The Flagship is falling apart. Ike wrecked it up pretty well. It's a serious eyesore and needs to be torn down.
Murdoch's has been completely rebuilt and looks perfect. It's been raised up a few more feet. (Here's what it looked like in November 2008.)
Parking is free on the Strand.
Candy cigarettes at La King's . Like Murdoch's they did a fantastic job of re-creating the place prior to Ike. In fact, the only difference I could spot was the saltwater taffy counter was moved. (Interior November 2008.)
Col. Bubbies is open again but the building is looking pretty bad.
I was quite impressed with what Galvestonians have done over the past 1 1/2 years. The Strand looks like it's back to normal, and most of the neighborhoods look like they are in good shape.