Turnaround In Galveston
Eight months after leaving, the U.S. Social Security Administration will return to the island, easing fears that the services upon which many residents depend would remain on the mainland.
The administration will open its office, 4918 Seawall Blvd., at 9 a.m. Monday.
Although its island offices sustained minimal damage from Hurricane Ike, administration officials blamed the Sept. 13 storm for its decision in October to leave and lease office space at 2700 Marina Bay Drive in League City.
The return comes after much controversy about the administration’s long-term real estate strategies.
In April last year, the administration generated public outcry when it said it would make a permanent move to League City.
The decision angered island residents who worried the elderly and disabled would have trouble traveling to League City, which doesn’t have public transportation.
Although the administration secured an 18-month lease in League City, terms of the deal allowed it to terminate the agreement in six months, officials said.
Island resident Margaret Canavan collected 1,600 signatures on petitions opposing the move.
In July, administration officials agreed to halt the plans.
The administration, which complained about high rents on the island, has not abandoned its search for new office space, spokesman Wes Davis said.
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