GALVESTON — A legal motion filed by a former mayoral candidate to immediately suspend the island’s seawall parking program has been rejected by the Texas Supreme Court.
The court announced Friday it had denied a petition for a writ of mandamus filed by Galveston resident and former mayoral candidate Greg Roof. Roof had appealed to the court to ask that it command the Texas General Land Office to suspend the island’s paid parking program. In his motion, filed July 26, Roof claimed that the program violated the Texas Open Beaches Act, among other state laws.
The court gave no reasoning behind the denial.
In 2004, Roof had successfully blocked the city’s attempt to institute paid parking by appealing to the Texas 14th Court of Appeals.
On Friday, Roof stood by his stance against the program, which the city said will help pay for enhancements along Seawall Boulevard.
“I’m glad I filed the case,” Roof said in an email. “Paid parking on the seawall may be legal, but it is bad public policy for our state and our city.”
Roof said he is trying to organize a petition to try to get a repeal of the program on the ballot in a future election.