New Galveston County Bolivar Peninsula Web Portal Showcases Modern Resorts and Community Issues

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The Galveston County Bolivar Peninsula Chamber of Commerce releases an interactive web portal to showcase their recently modernized community and new resort developments. Local business activities, issues and events are now openly discussed and made available to the public.

The Galveston County Bolivar Peninsula Chamber of Commerce releases an interactive web portal to showcase their recently modernized community and new resort developments. Local business activities, issues and events are now openly discussed and made available to the public.

A popular and controversial issue currently being discussed is how the Galveston Port Bolivar Ferry shields the Bolivar Peninsula's recently modernized community and new resort residents from the nearby Galveston area crime problems.

While the Galveston Island area police and residents struggle with rising crime, Bolivar's residents have peace of mind.

The Bolivar Peninsula is separated from the Galveston Island area and the mainland by 2.7 miles and is accessible by a Texas Department of Transportation provided ferry that takes 15-20 minutes to cross over a section of the Galveston Bay called Bolivar Roads.

"The family-oriented Bolivar Peninsula, most known for Crystal Beach, is a bedroom community that enjoys a relatively crime free environment where many residents still leave their doors unlocked and keys in the car," says Christy LeBlanc of the Bolivar Peninsula Chamber of Commerce and a 20-year resident.

Many people say that the ferry ride is one of the best things about visiting the Bolivar Peninsula. Yet what was once looked at as an annoyance for some, the ferry has turned out to be Bolivar's saving grace -- shielding the residents from the growing crime wave engulfing the Galveston Island area.

The crime in the Galveston area has increased to the point where they have implemented an ordinance where neighborhoods can pay for extra police protection and the police have now proposed a controversial plan to block some streets with 10,000 pound concrete barriers in an attempt to limit criminal escape routes.

The Bolivar Peninsula towns of Port Bolivar, Crystal Beach and Gilchrist meanwhile are booming with new second home resorts going up and median prices well below other beachfront areas on the Texas Gulf Coast. The area also has rental demand that exceeds supply.

"Rental demand for Bolivar's vacation homes is so strong that almost every home is booked for the summer season by February, and rental incomes can pay for the typical mortgage," says Anne Willis, owner of Swedes Real Estate managing over 275 rental homes.

Home sales on the Bolivar Peninsula are bucking the national trend with steadily increasing volume and median prices. If you are considering investing in an oceanfront vacation home, the Bolivar Peninsula is definitely worth a second look and now is a great time to buy while the prices are still affordable.

Check out the recently modernized Bolivar Peninsula at the Chamber of Commerce's new web site: http://www.bolivarchamber.org or call 409-684-5940.

The new chamber web site was developed by 1stOnlineRealty.com, a Texas-based web application and internet marketing firm specializing in vacation home areas.

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