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Notice of Drawing for a Place on the Ballot: The City of Jamaica Beach will be conducting a General Election on Saturday, May 4, 2019 to elect a Mayor and 2 Alderman for 2 year terms. The Drawing for a Place on the Ballot will be held on Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 10:00AM in the City Hall, Council Chambers. The drawing is open to the public; please click here to read the Notice and/or visit our City Election page for more election information.

 

Town Hall Meeting: The Police Advisory Committee will be conducting a Town Hall Meeting concerning a Beach Safety Plan on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at City Hall at Noon. If you would like to have input in the plan that will be presented to Council, please attend the meeting. If you are unable to attend, please contact Police Chief Heiman to voice your concerns. Please note: Members of City Council may be attending and participating in this Town Hall meeting; no action will be taken.

 

Planning & Zoning Meeting: The P&Z Commitee will be meeting on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. (Agenda)

 

Jamaica Beach Mardi Gras Parades: Join us on Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the City Park for a Mardi Gras celebration...Jamaica Beach style. There will be a Pet Parade at 2:00 pm and a Golf Cart Parade at 3:00 pm. Both parades are free; simply arrive 15 minutes prior to the parade to lineup. King cake will be served; bring your own beverages. If you have any questions, please contact City Hall at (409) 737-1142 during office hours. (Flyer)

 

Seeking Volunteers for Memorial Day Event: The City of Jamaica is seeking volunteers to organize the annual Memorial Day celebration. More than just an occasion for summer's first backyard BBQ, Memorial Day is an important holiday for our country and was established to honor all the men and women who have given their lives for the cause of freedom. This local event started 23 years ago as a community organized gathering. That said, we are seeking volunteers to participate in all phases of the process: planning, execution and clean-up. This honoring can only take place with help from our citizens. If you are interested, contact the City Secretary at (409) 737-1142 or cityadmin@ci.jamaicabeach.tx.us. Let's not end the tradition.

 

Gas Leak in Jamaica Beach: Texas Gas Company sent crews to Jamaica Beach properties that have gas service to shut off their gas meters during the gas leak repair on 01/23-24/2019. Upon completion, they re-pressurized the gas main and purged air in the lines. Gas crews then went back to the properties they turned off to relight the resident's gas pilot.  PLEASE NOTE THIS IMPORTANT NOTICE: Residents had to be present at the property before gas service was turned back on. If you were not present or out of town and still do not have gas service, please call 1-800-700-2443 immediately to arrange a time to reestablish gas service.

 

Texas Coastal Study: The City of Jamaica Beach Mayor and City Administrator wrote a letter opposing the Texas Coastal Study Tentatively Selected Plan. Please click here to read the letter.

 

Application for Place on Ballot Notice: 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.

 

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.

 

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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