Pearland - Friendswood Edition | January 2021

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Stopping stormsurge Coastal barrier aims to protect Greater Houston area BY JAKE MAGEE

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The projects proposed in the study total $26.2 billion. However, this is comparable to the cost of storm recovery eorts.

TOTAL PROJECT COST: $26.2B

in the summer, and, pending funding, work would begin as soon as 2023. It has been over a decade since the idea of a coastal barrier was rst proposed, and local ocials are excited to see the study close to potential funding, espe- cially considering recent storms. In September, Tropical Storm Beta ooded Friendswood when the storm dropped up to a dozen inches of rain on the area while also causing coastal storm surge, giving the creeks nowhere to drain, Friendswood Mayor Mike Foreman said. “Our rain ow couldn’t get out,” he said. “It’s a perfect example of why we need help holding back surge events from these storms.” Multibillion-dollar, decadeslongplan In addition to dealing with COVID-19, Texas saw an active hurricane season in 2020. While no hurricanes hit Texas directly, residents across the coast want to see protection before another Hurri- cane Harvey or Ike strikes, Army Corps Col. TimVail said. “There’s denitely a sense of urgency,” he said. “We’ve had some CONTINUED ON 18 COVID19 vaccine to be distributed based on need

GATES: $14B HURRICANE IKE RECOVERY: $38B

After ve years of work, a study of how to protect the Texas Gulf Coast from storms is nearing nal approval, and it could result in a slew of some of the longest andmost expensive projects in the state’s history. On Oct. 30, the Army Corps of Engi- neers and the Texas General LandOce released the Coastal Texas Study, which proposes several projects to protect Gal- veston Island, the Bolivar Peninsula, Galveston Bay and the rest of the coast from storm surge ooding caused by hurricanes. The study calls for $26.2 billion worth of projects, including building gates between Galveston Island and the Boli- var Peninsula; constructing miles of beaches and sand dunes along Galves- ton Island and the Bolivar Peninsula; creating a ring barrier system of vari- ous defenses around Galveston Island; building gate systems and pumps at Clear Lake and Dickinson Bay; and con- ducting “nonstructural improvements,” such as home elevations, along the west side of the bay. The studywill go beforeU.S. Congress

The largest component of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ plan to protect the Texas coast from storm surge is a series of gates between Galveston Island and Bolivar Peninsula.

HURRICANE RITA RECOVERY: $18.5B

SOURCES: U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS, TEXAS GENERAL LAND OFFICECOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

SHALLOW ENVIRONMENTAL GATES

Near Bolivar Peninsular, a series of shallow gates are proposed. The water in this area is only a few feet deep, allowing for a dierent type of gate design.

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VERTICAL LIFT GATES These gates, each one about 300 feet wide, would stand several stories tall and lower into the water in the event of a major storm.

Three articial islands are proposed with a set of gates between them that would swing into the water during a storm, ll with water and sink into the bay.

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MARKET TEAM GENERAL MANAGER Papar Faircloth, pfaircloth@communityimpact.com EDITOR Jake Magee SENIOR REPORTER Haley Morrison REPORTER Colleen Ferguson GRAPHIC DESIGNER Justin Howell ACCOUNT EXECUTIVE Teresa Votaw

FROMPAPAR: Happy New Year! Our mission is to help build communities of informed citizens and thriving businesses. The Annual Community Guide is a great example of that with shopping and dining listings of new local businesses from 2020 and a look at the news we expect to continue to cover in 2021. Papar Faircloth, GENERALMANAGER

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Friendswood’s population increased by 7% from 2014 to 2019. The median income in the city also increased by 17% during that time. The largest employment sector in Friendswood is management occupations. FRIENDSWOOD

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Pearland’s population increased by 25% from 2014 to 2019. During that time, the city’s minority population grew; minorities made up 57.77% of Pearland’s population in 2019, compared to 52.78% of the city’s population in 2014.

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MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME

POPULATION CHANGE

LOCAL DEMOGRAPHICS 2014

LOCAL DEMOGRAPHICS 2019

21.3% 47.22% 15.75% 0.35% 13.58% 0 0.03% 1.77%

14.85% 75.77% 2.97% 0.22% 4.84% 0 0.04% 1.31%

23.18% 42.23% 17.69% 0.57% 14.15% 0 0.25% 1.93%

15.9% 70.54% 3.66% 0.24% 7.27% 0 0.09% 2.3%

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*HISPANICLATINO IS NOT A RACE, BUT THE HISPANICLATINO PERCENTAGE ABOVE MAY INCLUDE MULTIPLE RACES LISTED. THE RACES LISTED, HOWEVER, DO NOT INCLUDE HISPANICLATINO RESIDENTS.

LARGEST EMPLOYMENT SECTORS** 1 Management occupations: 7,518 2 Oce and administrative support occupations: 6,445 3 Health diagnosing, treating practitioners and other technical occupations: 6,263 4 Sales and related occupations: 5,654 5 Business and nancial operations occupations: 5,362

1 Management occupations: 2,782 2 Sales and related occupations: 2,115 3 Health diagnosing, treating practitioners and other technical occupations: 1,470

4 Oce and administrative support occupations: 1,394 5 Educational instruction and library occupations: 1,366

**EMPLOYMENT FOR AGE 16 AND OLDER

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Average entrees: $ Up to $9.99 $$ $10-$19.99 $$$ $20 or more B Breakfast/brunch H Happy hour K Kids menu

14 Jersey Mike’s 2470 Pearland Parkway, Pearland 832-447-7827 www.jerseymikes.com $ 15 JLB Eatery 145 N. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood www.thejlbeatery.com/locations $ 16 ThisFitFuel 1130 Broadway St., Ste. 114, Pearland 281-898-8886 www.thistfuel.com $$ B CAJUN 17 Magnolia Cajun Comfort 1807 Broadway St., Ste. 113, Pearland 346-229-4384 www.magnoliacajun.com $$ K COFFEEDESSERTS 18 Rustika Cafe and Bakery 1302 S. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood 281-947-8709 www.rustikacafe.com $$ B K FRENCH 19 Sweet Paris Creperie & Cafe 700 Baybrook Mall Drive, Ste. H105, Friendswood. 346-230-8090 www.sweetparis.com $$ B H K

346-571-4142 www.yummyphopearland.com $$ K AMERICAN 8 The Burger Joint 1350 W. Bay Area Blvd., Webster 281-974-2889 www.burgerjointhtx.com $$ COMING SOON 9 Checkers 7305 W. Broadway St., Pearland 832-243-5841 www.checkers.com $ 10 The Chicken Salad Chick 2110 Pearland Parkway, Ste. 108, Pearland 832-246-7691 www.chickensaladchick.com $ K 11 Chick-l-A 1757 S. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood 832-569-2259 www.chick-l-a.com $ B K 12 Flava Wings 7395 McHard Road, Ste. 102, Houston 281-721-2691 www.avawings.com $$ K 13 Hubcap Grill 5627 Broadway St., Pearland 832-770-9230 www.hubcapgrill.com $ B H K

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ASIAN 1 La Paire Banh Mi 11710 Broadway St., Ste. 118, Pearland 281-258-4256 www.lapaireats.com $ H 2 Lin Asian Cafe 2110 Pearland Parkway, Pearland COMING SOON 3 Paris Banh Mi 9811 Broadway St., Ste. 119, Pearland 281-406-8145 www.facebook.com/parisbanhmipearland $ 4 Pho Vi-Vi 1921 E. Broadway St., Pearland 832-288-2170 www.phovivillc.com $ H K 5 Szechuan Spice 3422 Business Center Drive, Ste. 102, Pearland 281-741-4008 www.theszechuanspice.com $$ 6 The Teahouse Tapioca & Tea 2470 Pearland Parkway, Ste. 120, Pearland 281-506-7759 http://teahousebeverage.com $ H 7 Yummy Pho & Bo Ne Pearland 15718 Hwy. 288, Ste. 140, Pearland

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MEDITERRANEAN 20 Arabella Mediterranean Cuisine 10228 Broadway St., Ste. 124, Pearland 281-809-2880 www.arabellamc.com $$ K MEXICAN 21 Taqueria Mi Pueblito 9607 Broadway St., Ste. 101, Pearland 281-766-0462 www.facebook.com/ mipueblitobarandgrill2 $ B H K SEAFOOD 22 Boiling Dragon 11625 W. Broadway Blvd., Ste. 135, Pearland 832-328-5123 www.facebook.com/boilingdragon $$ SPANISH 23 Cleo Lounge Tapas and Fine Music 9603 Broadway St., Ste. 101, Pearland 832-288-2326 $$

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FOODAND BEVERAGE 11 Louisiana Pantry 1330 Broadway St., Ste. 104, Pearland 832-329-8135 http://louisianapantry.shopsettings.com 12 Main Squeeze Juice 12568 Broadway St., Ste. 130, Pearland 346-342-1675 www.mainsqueezejuiceco.com 13 My Sweet Obsession Cookies 3706 E. Broadway St., Pearland 832-619-1388 www.msocookies.com 14 Popular Popcorn 11710 Broadway St., Ste. 110, Pearland 281-741-5195 15 Red Circle Ice Cream 8201 Broadway St., Ste. 131, Pearland 832-243-5248 facebook.com/redcirclepearland 16 Smoothie King 140 W. Parkwood Ave., Friendswood 832-569-5028 www.smoothieking.com HOBBIES 17 Park Avenue Yarns 315 S. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood 832-932-0300 www.parkavenueyarns.com COMING SOON 18 Piano Academy 1130 Broadway St., Ste. 104, Pearland 281-386-3321 19 The Shard Yard 2407 W. Parkwood Ave., Ste. 116, Friendswood 409-218-1775 www.theshardyard.com PETS 20 PetSuites of America 3205 Kirby Drive, Pearland 832-856-0455 www.petsuitesofamerica.com 21 Pet Supplies Plus 1720 S. Friendswood Drive, Friendswood www.petsuppliesplus.com COMING SOON

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4 The Woodhouse Day Spa 700 Baybrook Mall Drive, Ste. A125, Friendswood 832-835-5050 www.baybrook.woodhousespas.com CLOTHESJEWELRY 5 Charming Charlie 700 Baybrook Mall Drive, Ste. C-124, Friendswood www.charmingcharlie.com COMING SOON FITNESS 6 Club Pilates 1765 S. Friendswood Drive, Ste. 103, Friendswood 832-862-2023

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TRANSPORTATION

Updates on key transportation stories

The city is expecting to collect $1.7 million in sales tax revenue to allocate to the street repairs in 2021. The city anticipated collecting roughly $1.6 million yearly in sales tax revenue but exceeded expectations and collected $1.8 million in 2020. “Sales tax is increasing in a positive direction, and that’s always good news,” Foreman said. However, a few of the streets done in this past scal year need to be repaired, as some streets that were repaired in 2020 have already cracked, Engineering Director Jildardo Arias said at the Dec. 8 City Council meeting. Before the voters approved using a portion of the sales tax for street repairs in 2016, the city used to allocate a portion of its general fund budget for street repairs. The city would budget roughly $500,000 to street repairs, far less than the $1.6- $1.8 million it could have collected over the past years, Foreman said. Not only does the larger amount of money mean the city has a better chance of completing more projects and hiring a contractor, it is also more cost ecient for taxpayers this way, Foreman said. During scal year 2019-20, the city xed up 1.64 miles of concrete roadway, 103,621 square feet of panel repairs, 5,571 liter feet of curb work, 2,236 square feet of sidewalks and wheelchair ramps, one storm inlet, and four sewer manholes. For asphalt streets, the city repaired 13.94 miles of asphalt roadway and 4,140 liter feet of curb work and replaced 136 liter feet of culvert pipe. The city has decided what neigh- borhood roads it will be repairing this scal year. The streets are a mix of concrete and asphalt streets through- out the city.

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Friendswood street repairs to continue in 2021 following voter approval

Transportation-controlled streets such as FM 2351, FM 518 or FM 528. The city tackled some of the streets in the worst condition with the rst round of sales tax money. Since the voters approved reauthorizing a portion of sales tax to street repair in November, the city can start prioritiz- ing the next batch of streets that need the most help, Mayor Mike Foreman said. “I would love to thank the voters for supporting us and coming out to make sure their votes were heard on the street repairs and sales tax,” Foreman said.

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After voter approval, the city of Friendswood is nalizing the list of streets it will work on throughout the year, with a percentage of sales tax being allocated to street maintenance and reconstruction. In 2016, the city of Friendswood had an election to allocate a portion of its sales tax to xing its streets, which voters reapproved in November. A study the city did in 2018 looked at every locally controlled street in Friendswood and rated each of their conditions. The city of Friendswood is not able to repair Texas Department of

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Mykawa Road is expected to go to bid in November. The project will convert the existing roadway to a four-lane concrete curb and gutter divided roadway section from Beltway 8 to Broadway Street.

Timeline: 2022-23 Cost: $13.55 million

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Friendswood ISD will have a new elementary campus, as well as improved elementary, intermediate and high school facilities, substantially completed by early 2024.

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MARCH APRIL 2022 Planning and programming for

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NOV. 2020 JAN. 2021 Planning and programming for Cline Elementary School

Planning and programming for Friendswood High School

Design development for Cline Elementary

Construction for Cline Elementary

Design development for Friendswood High

Bales, Westwood and Windsong renovations

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Construction in phases for Friendswood High School MARCH 2022 JUNE 2023

Constriction for Bales, Westwood and Windsong renovations

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Substantial completion for Cline Elementary

Substantial completion for all Friendswood High School projects

Bales, Westwood and Windsong renovations

SOURCE: FRIENDSWOOD ISDCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

Friendswood ISD to execute $128million in renovations via bond funds After voters approved a $128 million bond package in November, Friendswood ISD leaders began the process of executing renovations on four campuses and constructing a new 900-student elementary school. Planning has been taking place in the form of campus visits: Design committees have visited several area district buildings to analyze their features and give architects a chance to gure out the district’s needs for the new campus. BY COLLEEN FERGUSON board President Tony Hopkins said. The longer-term nature of the renovations is a positive in that the district may have to reassess the needs of its chang- ing student population, he said.

“We don’t want the building to inhibit us, in 10 years, fromwhat education is going to look like,” Roher said during a Dec. 7 workshop. “We don’t want anything to hamstring us into one area.” The Cline design teamwill meet twice in mid-Jan- uary, and the Friendswood High design teamwill begin meeting in February. ANOTHER STORY TO FOLLOW IN 2021 Pearland ISD exploring options after tax rate vote fails On Aug. 11, the Pearland ISD board established a scal year 2020-21 tax rate of $1.3585 per $100 valuation, which required voter approval, which failed Nov. 3. The tax rate is now $1.3185. Had the tax rate passed, PISD would have received an additional $10 million in funds, 35% of which would have come from local tax dollars and 65% of which would have come from the state. Superintendent John Kelly there may be other ways for the district to maximize its funding but did not mention specics.

The campus will be substantially complete by May 2023, per the schedules, and renovations to Bales, Westwood andWindsong will be substantially complete by July 2023. The Friendswood High auditorium and gymnasium renovations will be substantially complete by July 2023, with the CTE renovations substantially complete by January 2024. The district will partner with Houston-based PBK for planning, schematic design, development and construction, and the rmwill receive input from design committees composed of FISD ocials and board members. District ocials agreed the programming and planning phases, especially for the intermediate and high school campuses, will be essential to capture and implement a vision of what future educational needs could look like for students. FISD could see changes in its enrollment numbers between now and the completion of the projects,

“We’ve been entrusted with a lot of money from our taxpayers at a very dicult time,” Superinten- dent Thad Roher said during a Nov. 16 board meeting. “We want to do it right.” Upcoming improvements as a result of the bond funds include classroom additions to Westwood Elementary School, Windsong Intermediate School and Bales Intermediate School, as well as renovations to Friendswood High School to address career and technical education, ne arts and athletics needs. The new elementary campus will be built on the West Ranch site owned by FISD and will replace the existing Cline Elementary School; the name will be kept to honor Conrad “Connie” Wanton Cline, district alumnus and former board president. The new Cline campus will be nished rst, according to schedules presented to the board by architecture rm PBK Architects Inc. in November.

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Pearland residents still seekwater billing answers TOP CITY & COUNTY STORY OF 2021

Pearland CARES Act money to go to school districts, business relief Pearland is allocating a larger portion of its federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act spending toward Pearland and Alvin ISDs, City Council decided in December. These allocations helped the city meet the state requirement that 75% of CARES Act funding go toward medical, public health or personnel costs for employees dedicated to COVID-19 response. The city allocated $1.17 million to Pearland ISD and $300,000 to AISD for a total of $1.47 million, compared to the original allocation of $260,000. The state will match the funds for the districts, going toward Operation Connectivity, a plan to connect students with devices. Pearland received $6.7 million in CARES Act funding from Brazoria, Harris and Fort Bend counties and allocated it toward business and household relief and COVID-19-related reimbursements. The city of Pearland decided to allocate more CARES Act money to Pearland and Alvin ISDs, which can use the funds to reimburse expenses incurred due to COVID-19. CARES Act allocations Total allocation by Pearland to school districts: $1.47M

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which allows customers to see water usage in real time. Davis said he wants to see the city get caught up in billing and to le for insurance to cover the cost of the money that has yet to be collected, as well as a chartered citizen group. Newly elected Mayor Kevin Cole proposed council create an ad hoc citizen committee at the council’s December meeting. This committee would provide input on the city’s utility billing process, according to agenda documents, but it would also be a short-term solution. Council brought forth a committee of eight citizens to work alongside city sta, council members, Mayor Cole and consulting company Raftelis Consulting Group to provide input on the utility billing process at the Jan. 11 meeting. “To get a committee and have the buy-in from the city will do two things: It will help us understand where we are at and [help us] get some information out there,” Coun- cil Member Woody Owens said at council’s Dec. 14 meeting. Since the incident, the city has hired new utility billing management, hired Raftelis to complete a formal review of the system and imple- mented the 32/30 plan to collect the money that has yet to be billed. The 32/30 plan is a billing plan to catch up the city with the money it needs to collect, approved in spring 2020. The city expects to be nancially caught up by early 2023. The ad hoc commit- tee will also look at the 32/30 plan.

UNCOLLECTED REVENUE

After nearly a year of discussing discrepancies with the water billing system in Pearland, both residents and the city are still dealing with the aftermath of the issues. Pearland resident Jimmy Davis has been involved with the water billing backlog since January 2020, when he noticed his water bill was for usage from before Thanksgiving. Davis said there are still residents with issues in billing or meter reading that have not been addressed. “To the residents, nothing changes, and then they get a water bill that is 300% or 400% higher,” he said. In February 2020, city sta presented to council a 60-day gap between reading water meters and sending out bills, causing the city to fall behind in collecting $6 million in payments at the time. Some citizens have since asked for more transparency from the city due to the incident. More clarity will be provided with water billing once the city’s Advanced Meter Infrastructure, or AMI, system is up and running, Pearland Director of Engineering Robert Upton said. “If there is a customer that has a concern, they need to call utility billing,” Upton said. “That’s important to us.” The city has nished installing new water meters but still has to do drive-by readings until the AMI is operational, which is expected to happen between April and June. The AMI includes a customer portal,

2023 IS THE YEAR PEARLANDWILL BE CAUGHT UP COLLECTING WHAT ISOWED INBILLING. The city of Pearland has devised a plan to collect the money that has yet to be billed to residents.

WATER BILLING REVENUE

REVENUECOLLECTEDFROM WATER&SEWERMAKES UP OF THE CITY’S TOTAL REVENUE. 15% The city of Pearland has budgeted $339 million in total revenue for FY 2020-2021. The city is expected $50 million of it to come from the water and sewer fund.

AISD allocation: $300K (20.4%) PISD allocation: $1.17M (79.6%)

SOURCE: CITY OF PEARLANDCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

SOURCES: CITY OF PEARLAND, PEARLAND ISDCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER What school districts can use the money on: • Expenditures incurred due to COVID-19 • Providing students with electronic devices • Facility improvements necessary for remote learning

Both council and Cole expressed a desire for the group to be put together quickly so it could work alongside Raftelis, which will submit its nal report on the utility billing process and system review at the Jan. 25 council meeting, according to agenda documents.

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DEVELOPMENT

The biggest growth stories to watch

Friendswood continuing projects to mitigate ooding Throughout 2021, the city of ANOTHER STORY TO FOLLOW IN 2021

TOP DEVELOPMENT STORY OF 2021

Friendswood continues to attract residents, newbusinesses

BY HALEY MORRISON

Friendswood will make progress on several projects to help alleviate local ooding. By the middle of the year, the city and the Galveston County Consolidated Drainage District will be done terracing Imperial Estates, a former development that has ooded several times. The city bought out several lots for drainage projects in the area. Additionally, the city is creating a detention basin in the Forest Bend subdivision that will include a three- quarter-mile walking trail and solar lighting. Engineering is ongoing through May. The city is acquiring properties in the Frenchman’s Creek and Deepwood subdivisions and has plans to create drainage projects in the areas. Finally, Friendswood is relocating a bridge of utility lines over Clear Creek to be underground. The bridge is eroded due to numerous oods.

The city of Friendswood has issued signicantly more permits for residential properties in 2020 compared to 2019, despite the pandemic. 150 FLOCKING TO FRIENDSWOOD

Despite the pandemic, the city of Friendswood has still continued to grow residentially and commercially. The city has always had a large residential population, but ocials are trying to grow the number of commercial permits in the city. Friendswood has had a goal for several years that 80% of the city’s revenue comes from residen- tial properties and 20% of the city’s revenue comes from businesses. The city’s plan to reach 80/20 is going well, Assistant City Manager Steven Rhea said. Roughly 85% of the city’s revenue comes from residential properties now, he said. “We are constantly looking at a way to bring in new business,” Rhea said. Friendswood welcomed Jersey Mike’s, MOD Pizza and Chick-l-A to the city in early 2020. Having successful chain businesses in the city has helped bolster the city over the pandemic, Council Member Brent Erenwert said when he spoke to Community Impact Newspaper in November. “Fast-food places are just kind of booming right now,” he said. Because of the success of the businesses in the city, Friendswood exceeded its sales tax projections for the year. “Even with the overall inability to know what comes next, our sales tax gures were above what we projected,” Rhea said. “When people are looking to relocate their business, this is something they look at.” Making sure there is a balance between bringing in chain businesses and maintaining the small-town feeling the Friendswood community prides itself on is a balance the city works to strike, Rhea said. The developers the city brings in try to appeal to locals, as many of them are locals themselves, Rhea said. “They have tapped into what the city wants,” he said. “It is everyone’s business to put something in the ground or ll a retail space with something people want to visit.” Having more residents ock to the city will attract more businesses to Friendswood, Mayor Mike Foreman said. In the midst of COVID-19, the city has seen a demand for

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more housing. Friendswood issued 87 residential permits in 2019. In 2020, it issued 133. The residential building in larger subdivisions is con- tinuing throughout this year, Foreman said. West Ranch nished build-out this year, newer sections of Sterling Creek are starting this year, and work on the brand-new subdivision Avalon will be starting soon. The city also has new apartments coming in. “I think homebuilding is going pretty fast and furious,” Foreman said. As more people continue to move to Texas and to the Houston area, Friendswood is going to stick out as a great place to live, Foreman said. “They are looking for a safe city, good schools, attractive parks. We still have that small-town feel, and we will strive to maintain that,” he said. “If they are coming to this area and looking for a new home, then Friendswood just jumps out at you.”

The basin the city is creating will hold oodwater but will also include a three-quarter-mile trail and solar lighting to make it a destination. Forest Bend detention basin

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COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Brazoria County ANOTHER STORY TO FOLLOW IN 2021

TOP HEALTH CARE STORY OF 2021

VACCINE CANDIDATES A Food and Drug Administration panel recommended Pzer’s vaccine Dec. 10 and Moderna’s Dec. 17 for emergency use authorization. This paved the way for the vaccines to be distributed. Two other companies that have used dierent methods to develop vaccines have also entered Phase 3 trials. SOURCE: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF STATE HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICESCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

COVID19 vaccine to be distributed based on need

Daily reported COVID-19 cases hit a high in Brazoria County as the daily reported number of cases surpassed 400 cases Dec. 26. The county topped 300 cases for the rst time Dec. 15. As of Jan. 11, the highest number of daily cases reported in the county is 464 cases, reported on Jan. 3. The number of suspected and conrmed COVID-19 patients in general use hospital beds on Jan. 4 was nearly double the number reported Dec. 20, according to data from the Southeast Texas Regional Advisory Council. From Dec. 29 to Jan. 4, the average number of COVID-19 patients in general use beds was 70, compared to an average of 42 from Dec. 15-21. The county has 425 operational general use beds and a surge of 510 beds. The number of suspected and conrmed COVID-19 patients in ICU beds continues to rise as well, according to SETRAC data. From Dec. 29 to Jan. 4, the average number of COVID-19 patients in ICU beds was 19, nearly half of the operational beds in the ICU and over 50% of the occupied beds in the ICU. This is compared to an average of 14 from Dec. 15-21. The county has 40 operational ICU beds and a surge of 49 beds. The county is able to begin vaccinating certain groups of the population, as over 80 facilities in the county are set to receive and administer the vaccine, according to a press release from Brazoria County. The city of Pearland had 1,563 active cases as of Jan. 11, the highest in the county, which had 4,409 active cases total.

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Kelsey-Seybold received its rst set of Moderna vaccines in December and started administering them to rst responders and clinic sta, according to Kelsey-Seybold rep- resentatives. Some of the vaccines were also distributed to the Pearland clinic. Kelsey-Seybold administered them to clinic sta, as they are people who do not need to schedule appoint- ments to vaccinate, said Dr. Melanie Mouzoon, the managing physician of immunization practices at Kelsey-Seybold. The rest of the batch was geared toward rst responders. Once the clinic gets more doses, it will be able to start vaccinating the general public. “Once we receive it, we start vac- cinating in very short order,” she said. Because the vaccine supplies are so limited, the Pearland clinic has not started reaching out to the general public about vaccination, according to Kelsey-Seybold. Brazoria County has over 80 facilities that are approved by state to administer the vaccine, according to the county. However, there are not enough vaccines available yet to administer to the general public. The county has a page on its website with updates on where vaccines will be available.

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There are several companies manufacturing vaccines, but both of the vaccines currently approved for use in the United States are messenger RNA, or mRNA, vaccines, which means once a vaccine enters a person’s body, it tells a person’s cells to make a copy of the protein. This protein, which is a part of COVID-19, will help ght o the virus without giving a person a small dose of the virus, Mouzoon said. “The messenger RNA is getting your own cells to make the vaccine,” Mouzoon said. As vaccine shipments continue to arrive, Kelsey-Seybold will contact patients based on priority, Mouzoon said. Moderna has said it has millions

of doses; if this is the case, clinics will be getting allocations for a while, she said. After rst responders and med- ical sta, other high-priority patients include those who work directly with the public regularly and the elderly, Mouzoon said. “We will be letting people know by risk group that we have a vaccine available and they can schedule an appointment,” she said. However, one challenge will be learning how to distribute so many vaccines because this is a new experi- ence for health care workers and the state, Mouzoon said. “They don’t want to overdeliver and underpromise, and neither do we,” Mouzoon said.

464 is the highest number of daily reported COVID-19 cases in Brazoria County so far, as of Jan. 3.

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