Gulf Coast recreation area would benefit business, report shows – Houston Business Journal

A proposed recreation area on the Gulf Coast, known as the Lone Star Coastal National Recreation Area, could potentially attract substantial tourism business, according to a report released Wednesday by the National Parks Conservation Association, Houston Wilderness and Rice University’s SSPEED Center.
The recent economic report on the area says counties including Brazoria, Galveston and Chambers could triple visitation rates within 10 years of creating the recreation area. The recreation area could also attract up to 1.5 million visitors, support $192 million in local sales and support 5,260 local jobs by its 10th year, according to the report.
Some attractions of the recreation area would include bird watching, fishing, crabbing, hunting, kayaking and biking.
In addition to offering outdoor activities, the recreation area would also serve as a preservation area, which would protect undeveloped wetland areas, as well as maintain a hurricane surge flooding mitigation area.
According to a statement from Suzanne Dixon, the NPCA’s Texas regional director, the study shows the organization should continue working with local governments and community organizations to pursue the development of the recreation area.