We had decided to go to Galveston before Ike struck it, and felt that as part of the recovery, Galveston, needed tourists to still go there. We have very mixed feelings about that decision. The Tourist Office said the city was over 80% recovered, which is just not the case, we would say not much over 50% and it did affect our visit. The main problem is that the hotels on the sea wall, which are mainly running as normal, are no longer connected to The Strand, which was badly hit. The reason is that the trolleys or trams are still not running. As far as we could make out, the rails lookede OK, but we were told "probably the cars were damaged, but never mind the parking meters don't work either."
After 8 months, it would have been an idea to have some kind of small bus or mini-bus running the route instead and linking the two as the Strand area is dead, no matter what time you go there.
Privately owned businesses are working so hard to get back to normal, a number of bars, cafes and shops are up and running. It seems to be the official clean-up that is slow, piles of debris still lying around, no trolleys, the Railway Musuem still closed, no pparking meters (a source of much-needed revenue) etc. It will take time and there is still Moody Gardens which is up and running, along with the Colonel Paddle Steamer. We found that a 3-day stay was too long, particularly as we decided not to sail to Boliver Island which took the brunt of the storm. Give it time and Galveston will fully recover, just check reports before you actually visit. If you just want to relax by the Gulf in a lovely hotel, then the Sea Wall area is fine.