Alright, folks; buckle up, here. Alittle-known Texas law is posing a threat to hundreds of people who own beachfront properties in Galveston. Thanks to Hurricane Ike’s beach erosion, these Texans now find their homes sitting closer to the water’s edge. Under the 1959 Texas Open Beaches Act, many of the homes Ike spared could be condemned by the stateof Texas because they suddenly rest between the “average high-tide line, and the average low-tide line”, which isconsidered public property.
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Now, if all of this weren’t bad enough,listen to what former Texas State senator A.R. “Babe” Schwartz, who wrote this law back in 1959, just told the Drive-Bys: “We’re talking about damn fools that have built houses on the edge of the sea for as long as man could rememberand against every advice anyone has given.”
You know, folks,it’s one thing to be smacked by a natural disaster; it’s quite another to have to be smacked around by the government that you’re looking to for help. Some of you Gulf residents are finding that out the hard way, and wait ’til your officials discover that turtles lay eggs on your beach! Ha, ha! See what happens to you, then!
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