Nov 072010
 
 November 7, 2010  Court

Chuck Lindell reports:

Blunting state enforcement of the Open Beaches Act, a 51-year-old law meant to preserve public access to the shoreline, the Texas Supreme Court ruled Friday that state officials cannot seize private property that suddenly moves onto public beaches because of erosion from hurricanes or storms.

The 6-2 ruling means state officials can no longer automatically order landowners to raze or move homes that encroach on Gulf of Mexico beaches after a major storm reshapes the shoreline.

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