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Notice of Deadline to File Application for Place on the Ballot: Applications for a place on the City of Jamaica Beach election ballot may be filed with the City Secretary between January 15, 2020 - February 14, 2020 during the following office hours: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (M-TH) & 8:00 a.m. - Noon (F) (except on Friday, February 14, 2020 the office will be open until 5:00 p.m.). Please visit the City Election page to download an Application for a Place on Ballot and/or for more election information. (Notice)


Notice to Bidders: The City of Jamaica Beach, TX is accepting bids for RFQ: 2020-1 United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Permitting Services. All bids must be sealed, marked “RFQ 2020-1 USACE Permitting Services” and be prepared with an original, three (3) copies and one media source. Sealed bids shall be addressed to the City Administrator, City Hall, 16628 San Luis Pass Rd, 5264 Jamaica Beach, Jamaica Beach, TX 77554. All submittals must be received by 10:00 AM CST on February 12, 2020, at which time they will be publicly opened and acknowledged in the Council Chambers. All inquiries should be directed to Sean Hutchison, City Administrator at (409) 737-1142 or shutchison@ci.jamaicabeach.tx.us (subject line must read: RFQ 2020-1 USACE Permitting Services). (Notice) (RFQ 2020-1 Packet)


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 attend the Park Planning Meeting at City Hall on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.


Mardi Gras Parades: Join us for the Jamaica Beach Mardi Gras Parades on Sunday, February 16, 2020 at the City Park! The event will start off with a Pet Parade at 2:00 p.m.; King Cake served at 2:30 p.m. and the Golf Cart Parade at 3:00 p.m. Dress your pet and/or decorate your golf cart to participate in these free parades! Registration not required, but you must arrive 15 minutes prior to the parade to lineup. (Flyer)


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: Earlier this year, 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. Please click here to read the Remove It or Lose It Notice.


Waterline Replacement Project Notice: The Waterline Replacement Project is scheduled to begin on January 2, 2020 and be completed by mid- February 2020.

The contracting company to complete the utility project is Matula & Matula Construction. Below is their tentative construction schedule:


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. (Courtesy Letter)


Water Rate Increase Notice: A water rate increase for the City of Jamaica Beach was proposed to City Council during the December 2, 2019 Council Meeting to account for the 4.5% rate increase from the City's water supplier (City of Galveston) and to fund the water infrastructure improvements and repairs in Jamaica Beach. The water rate increase will allow the City to embark on a 5-year Waterline Replacement Plan, which will replace approx. one quarter of the City's waterlines. City Council approved the Ordinance adopting the $3.75 water rate increase effective January 2020. (Ordinance 2019-9)

Sample Bill Based on 0-2,000 Gallons of Water
  Water Bill (minimum)   $ 28.75
  Sewer Bill (minimum)   $ 34.35
  Garbage Fee   $ 12.19
  Voluntary Donation-VFD/EMS   $ 5.00


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


Private Pool Party Rentals: During the month of September, the City of Jamaica Beach will be offering private pool party rentals. Please click on the rental agreement for fees and rules.(Private Pool Party Rental Agreement)


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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