The Historical Museum of Bridge City has been approved to receive a portion of funds available through the Orange County Hotel Occupancy Tax Committee on Tuesday. If approved, the museum will receive $14,100 for historic preservation and heritage tourism in the Bridge City area.

The committee reviewed 17 applications that totaled $904,239.91. The Committee, however, pared down the requested funds to a total of $78,100. The Bridge City museum, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, also requested $500,000 in funding to help in the acquisition and development of a waterfront park on Cow Bayou. The almost five acres adjoins the Cow Bayou Swing Bridge, a National Register property. The request will be considered next year.
The Bridge City Little League could receive $2,000 and the Orangefield Paul Cormier Museum $2,500.

The total amount of funds available to the Committee for this fiscal year is $198,457.31.  All remaining monies will be dedicated to funding the future CHAMPS project to be located on Highway 1442 south of Interstate 10.

The Committee will hold a public hearing at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 16, at the Orange County Commissioner’s Courtroom, 123 6th Street, Orange. Once the hearing is completed, the Committee will make a formal recommendation to the County Commissioner’s Court for expenditure of the funds.  This funding cycle is for the 2009-2010 fiscal year.