The West Galveston Island Property Owners Association (WGIPOA) was organized on February 20, 1999. Its purpose is to promote the common good and general welfare of the property owners of West Galveston Island by furthering their interest in preserving and protecting the Gulf and Bay shorelines.
The association’s members currently include 31 property and condominium owner associations on West Galveston Island, comprising approximately 8,800 property owners. As an association, we can act on problems and solutions collectively so that no subdivision or condominium has to feel alone in resolving issues.
This is a volunteer organization and your participation is welcome.
WGIPOA was active in supporting the Coastal Erosion Planning and Response Act, which become law in Texas on September 1, 1999.
We finally have a mechanism for replenishing beach sand, which will allow the beach to restore itself and vegetation to grow. The GLO has stated that with a sand replenishment program and a beach access plan tied to the city or country master plan, properties can be saved. We can now put together a plan for sand replenishment in accordance with the Texas Open Beaches Act.
Over the last five years, approximately $450 million has been appropriated by the U.S. Congress for shoreline protection in eleven coastal states. Texas has never been included because the state did not have an approved program. For the first time, we have an opportunity to obtain Federal funds for erosion control. This money, along with what the state will provide, will allow Texas coastal cities the opportunity to combat erosion problems. The WGIPOA will work with the city and county to make certain the West End receives maximum funding.
This is the first opportunity in history to find a permanent solution to erosion and guarantee that future generations will be able to enjoy the beaches and bays our island is blessed with.
WGIPOA is a 501(c)4 organization based in the State of Texas.