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TX - Houston Port Director Is Appointed By Texas Governor To Coastal Protection Board

Roger Guenther, executive director of the Port of Houston, is one of six people named by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to the Gulf Coast Protection District board of directors.

Roger Guenther, executive director of the Port of Houston, is one of six people named by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to the Gulf Coast Protection District board of directors.

Abbot also appointed Sally Bakko, Michel Bechel, Robert D. “Bob” Mitchell, Lori J. Traweek and Michael VanDerSnick to the board; all six appointments are for terms set to expire on June 16, 2025. Additionally, Abbott named Nicole Sunstrum as the temporary executive director.

The Gulf Coast Protection District (GCPD) was created by the Texas Legislature to operate and leverage funding to build the unique flood control and surge protection needs for coastal communities. When completed, the Coastal Texas study will be the largest civil works project in U.S. history. The creation of the district provides the opportunity to leverage almost $30 billion in federal dollars to protect the ports of Beaumont, Harris County and Galveston from storm surges.“Strengthening our coastal regions and ports is vital not only to Texas, but to the entire nation,” Abbott said. “This project will go down in history as one of the most significant measures to protect coastal Texas, its citizens and the economic activities this region provides.”


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