingly for Water Service Interruptions and/or Outages. The work will be performed Monday through Friday between 7:00am to 5:30pm. During the water connection phase of the project, please expect frequent water service interruptions and/or outages with water service being turned off at 9:00am and restored at 3:00pm.

The contracting company to complete the utility project is Matula & Matula Construction. The waterlines will be replaced at the following locations:

 

FY 2019-2020 Budget: The City of Jamaica Beach Council adopted the FY 2019-2020 Budget during the Regular Called Meeting on Monday, September 16, 2019. To view a copy of approved budget click on the following: Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Budget.

 

2019 Tax Year Property Tax Rate: A tax rate of $0.193253 per $100 of property valuation was adopted by the City of Jamaica Beach Council on Monday, September 16, 2019.

     Adopted Tax Rate $0.193253 per $100 of value

     Preceding Year's Tax Rate $0.197135 per $100 of value

     Effective Tax Rate $0.193253 per $100 of value

     Rollback Tax Rate: $0.208713 per $100 of value

 

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 2018 tax year and the 2019 tax year. Click here to view a copy of the Tax Rate Ordinance levying Ad Valorem Taxes for the fiscal year beginning October 1, 2019.

 

General Maintenance Laborer:  The City of Jamaica Beach is accepting applications for a Full-Time General Maintenance Laborer. This position performs a variety of manual labor tasks associated with the construction, maintenance, repair, and improvement of City streets, rights-of-way, drainage systems, buildings, facilities, parks, marina, beach and water/wastewater utility systems. Applicant must have a valid TX driver’s license; ability to work in extreme weather conditions; work a flexible schedule that may include night, weekend, holiday and emergency hours; and experience operating hand and power tools, equipment and machinery necessary to perform the assigned duties. To apply, please mail a completed Employment Application or resume to: City Administrator, 5264 Jamaica Beach, Jamaica Beach TX 77554; drop off in-person: 16628 San Luis Pass Rd, Jamaica Beach TX 77554; or email: shutchison@ci.jamaicabeach.tx.us. (Job Description)

Starting Pay: $12.00/hr plus paid Medical & Dental Benefits and Retirement

 

FM 3005 Construction Project Notice: Please consider this notification that the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) will begin their FM 3005 Construction Project on August 19, 2019 and it is projected to end on March 2022. Click here to view a copy of the presentation presented to City Council regarding the construction.

 

Coastal Texas Study Updated Information: Public Open Houses Scheduled for February 2020. Coastal Study Differences handout as of October 2019: Study Differences. Coastal Study Misconceptions as of August 30, 2019: Nothing But the Facts Sheet. Galveston Ring Barrier Update as of August 15, 2019: USACE Study Update Presentation and Coastal Texas Study Fact Sheet.

Coastal Texas Study Update as of August 7, 2019: Coastal Study Update Summer 2019 and Coastal Texas Study Community Work Group Fact Sheet. Questions regarding the provided information may be sent to the Coastal Texas Study Team Contacts:

US Army Corps of Engineers, Kelly Burks-Copes, Kelly.A.Burks-Copes@usace.army.mil

Texas General Land Office, Tony Williams, Tony.Williams@glo.texas.gov

 

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.

 

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.

 

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 & 40th Anniversary Koozie for sale benefitting the Jamaica Beach City Park!! 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, City Park Events, or City Pool (during operating Season). 

 

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