Supreme Court ‘kills’ open beaches

Special to the PRESS

gavelThe Texas tradition of guaranteed public access to the beach died Friday for Galveston’s West End with the Supreme Court reaffirming their prior ruling in favor of a California divorce attorney who bought rental properties on the beach.

“It seems that the Open beach Act – at least for Galveston’s West End – is dead, thanks to the Supreme Court,” Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson said. “This is truly a sad day.”

Justice Dale Wainwright delivered the court’s 5-3 opinion. Justices Debra H. Lehrmann, David Medina and Eva Guzman dissented. Justice Wallace Jefferson did not participate.

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