After Ike, Many Texas Houses Are Now on the Public Beach and Need to Be Removed

“We’re talking about damn fools that have built houses on the edge of the sea for as long as man could remember and against every advice anyone has given… Every one of them [Texas beachfront homeowners] was warned of that in their earnest-money contract, in the deed they received, in the title policy they bought. And whether you like it or not, neither the Constitution of the United States nor the state of Texas nor any law permits you to have a structure on state-owned property that’s subject to the flow of the tide.”

– Quote from A.R. “Babe” Schwartz, former Texas State Senator who wrote the original Texas Open Beaches Act in 1959; quote appeared in this Los Angeles Times article,0,6693968.story